PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course? What exactly is sidemount? Is it like riding side-saddle on a DPV? Or a sidecar on a motorbike?

No it’s not like having your buddy mounted on your side! It’s about where you position your scuba cylinder. Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t mandatory for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers prefer to mount cylinders on their sides as it gives advantages you cannot get with a cylinder mounted on your rear. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility, streamlining options and opens up whole other realms of scuba such as cave diving. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Many divers find using sidemount configuration easier, as on the surface the weight is distributed around the hips instead of the shoulders and upper back. If this sounds interesting, sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course is that you have much greater flexibility in the way that you dive, plus it opens up a whole new world of scuba diving such as cave diving, technical diving and much more. Expand your adventure and learn to dive in a whole new way. It’s super fun!

What will you learn?

Along with learning about the multiple benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three Open Water scuba dives you’ll also learn how to:

  • Assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment properly
  • 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
  • Identify and respond correctly to any potential problems when sidemount diving

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least three Open Water dives at a recommended depth of 18 metres /60 feet

  • Configure and set up sidemount scuba diving equipment for the scenario you will be diving
  • Adjust your weight system and sidemount system for balanced trim in the water.
  • Practice switching between two cylinders
  • Respond in the correct manner to simulated problems as determined by your PADI Specialty Instructor


  • Minimum age 15
  • Open Water diver certification

What will you get?

Apart from the excitement of diving sidemount, you’ll also attain:

  • PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion to the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Wrecks are one of the favourite reasons divers choose to use the sidemount configuration, as some areas can sometimes be difficult to access with a scuaba cylinder on your back. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty will give you the experience and training you need to penetrate a wreck safely, over the course of four Open Water dives.