The PADI Sidemount courses are suitable for recreational divers and technical divers. Instead of diving with the cylinder positioned your back the diving cylinders are positioned alongside the diver. The configuration of the cylinder is below the shoulders and along the hips. This provides more maneuverability which is especially useful in tight spaces.
Upon completion of the course you will be certified to a maximum depth of 30 metres, (or 40 metres with the PADI Deep Specialty). With twice as much gas and 2 separate regulators and tanks it is great for videographers or those who tend to stray a little from the group. It is becoming more and more popular, especially with the wreck and cave diving community as you can move tanks around to fit through some of the smaller passage ways.
Your Instructor will cover the following topics and skills:
The course will outline the procedures for conducting sidemount dives and is a great addition to your diving qualifications.
Course duration is 3 days.
The cost of the recreational sidemount course is 12,000 THB.
The cost of the technical sidemount course is 15,000 THB.
Students must be Open Water Diver certified (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization).
A minimum of 20 logged dives is required to start the course.