This kind of diving is already common practice for a lot of wreck- and cave divers. Now the benefits are being discovered by more and more recreational divers. The ease of movement without a heavy tank on the back and a new feeling of buoyancy are enticing advantages of the program. Get involved!
Divers jumping into the water with no cylinder on their back can be found in images of vacationing divers, as well as in scientific journals.
As is the norm in wreck and cave diving, sidemount equipment configuration is now being discovered by more and more divers. The simple, pleasant and weightless dive without the burden of the diving equipment to weigh down on the back – who wouldn’t want to experience this?
To make these kind of dives safely, it requires special training. Unfortunately, these dives are often carried out without the necessary preparation and knowledge, which often leads to a safety risk. Therefore, it is necessary to have the knowledge, skills and training to make Recreational Side Mount dives safely.
You will learn everything about the background, history, benefits and equipment of sidemount diving. In practice, you will learn how to configure your equipment and manage it in the water, recognizing that bouyancy and movement brings you a new diving experience.
To begin your journey into a whole new, underwater world, the SSI Open Water Diver course is the way to go. All you have to do is to go through a theory class (with online learning), a pool session, and an open water dive trip to be certified as an Open Water diver!