PADI Sidemount Diver Course

The PADI Sidemount Diver Course teaches you how to configure and use one or two cylinders mounted at your sides instead of on your back.

Maximize your streamline in the water, reduce lower back strain and take advantage of the increased gas supply for longer dives.

Sidemount diving is configuring the diver's cylinders under the diver's arms, instead of on the back.

This configuration was designed for cave diving and single cylinders because they are easier to haul in situations when divers must carry dive gear through rough terrain to the water's edge.

Sidemount diving can be used in a variety of different environments and offers excellent advantages for divers with limited mobility who prefer sidemount over wearing back mounted cylinders.


  • Adjustability - Enhance your streamlining and body position while better controlling environmental contact.

  • Access - Easy access to the regulator first stage(s) and tank valve(s) which are positioned in front of you instead of behind you.

  • Back Relief - By mounting cylinder(s) on their sides.

  • Maximize Time - A comfortable option to increase air supply and maximize bottom time; especially when using enriched air.

  • Redundant Gas Supply & Delivery System - Handle a low or out-of-gas problem by switching to the second cylinder; handle a regulator failure by switching to the second regulator.

Our PADI Sidemount Diver package includes....

  • PADI Sidemount diver course.

  • Rental of all Sidemount equipment.

  • PADI Sidemount Diver manual & PADI certification card.

  • Pick up from the pier.

  • Great location on the beach.


  • 15 years old.

  • PADI Open Water Diver.

Course Schedule

  • Knowledge Development - conducted in our a/c cooled classrooms.

  • Confined Water Training - conducted in our purpose built swimming pool.

  • Open Water Training - 3 Open water training dives conducted off one of our dive boats exploring the amazing coral reefs and marine life around Koh Tao.

Day 1

09:00 - Knowledge development, confined water training in a swimming pool
12:00 - 2 x Open Water Dives

Day 2

7:00 - 1 x Open Water Dive & optional fun dive

Course Price: 12,000 THB

Here at Crystal Dive, our experienced Tec/Trimix & Sidemount Instructional team conduct all PADI Tec/Rec and Sidemount Diver / Tech Sidemount Diver courses in small groups.

This ensures each student progresses at their own pace, receives lots of attention and is relaxed throughout their training as they build the confidence & competence necessary to be certified as a PADI Sidemount diver.


7/1 Moo 2, Koh Tao, 84360, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)77 456106
Tel: +66 (0)77 456107
Fax: +66 (0)77 456105