Discover Sidemount Diving

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Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for the Discover Sidemount course.
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Minimum age: 15 years

Course prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


What will I do?

You will have a two hour taster session on sidemount diving. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms, you will learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration. After, with your PADI Instructor, you will practise setting up and diving with a sidemount configuration in our onsite heated training pool.


How do I get started?

Just pick your dates if you can and pay your £45. Don’t worry if you can’t commit to a date straight away. There are plenty scheduled throughout the year.


How long will it take?

The Discover Sidemount session takes place on an evening or on a weekend for two hours.


What will I need?

The Discover Sidemount session is open to all divers over the age of 15 years who hold the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent.

All the standard scuba equipment you need to complete the programme is included.

You will need to fill out a self-certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions that you think may prevent you from scuba diving, please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.


Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your Discover Sidemount Diver session you have started down a road of discovery. Your next step would be to enroll on the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.