Sidemount Diving is not a new way of Scuba Diving but originates from Cave Divers, where divers must be streamlined and able to make themselves smaller to pass through narrow entrances and passages.
Now, for the mainstream Diver also, Sidemount is an easy and comfortable way of mounting your diving cylinders, to allow good trim and buoyancy while having freedom of movement in the water.
Sidemount Diving is also perfect for those divers who wish to take the strain off their backs, as the weight is re-distributed to the side.
The benefits of Sidemount Diving do not end there.
Sidemount Diving has some incredible Safety and Enjoyment Benefits
Benefit Number one of Sidemount Diving is safety- concerned. When Divers Sidemount their Cylinders, the valves can easily be seen, so if there are any leaks or problems, the Diver can easily identify these and respond accordingly, since they can easily see. This makes responding to any problems easier than using a twinset or regular single tank set-up where everything is behind the diver's head.
Sidemount Diving benefit Number two is the amount of breathing gas a diver can take in the water.
Here in Cyprus, Divers can scuba dive at a range of dive sites from relatively shallow to deeper dives such as Zenobia or Cyclops and, as we know, the amount of gas a diver breathes varies with Depth.
When a Diver Scuba Dives with Sidemount Configuration, they take 2 cylinders with them, which means they have twice the amount of gas than the Diver with a single Tank. There is a 2-fold benefit for this. Firstly, the Diver has gas redundancy and secondly, the Dive times can be longer.
Peter Crane is the resident instructor for Sidemount at Scuba Tech Diving Centre and he uses the HALCYON contour Sidemount System.
PADI Sidemount Diving Specialty Courses in Cyprus are available from Scuba Tech Diving Centre for just €370. The course comprises two days of inwater training with an equipment workshop and, of course, e-learning completed in advance.
If you want to Try diving in Sidemount configuration, you can also join us for a half day adventure where we will show you the equipment and give you the opportunity to dive around a local dive site using it. This is the perfect way to decide if you want to pursue this way of diving before investing in the full training and kit. A Sidemount Diving Try Dive costs just €80
Divers who wish to learn Technical Diving in Sidemount configuration can do so with the PADI TecRec or TDI Tech courses in Sidemount. The short video above our TEC50 students in Sidemount configuration and you can contact Scuba Tech Cyprus for more information regarding these courses.
For those who are already Technical Divers but have switched to Sidemount diving, we offer an orientation to Sidemounting Stages so you can add Deco/Stage cylinders to your sidemount set-up. This is a full day orientation and aimed at divers that already hold Tech and a Sidemount certification for just €150.
Our prices include; e-learning access, use of dedicated Sidemount Diving equipment, gases and Certification Fees. There are no hidden extras, the price you see is the price you pay and all training is one to one or two at a maximum, so you are guaranteed the instructor's full attention.
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