PADI Sidemount Diver

A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better streamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a side mount 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 the Course Entails

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:

Course Pre-requisites

If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enrol in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.

Course Flow

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.

How Can I Get Started?

Visit your local PADI dive shop to enrol in the course and get your PADI Sidemount Diver and Tec 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.

What is the next adventure?

Advanced Rebreather Diver
AWARE Shark Conservation
Altitude Diver
Boat Diver
Cavern Diver
Deep Diver


Holidays featuring this Course

Solo Divers

Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort

Philippines, Mindoro & Anilao

The Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle with spectacular scenery above and below the water. This idyllic resort has to be on every divers bucket list!

  • Boutique beach resort
  • 40 rooms and suites
  • Local nightlife
  • 5* PADI CDC dive centre on-site
  • Pool/Bar/Internet/Spa/Camera Room
  • Beachfront cocktail bar

Solo Divers

Atlantis Dumaguete

Philippines, The Visayas

The luxurious Atlantis Dumaguete is located on a long peaceful stretch of beach with out of this world diving close by including Apo Island, Siquijor and Dauin marine.

  • Dive Apo Island & Dauin Marine
  • 36 deluxe rooms
  • PADI 5* on-site dive centre
  • Spa, pool & gym
  • Full board lodging included
  • Resort set in lush gardens

Solo Divers

Siladen Resort & Spa

Indonesia, Siladen Island

Siladen Resort & Spa is exclusively located in the heart of the world renowned Bunaken National Marine Park abundant with amazing marine life, this exquisite hotel is the perfect place to relax.

  • Island resort with sandy beach
  • 10 bungalows split into 20 rooms
  • Premium and deluxe rooms
  • Spa/Pool/Pool Bar/WIFI/
  • Full board basis
  • Great for couples and non-divers

Solo Divers

Coron Hilltop View Resort

Philippines, Palawan & Tubbataha

Coron Hilltop View Resort is ideally located near the airstrip and jetty, this magical resort offers peace and tranquillity with access to breath taking WW2 wreck diving.

  • 19 uniquely formed villas
  • Dive centre close by
  • Wreck and reef diving
  • Surrounded by lush greenery
  • Swimming pool & cocktail bar
  • Close to Busuanga airport

Solo Divers

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort

Philippines, The Visayas

Exotic Dive & Beach Resort is the perfect hotel with a variety of rooms, a magnificent beachfront location, out of this world thresher shark diving experiences and a unique man-made house reef.

  • Beachfront located divers resort
  • 29 rooms with choice of types
  • Choice of BB, HB or FB basis
  • Daily thresher shark diving
  • Dive centre on-site
  • Diving at Gato Island