TECHNICAL SIDEMOUNT COURSE
OCEANIC is a Sidemount Trainnig Center where you can learn Sidemount configuration diving – the newest and fast developing diving system in the world, meant specially to cave and cavern diving, wreck diving, but considered as most safety configuration now a days becoming very popular also in recreational diving.
This kind of diving is already common practice for a lot of wreck- and cave divers. Now the benefits are being discovered by more and more recreational divers. The ease of movement without a heavy tank on the back and a new feeling of buoyancy are enticing advantages of the program. Get involved!
This course is designed to teach certified technical divers (at least Intro to Tech level) how to safely use sidemounted primary cylinders as an alternative to the traditional twin-set configuration up to a depth of 45 meters. The course can be combined with other TDI courses such as Deco Pro, Advanced Nitrox. If combined the standards for both courses must be met.
The Tec Sidemount Diver course does not qualify you to make tec dives beyond your present certification level. It qualifies you to make dives at your present certification level using sidemount equipment configuration giving you more functionality and more safety and to use sidemount (with instructor approval) as you train and qualify for new levels.
Discover the new way to scuba dive either as a Technical or Recreational Diver.
Sidemount diving is the most versatile art of diving, it brings a totally new dimension of hovering, trimming, streamlined position and equipment configuration. Have you ever thought of becoming a Pro in this technique? You will learn all the right basics to become a Master in trimming technique.
History and Background
Benefits for the recreational diver
Equipment and Configuration
Handling in practice
Planning a Sidemount dive
Sidemount diving is a diving configuration which has cylinders mounted on each side of the diver just below the shoulders and streamlined along the hips, instead of the traditional back mounted system. It is a popular configuration with advanced cave divers and it allows you to penetrate smaller sections of caves where cylinders can be removed with greater ease. Sidemount diving becomes popular with divers who have difficulty handling the heavy Twin-sets commonly used by Technical divers and some cave divers. Shortcomings of this diving style include a greater difficulty in sharing air while diving with team members using back mounted cylinders.
Sidemount diving began in the UK, where it was originally used in partially and fully submerged caves. It was an easier way of transporting diving gear and cylinders between totally submerged sections of the cave called commonly “sumps”. The Americans began using sidemount in the 70’s for the same purpose in Florida.
In the early 80’s, Wes Skiles, and other Florida cave divers started using sidemount configuration to explore cave passages that were too narrow for conventional back mounted cylinders. They quickly found that the British style of sidemount didn’t work well in low passages and started developing a “Florida style” form of sidemount. Today the British refer to this “Florida style” diving as “American sidemount”. For most divers the Sky Diving position [horizontal trim] is difficult to achieve. It needs lots of practice and correct equipment configuration. We can help you achieve this by teaching you the right basics from the start and some tricks that we have developed over years of experience.
Certification is not guaranteed, you have to earn it!
Technical diving, by its nature, is more complicated, and involves higher risk levels than recreational diving, and unlike some recreational diving courses, payment of fees does not imply automatic certification.
This does not mean that if, having completed the prescribed number of dives in the course outline that if you are unable to meet a required standard, you will be failed. We will do our utmost to get your skills and knowledge up to the highest level, and if this means extra dives or academic sessions, then so be it.
Max. deep: 40 meters
Duration: 5 days
Price: 550 euro