PADI Sidemount Diver Course

What will you learn?

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 our PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course with DDS.


If you’re an Open Water Diver or higher who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in one of our Recreational Sidemount Diver courses.

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Safer, Streamlined, Redundancy, Sidemount is Awesome!
Safer. Streamlined. Redundancy. Sidemount is Awesome!

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, when wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.


Recreational Sidemount Course is only $349.99 +HST (based on a minimum of 3 students) $500ea+HST (1-2 students) $599 Private local. Does not include any park or dive charter fees. Students can save $50 when purchasing your Sidemount kit from DDS (Harness, Regulator package).

How can you start learning now?

Visit your us to enroll in the course and get your PADI Sidemount Diver Manual. You can read chapter one before meeting with your instructor to review key points. By studying ahead, you’ll be better prepared to start using your sidemount gear.

If technical diving interests you,we’d recommend completing one of our Intro to Tech classes and completing Technical Sidemount Diver certification.

What gear will you use?

You’ll want to use your own mask, fins and exposure suit.

Your Instructor or our staff will explain our progressive sidemount equipment configuration and what you’ll need with respect to harness and wing, 2 cylinders configured for sidemount with 2 regulators (DIN Only) and 2 SPG’s on 6-9″ hoses.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Sidemount Diver
  • Wreck Penetration
  • Cavern
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver