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Sidemount Harness Set Up copyright 2019 Andy Davis

Ultimate Guide : How To Set Up Your Sidemount Harness by Andy Davis A lot of divers find setting up a sidemount harness to be confusing, even those with experience diving backmount style wings.  Here’s my ultimate guide to setting up, sizing and configuring your sidemount harness. This article deals with ‘Mexican cave’ (aka UK) […]

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How to Tie a Regulator Bungee Necklace Technical, sidemount and hogarthian configuration scuba divers utilize a regulator bungee necklace for stowage of the short hose back-up.  These regulator bungee necklaces are available for purchase in many scuba shops.  The manufactured ones are made of rubber, costs are relatively high and there is no option for […]

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Hollis SMS100 Sidemount Modifications by Andy Davis I regularly have sidemount students  bring the Hollis SMS100 for their courses. The SMS100 is a good sidemount rig, but it is a ‘convertible’ backmount / sidemount system – so it definitely benefits from some ‘sidemount focused’ modification.  Also, it is a rig that primarily caters for cold-water […]

Aquamundo | British / Mexico Cave School heritage sidemount BCD

The Two Schools of Sidemount Diving Heritage by Andy Davis Over recent years, a plethora of new sidemount BCDs has been released onto the diving market. To the casual observer, the range appears wildly diverse.  However, there are actually two primary ‘schools’ of sidemount design heritage. These schools were shaped and refined by the environmental […]

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Fixing The Sidemount Training Disappointment by Andy Davis Sidemount training is increasingly marketed as ‘just another’ quick specialty course for divers.  It is not. Sidemount students are sometimes sold a myth that a couple of days and a handful of dives (usually 4) is sufficient to gain mastery in using unfamiliar and very specialist equipment. […]

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How To Build Your Own DIY Custom Sidemount Harness by Andy Davis It’s pretty easy (and cheap!) to make a DIY custom sidemount harness for yourself. Configure it using THESE instructions. All the components can be bought off-the-shelf at any decent dive centre; with the exception of the sidemount shoulder and lumbar plates, which you’ll […]

budget sidemount diver

The $1200 Budget Sidemount Diver by Andy Davis. Sidemount really got popular over the last five years, but one factor that causes some divers to hesitate to convert to sidemount is the issue of cost. Sidemount can cost a lot if you look at the pricing for leading manufacturers on the market; that scares off […]

sidemount band height andy davis

How to find the Optimal Height for Sidemount Cylinder Bands by Andy Davis Here is a quick ‘how to’ guide to configure the optimal height for your sidemount cylinder bands.  This method assumes you are using LOOP bungees. It’s correct for either steel or aluminium cylinders, whether you use waist D-rings or a buttplate/rails for […]

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Top 5 Convertible Hybrid Sidemount Systems by Andy Davis My list of the top 5 most popular hybrid sidemount systems currently available worldwide. All of these hybrid systems are able to be converted for sidemount and backmount singles/doubles use. Hybrid sidemount systems offer the diver the adaptability to use their rig for either sidemount or […]

Sidemount Cylinder Trim copyright 2019 Andy Davis

Ultimate Guide to Sidemount Cylinder Trim by Andy Davis This is my comprehensive guide to the good, the bad and the ugly of sidemount cylinder trim.  The aim of this article is to illustrate and explain the common errors that cause less than ideal sidemount trim and frustrate sidemount divers. Use the illustrations and diagrams […]

Sidemount Pouches and Pockets A Look At Sidemount Stowage Solutions IMHO, thigh pockets are entirely inappropriate for sidemount diving. They are difficult to access with sidemount cylinders in place; near-impossible with multiple deco/stage cylinders – and they can cause ‘A-framing’ of the cylinders by pushing the bottoms out away from the diver. This leaves many […]

Sidemount Cylinder Band Position copyright 2019 Andy Davis

Ultimate Guide: Positioning Sidemount Cylinder Bands by Andy Davis One of the most common mistakes that I see with sidemount configurations is the incorrect positioning of the cylinder bands.  When incorrectly positioned, the bands will cause the cylinders to sit too high, or too low relative to the torso. If the cylinders are too high, then […]

Sidemount Loop Bungee Set Up copyright 2019 Andy Davis

How To Set Up Sidemount Loop Bungees by Andy Davis I’ve found that sidemount Loop Bungees are the most popular with my students and offer the most refined cylinder trim, along with the easiest cylinder don/doff routine.  This option is getting increasingly more popular in the sidemount community, especially with those diving ‘Mexican Cave’ style […]

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A Guide to Modern Sidemount Diving by Andy Davis 1. What is and isn’t Sidemount Diving? Sidemount Diving Sidemount diving is the, now increasingly formalized, approach towards conducting dives with 2 or more primary cylinders secured at the side of the body and in line with the torso – with no cylinders on the diver’s […]

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Sidemount Diving  Technical Wreck in Subic Bay, Philippines. Just a few pics from today’s dives on the wrecks in Subic.. Diver: Andy Davis, tec instructor, Scuba Tech Philippines Photos courtesy of Jun Lao, PaparazSea Images.   Diving Logistics: Arizona Dive Center          For details about my specialist wreck diving courses, please see: […]

New Product – Hollis Katana 2 Hollis release the Katana 2 sidemount BCD at DEMA 2018. It looks very reminiscent of the XDeep Stealth Rec/Tec BCDs, with a flat back panel and air cell curved at the bottom/sides in a ‘U’ shape. The wing is available dual-bladder,  with the redundant LPI removable on the right-side. […]

apeks rk3 sidemount fins

Top 5 Warm-Water Sidemount Fins by Andy Davis Wetsuit divers using sidemount in warm-water conditions typically suffer trim issues when using ‘traditional’ tech-style fins.  Heaver buoyant, fins (such as the ubiquitous ‘Jet Fin’) tend to cause too much negative buoyancy in the lower-body. Whilst these fins provide an excellent ‘foot weight’ for drysuit divers; or […]

sump uk sidemount harness hardware options

Stand-Alone Sidemount Harness Options There are  a number of stand-alone sidemount harnesses on the market.  Whilst not complete sidemount diving systems, they may warrant consideration if building a mixed, or DIY, configuration rig: SUMP UK Sidemount Harnesses   ‘H’ Style Harness showing custom hardware options Andrew Goring at SUMP UK is well known for his […]

sidemount diverite nomad ltz

Sidemount Review: The DiveRite Nomad LTZ The DiveRite Nomad LTZ is the improved successor to the old Nomad LT Extreme.  Made with even more robust materials, some beneficial design tweaks  and now offering a (limited) integral dual-bladder; the LTZ continues the Florida Cave evolution of sidemount design – but with a relatively minimalist feel.   […]

Sidemount Technical Wreck – Teaser Video A short (4 minute) HQ video showing highlights of the sidemount technical wreck exploration and training dives in Subic Bay, Philippines.  ANDI, PADI and skills clinic training and videography by Andy Davis (PADI MSDT 634077) and Bruce Konefe (ANDI I.T.D. #15). Dives filmed on (in): the USS New York, […]

Unboxing Review: Deep6 Sidemount Regulators and Eddy Tech Fins I received shipment of my new Deep6 sidemount regulator package and Eddy tech fins just in time for Christmas.   This is my initial ‘unboxing’ review.  A full diver review will follow shortly, once I’ve completed a meaningful number of recreational and technical dives with the equipment. […]

Apeks MTR-X Sidemount Regulators  

Apeks MTR-X Sidemount Regulators by Andy Davis Apeks as just released a new sidemount regulator set built around their tech-orientated MTR-X regs. The MTR-X is Apeks’ latest regulator design that is designed and optimized for very cold water reliability.  The 1st stages are turret designed with 5th/end-port; making them optimal for most sidemount hose configurations  […]

helium he2 sidemount

Helium-Dive He2 Sidemount   The He2 sidemount is manufactured by the Russian company Helium-Dive.  At first glance, it looks a lot like the Apeks sidemount. It has a weight pocket system on the inside of the wing, capable of holding up to 12kg of lead.  The hardware is all titanium – reducing the overall weight […]

Nomad LS sidemount

DiveRite Nomad LS The latest (September 2016) release from DiveRite.  The Nomad LS incorporates a more streamlined design that also helps keep most of the buoyancy over the hips for better trim.  It comes with a deluxe-type harness, but this is removable if the diver wanted to fit a more minimalist simple webbing harness.  The […]

apeks wsx-45 sidemount

Pre-Release Peak – The Apeks WSX-45 The Apeks WSX-45 is expected to be released in late 2016.  The harness system will be identical to the WX-25, but the larger wing features 45 lbs/20kg of buoyancy – making it more suitable for mixed-gas technical diving.  Like the WSX-25 it has reversible left/right LPI and OPV on […]

deep 6 gear sidemount regulator package

Deep 6 Gear Sidemount Regulator Package  by Andy Davis. Deep 6 Gear is rapidly making a name for itself for their very economically priced advanced-diving equipment.  After releasing a good set of sidemount fins earlier this year, they have now released a sidemount regulator package. Price at only $880, the Deep 6 sidemount regulator package […]

Apeks Sidemount Regulators

A List of Sidemount Regulator Sets by Andy Davis A greater number of scuba equipment manufacturers are now offering dedicated sidemount regulator sets.  Here is my guide to some of the best sidemount regulators sets available. For the average novice sidemount diver, there are some distinct advantages to buying a complete set-up rather than attempting […]

tecline avenger maya sidemount 16

Review:  The Tecline Avenger and Side 16 Polish technical diving equipment manufacturer Tecline recently released several new versions of it’s sidemount BCD.  The basic 16kg bladder BCD is now available with a hogarthian or comfort/adjustable harness, in cordura 2000 material or an upgraded kevlar reinforced version.  There is also a special edition ‘Maya’ variant with […]

sump uk sidemount camo wing

SUMP UK Sidemount BCD   In addition to his excellent range of  custom Sidemount Hardware, Andrew Goring at SUMP UK produces several variants of sidemount harness and even a sidemount wing.    With Andrew’s consultation, you can easily build yourself a totally custom sidemount rig – to perfectly fit your specifications and unique needs…. Andrew Goring […]

poseidon sidemount

New Release – Poseidon Sidemount BCD  Diving manufacturer Poseidon have joined the sidemount market with the release of their new BCD.  The rig is based on the American/Cold-Water school of design (see The Two Schools Of Sidemount Diving Heritage).  As is common with sidemount BCDs of this design, the use of a butt-plate and lack […]

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SUMP UK – New Design Sidemount Sliding D-Ring Andrew Goring, at SUMP UK, has released an improved design custom Sliding D-Ring for sidemount divers.  It looks like one of the best available on the market…. and should be a big hit with sidemount divers looking to configure that ‘perfect rig’.   You can contact Andrew […]

Soprasub tek sidemount 2

SoprasSub Tek Sidemount SoprasSub have released a new version of their sidemount rig at the Boat Show in Dussledorf.  The new ‘Tek’ version of their rig is manufactured from kevlar material and features a one-piece, modular harness system. These photos, released on their Facebook page, show fixed D-rings at the rear hips and bungee mounting […]

Technical Wreck – Passing Tight Restrictions In Sidemount A short video clip taken from my current sidemount technical wreck class  (Jan 2016). The student is passing his first serious restriction whilst line-laying inside the USS Majaba (El Capitan) wreck in Subic Bay. Passing restrictions, even in sidemount, might look easy (if scary!), but there are […]

Technical Wreck Sidemount Equipment Primer 1

Technical Wreck Sidemount Equipment Primer eBook For Students I’ve written an equipment ‘primer’ that will be available free to all of my sidemount, technical and wreck students. The aim of this eBook is to provide advice and guidance on equipment selection and preparation, in advance of training. The eBook covers all elements of  wreck, technical […]

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Sidemount Hardware Custom Upgrade With SUMP UK   Andrew Goring, at Sump UK, has been busy designing and producing some clever custom hardware for sidemount and rebreather systems. This metalwork can enable sidemount divers to carry out some nice modifications, tweaks and refinements to their sidemount rigs. His sidemount hardware products include custom off-set D-rings, […]

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Sopras Sub Sidemount Release at DEMA 2015 Czech company Sopras Sub are releasing two sidemount systems at DEMA 2015.  The first is a dual-purpose ‘universal’ sidemount/backmount system, the second is a dedicated recreational sidemount rig. Universal Sidemount System The dual-purpose system allows the user to switch between single-tank backmount and sidemount configuration by adding a […]

Hollis SMS Katana

Hollis SMS Katana – Pre-DEMA Sneak Peak Hollis  have announced they are to unveil a new sidemount system at DEMA 2015; the SMS Katana! I was shared a photo today that is believed to be a sneak peak at the SMS Katana system.  At first glance, the system looks like Hollis are finally producing a […]

sidemount diving book

Sidemount Diving – The Almost Comprehensive Guide  book release by author Rob Neto Rob Neto, the highly regarded sidemount and cave instructor is releasing his first book, ‘Sidemount Diving – The Almost Comprehensive Guide‘ in the next few weeks. The book looks likely to be the first comprehensive and technically insightful publication released on sidemount […]

XDeep Stealth 2.0 Modifications Waist Buckle

XDeep Stealth 2.0 – Modifications – Low Profile Waist Buckle by Andy Davis This is a relatively cosmetic modification to the XDeep Stealth 2.0, but it’s something I’ve done on all my different sidemount rigs (6 and counting…). I got the idea after using the Razor 2, which has a two-piece low profile buckle.  Most […]

XDeep Stealth Modifications Crotch Bungee 2

XDeep Stealth 2.0 Modifications : Crotch Bungee by Andy Davis Whilst I am a big fan of the XDeep Stealth 2.0 sidemount system, I always thought that the crotch bungee method of securing the bottom of the wing was less than ideal. With thin exposure protection, it could be uncomfortable (thinking board shorts here….).   […]

XDeep Stealth 2.0 Classic – Modifications – Redundant Buoyancy by Andy Davis The XDeep Stealth 2.0 is a very highly regarded sidemount BCD system.  Unfortunately, it does not come with an option for redundant buoyancy, which is a feature that some wetsuit / warm-water technical divers might desire. It is also a requirement, absent the […]

Dive Rite Nomad LTZ 1

Review of the Dive Rite Nomad LTZ by Oliver J. Albrecht A couple of weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that my current sidemount rig for steel tanks was not working perfectly for me anymore. While for the most part it did just fine with two main tanks and a stage, once I added multiple […]

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Sidemount Modifications Bungee Hook Triglides Agir-Brokk have released a good modification/upgrade option that will work with any sidemount BCD that uses torso bungees as a means of securing the wing to the diver (i.e. X-Deep Stealth 2.0, Razor etc) The bungee hooks replace standard D-rings on the upper rear crotch strap and the waist.  They […]

aquamundo sidemount system for sale philippines

Product for Sale: Aquamundo Sidemount System *available for shipping in the Philippines and internationally. The  Aquamundo Sidemount system is full-feature sidemount system, complete with everything you need to conduct enjoyable and safe sidemount dives.  Suitable for recreational and extended-range technical divers. This sidemount system has been proven for it’s durability and functionality over 2 years […]

Apeks WSX-25 sidemount

APEKS WSX-25 Sidemount Pre-Release Review Apeks are due to soon release the WSX-25 Sidemount BCD and harness.  Early promotional photographs and details of the rig show what may be a very promising and popular sidemount BCD once it reaches the commercial market. The Apeks wing offers 27lbs / 12 kgs of buoyancy, making it suitable […]

MDS sidemount pouch

Equipment Release News MDS Technology Sidemount Pouch MDS technology have released a well designed sidemount pouch that will keep most sidemount divers happy.  It is made by Michaël Verlinden-Doumont. For storing wetnotes,back up mask,smb,spool,2 eazycuts,deco slates,back up torch,double enders,zipties etc etc without any problems… x  For more information, visit the MDS Technology Facebook Page

aquamundo sidemount philippines

Aquamundo Sidemount  – Diver Review by Andy Davis, TecRec and ANDI Advanced Sidemount, Technical Wreck Instructor   I received the Aquamundo sidemount shortly before its release in October 2013 for testing and evaluation. The trial model was in lightweight 420 denier cordura nylon and produced initially to equip safety and rescue teams.  After the official […]

Freedom Sidemount System

The Freedom Sidemount System This new sidemount system from Israel is causing a stir amongst cave and technical sidemount divers.  It has some innovative solutions to wing mounting on the harness and plate design.  Their website is currently under construction – but should be up and running soon.  In the meantime, they have an active […]

xdeep stealth rec wing

New xDeep Sidemount Systems Rec and Tec Versions   XDeep sidemount, manufacturer of the hugely popular ‘Stealth 2.o’ sidemount BCD has announced the released of two new sidemount systems in the near future. These will be the ‘Stealth Rec’ and the ‘Stealth Tec’. Both wings can be integrated onto the existing Stealth harness.  Many thanks […]

FinnSub-Fly-Side-Sidemount-BCD

New To Market: The FinnSub ‘Fly Side’ Sidemount BCD  The FinnsSub Fly Side sidemount is a tear-drop shaped bladder based upon a DIR harness with metal backplate. The BCD can be purchased with either an aluminum or steel (3mm or 6mm) backplate; or you can use an existing backplate/harness if you own already.  The purpose […]

Kick-Start Your Diving Development in 2015 with Personalized Scuba Mentoring Workshops  In addition to a wide range of specialized diving courses, I also offer personal scuba mentoring workshops that provide divers with access to expert coaching on scuba skills.  This coaching identifies and progresses the student’s goal to become an all-round better diver and/or develops […]

Advanced Sidemount Wreck Restrictions

Advanced Sidemount Wreck Diving: Passing Extreme Restrictions  Advanced sidemount diving techniques present a vast spectrum of new opportunities for wreck divers to safely explore previously unpenetrable sections of shipwrecks. The training for these activities is typically only available to fully qualified technical wreck (and/or full cave) sidemount divers. This reflects the high challenge involved with […]

Advanced Sidemount in Action  A photo from recent ANDI Advanced Sidemount training dives, held in Subic Bay, Philippines.   The Advanced Sidemount course is open to qualified Technical Wreck and/or Full Cave qualified divers.  It covers multi-stage penetration protocols and techniques for passage through major-extreme restrictions.   CONTACT ME to discuss enrolling on an Advanced […]

hog sidemount

HOG Sidemount Video HOG have released a promo video of their new sidemount system for TEK DIVE USA of their new sidemount rig.  The rig has approx 45lbs / 20kgs of buoyancy and is expected to challenge the Halcyon Contour and Hollis SMS75 in the market-place, as a mid-capacity, tech-capable sidemount BCD, suitable for cold/warm […]

Hollis SMS75 Sidemount

Hollis SMS75 Sidemount The SMS75 is an evolution from years of sidemount development, which started with the SMS100. A product that has been copied, modified and a benchmark for technical sidemount for years. Even more popular has been the lightweight SMS50 line. These two have taken sidemount mainstream and the building blocks this new harness. […]

seac ks01 side mount

SEAC KS01 Side Mount Promo – Video Released Seac have released a promo video to showcase their new KS01 side mount system: Buoyancy jacket dedicated to side mount diving for all levels: from beginner to expert “cave diver”. The jacket’s light weight and freedom of movement are enhanced thanks to the exclusive “Quick Adjusting System” […]

Andy-Davis-Technical Sidemount Diving

Sidemount Divers Going ‘Back’ To Backmount  A re-post of Steve Martin’s excellent article on the state of current sidemount training provision, initially published on Scubaverse.    This is important reading for divers who are considering sidemount training…. and an eye-opener for those who’ve taken sidemount diving training and have been disappointed by the results…  By […]

Nomad LT extreme sidemount

New Release: The Nomad LT EXTREME DiveRite have released an “EXTREME” version of their popular Nomad LT sidemount system… The major difference with the Extreme version of the Nomad LT is increased wing buoyancy capacity to 35lbs/16kg.  This offers more options to technical divers and cold-water divers using heavier steel cylinders and stages, whilst still […]

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Top 5 – Sidemount Adapter Systems The increasing popularity of mainstream sidemount diving has seen a plethora of dedicated sidemount systems enter the market in recent years.  However, many new sidemount ‘converts’ already own back-mounted wing BCD systems – and the seek the opportunity to customize their existing wings for sidemount use.    DIY back-mount […]

amphibian gear sidemount

Amphibian Gear – Sidemount Transformer  The Amphibian Gear Sidemount ‘Transformer’ comes from Russia. It is a modular system, similar to the OMS ‘Profile’ adapter, whereby an anti-taco rear cover/butt-plate configuration that can be used in conjunction with varied wing and harness options. The picture above shows a 30lb ‘donut’ wing and ‘comfort’-style harness,as options.  This permits a […]

Tecline-sidemount-diving-system

The Tecline Sidemount 16 The Tecline is a new Polish manufactured sidemount system that offers 16kg/36lb of buoyancy, with a removable harness and three integrated weight pockets concealed behind removable foam padding on a soft backplate. It has a single triangular wing, reminiscent of the UTD Z-trim, without baffles and with an integral butt-plate. Buoyancy: […]

Sea-Monster-Sidemount-Diving-System-Adapter

Sea Monster Sidemount Adapter The Sea Monster is a Polish manufactured sidemount adapter. It works in conjunction your choice of  regular back-mount ‘donut’ wing – trapping the wing between the harness and an anti-taco ‘cover’. The harness accepts many types of wing and has an integral butt-plate.  The anti-taco cover bolts through the backplate and […]

sublevel sidemount

The Sublevel Sidemount  This is a new sidemount on the market, sold in limited quantities directly by SubLevel. The Sublevel sidemount is designed purely as a recreational/open-water sidemount system, with a design emphasis on lightweight, low-bulk, travel. It has 3 integrated weight pockets on the inside of the wing, each of which can hold 2lb […]

scubapro x-tek sidemount bcd

The New Scubapro X-Tek Sidemount System   The Scubapro X-Tek sidemount is a modular system, available with two bladder sizes and an optional top-cover for increased durability in overhead environments. Modular approach Compact independent aircell Aircell size: 12 liters (25 lbs) or 20 liters lift (45lbs.) Soft Airnet finished backpack Compatible with current X-TEK Steel […]

scubaone mangusta sidemount

Introducing the ScubaOne Mangusta Sidemount Italian manufacturer Scubaone now offer the ‘Mangusta’ sidemount in an 18kg/40lb variant for use with double steel cylinders of 7-15 litre capacity.                 The Mangusta and Mangusta18 are sidemount systems from  Italian manufacturer ‘Scubaone’. Designed for’ sidemount cave diving, and also to appeal […]

scubaone m90 sidemount

ScubaOne M90 Sidemount BCD Italian manufacturer ScubaOne have created the ‘M90’ sidemount for both cave diving and leisure diving.  It has an innovative stainless steeel butt section, and offers a clean profile. Buoyancy:  12kg / 26lb Material:    Cordura® 1000 deniers with polyurethane inner Weight:  Not known Manual: Not available Manufacturers Link:  ScubaOne M90  

Audaxpro Sidemount System

The AudaxPro  Sidemount ‘Point Break’ BCD The Italian manufactured ‘Point Break’ from Audaxpro sidemount is available in 9 colors (red, yellow, blue, black, white, orange, gray, turquoise and fuchsia) and provides 8kg of buoyancy. Buoyancy: 18lb / 8kg Material:  Outer: nylon TEXTANE A / B 210 with polyamide coating HT Inner: nylon TEXTANE A / B 210 Weight:  1.9kg / 4.2lb Manual: […]

HOG sidemount

HOG Sidemount BCD at DEMA  A first sneak peak of the new HOG sidemount, that was unveiled at 2013 DEMA.  Many thanks to Wayne Fisch for the photos! The HOG sidemount is aimed for ‘technical divers’ and originates from the USA caving community.  It shares a common approach with the Hollis SMS100/75, Halcyon Contour and […]

SEAC-KS01-Sidemount-BCD

SEAC Sidemount BCD released SEAC have released a new sidemount system for November 2013.  Initially available in Europe, it is expected for world-wide release soon. It is called the SEAC KS01. It looks like a warm-water configuration.  I am expecting circa 20lbs of buoyancy – putting into the competitive group with the Hollis SMS50, UTD […]

IST Sidemount System SMB-21

IST Sidemount Systems Released  Here are the first release details of the two newly released IST sidemount systems. From  IST: New for 2014, these side mount bladders are the result of hundreds of side mount dives in real world conditions by experienced side mount divers and cave explorers. IST’s SMBs are the lowest profile; streamlined […]

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First Peak: The Hollis SMS75 Prototype First sneak peak at the prototype Hollis SMS75 sidemount BCD, due to be unveiled at DEMA 2013.  Thanks to Wayne Fisch, from The Scuba Connection, and Tony Cooper  for sharing these photos. Having seen only this photo of the prototype Hollis SMS75, it looks like a nice compromise between […]

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD

A List of Modern Sidemount Diving Systems by Andy Davis There are an increasing number of commercial ‘off-the-shelf’ sidemount systems available to purchase.  These typically fall into one of two categories; minimalist (Hogarthian-inspired) rigs and cold-water rigs. The minimalist rigs, sometimes called “British configurations” typically feature a base harness that uses lumbar and shoulder plates, to […]

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD – New Release Oct 2013 I was pleased to be asked to conduct pre-release trials on the Aquamundo Sidemount BCD during Sept 2013 and this is my review of the  newly released rig: The sidemount BCD is a complete system, designed on a minimalist harness that is ideal for tropical diving with […]

diamond sidemount system

 The Diamond Sidemount System The DIAMOND Sidemount system was released in June 2013 and is a fully CE certified sidemount system. The Diamond is available in a range of bladder sizes to suit different diving conditions/tank choices. The Diamond sidemount wing is made from an outer cover of 1000 denier Cordura and an inner bladder constructed […]

Agir-Brokk Ratatosk sidemount BCD

Sneak preview: Agir-Brokk Ratatosk sidemount BCD  First pictures of the new sidemount BCD offering from Agir-Brokk, the ‘Ratatosk‘. Reminiscent of the UTD ‘Z-Trim’ BCD, the Ratatosk is certainly of the lightweight family, following on the tails of the Razor 2.0 and X-Deep Stealth. Low weight mini harness complete (backplates, 2 shoulder D-rings, 4 hip D-rings, […]

Halcyon Contour Sidemount BCD

New Halcyon Contour Sidemount BCD is revealed Halcyon have finally released their much anticipated sidemount offering: the Halcyon Contour.  Whilst sidemount diving has not (yet) been accepted for inclusion to the GUE syllabus, this does signify a potential future ‘DIR’ sidemount aspect amongst GUE (Jarrod Jablonski has opened the doors to this future possibility in […]

Defining Wreck Diving Restrictions by Andy Davis Very few diving agencies go into detail about wreck diving restrictions. Those that do, tend to limit their definition to either ‘not restricted’ or ‘restricted’. That definition hinges upon whether two divers could pass through simultaneously when sharing gas.  The intention of this is to prevent recreational divers […]

Andy-Davis-Technical-Diving-Courses Philippines

Teaser Pics: ANDI Advanced Sidemount Course I am currently editing videos and preparing a course report for the A.N.D.I Advanced Sidemount course, that finished today in Subic Bay.  The course was taught by Bruce Konefe (ANDI I.T.D #15). Here are some photos, captured from the video footage: The A,N.D.I. Advanced Sidemount course is focused towards […]

DIY sidemount technical wreck diving philippines

Adding Weight to a Sidemount Diving Harness This is a very simple, quick and cost-effective for adding weight to a sidemount diving harness.  It’s a technique I now use when initially working with students to add/remove weights in-water, during initial set-up and configuration dives.   It also has an application for travelling sidemount divers, who […]

homemade diy sidemount rig harness system

Some Options for Homemade / DIY Sidemount Rigs I use several homemade / DIY sidemount configurations frequently when wreck diving in the Philippines.  These sidemount configurations are exceptionally economic – costing significantly less than ‘off-the-shelf’ purchased rigs. The majority of components can be bought ‘over-the-counter’ at a reasonably well stocked dive shop, and/or make use […]

What It’s Like To Be… A Technical Diving Instructor by Andy Davis I was recently interviewed by preaquaint.com on my career as a technical diving instructor.  That interview has been published on their website and might prove interesting for those who are considering teaching technical diving or have a general interest in the tech diving community […]

New Sidemount Diving Philippines Trailer Not for those with a nervous disposition – sidemount diving Philippines….

Sidemount Course in Subic Bay During March and April 2013, I ran several sidemount courses in Subic Bay – covering recreational and technical diving skills for a number of students.  Divemaster Tim Mathieson joined me to continue his progress in Tec Sidemount towards completion of his Tec50 qualification.  William Kao did a combination Sidemount Diver […]

Technical Sidemount Diving

 The following commentary was first published as a post on the Scubaboard internet discussion forum. I felt that it provided a very beneficial perspective on the positive and negative aspects of sidemount configuration; particularly in comparison with back-mounted alternatives.  It’s a useful read for those divers, of all levels and backgrounds, who are considering their […]

Diving the Showa L2D ‘Tabby’ Wreck – Subic Bay, Philippines  This week I took several newly graduated technical divers onto an unidentified aircraft wreck in Subic Bay.  Within a short time of descending on the first dive, it seemed very likely that the wreck was some variant of a C-47 Skytrain (DC-3 Dakota). The wreck lies […]

M-bungee-sidemount rig

‘M Bungee’ Super-Minimalist Sidemount Rig I had some spare time the other afternoon, so I took the opportunity to test-dive a concept I’ve had brewing for a while.  Basically, it is a harness-less sidemount rig, using an ‘M’ shape continuous bungee to secure the upper wing whilst providing traditional mounting points for sidemount cylinder valves.  The wing […]

DIY Sidemount Wreck Diving Helmet

DIY Sidemount Wreck Diving Helmet by Andy Davis I noticed, with some surprise, the high cost of cave sidemount wreck diving helmets currently being sold on the scuba market. Light Monkey sells an excellent diving helmet, but the cost (certainly here in the Philippines) was prohibitive for me.  I promote a policy of frugal investment on rugged […]

evolution of sidemount diving subic bay

The Evolution of Sidemount Diving Continues. By Jeff Loflin For those of you who are unfamiliar with the sidemount gear configuration, it is simply moving your backmounted gas cylinders to the side of your body. The basic safety advantages of having your cylinders mounted on the side is that all of the gauges, hoses and leak points are always in the […]

PADI Sidemount Diver Course   – Promo Teaser Video Sidemount Diving is a ground-breaking new approach for streamlined, convenient & safe diving, at both recreational and technical levels.  It is time that you learned more about the fastest-growing revolution in scuba diving… Sidemount training provides a structured approach for recreational and technical divers who wish […]