PADI to introduce sidemount courses

Agency throws weight behind slinging the weight to the sides

Author: Pat
2nd February 2012
 

Dive training agency PADI is introducing a duo of sidemount courses from late 2011.

Originally a cave diving technique, sidemounted cylinders are becoming increasingly popular with technical and recreational divers, too.

A PADI sidemount course has actually been available for ten years, but the agency plans to push it more mainstream.

To that end, from late 2011 it will be relaunched as the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.

And Mark Caney of PADI UK exclusively told British Diver that the agency is to simultaneously introduce a sidemount training course aimed at the recreational diver.

He commented: “A lot of divers have discovered that, when carrying two or more cylinders, it makes sense to do so on the hips rather than the back. Personally, I far prefer it.

“Cylinders can be carried separately on land and removed and replaced in the water, if needed, valves are easily accessible underwater, and it’s easier to assemble a tec rig when travelling.”

The PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty tec and rec courses will become available in the autumn.

 
 
MORE News
Limited edition Zeagle Scope Mono and Recon fins

Zeagle Scope Mask and Recon fins get colourful

Very limited editions available to order for a short time

Oceanic Veo 4 dive computer

Oceanic Veo 4 computer goes on sale

Next generation entry-level dive computer arrives at UK dealers

Atomic Aquatics BC2

Atomic Aquatics BC2 features and spec

Forthcoming back-inflate buoyancy compensator builds on success of BC1

Atomic Aquatics BC2

Atomic Aquatics BC2 surfaces

Wing-style BCD premieres this weekend at Scuba Show in Long Beach

 
 
©2019 British Diver