SDI Sidemount Diver


This course is designed to teach certified divers how to safely utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted configuration. The course is strictly non-decompression with a maximum depth limit of 40m/130ft, or within the limit of the student’s current certification..


Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

Course Duration:

Courses should not be treated as a race or something that can be skipped through quickly. Please remember training does not guarantee certification, we need to ensure you fully understand the training and will be a safe diver on certification. We follow a loved one clause that when certified we would be happy you could safely dive with one of our loved ones.

  • The e-learning and academic portion of this course should be completed before starting in water training and exercises. The duration of this piece is dependant on your availability. During this time our instructors are on hand to assist with questions or any element you may struggle with.
  • For many courses the swimming pool or confined water sessions give us time to practice and carry out skills in a controlled environment. We do not fix specific number of pool sessions as it is dependant on your comfort level with skills before moving to open water.
  • The open water element is again determined more by time in water rather than number of dives. We prefer longer dives building experience rather than quick short 20 minute 'dips'.
We will strive to meet your timelines and requirements where possible and will always be dependant on student availability to attend sessions.


Course prerequisites & forms:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent. 

Medical Form
Liability Release 

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Sidemount Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
    • Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
    • Equipment considerations
      • Cylinder options
      • Regulator options
      • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
      • Proper weighting
      • Equipment configurations
    • Communication
      • Hand signals
    • Problem solving
      • Gas-sharing
      • Gas hemorrhages
    • Water entries
      • Shore
      • Boat
    • S-Drills (specific to sidemount)
    Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

      • Plan dive
      • Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
      • Familiarization with area
      • Descend to planed depth and not exceed any pre-planned limits
      • Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas in independent cylinders
      • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
      • Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
      • Attaching sidemount cylinders while
        • Out of water
        • On surface standing on bottom
        • On surface in water to deep to stand
        • At depth
      • Perform gas switches
      • Perform safety stops

      What’s in it for you?

      Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities without direct supervision, provided the following limits are adhered to:
        • Safety stops as appropriate
        • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level
        Also, the SDI Sidemount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.

        How to take this course?

        • Availability to start every week. 
        • Get in touch with us by phone, whatsapp, facebook or e-mail
        • You can also add to shopping cart and pay online using ideal, credit card or paypal.

        Price & Value:

        SDI Sidemount Diver - €240,00

        *Fully inclusive of all e-learning, equipment required for the course, training and certification on successful completion.

        We focus on and are proud of the skill level, knowledge, decision making, experience and readiness of divers to dive at levels which they have been trained. We want to invest in you, your safety and ability to dive, then come home with amazing stories.

        Our courses are priced as such and we do not hide additional costs. We are are very flexible for training, especially in terms of dates or location as we know we all have busy lives and work commitments. However if for reasons outside of weather, illness or other such emergencies a course/training can not be completed in the standard training schedule we will charge for extra days at €150,00 per day.