329 Welland Ave
St. Catharines, ON L2R 2R2
PADI Sidemount Diver Course Recreational or NAUI Technical Sidemount Diver
The PADI Sidemount Diver Course introduces recreational divers to Sidemount Diving and the basic gear configuration, foundational skills and techniques utilized by more progressive sidemount divers.
Sidemount was once thought to be only for the advanced cave diver, but now open water divers are experiencing this wonderful style of diving, which adds redundancy, simplicity and a more streamlined diver profile in the water.
Learn about the development, configuration and techniques needed to safely dive sidemount as a stand alone workshop or as part of a specialty diver course.
Sidemount Courses are available weekdays with notice. This course is available privately for individuals or groups locally or wherever you are located.
Recreational Sidemount Pre-requisites
Open Water Student(PADI)
NAUI Technical Sidemount Course Pre-requisites
25 dives minimum
Intro to Tech certification
Diving Sidemount was once thought to be only for the advanced cave diver, but now open water divers are experiencing this wonderful style of diving, which adds redundancy, simplicity and a more streamlined diver profile in the water.
DDS staff have been exploring caves and wrecks for years long before Sidemount was the newest coolest way to dive, as it is one of the best tools an explorer can use when diving a range of different environments.
Learn about the development, configuration and techniques needed to safely dive sidemount as an open water diver.
We use the Dive Rite Nomad XT, LT and the Halcyon Contour Sidemount or Halcyon Zero Gravity systems as our main sidemount systems. We have also got experience using the Armadillo, Hollis SMS1000, SMS 50 and have worked on various other configurations.
What You will learn:
The history of sidemount diving
Reasons and opportunities for sidemount diving
Equipment considerations and rigging for sidemount diving
How to manage equipment problems
Skill refinement including buoyancy, trim, weighting, fin techniques, gas management, air sharing, emergency procedures, SMB deployment and more.
You will complete 1 academic session, gear rigging session, confined water pool session and 2 dives TDI/SDI, 3 dives PADI, 4 dives NAUI.
Recreational Sidemount Course is only $350 +HST Does not include any park or dive charter fees. Students can save $50 when purchasing your Sidemount kit from DDS (Harness, Regulator package).
We love sidemount diving and have been hosting sidemount workshops and educational experiences since 2007.
Students from dive stores, clubs and individuals located out of town can benefit from this course as we can come to you or you can do the course on site with us.
Divers are required to have a complete STEC (Sidemount Technical Equipment Configuration) a standardized sidemount configuration promoting the same principles as our backmounted gear configuration NTEC (NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration).