PADI Side Mount


The PADI Side mount Scuba Diving Speciality Course teaches you:

How to learn a unique way of buoyancy control resulting in a more streamlined profile that reduces drag making finning and moving through the water easier and more efficient.


Attain a greater comfort level as side mount equipment and harness can be custom fit to each individual, accommodating divers of all shapes and sizes.
How to take advantage of many skills including learning how to help any divers with any disabilities, as you carry the cylinder(s) separate from your harness to the water. Whilst within the water you would then attach your cylinders and weights, making the entries and exits to dive sites much easier.
Learn safer options in terms of air management as you have an easier access to your cylinder valve(s), first stage(s) and alternate regulator should a problem arise.
How to configure equipment learning that one harness and BCD does it all. This statement is now true as the same side mount equipment you use, can be used for more advanced types of diving i.e. wreck, technical and cave diving. Course Goals are to;

  • Explain the benefits of side mount diving
  • Develop student ability to assemble, configure and wear side mount diving equipment
  • Guide students in the skills required to plan and make no stop recreational side mount dives 

What will we do..? What do I need to start..?

  • Course will take 2/3 days (minimum)
  • 1 Confined water session
  • 3 Open water dives
What do I need to start..?

All kit can be provided for the course if you do not own or have access to the basics.

The equipment list includes:

Mask, Fins & Suitable Exposure Protection (snorkel optional)
2 Single Tanks
2 Primary Regulators and 1st Stages
1.5 to 2m long regulator hose (recommend Mi flex)
Side mount Harness & BCD (approved by instructor prior to the course)
Dive Tables, Depth Gauge & Dive Timer (or Dive Computer)
Divers Tool or Knife
Slate with Pencil
Two Surface Signalling Devices (whistle & SMB or signal mirror)
Reel & SMB (if required by local regulations) Compass
Multi Pouch Or Pocket
Redundancy Equipment (spare bungee, double ended bolt snap, cable ties and mouthpiece)

What will I do?

Don and doff their side mount cylinders whilst in the water.
Conduct a buoyancy check at the surface.
Donor and receiver to an out of air diver.
Switch regulators to keep gas balanced in their independent cylinders.
Neutral buoyancy swimming using various fining techniques
Valve shutdowns exercise combined with gas switches (safety drill).
Twin partial cylinder removal and swim neutrally buoyant.
Neutral swim with one cylinder removed (hand-held).
Simulate a regulator free flow and breathe from regulator using (valve fluttering).
Maintain the correct trim of the side mount cylinders (especially when buoyant).
Side mount bungee failure, replace with spare.

All future speciality courses can now be done whilst wearing side mount once you have done one for the initial side mount course(s).

You may also count this Speciality certification toward one of the five required Specialties for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification.