The Tec Sidemount Diver course develops the base equipment-related motor skills and underlying knowledge for the use of sidemount in technical diving.
Sidemount is primarily a tool used for passing through restrictions (small passages) in wreck and cave diving, however it is emerging as a preferred configuration for many open water divers as well, offering them a number of advantages in certain settings.
Whatever your motivation is for taking this course, you will certainly enjoy the differences between this and backmounted equipment. This is heavily focused on proper equipment configuration, it is recommended to use your own gear during training.
Topics covered include
- Benefits of Sidemount.
- Basic Single Cylinder Sidemount Configuration
- Basic Two Cylinder Sidemount Configuration
- The main components of a sidemount rig.
- Sidemount harness and BCD systems.
- Cylinders and cylinder configurations.
- Regulators and regulator configuration for sidemount.
- Weight systems and options.
- Donning and wearing a typical two-cylinder sidemount rig.
- Tec Diving Two Cylinder Sidemount
- Sidemount entries.
- Proper trim in sidemount.
- Exits in sidemount.
Before attending the course students are required to have a medical screening by a licensed physician, you will need to present the course director a signed medical clearance form before any training.
You will need a minimum of 100 logged dives before enrolling on the PADI Instructor Exams (IE), you will gain a few dives during the IDC, however we recommend that these, and other, training dives not be counted towards this number, and that your experience to progress onto the IE be complete prior to enrolling on the IDC.
You will need a copy of the PADI sidemount diver manual, if you already have a copy of this from a recreational sidemount course your course fee will be adjusted accordingly, section two of this book addresses technical sidemount.
The cost of the PADI Tec Sidemount course is 16,000 PHP, this includes all dives, materials and certification. You may use our equipment at no additional cost, however it is highly recommended that you use your own if available, a configuration workshop is part of the course, and will be beneficial.
We have a limited number of twin bed fan dormitory rooms for 2500 PHP per person, per week. These come with a kitchenette and bathroom, simple backpacker style.
If you prefer something else we work with a number of local resorts and hotels, or you might like to check services like, AirBNB we can help with local information if needed.
A typical hotel room starts from 1500 per night and up, the average would be around 2000 PHP. A typical self service monthly rental room or studio from 10,000 PHP and up, the average around 15000 PHP per month.
See here for more information on accommodation.
Contact the Course Director as early as possible, we can only accept a limited number of students on to each program, it is wise to book your preferred date in advance.
Please provide as much of the following information as possible when you book.
Total number of dives you have done
Number of dives you have done sidemount (if any)
Number of decompression dives you have done
How long you have been diving
Any significant gaps in your diving
What equipment you will need