side mount diver

A side mount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better streamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a side mount configuration.


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. Side mount 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. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Side mount Diver Specialty course.

If you're a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Side mount Diver course.


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

~ Properly assemble and configure side mount scuba diving equipment.

~ Trim your weight system and side mount 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 side mount diving.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.

Photos from previous Side Mount Diver classes...