Prerequisites: PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification).
Minimum Age: 15
Course Logistics: knowledge development, 1 confined water dive, 3 open water dives
You’ll self-study using the PADI Sidemount Diver manual, then complete one confined water dive in the pool (approximately 2+ hours). During the confined water dive you’ll learn all the necessary skils like: assembling/rigging sidemount cylinders, entries and exits, neutral buoyancy, switching regulators and fixing problems, finning techniques (flutter, modified flutter, frog, modified frog, back kick, and helicopter turns), removing and replacing cylinders underwater, out-of-gas scenarios, and gas management.
After the pool session, you’ll complete three open water dives at the lake over 1-2 days. You’ll repeat many of the skills you learned in the pool (just like your open water course!) plus gain experience and comfort diving sidemount cylinders in the open water environment.