Sidemount diving

Sidemount diving

Try a completely different configuration

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.

What will you learn?

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.

In addition, the first dive of the Specialty PADI Sidemount, can serve as a credit for the Adventure Dive certification Advanced Open Water Diver.


2 days / 3 dives


All the necessary equipment
PADI manual
International certification (PADI)

Minimum 15 years of age and / or PADI Adventure Diver or higher