by Carl Fallon
PADI Sidemount diving is taking a strong foothold as part of the dive industry in Australia. Once a foreign concept, it is quickly taking its place not only in technical diving but also in the everyday recreational diving community. With the benefit of not only additional gas and obvious redundancy, PADI Sidemount diving also helps ease the stress associated with problem solving and logistics of diving with the traditional twin back mounted tanks. It is here to stay, so either get with the program (Sidemount program that is) or miss out. It’s as simple as that!
PADI has recently added its PADI Sidemount Specialty course to the standard list of Specialties, and is now giving this specialty credit towards your students PADI Adventure Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water certifications. Becoming a PADI Sidemount Instructor will give you the chance to branch out from your standard training programs you are currently running and will add to your professional qualifications. It is loads of fun, more challenging that normal single tanks diving and will let you play with more kit! Easy to see why we all love it so much, hey!
Here at Abyss Scuba Diving, we are PADI’s only Career Development Centre in the state and as such we teach a lot of Instructor development program all throughout the year. The PADI Sidemount Instructor Training program is just one of the many programs delivered here.
Sidemount Diving requires specific expertise in equipment setup and configuration, and also with trim and adjustment of kit while in the water. The PADI Sidemount Instructor Training is an essential step you must go through to be able to teach the PADI Sidemount program effectively.
During the PADI Sidemount Instructor Training held here at Abyss in Australia, we really push you to your limits. Through simulated gas emergencies, out of air drills, safety checks, along with gear configuration and buoyancy control issues, you will feel extremely confident going into run your first PADI Sidemount Training Course.
I am the only ‘Platinum’ rated PADI Course Director in the state and as such I teach more Instructor level programs than any other Course Director in the area. I am a PADI Tec Instructor and do the majority of my deep diving using the Sidemount equipment configuration. During the training I will pass on all the tips and hints I have picked up using Sidemount in the field and also during training. You will really feel prepared with additional instructor level knowledge and skills, when teaching your first courses.
The program is challenging, particularly if it is the first time you have ever dived with Sidemount equipment before. So if you have never dived with additional kit before, doing the student level PADI Sidemount Specialty Course is definitely a good first step towards becoming a PADI Sidemount Instructor. This will reduce the task loading you will experience during the Instructor level course and allow you to concentrate more on the teaching aspect of the training.
If you are interested in becoming a PADI Sidemount Instructor then contact me about doing the program. I look forward to going sideways with you soon. Catch ya in the water.
PADI Platinum Course Director
Abyss Scuba Diving
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