PADI Sidemount Specialty

PADI Sidemount specialty course. A sidemount configuration (scuba tanks alongside of the diver) offers more flexibility and better steamlining options. Learn about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration.


PADI sidemount specialty

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy ofmounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? The best way to get the max out of sidemounts is by using enriched air in the 2 tanks on the dive. In Pattaya we have some great WW2 and ex US Naval ships to dive, on a single tank you might get 25 minutes on the dive where as on sidemounts with Enriched air (Nitrox) you will double that time.

If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.



Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scubaPADI sidemount specialty dives you’ll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.
HTMS Mataphon, the turtle verses the Divemaster on sidemounts.

We usually do the sidemount dives either on the Pattaya wrecks if you are an Advanced diver or on the Pattaya island coral dives sites, either are suitable for sidemount diving.

We can also combine the Enriched air specialty course with this course, with a bargain discount.




PADI sidemount specialty www.real-divers.comYou’ll want to use your own mask, fins, snorkel and exposure suit. Our PADI Instructors will explainthe sidemount equipment you’ll need, such as a BCD and harness configured for sidemount diving along with cylinders, each with a regulator and SPG and here at Real Divers we use Hollis aand Scubapro sidemount BCD’s.



Dive Trips

PADI sidemount specialty

We run our dive/courses trips from our 12 metre speedboats: Start time 9am finish 2.30pm.

The HTMS Kut and HTMS Mataphon where we do our sidemount dives takes just 15 minutes to get to. On the wrecks you get schooling barracuda, small sharks, rays and bat fish.

The Pattaya coral sites offer large pufferfish, large hawkbill turtles and the tropical reef angelfish, butterfly fish, blue spotted rays as well as loads more marine life.



12,500B per person – 2 day course (1 day pool – 1 day ocean, 2 sidmount dives)

*= includes; Boat trips, Pro Instruction, Rental dive equipment, Rental Dive Computer (if needed), PADI Manuals, Materials, Certification Fees, Lunch/Snacks/drinks, (No hidden costs)

Sidemount specialty combined with enriched air spec 22,000B – 3 day course (1 day pool – 2 days ocean – 2 dives Enriched air, 2 dives sidemount dives).


Getting Started

Get the PADI Sidemount specialty Diver manual which is included in our course price.


EMAIL:  Scuba Diving Pattaya Thailand

PHONE: Dive Shop – 038-232-476

Neil – 087-602-1411                


Kat – 093-594-9191


Contact details plus map to the dive center

How to book and Cancellation policy;

Contact details

Directions to the dive center in Thai show a taxi driver. ซอยโรงแรมเวลคัม2 จอมเทียน ถนน เลียบชายหาดจอมเทียน ระหว่างซอย 11-12

IMPORTANT: If you are doing 2 dives in a day you will need 18 hours after your last dive before flying for safety reasons and 12 hours after 1 dive. If in doubt e-mail us.