Discover the benefits of Sidemount Diving with Scuba Courses. Perfect trim and buoyancy make it ideal for both Technical & Recreational Divers. Learn about equipment configuration, gas management, streamlining, finning techniques and much more. Experience sidemount and you'll never go backmount again.

With so many benefits to sidemount diving it's hard to understand why you're not diving on it already. 


Sidemount diving:

  • Offers an alternate and often easier way to streamline in the water. You will feel free and less restricted.

  • Offers increased gas supply without overloading your body with cumbersome and heavy dive equipment. 

  • Enables easier equipment transportation, more relaxed entries and exits as well as as reducing strain on the body.

  • Increases safety with a redundant air source and allows incredibly easy access to your gas supply.

Course Overview

  • You'll explore and experience the benefits of sidemount diving

  • Get hands on the with sidemount equipment set-up, adjustments and fine tuning the configuration for you.

  • Understand planning considerations and safety concerns for sidemount diving

  • Get plenty of in-water time to enjoy sidemount and work on trim, finning, buoyancy & skills

Course Prerequisites

Knowledge Development


Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Confined/Open Water Dives


  • 1 Confined Water Session

  • 3 Open Water Dives

Price Includes

  • PADI Sidemount Diver Course Materials

  • PADI Certification Fee

  • Theory Review Session

  • 1 Confined Pool Session

  • 3 Open Water Dives 

  • Equipment Hire & Air Fills

  • £10 Project AWARE Donation

Continue The Adventure...

You can truly appreciate the equipment configuration and skills that you have mastered during the PADI Sidemount course as your transfer these skills to all aspects of your diving. Glide around and through wrecks on your PADI Wreck Specialty, safe in the knowledge your kit is streamlined and your buoyancy and trim are spot on.  Or take the challenge of the PADI Deep Specialty course with the benefits of additional gas, a redundant air source and easily accessible kit configuration.

If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.

PADI Sidemount Diver


Frequently asked questions

Is Sidemount diving just for technical divers?

Whilst the configuration of sidemount equipment makes it an ideal set-up for technical diving, it is also suitable for recreational open water scuba.

Do you always have to use 2 cylinders?

There may be situations where 2 cylinders are not required. With a few minor adjustments it's easy enough to dive with a single cylinder.

Is Sidemount a fad?

Sidemount diving originated from cave divers in the 1960's, where minimalist equipment was utlised to access restricted cave systems. It remained the mainstay of the cave diving community for decades, with sidemount equipment evolving from home-made set-ups to commercially manaufactured systems. Over the past few years, the benefits of sidemount diving has spilt over into the recreational arena

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