SDI Sidemount Diver


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



SDI Sidemount diver
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 utilising independent cylinders
Equipment considerations
Cylinder options
Regulator options
Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
Proper weighting
Equipment configurations
Hand signals
Problem solving
Gas haemorrhages
Water entries
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)
Familiarisation 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 judgement concerning dive planning and execution
Log all dives