Switch from back to sidemount diver
All of our instructors are both back-mount and sidemount divers, why? the answer is simple, we enjoy both methods of diving and each method can be suited to a different type of diving. We know from chats that some people look at the two tanks and are automatically put off for reasons such as 'it'll be too heavy' (if our Instructor Hannah can carry it so can you!) and also 'it looks a bit tricky, I won't be good with my buoyancy'. Well let us reassure you that it's much easier than you think and can have some really great benefits, for example with 2 tanks you'll have more air and can extend your dive time or it'll ease muscle strain on the lower back wth a tank on your side instead. Scuba diving should be about enjoying yourself and continuous learning so why not consider taking the PADI sidemount course during your next Red Sea Scuba diving holiday
If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver 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.
Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
All student divers of any level are required to complete the PADI medical questionnaire prior to starting course. Any student answering ‘Yes’ to one or more of the questions may require medical clearance prior to commencing in water activities. A copy of the medical form can be found here.