PADI Sidemount Diver Speciality Course

Want to stay longer under water? Interested in Tec Diving? Why not go Sidemount Scuba SMS?


PADI Side Mount Scuba or SMS Speciality Course

What Is Side Mount Diving / SMS / SideMount Scuba?:

Sidemount Scuba diving is diving with one, two or more scuba cylinders mounted down your side instead of on your back.
Side mount Scuba diving is best when using a specially designed sidemount harness/buoyancy compensator such as the SMS 100 or SMS 50 from Hollis.
this is because the cylinders or tanks are clipped on the sides instead of being standard backmounted.
Side mount scuba systems has advantages for most any type of diving, including boat, shore, cave, and wreck diving.
Can be used with steel or aluminium cylinders / tanks or even a mixture. 
Here at TAL Scuba Bournemouth / Christchurch we teach a sidemount method that allows using cylinders with standard valves and left and right handed valves so you will be able to use almost any cylinder as you travel around the world without having to stress about the valve type available. We believe this to be important and while handed valves are easier to teach and master, it's a right pain when you can't dive because they only have standard cylinders available.
Types of SMS diving
We have
  • Single Sidemount Scuba - where we only have one cylinder usually mounted on the left. This is very handy if your just going for a simple shallowish dive.
  • Twin Cylinder or Double tank - Where the diver has a single cylinders down each side.
  • SMS TEC where we have 3,4,5 cylinders with upto 2 cylinders down each side and maybe a deco cylinder as well for TEC diving, Good option for PADI TEC 40, TEC 45 and TEC 50 on onwards.
  • Rebreather SMS - Sidemounting cylinders for rebreathers and even when using a twinset, more stream lined than it just hanging by your side.
Learning to properly sidemoiunt cylinders has many applications within scuba diving, It's not hard but training saves you lots of trial and error, It's more than JUST hanging 2 cylinders off your sides... Done well it's great and much easier...Done wrong it's a pain in the....
So why would I want to go Sidemount advantages of SMS include.

Sidemount Scuba has a number of benefits for the recreational diver far beyond merely 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!

You will learn about

about the many benefits of scuba diving with a SMS sidemount scuba

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

This course has 4 fun, challenging Scuba Dives, completing drills and getting to feel what SMS Sidemount is all about under close supervision of your Scuba instructor.


 Train in the UK - it's a little more demanding but..

You are qualified to dive in conditions similar or better than that in which you were trained!

Learn scuba diving in the UK


Who should take this Scuba course?

The PADI Sidemount diver course is for all most any scuba diver wanting to spend more time under water. 2 tanks means more gas but also more comfort and less weight climbing in and out of the water. You'd be surprised how comfortable Single side mount is (Just one cylinder)!

You need to have PADI Openwater Diver rating or higher, and be at least 15 years old to enrol in the Sidemount Scuba Diver course.

How long does this Sidemount Scuba Diver Course take?

Read the manual which is included FREE and complete knowledge reviews. Day time or evening theory session to set up your kit and cover the basics. Sometimes we do the theory session at the dive site depending on the group and weather. Normally takes 2 days, or a couple of evenings and a Sunday. completing the Theroy, Setup, 1 or 2 pool dives and 3 open water / sea dives.

What comes next after your PADI

Sidemount Scuba Speciality

PADI EAN Nitrox Diver - Now you can go deeper you'll want to stay longer. This classroom based course is the most popular PADI speciality and qualifies you to use Nitrox to give you longer no stop time, more time before you reach your NDL limit. You also need this course if you want to take up TEC diving or go bubble free with Recreational Rebreather diving. Book Now - PADI EAN Nitrox Diver Speciality Course.

PADI Drysuit Speciality - Getting chilly in the water or between dives? Yes? This 3 dive drysuit course is one of the most popular specialities in the UK and teaches you how to dive safely in a drysuit keeping you more comfortable and warmer. Drysuits keep you dry while diving allowing you to control your warmth by changing what you wear under the suit. They also keep you warmer on the surface but stopping the wind cutting through your wet wetsuit. Best to start this course and do the theory before purchasing a suit so you make the right purchasing choice. Fit is very important and there are lots of options. Book Now - PADI Drysuit Speciality Course

PADI Tec 40 in Sidemount - Move from recreational scuba diving to technical diving, from no stop diving to decompression diving. Build knowledge and skills. You will be qualified to make limited decompression dives to 40 metres Book Now - PADI Tec 40 Course

What is included in this course

PADI Manual, Instructor Fees and Instruction. 
Special discount  scuba kit hire rates for the course.

With this course it is better to have your own Sidemount Scuba kit if you can before you start the diving part of the course so that we can help you set everything up and get you sorted with the kit you will scuba dive with. This really does help save you a lot of time.

What is not included in this courses

Transport, Parking, Gas, Dive site / Dive Boat Fees, PADI Certification Fee and Kit Hire (Special rental rates for kit hire during courses).

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