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Tec Sidemount

Tec Sidemount Diver

During the Tec Sidemount Diver course you will develop the base equipment-related motor skills and underlying knowledge for the use of sidemount in technical diving. Developed for maximum flexibility, the Tec Sidemount diver course addresses a wide range of divers. On one hand it is relevant to those with neither tec nor sidemount experience who want to use sidemount as they enter tec diving as well as those who are already experienced backmount open-circuit tec divers and want to switch to sidemount and those in between.

Becoming a Tec Sidemount Diver requires you to demonstrate mastery of motor skills and procedures used in different forms of tec diving. If you're new to technical diving, you need a base understanding of what technical diving is, and the philosophies you apply as a tec diver.


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent, 18 years, 30 logged dives.


4 1/2 days, knowledge development, practical applications, 1 confined session, 4 open water dives.


Tec Sidemount Diver Manual (not included in the course fee).


Tec Sidemount Instructor

The Tec Sidemount Instructor Training course provides candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct the Tec Sidemount Diver course. Course content covers philosophy, organization, practical considerations and promotion as well as other course aspects of the course.


  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor,
  • PADI Enriched Air Instructor, PADI Deep Diver Instructor,
  • PADI Tec 45 Diver or equivalent,
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives, of which at least 20 were done with EANx, at least 25 were deeper than 18m and 15 were deeper than 30m.


  • PADI Tec Instructor,
  • PADI Tec Sidemount Diver or equivalent,
  • Have logged at least 20 technical sidemount dives including 10 with three or more cylinders.


3 1/2 days, knowledge development, practical applications, 1 confined session, 2 open water dives.


Tec Sidemount Instructor Guide (not included in the course fee).