Padi Sidemount Diver


Dive free and streamlined, learn to dive sidemount.

Become a PADI Sidemount Diver and having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world anymore. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go.

Taking PADI Specialities is also a great way to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and show others your experience and dedication.


  • Our staff are here to help you improve your diving, not just tick a box. We are not a certification ‘factory’ we are here to develop safer more confident divers…and have fun!
  • We keep our class sizes small so you feel more comfortable and get the most out of your experience.
  • Everything is explained in simple steps, guided by our experienced instructing team. There are no ‘stupid questions’.
  • We love diving and sharing our diving experiences with our students.

The PADI Sidemount Diver Course

The Sidemount Specialty consists of one evening pool session and three open water dives.

Before the dives, you will need to read through the Sidemount Diver Manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews. Your Instructor will then review the information with you at the dive site prior to your dives.

The information covered will include:

  • 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.

Pool Session

The pool session can either take place at New Malden Leisure Centre on Wednesday night, or Putney Leisure Centre on a Friday night.

Here you will become familiar with the specialist techniques for diving sidemount whilst in shallow water.

Open Water Dives

On the three open water dives, you will gain experience using sidemount and demonstrate a number of the skills you learned in the pool session. A particular focus will be on buoyancy.

At Amphibian we can either run the Sidemount specialty in conjunction with the Advanced Open Water Course or on any one of our numerous trips to Wraysbury Dive Centre, Vobster Quay, or Stoney Cove.


  • Minimum 15 years of age
  • Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization similar to that of a PADI Open Water Diver).
  • You should be in relatively good health and fitness. You will need to make sure that you can answer ‘no’ to all the questions on the medical questionnaire, if not you will need medical clearance from a doctor.

PADI Course Introduction Video

What’s Included

  • Course tuition
  • Course Manual
  • First Air Fill
  • Certification
  • Sidemount kit setup advice

What’s Not Included

  • Transport (we will do our best to arrange lifts if needed)
  • Equipment Hire
  • Entrance to Dive Site (2 days at £15, payable directly to the site).
  • Subsequent air fills (£2.50 – £3.50 payable directly to the site).



Self study with review prior to in water activities


Wednesday Evenings: Malden Centre, New Malden
Wednesday Eve (term time only): St. Joseph’s School pool, West Norwood
Friday Evenings: Putney Leisure Centre, Putney


Wraysbury Dive Centre, Wraysbury

Course Costs

PADI Sidemount Diver

All courses are subject to our terms and conditions

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