Basic Sidemount Course

sidemount technical wreck philippinesINTRODUCTION

The introductory-level Basic Sidemount Course provides structured training for recreational divers who wish to safely and effectively use sidemount configuration for their diving.

The course includes, knowledge development and practical applications, allowing divers to learn how to properly set-up and configure sidemount kits. Divers also participate in a series of open water training sessions, enabling them to get the most out of this ground-breaking approach to scuba diving.

All training is conducted with Andy Davis – world renown sidemount instructor with over ten years exclusive sidemount experience, including trimix technical and advanced overhead level diving.


The basic sidemount course is aimed to provide a basic introduction to sidemount diving.

Once certified, student divers will be able to use sidemount equipment comfortably for no stop recreational dives in conditions similar to, or better than, those encountered during training.



  • Knowledge Development
  • Practical Application – Equipment Set-up
  • Confined Water – Foundation Skills and Equipment Familiarity
  • 3x Open Water Dives (Double Cylinder) 


  • Open Water Diver
  • 15 years or over


Divers meeting the standards of this training may be awarded the PADI Sidemount Diver qualification.


The introductory-level Basic Sidemount course can be completed in 2 days.

Day #1

Morning: Equipment Basics and Theory

Afternoon:  Confined Water Skills

Day #2

Open Water Sidemount dives 1 -3

  • The course is performance based, not time based.
  • Performance requirements for each section must be satisfied to allow progression and certification.
  • All skills must be completed in neutral buoyancy, horizontal trim and with control in the water
  • The minimum duration quoted for this course assumes students arrive for training with reasonable competency in buoyancy, trim and propulsion skills. They should be able to demonstrate proficiency in all open water diving skills.
  • Students seeking more comprehensive sidemount diving tuition should consider the full RAID Sidemount Course.

PADI Sidemount Course Philippines

Sidemount student practices precision buoyancy and proper trim – both critical aspects are covered on the course


$550 USD

  • maximum 3 per course
  • includes all gas fills and boat fees (nitrox optional, at extra cost)
  • equipment rental extra, if required
  • private one-to-one classes for $750USD


For more details, or to schedule a course, please CONTACT ME