SDI side-mount DIVER

$250

As equipment changes make diving easier, they are incorporated into diving. One of those changes has been side-mount cylinders. Side-mount cylinder use has exploded on the scuba diving scene. This course is designed to teach certified divers how to safely utilize side-mounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional back-mounted configuration. The course is strictly non-decompression with a maximum depth limit of 40 metres/130 feet, or within the limit of the student’s current certification, whichever is shallower

Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking to use a side-mount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
  • Equipment considerations
    • Cylinder options
    • Regulator options
    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
    • Proper weighting
    • Equipment configurations
  • Communication
    • Hand signals
  • Problem solving
    • Gas-sharing
    • Gas hemorrhages
  • Water entries
    • Shore
    • Boat
  • S-Drills (specific to side-mount)

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Plan dive
  • Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
  • Familiarization with area
  • Descend to the planned depth and not exceed any pre-planned limits
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas in independent cylinders
  • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
  • Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
  • Attaching side-mount cylinders while
    • Out of water
    • On surface standing on bottom
    • On surface in water to deep to stand
    • At depth
  • Perform gas switches
  • Perform safety stops

What’s in it for you?

  • Safety stops as appropriate
  • Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level

SDI side-mount Diver minimum requirements:

  • Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Log all dives

Course Standards & Procedures