PADI Sidemount Diver course
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The new PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course teaches divers how to configure and use one or two cylinders mounted at their sides instead of on their backs. The benefits of sidemount diving include:
• Adjustability. Most sidemount configurations allow a diver to fine tune equipment fit and trim during the dive to enhance streamlining and body position. Using sidemounted cylinders can reduce drag and help to better control environmental contact when compared with using backmounted twin cylinders.
• Access. A diver has easy access to the regulator first stage(s) and tank valve(s) during the dive, because they’re positioned in front of the diver instead of behind the diver’s head.
• Back relief. Divers with back problems may find relief by mounting cylinder(s) on their sides.
• On/off in the water. Divers who have challenges supporting cylinder weight out of the water may find side mounted cylinder(s) simpler to use and easier to put on in the water.
• Maximize time. For divers who run out of gas long before approaching no decompression limits, side mounted cylinders provide a comfortable option to increase air supply and maximize bottom time; especially when using enriched air.
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• Redundant gas supply. With two-cylinder sidemount, a diver can handle a low or out-of-gas problem by switching to the second cylinder.
• Redundant gas delivery system. With two cylinder sidemount, a diver can handle a regulator failure by switching to the second regulator.
• Ease of use topside. Carrying two smaller cylinders can be easier than carrying one large cylinder (or backmounted twin cylinders) to and from the dive site.
This specialty is recreational in scope, including no-stop dives.
• Maximum depth –18-30 meters/60-100 feet, depending on diver training/experience.
• Diver prerequisites – Open Water Diver and age 15.
The course includes a practical application session, one confined water dive and three open water dives.