PADI Recreational Sidemount diving
With sidemount diving gaining in popularity and gaining more mainstream exposure, I decided it was time to check it out myself.
Having the opportunity to attend a PADI Tec Explorer event at Team Blue Immersion, Dahab, Egypt. I jumped at the chance to take the recreational PADI Sidemount Diver course (PADI offers two courses – Recreational and Tec). For those of you looking to step into Tec or just to try something different, I can’t recommend an event like Tec Explorer enough.
First maybe I should address the question – I don’t cave dive, so why sidemount?
Sidemount has a number of benefits for the recreational diver far beyond merely cave diving:
Comfort – Especially for those divers with back issues.
Control – Streamlining helps improve buoyancy control
Efficient – Takes less energy
Peace of mind – More redundancy and more air supply, less stress longer dives
Fun – Enjoy your diving!