Side Mount is the "new configuration", suitable for all divers and adaptable to all types of dives; is fully redundant, and its main advantage is the complete self-sufficiency of the diver.
Side Mount made its appearance in the 60's thanks to Mike Boone, an english speleologist, who first used this configuration to overcome flooded portions of caves, gradually replacing the closed-circuit apparatus hitherto used, to the advantages offered by the size and the increasing availability of modern regulators. The dimensions of the cylinders were dependent on the length of the flooded sections of the caves.
It is in the late 70s that Woody Jasper, United States, began to look at this system as the solution to the exploration of smaller underwater caves, where normal equipment did not allow passage.
In recent years, the system has been improved by Steve Bogaerts, who has adapted it to the harshest environments and the most demanding conditions. The sidemount equipment he developed and tested, the Razor system, boasts countless imitations.
The sidemount configuration offers many advantages over traditional equipment:
Minimum 3 full days; lectures, confined water sessions, 4 dives.
This course introduces the Side Mount equipment and techniques necessary to manage open water dives within
the limits of the student experience.
Most important topics (but not limited to) are equipment considerations, gas management, buoyancy and trim control.
This training is also a prerequisite for those who wish to take Cave Diver training with sidemount equipment rather than with the traditional gear.
If combined with another training, a minimum of 2 training days are required.
Minimum 3 full days; lectures, open water session, 4 cave dives.
This course is dedicated to those who already have experience in cave diving.
Introduces the use of the sidemount equipment and the specific sidemount procedures for overhead environment. The course focuses on the more versatility than traditional equipment and greater ability to self-rescue without changing the habits of the diver.
Minimum 3 full days; lectures, open water session, 4 cave dives
This course is dedicated to those divers who have experience in cave diving with sidemount equipment.
The training is focusing on techniques and procedures needed to pass major restrictions and the knowledge for recalculation of thirds during the dive. The self-rescue becomes the main component for diving in small size caves.