Why take a course?

Using more than two side cylinders in a side mount configuration requires practice and exercise. The more additional elements appear underwater, the more effort should be made to make sure that all of them are aligned, matched to each other and do not in any way hinder the diver's own functioning. Sidemount divers have to face some difficulties when the performed dives required them to take additional cylinders, such as decompression gases used during technical dives. During the IDF Advanced Side Mount Diver training, you will master the necessary skills and develop a careful configuration under the watchful eye of your IDF Instructor.

What will you learn?

The IDF Advanced Sidemount Diver course focuses on very intensive underwater exercises. During your training dives you will master the use of a sidemount configuration with up to three additional  cylinders. In such a set you will practice uncliping side cylinders, deploying them, retrieving them and passing them on to your partner. You will also learn how to deal with failures associated with the upper and lower cylinder clips.

In accordance with the IDF motto “Safety First!” you will also have the opportunity to practice and refine your rescue skills and techniques, including towing underwater and bringing an unconscious diver up to the surface. The skills acquired in the IDF Advanced Side Side Mount Diver course will allow you to train later up to Full Trimix level.

What do you need to start?

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Sufficient swimming ability
  • Health condition to participate in the course
  • IDF Master Diver certificate or equivalent
  • IDF Side Mount Diver certificate or equivalent

What is the course?

Number of dives
Number of dives
4 dives in open waters with a cumulative duration of not less than 160 minutes
Depth range
Depth range
Compatible with the current student qualifications.
Theoretical classes
Theoretical classes
Lectures using training presentations and IDF audiovisual materials
Online test filled in electronically after logging into the student's panel

What will you be entitled to after the course?

Certyfikat IDF

Upon completion of the training, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate confirming your qualifications. It is a plastic card with a unique number and watermark. In addition, you will have lifelong access to an individual panel on the IDF website, where your certificate will always be available in electronic form - in case you ever forget to take the original with you for diving.

What next?

The skills you gained from the IDF Advanced Side Side Mount Diver course will enable you to approach technical courses where it is crucial to properly configure the whole set, with additional  side cylinders with decompression gas. The next step can therefore be to start the IDF Advanced Nitrox Diver – the first course on the technical diving path.

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