The ability to dive sidemount offers benefits for a wide variety of divers. It allows cave divers to pass through low, wide bedding planes with ease. It enables tech divers to dive dual cylinders when manifolded doubles are not readily available. For divers with physical limitations, it provides the opportunity to don heavy equipment in the water.
Prerequisites for this program include, but are not limited to:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to unequivocally answer No to all questions on the RSTC Medical History/Exam form (or equivalent) or have obtained a physician’s approval for diving within twelve monts of the start of training, and have had no significant changes in health or medical condition since.
- Be certified to the Advanced Open Water Diver level (or equivalent).
This program generally requires:
- Two days.
- Four dives.
- 100 minutes of bottom time.
Be aware that different students learn at different rates. Depending on student abilities, additional days, dives or minutes of bottom time may be required. Reggie may also recommend that students break longer courses into smaller segments, and use the time in between to gain additional skill practice and proficiency.
Few things are more frustrating than seeing a “one size fits all” course price, only to discover your specific situation may require you to incur additional costs. We work hard to keep course fees realistic and competitive. Nevertheless, fees may vary from one individual to the next depending on factors such as:
- Group size
- Your prior training and experience
- Any courses you may be taking concurrently with this one
- Additional time needed to accommodate special needs
We can give you a more accurate estimate of total course cost once we know more about you. Use the form at the bottom of the page to tell us more about your specific situation. We will get back to you with up-to-date pricing information.
You should be aware that course fees cover all instruction, NASE training materials, if available, and NASE certification, if earned. Students are responsible for:
- All personal dive equipment.
- All gas fills.
- Transportation to and from dive sites.
- Dive site admission fees.
- Any non-NASE training materials.
- Any non-NASE certification card processing.
Depending on the course, additional certifications may be available from organizations such as IANTD. If desired, students must pay for the cost of these agencies’ certification cards. These organizations will also expect you to buy a copy of their student manual, if available — even though you may not use it in the course.
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Use this form to ask questions or begin the enrollment process. If enrolling in a course, be sure to include a brief summary of your prior training and experience.