PADI Sidemount Diver & TEC Sidemount Diver

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.

There are 2 different PADI courses for sidemount:


If you plan on continuing on to TEC programs you will need to take the TEC Sidemount course.

What You’ll 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.

With the TEC Sidemount you will learn the above plus:

  • Tec procedures for sidemount diving
  • Use of additional stage bottle

Upcoming Specialty Courses

What You’ll Need


For the Sidemount Diver Course you need to be Open Water Diver certified with 15 logged dives.

For the Sidemount Tec Diver Course you need to Advanced Open Water Diver certified, 18yrs of age or older and have 30 logged dives. Enriched Air Diver certification is recommended.


Sidemount Diver Course: $450

TEC Sidemount Diver Course: $600

For both courses you will need the PADI Sidmount Diver manual which is available for purchase in the shop.

Equipment, charter fees and gas fills are not included.

Sidemount rental package $60 (includes: Sidemount BCD, Regulators, tanks)

TEC Sidemount rental package $80 ((includes: Sidemount BCD, Regulators, tanks, plus stage bottle)