Sidemount – is a scuba diving equipment configuration which has scuba sets with pressured breathing gas mounted alongside the diver. This method has its advantages and disadvantages. Sidemount was designed for underwater tours in caves, where is is often not possible to pass the gaps because of breathing cylinders on the back. It is way easier to fit the cylinders one by one than a pair of them combined.
Nowadays sidemount is actively promoted by various diving training agencies. If you are interested in finishing a training course with such techniques in Israel by the Red sea, you should turn to "Ahla" diving center in Eilat. Our instructors carry out practices of technical and recreational diving. All ther employees have a high qualification, a lot of experience and excellent practical skills and theory, with the help of which they can teach the peculiarities of diving to any beginner fast and effectively.
Pros of sidemount diving
We are giving sidemount diving courses more and more, as this practice has the following advantages:
Cons of sidemount technique
Besides the obvious advantages, sidemount has its complexities. First of all, not always can a diver carry the cylinders in the water beforehand (when diving from the board or shore, with high waves). In such cases it is required to dive without a bondage and put it on only afterwards, attach inflaters and place regulators. Secondly, the new method of cylinder fastening requires usage of new equipment. This generally results in high monetary expense. Third of all, diving with two separate cylinders requires a special technodiver card, which can be acquired after a technical diving course, having spent money, time and strength. Lastly, sidemount presupposes using various types of equipment that always change. At the time of the courses instructors will teach you the techniques and peculiarities of underwater behavior, but it will still be required to think for yourself and adapt the equipment to your own skills and physical abilities.