I was asked many times about the sidemount diving. The first question always is: why or what for?
There are multiple reasons, why to dive sidemount, and I will give you few examples below, but of course like everything else, it is not for everyone.
The main advantages are the following ones:
- Ease of streamlining equipment. When you need or want more than one cylinder, sidemount provides a very streamlined package. When correctly configured, sidemount can reduce drag and avoids contact with the environment.
- Easier equipment transport. Most people find it easier to carry and wear two smaller cylinders instead of one large cylinder. Divers with physical challenges may find this a big advantage, especially in that it allows them to don equipment in the water.
Versatility. Sidemount works well with many recreational diving activities making it a great way to expand your capabilities with a single basic configuration. Divers with physical challenges find that even when diving only one cylinder, sidemount simplifies getting in and out of the water.
- Increased gas supply. Using enriched air nitrox and an EANx dive computer, you often have so much no stop dive time that you run our of gas long before you approach a no decompression limit. The ability to use two cylinders lets you enjoy more of this no stop dive time.
- Accessibility. In sidemount, the regulator first stage and valves are in front of you where they’re visible and accessible. This makes it easier to spot and deal with problems (you’ll learn about this during the course).
- Adjustability. Most sidemount configurations allow you to fine tune equipment fit and trim during the dive to enhance streamlining and body position. Most divers find this makes sidemount more comfortable than other configurations.
- Problem solving. With two-cylinder sidemount, you can handle an out-of gas problem without your buddy as your primary alternate air source.
There are also some disadvantages too, which ones we have to mention too to be fair.
- Cumbersome in full kit out of the water. With two normal cylinders (11 litre/80 cubic foot) out of the water, it can be awkward to stand and perform a giant-stride in sidemount; you would normally put the cylinders on after you enter the water. With two small cylinders, however, this is much less of an issue.
- More complex gas management. With two cylinders, you must learn to switch regularly between cylinders to keep the pressures relatively close. However, this is not overly complex, and you’ll learn to do this as part of this course.
- Buddy unfamiliarity. You may find yourself teamed with buddies who are not acquainted with sidemount procedures. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to show them what they need to know during dive planning.
I offer you the opportunity to do this course using the latest generation equipment specially designed for this type of diving. The Hollis harness and Apeks regulators will ensure your comfort and safety during your training.
Also for all of you who are thinking about taking the next step forward and want to taste a bit of technical diving like setup, this is a great opportunity.
If you feel like this is something for you, then do not hesitate and check the availability and book your course now by contacting me.
The course fee including all materials and certification fee is 12.500 Baht.
If you are the one who likes do dive alone, with this configuration you could do it safely. If you have 100 logged dives and want to learn about PADI Self-Reliant (Solo) Diver course, please contact me.