Guest Blogger: Two tanks is better than one, go sidemount!

 sidemountDiving with two tanks, one tank mounted on each side, instead of one on your back is unpractical, heavy, difficult and only for tec divers, right?  Wrong! Recreational sidemount diving is actually a completely different, fun and – importantly – safe way of enjoying the underwater life. Continue reading

Diary of a Course Director: TEC Sidemount

tec sidemount

Today I had a new student for TEC sidemount.  Now this course is pretty new in the PADI system and takes about 3 days, however this student Blaine came in and told me he was already a TEC 50 diver; hmm that changes the plan, because we can adjust the program a bit as a lot of the knowledge was already completed. Continue reading

Technical diving with Rich Coast diving

CR_Tec40-7Sidemount 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. Continue reading

TEC Diving


The last 3 weeks of the year are always very busy with both fun divers and students.  This year we seem to have many people who like to get certified, so all our instructors are in the pool and on the boat and back in the pool trying to make everyone a certified diver before 2013. Continue reading

Sidemount diving

This week we certified a new TEC 40 diver on sidemount.  The Hollis gear makes it so comfortable, it makes the step towards becoming a PADI TEC diver so easy.  Even for the female diver, and I can speak from experience, the sidemount set up is just awesome, you are going down with double tank, one on each side.  Continue reading

Now also a PADI TEC REC center

After achieving the CDC status we felt we had to upgrade and start teaching TEC courses as well. So an instructor was invited to join us in Costa Rica and Kevin was more than happy to leave the US for a trip to warm waters. Continue reading

Sidemount diving

Rich Coast Diving is going TEC!

Jeff Loflin, a tec specialist came to Costa Rica to introduce the sidemount diving to Rich Coast Diving.  At the DEMA in Orlando there was a tec day and we had done a small trial on the sidemount and absolutely loved it.  Continue reading