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PADI Specialty Courses

Sidemount Diver


Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on, and go.


Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you will learn how to: 

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment 

  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water 

  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders 

  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving 


Required Equipment: 

Your instructor will explain the sidemount equipment you will need, such as a BCD and harness configured for sidemount diving with cylinders, each with a regulator and SPG. 

**Rental of any scuba equipment is not including in any MSD Continuing Education course. 

**MSD does have one sidemount configuration available for rental for this course.



  • PADI Open Water Certification

  • Students must be 15 years old or older at the start of the course


How Do I Start: 

Contact MSD Brainerd - we will reach out to our instructor to schedule the course.

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