Sidemount is a scuba diving equipment configuration which has dive cylinders mounted alongside the diver, below the shoulders and along the hips, instead of on the back of the diver. It began as a configuration popular with advanced cave divers, as smaller sections of cave can be penetrated and tanks can be changed with greater ease. The same benefits were also used during wreck penetrations.
Sidemount diving is now growing in popularity within the technical diving community for general diving and is becoming an increasingly popular specialty training for recreational diving here at Rich Coast Diving. This year sidemount diving also became an option in the advanced course, but only if the instructor is a certified sidemount instructor, so we certified most of our instructors so our students have the possibility to do a sidemount introduction during their advanced course
The sidemount course also permits an easy, natural, progressive transition into technical diving. Once you have learned to dive a sidemount rig adding stage bottles is easy. The Tec Sidemount Diver course is a great way to get started into technical diving because the skills you learn in this course will train you to handle multiple cylinders on a single dive.
You will never have to strap a set of heavy twin cylinders on your back again. All levels of technical training we conduct here at Rich Coast Diving can be done with the use of a sidemount rig. Here at the shop we carry Hollis as our main set up and believe me, both sidemount and Tec sidemount courses are a big part of our PADI courses.
Our Course Director Martin van Gestel loves the set up and this makes the step easy for our instructors and others to take the TEC instructor course here at Rich Coast Diving. Besides Sidemount and Tec sidemount we teach Tec 40, 45, 50,and gas blending, at both student and instructor level.