Recreational Sidemount Diving Program

In the SSI Recreational Sidemount Diving program you’ll learn all you need to go single or two-cylinder recreational sidemount diving up to a maximum depth of 30 meters.

Sidemount diving is already common practice for wreck, mine, and cave divers, but now the benefits are being discovered by more recreational divers. With no heavy tank on your back, you’ll be more comfortable in the water and find your streamlining and trim improve effortlessly. By using less energy you may reduce your gas consumption so you can make the most of your dive time. With better buoyancy control, easier access to your valves and more redundancy as well, sidemount diving offers safety and peace of mind. You learn all the skills and knowledge you need to safely and comfortably dive with a single or two-cylinder sidemount equipment configuration.

Begin Recreational Sidemount Diving - When one tanks not enough!

Course Overview

During the Recreational Sidemount Diving program you will learn everything about the background, history, benefits and equipment of sidemount diving. In practice, you will learn how to configure your equipment and manage it in the water, recognizing that buoyancy and movement brings you a new diving experience.

  • History and Background

  • Advantages of Diving Sidemount

  • Propulsion techniques

  • Equipment and Configuration

  • Handling in practice

  • Gas matching and gas rules

  • Emergency procedures

  • Planning a Sidemount dive


  • Open Water Diver or equivalent

  • Be medically fit and healthy to dive

  • Minimum Age: 12

  • Academic Sessions: Online learning

  • Confined Water: 1

  • Open Water Dives: 3

  • Max depth: 30mtrs (or maximum certification depth of the student, whichever is shallower).

  • Max depth for 12 to 14 year olds is 18mtrs

  • Time: 2 day

Cost $600


  • All standard dive gear 
  • Online training 
  • Practical application
  • Use of multi gas dive computers
  • E-card
  • Light refreshments during your course
  • Dive club membership 
  • Student rates on new equipment purchases from us

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