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 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

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

Hotel Colombo

Azores, Azores

Located on the warmest and southernmost island of the Azores Archipelago, the Hotel Colombo is the ideal base for a diving holiday with manta ray encounters.

  • Located on Santa Maria Island
  • Dive with manta rays
  • Diving package included
  • Sandy beach close by
  • Haliotis Dive Centre close by
  • Nitrox available