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Specialty Course

PADI Sidemount Diver

How to sign up


Courses are arranged by request.


Please contact us through the contact page or by email or phone. Our office will direct you to one of our instructors, so you can talk directly, ask questions and arrange a course schedule.

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.

Course Contents


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.


During the course you'll do


  • One (1) confined water dive (pool)

  • Three (3) dives in open water

  • Knowledge review


There is a video to watch and a you'll get a manual. You'll need to complete the two Knowledge Reviews. A review session with your instructor is done at some point either between or after the dives, or as a separate session.



  • PADI Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)

  • Minimum age 15 years


Course fee


Group course from HKD3,600 per person

For group rate minimum two participants. For one-on-one courses, please contact us.

Course fee includes professional instruction, course manual and certification fee. Equipment rental is not included. Total course costs depend on your choice of equipment configuration. You have a choice of two tank or one tank set-ups. Please contact us to discuss.

PADI Specialty Course: PADI Sidemount Diver Course

Another way to scuba dive: Sidemount Diving.

Sidemount training

Proper trim allows you to move freely - in any direction.

Sidemount divers

Sidemount offers better streamlining.

Sidemount training

With sidemount configuration, you usually strap the tanks on in the water. If you have physical problems not having to carry tanks on your back may be beneficial.

Sidemount diving training

Wearing two cylinders you are more balanced and can use smaller tanks

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