Sidemount Diver

A-1 Sidemount Diver Program


Why take this course?

Sidemount diving offers many advantages over the use of traditional back mounted cylinders. In the past, options for increasing gas supply available for a dive involved manifolding two cylinders together, which doubled the weight a diver had to carry on their back.

With sidemount diving, the cylinders move from your back to your side. Transportation of cylinders topside is then much easier. Cylinders may be donned after entering the water, eliminating problems with wearing heavy cylinders out of the water. Redundant gas supply increases bottom time, and adds an extra level of safety to the dive. Sidemount diving provides added stability with the cylinders on the side of the body and double the gas supply. It is an alternative way to streamline in the water, easier to “trim out”, and the diver has the ability to monitor all their equipment because it’s right in front of you.

Use of a single sidemount cylinder is also an option, which offers all of the advantages of easier transportation of cylinders, the ability to enter the water without having to carry a heavy cylinder, and equipment monitoring. Or, a diver could use two smaller cylinders for the advantages of increased bottom time, redundant gas supplies, and added trim and stability.

With a properly rigged sidemount system, your center of gravity is changed, and your cylinders almost feel like they are not even there!


What You Will Learn:

  • History and benefits of sidemount diving
  • Sidemount equipment configurations and options
  • Dive planning and gas management skills
  • Options for entering and exiting the water with and without cylinders

Sidemount DiverPrerequisites

  • Must be Open Water Certified, or equivalent
  • Be at least 16 years of age

Equipment requirements

  • Standard Snorkeling Equipment (Mask, fins, exposure suit)
  • Sidemount BCD and two (2) primary regulators with single 2nd stage and SPG (may be rented at A-1 Scuba for $150) – One (1) primary regulator must have at least a five to seven foot / one & a half to two-meter hose for air sharing, and one (1) low pressure inflator hose

What will I be doing?

  • Sidemount Diver involves 1 classroom session, 1 confined water session and 3 open water dives.

Course Fee – $330

Sidemount Diver program includes SSI e-Kit and registration fee.


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Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your deposit.