Sidemount Diving

sidemount, Sidemount, New Zealand Sea Adventures, WellingtonSidemount diving has been around for decades in the cave diving world, but only just recently has it become mainstream to the general SCUBA market. Rebreather divers are Sidemounting bailout bottles to get them away from an already cluttered chest. Backmount technical divers are Sidemounting stage bottles for greater efficiency and streamlining in the water. Divers who previously could not carry heavy twin tanks, such as small women or divers with back problems, are now able to perform technical dives due to the ease of carrying Sidemount tanks to the water and donning the tanks in-water versus on land.  It is also popular in recreational diving with the option of single tank Sidemount or taking two smaller cylinders to spread the weight and to provide a redundant system.

We teach Sidemount diving at New Zealand Sea Adventures and love the freer feel in the water and the ease of getting in and out compared to twins and diving larger singles off the boat.  We stock Dive Rite Nomads which are a great BCD, that is flexible enough to be used with traditional back mounted tanks, sidemount, twin tanks, and rebreathers.  Starting from $1399 incorporating a harness and wing, it is the BCD that will stay with you no matter where your diving takes you.

See also TDI Tech Side-Mount..

 

SDI Recreational Sidemount Diver

Have the freedom of movement you enjoy while snorkeling underwater! Learn to dive with your tank beside you instead of on your back and you will instantly see why Recreational Sidemount diving is the fastest growing type of diving today!

  • SDI Recreational Sidemount course

    Course Length:             2 Days

    Prerequisites

    Specialty Equipment

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    $395

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  • Why take the SDI Recreational Sidemount course?

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    Putting your cylinders on in the water provides a good rest for your back as your cylinders will be near to weightless once they are in the water. For those of you looking at getting into tech diving into the future, diving sidemount is an economical, comfortable and back-friendly way to get started. Sidemount diving is one of the fastest growing ways of diving and once you try it you will instantly see why, you have the freedom of movement you enjoy while snorkelling but you are scuba diving.

    What’s involved in the course?

    The course will teach you how to set-up sidemount gear, adjust your trim for perfect control underwater and clip on tanks in the water as well as out of it. You will then look at finning techniques, buoyancy control and streamlining underwater. We complete 2 ocean dives to get used to the gear, practicing 1 and 2 tank diving and emergency drills in sidemount gear.

    Who can take the course?

    To take the course you must be an Open Water Diver and 18 years of age.

    When does the course run?

    The course takes two days, and we can run this programme all year round.

    Where does the course run?

    Complete theory at our Mana Dive Centre near Porirua, Wellington then to one of the many local dive sites for the two dives.

    How do I sign up?

    Register easily online, in store, by phone or email.  Remember to let us know when you would like to do the course.

PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty

Enjoy the freedom of no cylinder on your back – but double your usual air supply! Learn to dive with your tanks beside you instead of on your back and you will instantly see why Sidemount Diving is the fastest growing type of diving today!

  • PADI SCUBA Diving Wellington. Dive NZ Sea Adventures

    Sidemount Specialty course

    Course Length:             3 Days

    Prerequisites

    Specialty Equipment

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    $450

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  • Why take the PADI Sidemount course?

    Putting your cylinders on in the water provides a good sidemount-specialty, Sidemount, New Zealand Sea Adventures, Wellingtonrest for your back as your cylinders will be near to weightless once they are in the water. For those of you looking at getting into tech diving into the future, diving Sidemount is an economical, comfortable and back-friendly way to get started. Sidemount diving is one of the fastest growing ways of diving and once you try it you will instantly see why, you have the freedom of movement you enjoy while snorkelling but you are scuba diving.

    What’s involved in the course?

    The course will teach you how to set-up Sidemount gear, adjust your trim for perfect control underwater and clip on tanks in the water as well as out of it. You will then look at finning techniques, buoyancy control and streamlining underwater. We complete 3 ocean dives to get used to the gear, practicing 1 and 2 tank diving and emergency drills in Sidemount gear.

    Who can take the course?

    To take the course you must be an Open Water Diver and at least 15 years of age.

    When does the course run?

    The course takes three days, and we can run this programme all year round.

    Where does the course run?

    Complete theory and pool sessions at our Mana Dive Centre near Porirua, Wellington then out to one of the many local dive sites for three dives.

    How do I sign up?

    Register easily online, in store, by phone or email.  Remember to let us know when you would like to do the course.

    Yes, this Specialty course counts towards your 

    PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

TDI Technical Sidemount Course

Once you have experienced recreational side-mount, you will easily understand the application to technical diving. Technical diving is exceeding the recreational limits of depth or time or both. To do that you will need to carry more cylinders. The Tech Sidemount course will show you how to do this.

  • TDI Technical Diving. Dive NZ Sea Adventures, Wellington

    Technical Side-Mount Course

    Course Length:             2 Days

    Prerequisites

    • Open Water Diver
    • 18 Years Old

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    $450

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  • Why take the TDI Technical Side-Mount course?

    New Zealand Sea Adventures tech sidemount wellingtonThe average Technical open circuit diver will carry a minimum of four cylinders, two mounted on the back and one slung either side (or both on one side). This is a serious weight to carry to the waters edge and can place considerable out-of-water strain on a divers body. Putting your cylinders on one by one in the water provides a good rest for your back as your cylinders will be near to weightless once they are in the water.

    Shutting down a malfunctioning back-mounted regulator is a challenge but doing the same with a side-mounted regulator is simple and fast.

    What’s involved in the course?

    The course allows you to use side-mounted cylinders while either certifying on just this course or learning to use this system while certifying on TDI courses such as Decompression Procedures and Extended range. Gas used may range from air, nitrox or trimix depending on the course being attended and your certification.

    The course involves 3 sea dives to practice gear configuration during multiple tank diving and emergency drills in technical sidemount gear. Additional dives will be required for further certification.

    Who can take the course?

    To take the course you must be an Open Water Diver and at least 18 years of age.

    When does the course run?

    The course takes two days, and we can run this programme all year round. Additional days will be required for further certification.

    Where does the course run?

    Complete theory at our Mana Dive Centre near, Wellington then to one of the many local dive sites for the three dives.

    How do I sign up?

    Register easily online, in store, by phone or email.  Remember to let us know when you would like to do the course.

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