Recreational Sidemount

    One tank or two? You decide!


    Sidemount is coming out of the cave and is a great way to dive, comfortable and easy on the back. The recreational course is taught by our Technical instructors, who with plenty of experience can ensure you get the most out of this new configuration.

     The transition to sidemount can be intimidating at first but with both a confined session and three dives you will son learn how to set up your new configuration. Other skills taught during the course include, gas management, regulator switches, and propulsion. 

    Big Blue Tech is proud to train all our sidemount students in latest X-Deep stealth harnesses.


    What's Involved?

    Who this SDI course is for:

    • The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.

    What you can expect to learn:

    The SDI Sidemount Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

    • Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
    • Equipment considerations
      • Cylinder options
      • Regulator options
      • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
      • Proper weighting
      • Equipment configurations
    • Communication
      • Hand signals
    • Problem solving
      • Gas-sharing
      • Gas hemorrhages
    • Water entries
      • Shore
      • Boat
    • S-Drills (specific to sidemount)

    Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

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

    How long will it take?

    What do I need to start?


    Am I Fit to Dive?

    Read this Medical questionnaire,if you can answer yes to any of the questions, you may require medical clearance to enroll on a diving course. Email us if you want more information.

    FREE T-Shirt


    Add Promotion Code BBT-SMT to your booking comments to recieve your FREE T-Shirt  on completion of the Sidemount course.

    Offer only applies to Sidemount course's

    booked online.


    8,000 Baht Including all equipment. materials and certification on successful completion of the sidemount course.

    Certification options: SDI, SSI and PADI (Extra material fees may apply).

    Bespoke options:

    Big Blue Tech can tailor any combination of courses our customers require, with experienced instructors who offer exceptional training.

    Please contact us below with any questions.

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