Here are some very good news for the sidemount course participant and sidemount divers.
Firstly, after observing more and more sidemount divers and students, I realized that many times the drawback is the heavy tanks, which ones make moving on the boat and preparation for the dive more difficult. I asked myself; why would you want to take 4.500 liters of air with you for a recreational dive? Unless you are not the one with very high consumption, you do not need it. If you are a heavy breather, then you are probably the stronger built one who can carry the bigger tanks.
So I bought the smaller cylinders. With this ones you have sufficient air for the dive, and your moving and streamlining will become much easier. Also the new tank sets are equipped with modular valves on your right side, so your regulators are facing you on both sides, as the properly should.
I am sure they will be very popular among the sidemount divers.
The other thing which came to my mind was the diversification of the sidemount harness system. The Hollis SMS50 fits literally anyone, but some divers are not comfortable with it, mainly the bigger built ones, and they would like to have more lift force in it. To suit this students and divers needs, I have purchased the SMS100 system too. Now everyone can try and choose, which system wants to use or purchase.
I would like also take the opportunity to congratulate to Thomas from US and Johnnie from China for completing the PADI Sidemount Diver and PADI Self-Reliant Diver courses. Both students choose to take the great package deal on this two courses. They did an excellent job on it, and I am sure they will enjoy sidemounting in the future too. Thomas did the Divemaster course too and Johnnie completed seven Specialty Instructor courses using the Specialty Instructor promotional package.