2. Chest Mounted Suit Pocket. If you can put pockets on your thighs, you can put them elsewhere. Don your sidemount rig… see where you’ve got free space on your torso in an accessible location. Get a suitably sized, streamlined pocket fitted there. The drawback to this is that it increases the profile of the diver, decreases streamlining and can lead to entrapments in confined environments/restrictions.

3. Waterproof Notebook.  Abandon the bulkier, traditional wetnotes and get a small-sized waterproof notebook. This can be stored in a flat pocket sewn onto an exposure suit arm or even tucked/clipped (small bolt-snap) beneath wrist slates etc.  I used these when I was in the military (they were issued) and I had a small box of them for diving use over the last 10 years… they work great.  I use them in conunction with wrist slates…  I put my deco plans and contingencies on the slates (permanent – sharpie on duct tape)… and I use the small notebook for any recordings or messages I need to make on the dive.  The notebook also allows me to tear off pages if I need to pass on a message (i.e. left on a guideline or sent up with a DSMB to surface support).

example:  Silvine Waterproof Notebook

4. Cylinder Pocket. Use existing, or extra, cam bands on the cylinder to attach a belt-secured type pocket. The sort of pocket you’d normally fit to a harness 2″ waist strap. It’s a FAR from optimal solution for technical/overhead environment diving, as per putting weights on your cylinders; because it can cause entanglement and entrapment.  But it might be a workable solution for recreational, open-water sidemount divers (who aren’t ‘beginning with the end in mindtowards future technical/overhead diving).

sidemount pouch


More informational lists about sidemount and technical diving equipment:


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