Technical Sidemount Course

sidemount course philippinesINTRODUCTION

The Technical Sidemount Course provides structured training for existing, or prospective, technical divers who wish to transition into using sidemount configuration for their diving.

This exclusive course with renown technical sidemount instructor and pioneer Andy Davis, includes; knowledge development and practical applications, allowing divers to learn how to properly set-up and configure sidemount kits, including deco and stage tanks.

Divers also participate in a series of demanding confined and open water training sessions, enabling them to get the most out of this ground-breaking approach to scuba diving.



The Technical Sidemount course is intended to be run in conjunction with a technical diving qualification course, or as a cross-over to sidemount for existing technical divers.

Once certified, divers will be able to use sidemount equipment, including 2 or more stages, comfortably for all technical diving activities, including participation on subsequent specialty and technical level courses in that configuration.

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  • 1x Equipment Workshop
  • 1x Classroom Theory
  • 3x Practical Application Sessions
  • 2x Confined Water Sessions
  • 2x Open Water Dives (Double Cylinder)
  • 2x Simulated Deco Dives – double cylinders, plus 1-2 stage/deco cylinders


  • Tec40 Diver or higher (tech cross-over course)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver + Nitrox + Deep Diver ( if Tec40 combo)
  • 18 years or over
  • 30 Logged Dives


4 days* with classroom, practical workshops and 2 confined water sessions and 4 open water dives

Day #1 

Classroom theory and equipment configuration workshop

Day #2

Confined Water Skills Training (2 cylinders)

Day #3

Morning – 2x Sidemount dives (2 cylinders)

Afternoon – Confined water skills training (4 cylinders)

Day #4

2x Simulated Decompression dives (3-4 cylinders)

  • The course is 100% performance based, not time based.
  • You pay for training, but have to earn the qualification.
  • Stated timescale assumes that students attend fully prepared with fundamental skills at an appropriate level for technical level training.
  • Extra time/cost can occur if remedial training is required.

A 5 day schedule is required if the Tec Sidemount course is amalgamated with any other TecRec course.


Successful completion of this training enables the award of the PADI TecRec Tec Sidemount qualification.

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Andy Davis completes decompression stop with Tec Sidemount and Tec40 student.


Below is a list of the equipment you require for making technical dives in sidemount configuration, you may bring your own, or I can supply it for you. If you already have sidemount kit, I can assist you with optimizing your configuration during the course:

  • Mask, Tech Fins & Suitable Exposure Protection
  • 2x Primary Sidemount Regulators
  • 2x Deco Regulators
  • 1.5 to 2m long regulator hose
  • Sidemount Harness & BCD (approved by instructor prior to the course) See List of Sidemount BCDs
  • Cylinder rigging for primary sidemount cylinders (worm screw bands w/medium large-eye boltsnaps)
  • Cylinder rigging for 2x deco cylinders (worm screw bands 1x large bolt snap and 1x medium large-eye boltsnap)
  • 5m of 6mm bungee cord
  • Laptop or Mobile Device Technical Dive Planning Software (Multideco recommended)
  • 2 x Depth Gauge & Dive Timer or Dive Computer/s (Shearwater recommended)
  • 2x Cutting Device or Knife (Eezycut Trilobite recommended)
  • Wetnotes or Slate with Pencil
  • Surface whistle or signal mirror
  • 2x DSMB and Reel (of sufficient length to deploy at planned bottom depth)
  • Compass
  • Sidemount Pocket
  • 2x double-end bolt-snaps
  • Configuration Equipment (spare bungee, double ended bolt snaps, cable ties and mouthpiece)


$995 USD based on 4 days training

  • maximum 3 per course
  • includes all boat diving fees
  • excludes deco gas fees, if required
  • excludes equipment rental, if required
  • private one-to-one classes for $1400

Combine with any other TecRec course with only 1 day of extra training – POA.


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