Tec Sidemount Diver

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Hollis and Aluminium 7L

Ali80 Cylinders

Diver ready to dive

PADI Tec Sidemount Diver Course

Wearing more than one tank has become increasingly popular for technical diving. With the Tec Sidemount Diver course you can apply what you learn to other TecRec courses.

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


If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

Get the PADI Sidemount Diver with Tec Sidemount Diver Manual from us and start studying immediately. If you have a recreational sidemount diver certification, you’ll focus on Chapters Two and Three, if not, you'll read the entire manual.

Knowledge Development

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a sidemount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.

  • 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 Tec 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


  • Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • 18yrs or older
  • Min 30 logged dives
  • Enriched Air certified

Course Cost

  • £468

Course Schedule

  • Day 1 - Morning theory afternoon pool for Skills assessment
  • Day 2-4 - Four open water deco dives no deeper than students certification level.

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