The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) today has launched the first of two exciting new sidemount programs for Technical Scuba Divers. The PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course is available now, while the PADI Recreational Diver Sidemount Specialty course will be available soon.

Originating in the cave diving community, sidemount diving configurations attract the attention of both open-circuit tec divers and recreational divers. Sidemount diving offers options for carrying equipment, helps reduce lower back strain and provides a backup gas supply.  Equipment manufacturers continue to meet the increased demand for sidemount by manufacturing dedicated buoyancy control devices, harnesses and regulator configurations.

The PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course covers the use of sidemount configuration for technical diving. It has been developed for recreational divers who want to use sidemount as they enter open-circuit tec diving, as well as experienced tec divers who want to transition to sidemount.

To qualify for the PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course divers need to be certified as at least PADI Advanced Open Water Divers (or have a qualifying certification from another training organization), have 30 or more logged dives and be at least 18 years old.  Being certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification is also recommended.

For details, contact Pura Vida Divers today! For more information about PADI’s growing Technical Diving programs, including the upcoming international Tec Xplor events, visit the PADI TecRec blog at