Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides: Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration you’ll learn how to:

  • properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment;
  • trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water;
  • manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders;
  • respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.


PADI Sidemount Manual includes both Recreational Sidemount and Tec Sidemount. Read chapter one if you are interested in Recreational Sidemount only; if technical diving interests you, chapters two and three of your manual apply to the Tec Sidemount Diver course.

Once you will be Sidemount Diver certified, you will have the option to complete all the tec training courses with sidemount configuration.


The course consists of:

– knowledge developments

– 1 confined water session

– 3 open water adventure dives


Duration: minimum 2 days


Prerequisites: minimum PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification


Minimum age: 15 years old


Price includes: basic diving equipment hire, training dives, land transport from the hotel to the dive sites, PADI manual and certification fee.

Price not includes: sidemount harness and wing and sidemount regulators.