Sidemount Diver

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PADI Sidemount Diver Course

A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better steamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.

Video showing examples of the type of diving open to you as a Sidemount Diver


Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. 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. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course. If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.

Knowledge Development

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives 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.

What equipment is required  for sidemount diver?

You’ll want to use your own mask, fins, snorkel and exposure suit. Your PADI Instructor will explain the sidemount equipment you’ll need, such as a BCD and harness configured for sidemount diving along with cylinders, each with a regulator and SPG.

Where can I go from here?

Other Courses related to Sidemount Diver

Advanced Nitrox, Wreck Diver, Self-Reliant DiverNight Diver, Deep Diver, Drysuit Diver, Enriched Air Diver, DPV, other Technical Courses, First Aid Courses


  • Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • 15yrs or older

Course Cost

£352 - Add £110 to also have the PSAI Sidemount added to package - Dual passport

Course Schedule

  • Day 1 - Morning theory afternoon pool for Skills assessment
  • Day 2/3 - Three open water no deco dives no deeper than students certification level. All three dives can be conducted on same day.

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