UWE is excited to announce, we were lucky enough to participate in the PADI Tec Sidemount course being taught by none other then Jeff Loflin. Jeff came to Vanocuver to run a Discover Sidemount program which was arranged by Greg and Deirdre McCracken the owners of Ocean Quest Dive Centre in Burnaby. Greg invited me to join in the full PADI Tec Sidemount program that Jeff would be teaching over the 5 days that he would be in Vancouver.
Thursday night we were treated to a PADI Tec Sidemount presentation that Jeff gave at Ocean Quest, and we learned the why’s of Sidemount. I had been pretty lucky to have already purchased my Hollis SMS100 before the course, and that allowed me the opportunity to get a couple of dives in prior to the course. Already being a Tec Deep Instructor, and Trimix Diver, I found it rather easy in the skills department, but Jeff was able to provide some awesome insight on how to make things easier….and I think the biggest message I got from the course was to keep an open mind. Skeptical at first as it seemed like an ardusous task to shore dive in two separate 80 cuft tanks from a logistics stand point. Jeff quickly provided the tips and tricks to make things easier. Once in the water though, it is simply a dream to dive in.
The 5 dive course, with a 4 hour pool component, was a lot of fun. We learned various regulator recovery skills, bottle staging, and organization skills. Once in the ocean we practices the same skills again, and this time we added in the Decompression stops, NOTOX drills and various other skills that Jeff wanted to throw at us.
I am pretty close to being able to apply for my instructor rating in Recreational Sidemount, and I have a few more dives to make in order to apply for the Tec Sidemount Instructor rating. It’s nice having goals to shoot for, with the PADI Sideomount course.
Intrerested in learn the PADI Tec Sidemount, or Recreational Sidemount….then be sure to drop me an email.