The PADI Sidemount Diver course at Blue Life was developed and written by one of our founders, Frank Gutierrez. During the theory portion of the course you will learn about the history of Sidemount diving, as well as its current role in the diving world. After the short classroom presentation we will look at equipment options and get you fitted so that you are comfortable. We use top of the line XDeep Stealth 2 harnesses and APEKS XTX 50 regulators for all students. During the confined water dives you will practice using the new equipment in shallow water. We will also work on your buoyancy, kicking, and some emergency drills. Once you are comfortable with the equipment and its use, we will head to the open water for 2 more dives where you can practice with your new gear. During the dives, you will experience the comfort and streamlining of the equipment configuration. At first, you will feel like you are missing some equipment because you will be a much more efficient swimmer. This equipment configuration opens a ton of doors into technical or overhead environment diving.
The Sidemount Diver course will take 2 days and we will dive at least 5 times. Before you begin training, you may choose a TDI or PADI certification. After this course, you may be ready to participate in a Cavern Diver course.
- Dives 4
- Days 2-3
- Prereqs You must be 15 years old and an Open Water Diver