Scuba Diving courses: The SSI Recreational Sidemount Diving course.
Sidemount Diving is already a standard practice for scuba diving wrecks as well as exploring the cave. Because scuba diving has mostly benefits over the traditional scuba gear, it became trendy among the recreational open water divers.
The way of wearing the gear before to jump in the waters without a heavy tank on your back as made the Sidemount Diving style very popular.
The ease of movement as well as a new feeling of buoyancy is enticing advantages of this scuba diving style.
But it's not only about comfort, exploration or way to dive; it's also about travel as the sidemount gear is way lighter than the traditional BCD gilet style.
Where to learn the SSI Sidemount Diving course?
You can take the SSI Sidemount Diving course at our Scotty's Dive center HQ in the Shangri-La Mactan, which is fully equipped for this kind of course, as well as technical diving.
The Prerequisites to take this scuba diving specialty course is to be a certified Open Water diver or equivalent.
This course is usually conducted in one day with two open water dives with your SSI Sidemount Diving certification at the end.
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Why do you need to take the SSI Sidemount Diving course?
Having two tanks (cylinder) one on each of your sides while diving will give you redundancy, more air to breathe underwater which also means you can have more time underwater during your dives.
Having said that, the benefits of Sidemount Diving compared to the classical recreational scuba gear are countless.
Just to name few of them:
- No tank (cylinder) on your back (no pain).
- Natural position underwater.
- Natural perfect buoyancy.
- Lighter scuba gear in the airplane.
Those are just a few of the countless benefits of diving sidemount, especially if you are a cave diver or a wreck diver.
During the SSI Sidemount Diving course, you will learn:
During the SSI Sidemount Diving course, you will learn how to set up the sidemount diving gear, how to control your new buoyancy, new finning techniques as well as:
- Proper equipment for buoyancy control.
- Emergency skills with the sidemount equipment.
- Proper manuevering underwater.
The different advantages of scuba diving sidemount in caves and wrecks, and much more.
When can you start to learn Sidemount Diving?
The SSI Sidemount Diving course can be started when you want!
You can pass/walk'in at one of our dive center's counter to schedule your course, or ask some questions. You can also call us directly from this/our website (scroll down to the bottom then tap the phone's icon) if you are browsing our website from a smartphone.
You can freely register online (see the form below) to tell us when you would like to start or if you have questions about this scuba diving class.
Teaching materials and elearning book can be downloaded online for your SSI Sidemount Diving course.
You might also want to download the PDF of the SSI Sidemount Diving standards directly online in your prefered language.
The scuba diving gear in the SSI Recreational Sidemount Diving course, includes:
Sidemount BCD (buoyancy compensator device) with its harness, mask and snorkel, sidemount scuba diving gear, wetsuit/exposure suit, fins, two tanks (cylinders), regulators for sidemount with a long hose 2.10 meters (7 feet).
Our scuba Instructor may suggest more options regarding the equipment needed for this course.
At Scotty's dive center the full diving gear is included with all scuba diving courses. You do not have to worry about an added fee; this scuba diving course is all-inclusive with the full diving gear.
As well as towels, shower, lockers, drinking water, five-star service like assistance to carry your gear to the beach, boat or pier as well as assistance to clean it (you are on holidays/vacation, you do not have to work).
Want to take your diving experience further?
If you want some diving classes alternative and lessons or want to know what's best next for your education, take a look at the options below.
You might also be interested in this scuba diving course from another scuba diving agency:
PADI Sidemount Diver course.