If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that TEC divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. This course is the perfect compliment to completing the TEC deep, allowing more focus on equipment configuration and setup, alternatively a great crossover for those who have already completed TEC training in back mount and are looking for some clear and comprehensive training on moving over to sidemount.

This course can be integrated with any or all of the TEC Deep courses (40-45-50) to provide more depth to your knowledge and training.

The Training

The PADI TEC Sidemount course includes three parts: 

  • Knowledge Development – Once you have signed up for the course we will provide you with a manual to read and complete the relevant knowledge reviews before your practical training. You will then review this with your instructor alongside going through an extensive practical workshop to ensure all equipment is fitted correctly and to familiarise yourself with the new gear, this will include the following plus much more:
    • Gear configuration and stage rigging
    • Variations on sidemount equipment
    • Tank rotation and gas management techniques
    • Emergency procedures
  • Confined Water Training – After all the gear is set up, it’s time to get wet! Starting in a calm shallow water environment, your instructor will spend time going through trim, buoyancy, streamlining and emergency drills, ready for your open water dives.
  • Open Water Dives – Over the course of 2 days you will then complete 4 additional open water dives trialling 2,3 and even 4 tank configurations! You will also cover the following skills and drills within your training:
    • Gas emergency drills
    • Tank rotations
    • Staging cylinders
    • Penetration techniques


    • Age: 18 years old and above
    • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent from an alternative agency
    • Minimum of 30 logged dives
    • Good physical health – You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us



(please get in contact for a price to integrate with another TEC course)


  • Manual + certification
  • Confined water training
  • 4 Open water dives
  • Transport to and from dive sites
  • Gases + cylinders
  • 20% off on APEKs sidemount wing and regulator sets
  • Lifetime membership of the Wreckheads Club

Time commitment 

2 – 3 days