PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Instructor Course
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* Price is dependent on prerequisite Sidemount diving experience of each person
Double the tanks, double the air, double your dive time, diving on a two tank sidemount configuration has never been more in demand.
There are many scuba divers that are unable to cover the whole dive site due to air consumption or like us all would love to stay underwater for longer.
Not only does a sidemount configuration allow you to maximise your bottom time but it is a safer way to dive.
Having more air on a dive allows you to plan your dive in a way where you have a greater reserve for yourself or your buddy in the unlikely event of an equipment failure or diver mistake.
It teaches you how to be able to handle problems underwater more efficiently and feel more confident in yourself underwater.
For other divers they choose sidemount due to the health benefits. With the configuration being on the diver’s side, it takes away the weight from the back and can be a pain relief option for many people who suffer from issues with back problems.
As a PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor you will teach your student divers how to focus more on their trim, kicking efficiency and more importantly their neutral buoyancy skills.
Being able to fully master neutral buoyancy is not only a core skill for any scuba diver but it also promotes positive environmental awareness.
Sidemount Diving around Koh Tao
With over 26 dive sites to choose from all year round, Koh Tao offers a huge variety of topography and depths to choose from and is perfect for a Sidemount configuration.
There is a huge list of options whilst diving in the waters around Koh Tao such as; perfect shallow sites for training workshops, deep sites for relaxed fun diving and a wreck for mastering penetration and neutral buoyancy.
As a PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor, every course you teach will be completely different with the freedom that Sidemount gives you.
PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor course – who can enrol?
A renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
Note: IDC/OWSI candidates may participate in the PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor training course but may only apply for Specialty Instructor certification after passing an IE.
PADI Sidemount Diver or equivalent with a minimum 10 sidemount dives
Note: This is a course exit requirement, dives may be completed following the instructor training course.
PADI Sidemount Instructor Course – what you learn
You will participate in the following sessions:
- PADI Sidemount Diver course purpose and goals.
- PADI Sidemount Diver course standards and procedures, including instructor and student prerequisites, supervision, ratios, site depths and hours
- PADI Sidemount Diver open water training considerations
- PADI Sidemount Diver instructor & student equipment requirements
- How to conduct the PADI Sidemount Diver specialty course so that student divers can meet all performance requirements
You will complete the open water training dives on one of several local dive sites suitable for this training.
As a PADI Diver Sidemount Specialty Instructor you are certified to independently teach the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course
Please bring the following materials with your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack during your IDC.
In addition, you will also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor manual is available as a free download for all PADI Members that are renewed from www.padi.com/mypadi
PADI Sidemount Specialty Instructor Course Application fee: A$123