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dive agencies equivalency
  • SDI Sidemount

  • TDI Sidemount

Who this SDI course is for:

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

Course prerequisites

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

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
  • Problem solving
  • 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.

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

How do I take this course?

  • Take it online. SDI Sidemount is available in eLearning
  • Course Cost: $139.95 USD for eLearning only.  Pool and open water training not included.  
  • Only pool and open water training including 4 open water dives $450.00 USD

If you want to start elearning now but you are not sure when and where you can attend the practical training, click here

If you want to make a reservation with me for your full course on a certain date and also start elearning, click here

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