Recreational Sidemount Course

Wanting to extent your dive time because you keep running out of gas? Try diving with 2 cylinders. 

Sidemont diving gives you the opportunity to explore more of the underwater world by allowing you to carry more gas and by providing a flatter profile in the water. 

Sidemount diving a great step forward for many divers who are wanting to advance in their diving abilities. 
This 2-3 day course will provide you with all the basic knowledge and skills needed to sidemount dive from equipment setup, emergency drills to efficient and effective way to use sidemount diving from shore and from boats.   
The course consists of home study online theory, Classroom session and 6 Open water dives.
All courses that are taught through Sam Bennett Diving have a ratio of 4:1 (students to instructor)
    • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
    • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
    What you get from this course
    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 diver’s current certification level
    Divers will also be able to adjust, set up and correctly use equipment designed specifically for sidemount. (We will cover the basic principles of all equipment used in the course, any new equipment used outside of the course we are more than happy to orientate you to at another time.)



    Equipment, site entry fees, boat fees (if required), gas fees are not included

    Course Requirements:



    – Complete all E-learning Modules before any practical lessons start.
    – Dive planning and dive organisation session. This will be completed either in person or through our online classroom.

    Land Skills

    • Gear set up 
    • Cylinder donning and doffing 
    • Out of gas donations 
    • Regulator switching 
    • Shut down drills
    • Gas management

    IN-water skills

    • Plan dives
    • Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
    • Familiarization with area
    • Descend to planned depth and do not exceed any pre-planned limits
    • Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas
    • Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
    • Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
    • Attaching sidemount cylinders while
      a. Out of the water
      b. On surface standing on the bottom
      c. On the surface in water too deep to stand
      d. At depth
    • Perform regulator switches
    • Perform safety stops