SDI/TDI Sidemount Diver
What makes the new SDI/TDI Sidemount Diver program better?
Feature: The new SDI/TDI Sidemount Diver program is far more than just another “how to” book on sidemount diving. It’s a complete, comprehensive set of training materials designed to work together to make learning and teaching sidemount diving easy. These materials include:
- Student manual
- Knowledge Quest workbook
- Instructor Guide
- Power-Point presentations
- Digital Instructor Resource
- Final exams and answer keys
On top of this, all of this information is available as an SDI/TDI eLearning course that covers the same material, in the same sequence, and in the same depth.
Benefit: The new Sidemount Diver course materials save retailers and instructors time, as they don’t need to go to several different sources to assemble the materials needed to teach a comprehensive course, nor do they need to take the time necessary to come up with their own quizzes, exams and similar teaching tools. Further, they do not have to explain to students and customers why eLearning is not available for this course because it is.
Feature: You can use the same materials to teach or take everything from an SDI open-water Sidemount Diver course to a TDI technical diving course for deep, cave or wreck.
Benefit: The new program saves retailers and instructor money, as there is no need to invest in multiple sets of materials to teach what are, essentially, the same course, just to different audiences.
Feature: Rather than take a dogmatic “my way or the highway” approach to Sidemount Diver training, the SDI/TDI program covers the broad range of equipment, procedures and techniques used by experienced sidemount divers around the world.
Benefit: The new course materials don’t put retailers and instructors in the awkward position of having to explain why what the instructor and retailer prefer teaching and selling is at odds with what the materials say is the “one and only way” to do things.
Who this course is for:
- The certified diver looking to use a sidemount cylinder instead of the standard back mount unit.
- SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
- Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent.
What you can expect to learn:
The SDI Sidemount Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
- Gas management utilizing independent cylinders
- Equipment considerations
- Cylinder options
- Regulator options
- Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)/harness options
- Proper weighting
- Equipment configurations
- Hand signals
- Problem solving
- Gas hemorrhages
- Water entries
- S-Drills (specific to sidemount)
Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
- Plan dive
- Test and check all equipment (depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers)
- Familiarization with area
- Descend to planed depth and not exceed any pre-planned limits
- Demonstrate the ability to safely manage gas in independent cylinders
- Monitor depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate
- Demonstrate ability to control buoyancy
- Attaching sidemount cylinders while
- Out of water
- On surface standing on bottom
- On surface in water to deep to stand
- At depth
- Perform gas switches
- Perform safety stops
What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in sidemount diving activities without direct supervision, provided the following limits are adhered to:
- Safety stops as appropriate
- Planned dives do not exceed diver’s current certification level
Also, the SDI Sidemount Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve theSDI Advanced Diver Development program.
SDI Sidemount Diver minimum requirements:
- Perform all land drills and open water dive requirements safely and efficiently
- Demonstrate mature, sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
- Log all dives
How to take this course!
- Get started with Sidemount on eLearning: here
- Find your local Dive Center: here
- Shop online for our Sidemount Products: here