PADI Sidemount Diver


Having scuba tanks on your back isn't a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don't have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.

How do I begin?

You start with the training materials. We will provide you with the PADI Sidemount Diver manual for you to read and answer the questions prior to the start of your training.

What's in the course?

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you'll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you're perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.

Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

How long does it take?

The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty takes place over two days– they do not have to be consecutive days.

What qualifications do I need?

The PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty.

The minimum age of enrolment on this programme is 15 yrs.

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 and we will try to be of assistance.

What's next?

Once you have completed your PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty you can take full advantage of the dives to Larnaca Bay, including Zenobia. As the Zenobia dives take place from a boat why not take the PADI Wreck diver course or PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course to maximise your time too?

Once you have completed five PADI specialties and your PADI Rescue Diver and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.


The PADI Sidemount Diver course costs €350.00 plus materials, certification. Sidemount rig rental included in this price.