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SDI Sidemount Diver Course

Join The Sidemount Revolution
Not just for 'Cave & Tec Divers' Sidemount is for ALL Divers!

The SDI Sidemount course provides qualified divers with the, information, tools and skills to choose a sidemount rig that suits their personal needs..

SDI & TDI have led the sidemount revolution providing divers of ALL levels with the ability to dive sidemount comfortably and safely!

The SDI Side mount Course is run at Extreme Watersport on a regular basis.  If you can;'t see the dates you require in our bookings page please contact us to discuss (we maybe able to schedule a course just for you)!

Is this course for ME?
This course is perfect for any certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent (PADI, SSI, RAID, BSAC or other recognised certification). 
Must be 15 years or older (parental consent required if under 18)


What you will learn:
Our SDI Sidemount Diver Course will introduce you to 

Gas management techniques whilst utilizing independent cylinders
Equipment considerations and configuration

Cylinder's for sidemounting
Regulator configuration
BCD (Buoyancy compensator device) / harness / wing options

Communication and Hand signals
Problem solving

Dealing with total gas loss and hemorrhages

Air / Gas sharing

Water entries

Safety checks, ABC Drills & S-Drills and sidemount drills


Skills you will master:

Dive planing
Testing and checking of all equipment 
Descending to a planed depth based on dive plan 
Management of independent cylinders gas levels whilst perform regular gas switches to equally decant cylinders

Execute a planed dive,m onitoring depth & time, based on air consumption
Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy and achieve neutral buoyancy
Become proficient at Attaching sidemount cylinders while..

On dry land
Standing in shallow water

Floating  in water to deep to stand
Negatively buoyant at depth

Neutrally buoyant at depth 

Launch an SMB (Submersible Marker Buoy) whilst on Side mount and  Perform safety stops as required


What’s in it for ME?
Graduates who successfully completion of the SDI Sidemount Course, may engage in sidemount diving activities, comfortably and confidently, without direct supervision, within the of the diver’s current certification level

The SDI Side mount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

SDI Sidemount Diver minimum requirements:

Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently as outlined in the curent SDI  Standards and Procedures Manual.


At Extreme Watersport we believe in providing full and transparent training, we encourage our divers to read and understand the standards of any diving course they undertake and make their own judgement on whether or not their training was up to scratch. She Official SDI Standard and Procedures Manual for the SDI Sidemount Diver Course can be found here.

Finally all divers undertaking training with Extreme Watresport must demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.


Training Materials

Professional training fees

SDI Certification Costs

ALL Air Fills


The course fees exclude all equipment, but rental equipment can be included at an additional cost.

This course does not require or include any boat dives


Transport to and from dive sites should be arranged by individual customer, if you unable to provide your own transport please contact us to discuss.

Perfect for any certified diver wanting to find out more about "The Sidemount Revolution"! Get that heavy SCUBA Cylinder of your back and dive like a pro! If you hav...
SDI Sidemount Diver Course
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