Whilst the sidemount configration was developed to help in certain types of cave where backmounted diving was a problem, it has become a popular configuration in open water as well. TDI Sidemount Diver can be taken either as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with one of TDI’s other open circuit technical specialties such as Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures, Trimix, Advanced Trimix, or Advanced Wreck. If this course is combined, the requirements for both courses must be met.
During TDI Sidemount training the topics you'll be covering on land and in water will include :
Note: As with other TDI programs, the diver must complete and pass the written examination, complete all in water requirements efficiently and safely, and demonstrate mature and sound judgement in dive planning and execution in order to be certified.
You will find details of what is included and not included across all TDI courses on the Overview page, If the student is making technical dives during Sidemount training, such is if taken in combination with a higher level course, any Helium used is not included.
Either a printed manual is available for this course, or the eLearning option is now also available.