Become an Extended Range Sidemount Diver with SSI

Exploring overhead environments like caves and wrecks is an exciting endeavor. However, squeezing traditional dive equipment into the tight spaces found within these areas can be challenging. Improving your diver trim and streamlining by using a sidemount configuration allows you to explore more constricted places than ever before. The Extended Range Sidemount program trains you to dive in a sidemount configuration, and the techniques required to use multiple stage cylinders carried for decompression diving efficiently and effectively. You will earn the SSI Extended Range Sidemount certification after completing this program and can then apply that configuration to all other extended range programs.

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Facts and Training Standards

Amount of Academic Sessions

 

4

Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions

 

1

Amount of Open Water Sessions

 

4

Maximum Training Depth

 

40 m / 130 ft

Suggested duration (h)

 

16-24

Certification Prerequisites

 

Open Water Diver certification

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Discover Flawless Streamlining and Diver Trim

Here are the benefits you can expect from attending this training program:

Improve your trim and streamline your body positioning for more relaxed dive adventures

Learn new skills to open up exploration of the overhead environment

Reduce fatigue, stress, and improve gas consumption

Continue your Extended Range Training

Sidemount diving was designed for the overhead environment where diver trim and streamlining are of the utmost importance. With SSI’s range of overhead programs, you can take your new sidemount configuration back to the place it deserves to be! As a certified Extended Range Sidemount diver, you can join the overhead programs and reap the rewards of your new streamlined position and dive equipment. SSI offers a wide variety of specialties that will certify you to explore overhead environments safely. Explore some of the world’s amazing shipwrecks with the Extended Range Wreck Diving and Technical Wreck Diving programs. Or, take yourself underground to where few people have traveled before with SSI’s Extended Range Cavern, Cave, and Full Cave specialty programs. All of these specialties required extreme streamlining of your dive equipment and pair perfectly with the SSI Extended Range Sidemount program.

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Training Prerequisites

SSI Entry-Level Programs – Open Water Diver, Freediver, or Mermaid require students to complete a water fitness evaluation prior to open water training. The goal of this evaluation is to determine a comfort level baseline consisting of:

Swim Assessment

Survival Float

Technical Requirements

To start training, students must create a MySSI profile. This can either be done via the SSI website at www.divessi.com/register or by installing the MySSI App.

Simply download the app for either iOS or Android, set up the user profile, and access the world of diving in minutes! The MySSI App safely stores everything in one place, online or offline – training materials, logbook, and certification cards. This includes Recreational Scuba, Extended Range, Freediving and Mermaid.

Training Center Selection & Affiliation

Every student must select an SSI Training Center as their “Training Partner” during the course registration process. Affiliation ensures personalized service and a high-quality training experience.

Students can also change affiliation or choose to affiliate with multiple Training Centers in their user profile. When affiliating with a Training Center online or via the MySSI App, a Privacy Policy Agreement will be processed to comply with GDPR regulations.

Medical & Administrative Requirements

Each student or candidate must complete the required SSI Training Record Forms prior to participating in any SSI training program. The forms for minors must be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Responsible Diver Code

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Diver Medical Statement & Questionnaire or Physician’s Approval to Dive (where required)

Training Assumption of Risk, Liability Release, & Liability Release, & Hold Harmless Agreement (where required / not applicable within the European Union)

Program-specific Completion Record (done by the Instructor prior to certification)

Training Course Costs

Training consists of various components which are either charged singly or as a package depending on the selected Training Center. The components are:

Training Materials / Digital Kit

Tuition for Academics and In-Water Training

Open Water Training Dives

Certification

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