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About Sidemount diving

You have probably heard about this cutting edge way of diving…here at Simply Sidemount, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible tuition. Our training will give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become one of the most streamlined, agile and confident divers in Single cylinder and Twin cylinder configuration.

What is it????????????????

Its about taking your cylinders off your back, splitting them and placing them on your sides so they become independent of each other and more safe to dive with....is that it ?

Not at all....Sidemount diving provides divers with a level of training and confidence above and beyond the Padi self reliance course, by giving them the knowledge and skills to be able to deal with possible emergency scenarios that a normal backmount diver wouldnt.  Not only would you have true redundancy, but the easiest and most simple way to breath and not waste your air supply.

Sidemount diving isnt something new...it has been around in the UK since the 1960s !  British cave divers, renowned for being the safest of divers, have been using the system for years.Only of recent years has it been modified slightly to accomodate our kind of diving adopting the 'Hogarthian method' of donating a long 2m hose to an out-of-air diver.

Why?

Some people find it hard to reach their cylinder valves behind the back of their neck while wearing a twinset, but they still want the extra cylinder to increase their time diving underwater. Even divers wearing a single cylinder on their back would fail to be able to conserve their air in the event of a major air leak and are forced to surface.
Being able to see your valves and first stages is comforting in case of an incident.
So, for them, moving the cylinders to somewhere they can easily reach the valves makes perfect sense.
Others find carrying a large amount of weight on their back somewhat heavy causing back pains… stopping them from diving as much.
Not only does diving Sidemount relieve pain underwater but also on the surface…You only have to carry just one cylinder down to the shore and come back for the other one when you’re ready to start your dive instead of hauling around a twinset.

 

 

Boat dives are especially good for this, when you can get in the water with one cylinder and have someone pass the other cylinder down to you or attach the cylinder boltsnap to a gearline.
Twinset divers often have a larger surface area due to cylinders being mounted on their backs, therefore, creating increased drag on the diver, therefore giving rise to an increase in air consumption (SAC rate)….Placing those cylinders under your arms, significantly reduces drag to such a degree that you can surface with more air than your average buddy diving with a twinset..
Diving Sidemount will also improve your profile, trim and streamlining as well as improve your buoyancy skills.

Diving in a ‘custom fit’ Sidemount harness improves your flexibility and comfort rather than a solid steel backplate. Also the harness is easily tailored to fit any shape of diver.
Diving Sidemount provides you with a safe redundant air supply making you feel more at ease knowing you’ve got plenty of air.
Another advantage is aimed at underwater photographers/videographers who will appreciate how difficult it is to stay on their side to capture an image or shoot when in backmount configuration…Sidemount gives the diver a near perfect balance to hold any position in the water column whether it be in a drysuit or wetsuit.

 


Gives recreational divers a taste of ‘Technical training’, and Tec divers can learn other DSAT technical courses, for example , Tech 40 up to Full Trimix  whilst in Sidemount. Even rebreather divers can use Sidemount configuration of their 'bailout' cylinders to improve their profile , therefore eliminating their 'stage mount' cylinders from banging and swinging about .

Sidemount also offers the more technical diver to add 'stages' as well....they are also fitted in sidemount configuration, this allows any of the cylinders to be removed if needed and placed in positions for decompression, or for retrieval on exiting a cave system.

As with any course, correct equipment and proper training are essential if not vital to ensure mastery of skills !

Be mindful of your goals and choose your instructor carefully .      POOR TRAINING = POOR DIVER

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Sidemount Harness

 

Some people find it hard to reach their cylinder valves behind the back of their neck while wearing a twinset, but they still want the extra cylinder to increase their time diving underwater. Even divers wearing a single cylinder on their back would fail to be able to conserve their air in the event of a major air leak and are forced to surface.
Being able to see your valves and first stages is comforting in case of an incident.
So, for them, moving the cylinders to somewhere they can easily reach the valves makes perfect sense.
Others find carrying a large amount of weight on their back somewhat heavy causing back pains… stopping them from diving as much.
Not only does diving Sidemount relieve pain underwater but also on the surface…You only have to carry just one cylinder down to the shore and come back for the other one when you’re ready to start your dive instead of hauling around a twinset.

Some people find it hard to reach their cylinder valves behind the back of their neck while wearing a twinset, but they still want the extra cylinder to increase their time diving underwater. Even divers wearing a single cylinder on their back would fail to be able to conserve their air in the event of a major air leak and are forced to surface.
Being able to see your valves and first stages is comforting in case of an incident.
So, for them, moving the cylinders to somewhere they can easily reach the valves makes perfect sense.
Others find carrying a large amount of weight on their back somewhat heavy causing back pains… stopping them from diving as much.
Not only does diving Sidemount relieve pain underwater but also on the surface…You only have to carry just one cylinder down to the shore and come back for the other one when you’re ready to start your dive instead of hauling around a twinset.

Some people find it hard to reach their cylinder你好嗎我想 吃飯 %? valves behind the back of their neck while wearing a twinset, but they still want the extra cylinder to increase their time diving underwater. Even divers wearing a single cylinder on their back would fail to be able to conserve their air in the event of a major air leak and are forced to surface.
Being able to see your valves and first stages is comforting in case of an incident.
So, for them, moving the cylinders to somewhere they can easily reach the valves makes perfect sense.
Others find carrying a large amount of weight on their back somewhat heavy causing back pains… stopping them from diving as much.
Not only does diving Sidemount relieve pain underwater but also on the surface…You only have to carry just one cylinder down to the shore and come back for the other one when you’re ready to start your dive instead of hauling around a twinset.

 

 

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