Taking its origins from cave diving and gaining more and more popularity in all types of diving worldwide including The Red Sea, Sidemount diving is a special form of equipment configuration that provides true independent gas redundancy while being flexible, balanced and extremely streamlined. Whether you use it for recreational open water diving, deep or wreck diving, long range DPV dives or technical diving, sidemount configuration will have its benefits for you.
To enroll in PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course you must be at least 15 years old and be a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent from other training organization. The course is performance based and generally takes 3 days with as many extra days training as necessary to achieve appropriate equipment familiarity and comfort level. Our first days will be spent on our house reef reviewing the configuration, breaking down and fitting sidemount equipment to your needs and sizes followed by confined water dives focused on developing general-diving and sidemount-specific skill set. A lot of attention will be put into your trim, buoyancy control and finning techniques as those are the foundation of every successful dive. This will adequately prepare you to complete a minimum of three required open water dives refining the techniques you have learned at some beautifully decorated reefs around Hurghada. For the duration of the course and beyond we will provide you with a rental set of Xdeep Stealth 2.0 Classic sidemount equipment as well as an APEKS SM regulator set and all necessary parts and fittings.
Whether you are still in the beginning of your diving career or you are a seasoned diver looking to widen your horizons, one thing is sure – after discovering what diving in Sidemount configuration has to offer and focusing core diving skills your dives will never be the same again. Join the “flying underwater” family!
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