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Sidemount Diving in India With Temple Adventures

Sidemount diving in India is definitely starting to pick up as the scuba industry is growing.

Sidemount is an equipment configuration which has scuba tanks mounted on the side of the diver, instead of the back. This is becoming a more popular configuration of scuba in India as there are many benefits of diving sidemout.

sidemount diving in India

Because sidemount configurations are often used by cave and technical divers, people think that this configuration isn’t for recreational diving.
However, we are here to bust that myth for you. Sidemount diving is for anyone and everyone! In fact there are a bunch of pros of this type of diving.

Sidemount Diving Pros:

  1. Flexibility: This configuration allows for a more flexible dive. You have your tank valves right in front of you and can access your tanks a lot more easily than back mount. You can even remove your tanks underwater with ease.
  2. Streamline: With this type of configuration, streamlining comes easy to the diver. Sidemount diving helps with streamlining as it reduces drag.
  3. Redundancy: In sidemount diving, you are usually using two tanks. Having an extra tank can always make a diver feel more secure as it also means having a redundant source of gas.
  4. Upgrading: As a PADI sidemount diver you can continue your diving education by taking up the PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course. Becoming a Technical Sidemount diver allows you to take more than two tanks underwater.

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How We Run The Course At Temple Adventures:

This course has confined water training sessions and a total of 4 open water dives. However, if the instructor feels like you require more dives, they might recommend it before certifying you.

We ensure that the student understands the skills and drills and can perform them comfortably in a pool before hitting open waters.

During the course we will be covering a bunch of necessary skills required for the certification:

  • Gas matching
  • Gas management for independent cylinders
  • Physiological Considerations
  • Equipment Considerations
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Tight Spaces
  • Water Entries
  • S-Drills for Sidemount


  • You need to have a PADI Open Water Diver certificate (or equivalent)
  • You have to be at least 10 years old.

What’s Included

  • PADI Sidemount Diver Manual
  • Instructor tuition and administrative fees
  • PADI Sidemount Diver International Certification Card upon completion of the program.


By taking the PADI Sidemount Diver course, you are allowing yourself to learn and manage more scuba configurations.You are increasing your skills and knowledge as a scuba diver and opening more options in diving for yourself. As we mentioned above, yes sidemount diving can be done by recreational divers. But it also opens a whole new world of technical diving for them!

The PADI Sidemount Diver Course costs INR 31,800 + 18% GST.

So would you like to learn something new and increase your skills as a diver? Send us a message here to book your course now!


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