WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.
SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO LEARN
The course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
- Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
- Cylinder options
- Regulator options
- Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
- Proper weighting
- Hand signals
- Gas hemorrhages
- Shore water entries
- Boat water entries
- S-Drills (specific to sidemount)
Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers).
Familiarization with area Descend to 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 sidemount cylinders while out of water, on the surface standing on the bottom, on the surface in water too deep to stand, at depth.
Perform gas switches.
Perform safety stops.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities without direct supervision, provided the following limits are adhered to:
Safety stops as appropriate
Planned dives do not exceed the diver’s current certification level
Also, the SDI Sidemount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development program.
Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently.
Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.
Log all dives.