Photos - Sidemount Diving
Diving in sidemount configuration
Sidemount configuration offers a more streamlined profile for scuba diving. Kwok demonstrates in Sun Yat-Sen University's diving pool in Guangzhou.
Like most scuba training involving new equipment, you start in a swimming pool. This session took place in Guangzhou.
Sidemount dive training
Sidemount training in Guangzhou. Or, just having fun... Adjusting the trim and balance is easier with sidemount, and allows you to move freely in any direction.
Sidemount Course in Guangzhou
If you wear two cylinders, they can be smaller than what you normally use.
With sidemount, you usually gear up in the water: no need to carry the tanks on your back to the water's edge.
Taking a photo of a whale shark.
Kwok snapping a photo of a whale shark in Moal Boal.
Many divers choose to wear two cylinders for sidemount diving for redundant air source and more stable balance.
Smaller cylinders are easy to handle.
Overhead diving with sidemount
Sidemount diving originated from the needs of cave diving.
Cave diving with sidemount
Sidemount configuration allows squeezing through tight spaces.
Access to valves
Since the tank valves are right in front of you, it is easy to turn the valves on and off, should you need to. You don't need to take the tanks off to do this.
Three scuba configurations
Comparing different configurations for technical diving: twin set, sidemount, rebreather.
Sidemount in open water
You don't necessarily need to dive pushing the tanks, but you can if you want to...
Hovering with sidemount
Streamlining with sidemount - less drag, easier to dive. You can hardly see the tanks when looking from the front.
Certified Sidemount Diver
Sidemount courses require some pool training and a couple of open water dives for the certification.
Cave diving in Mexico
Sidemount is popular choice in caves in the cenotes of Mexico.
Sidemount in caves
Sidemount diver from below
A diver in sidemount configuration seen from below. Photo taken in Moal Boal, Philippines.
Sidemount Diving Photos
Sidemount diving is gaining popularity fast. Strapping the tanks on your side instead of your back allows you more streamlining options, easier gearing up since you usually do that in the water, and allows you to move the tanks around freely. If you dive with two cylinders, you also have two independent air - or gas - sources for redundancy.
Photos from a scuba trip to Moal Boal in the Philippines. Whale sharks, turtles, etc.
Indonesia is gaining reputation as a scuba diving destination quickly. And for a good reason. See photos from Raja Ampat.
Sipadan is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. Gallery of underwater photos.
Pictures from various wrecks around Asia. There are hundreds of wrecks in South East Asian waters. Many of them are reminders of the battles fought during the Second World War, some are deliberately sunken to form artificial reefs.