As a PADI Regional Manager I have conducted several Sidemount Diver Events in Queensland since the specialty was introduced. Organising such an event is easy, and the PADI Marketing team can assist a dive centre to ensure that the social media event promotions are done professionally and effectively.
Since the PADI specialty Sidemount Diver (Rec 7 Tec) was released I have taught a few courses in Queensland to my PADI members just to get the ball rolling on the program. The responses have been positive during and after the course but I noticed that some are just a bit conservative when it comes to the Sidemount Diver course. I have done a few presentations where members are asking why you would need two cylinders with the types of diving in the local area (depth, dive times etc). Well, you don’t need to use two cylinders while diving sidemount and why not teach your students in an area where teaching courses are relatively easy. Here are some of the benefits of using Sidemount.
- easier equipment transportation when topside
- reduced lower back strain
- provides redundant gas supply
- ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
- increased gas supply for longer dives
- an alternative way to streamline in the water
Because you are able to move the cylinder from your back to your side, it instantly takes the pressure off of your back and gives you more flexibility to move and enjoy your dive. Plus, you don’t have to walk to the dive site with the cylinders on your back. You can enter the water and clip them on and go.
– PADI Open Water Diver
– At least 15 years old
Contact your local PADI Regional Manager for more information on how to get Sidemount certified.
– Hans Ullrich, PADI Regional Manager