Sidemount Instructor
Change the way others dive forever!

The Sidemount Instructor course will teach you how to supervise sidemount training and assemble scuba equipment so that the tank(s) are worn on the diver’s sides instead of their back. This course is not just for technical divers and has many advantages for recreational divers and professionals! As the popularity of sidemount diving grows, you’ll also learn how to teach sidemounting a single cylinder for recreational divers. This reduces the diver’s vertical profile significantly, but it increases the diver’s horizontal profile slightly.

If you are also a PADI Tec Deep/Trimix Instructor you’ll be able to integrate this knowledge and skills into your Technical Diving courses and offer PADI/DSAT Tec Sidemount programs. For technical divers, sidemount has several advantages over traditional back mounted doubles and increases streamlining and versatility in the water. This course can also be integrated into our Tec Deep/Trimix Instructor courses.

Advantages to teaching diving in sidemount

Streamlining: The entire sidemount system is designed to be completely streamlined. Sidemount mentality is typically one that involves a minimalist approach, so BCDs and harnesses tend to have smaller profile (but same functionality) than typical backmount equipment.

Comfort: Your back is much more flexible in sidemount since there is nothing rigid (tank or backplate) held against it. This greatly increases comfort during dives. Cylinders can also easily be donned in the water eliminating the need to walk around with heavy dive equipment on. Sidemount has made diving for some people with disabilities and or injuries much easier, since all the heavy equipment can be donned in the water.

Safety: With two completely independent cylinders and regulators, sidemount provides a redundant system and much safer gas management. All valves and regulators are directly in front of you so they are easier to manage. A faulty regulator or tank becomes a minor problem instead of a major emergency. Complete gas loss is practically impossible.

Versatile: Alongside further training and some additional equipment, the same BCD and harness can be used in other applications such as technical, wreck, and cave diving.

Lightweight: Gear is typically lighter and less bulky, making it ideal for travel and loading. This also makes getting into small boats and/or back to shore much easier.

Course Schedule

We offer the PADI SM Instructor course at the end of each month in conjunction with our MSDT training, but it can be offered other times upon demand.

It consists of 1 academic session, practical set up, 1 confined water session and 1 Open Water dive (however we include free use of our gear and tanks for additional dives). For divers who do not yet have the Sidemount Diver, the diver level can be offered with the Instructor level for a total time of 5 days.

Contact us for more information and to enroll on the course with Utila Dive Centre.  Our staff who conduct this course are qualified sidemount cave divers, and wrote this PADI approved specialty and with hours of cave and tec sidemount diving we’re also the most qualified Sidemount Instructor Trainers in the Bay Islands of Honduras and Central America.

Contact Us

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