SDI Sidemount Diver Course

DURATION: 2-3 days
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent/li>
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.
COST: €300

SDI Sidemount Diver Course

Who this SDI course is for:

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

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

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.

SDI Sidemount Diver minimum requirements:
Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently
Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
Log all dives