Try a completely different configuration

Having scuba tanks on your back is not 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 do not have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.

Many divers have already figured out an alternate way, with the assembling of the bottles on the sides.

Sidemount diving gives you more flexibility and rationalization options. In addition, it eliminates the problem of loading and moving with bottles on the back - because in Sidemount Diving you only have to clip them to the equipment in the water.

Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty 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 diving sessions you will 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.

In addition, the first dive of the Specialty PADI Sidemount can serve as a credit for the Adventure Dive certification Advanced Open Water Diver.


2 days / 3 dives


All necessary equipment

PADI Manual

International Certification (PADI)


Minimum 15 years of age and / or PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher