Start your Recreational Sidemount Diving Specialty now
In this sidemount diving course, you’ll learn all you need to go single or two-cylinder recreational sidemount diving up to a maximum depth of 30 meters or to your certification depth, whichever is deeper. Sidemount diving is already common practice for wreck, mine, and cave divers, but now the benefits are being discovered by more recreational divers. With no heavy tank on your back, you’ll be more comfortable in the water and find your streamlining and trim improve effortlessly. By using less energy you may reduce your gas consumption so you can make the most of your dive time. With better buoyancy control, easier access to your valves and more redundancy as well, sidemount diving offers safety and peace of mind. This is the best sidemount diving course to discover and enjoy the enticing advantages of this dive style. You learn all the skills and knowledge you need to safely and comfortably dive with a single or two-cylinder sidemount equipment configuration.
Learn to Dive with SSI
SSI started in 1970 with a vision of making it possible for anyone to learn to dive. With more than 3,300 Training Centers in over 130 countries and 50,000 plus Professionals, it is easy to go diving with SSI wherever you choose. SSI´s Digital Learning platform makes training easy, fun, and possible to study anytime, anywhere either on your mobile device or computer in more than 30 languages.
Explore the silent world with the SSI Closed-Circuit Rebreather (CCR) programs. With a continuum of training programs available from 30 to 100 meters on the rEvo, JJ, SF2, AP Inspiration, Prism 2, or Poseidon CCR, you can find the perfect pathway that suits your diving needs. You will learn and master new skills designed to enhance your safety and enjoyment using this new equipment design. Academically you can advance your knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, and theories specific to diving safely in an overhead environment. Explorers will love the SSI overhead program options of either diving in a wreck, cave, or mine. You will adapt your existing equipment or be introduced to new equipment concepts and the technically oriented dive configuration to make exploration of the overhead environment safe and rewarding. SSI has invested in the development of specific technical diving training materials with exciting, cutting-edge manuals that include review sessions, a specific technical diving logbook, and wetnotes.
Digital Learning & Academics
SSI has mastered the use of digital technology to make your learning experience easy.
You can start by studying the academics anytime, anywhere at your own convenience and your selected Training Center will schedule your review and in-water training sessions.
During the pool/confined water training, your SSI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills in a controlled environment until you are comfortable and ready to go to the open water. During the open water training dives, you will apply your knowledge and repeat the skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of your Instructor.
Once you have completed all required training sessions, final exam and open water training dives, your SSI Training Center will issue your digital certification card which will show up instantly on your MySSI App.
We congratulate you on your accomplishment and welcome you to SSI’s global diving community.
Facts and Training Standards
Amount of Academic Sessions
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions
Amount of Open Water Sessions
30 m / 100 ft
Maximum Training Depth
Suggested duration (h)
Enjoy easier and relaxed dives
Here are the benefits you can expect from attending this training program:
Reduce the weight of carrying cylinders on your back
Extend your dive time
Add redundancy to increase dive safety
Register free and start training right away!
To get started, simply create a free user profile at my.divessi.com/register or directly through the MySSI App and you will get immediate access to SSI’s free trial programs. During registration you will need to select an SSI Training Center to affiliate with to guide you through the training process. Just check the Center Locator for your Center of choice, their upcoming training schedule, travel, and social events, and much more.
Simply download the MySSI App from your preferred app store, set up your profile, and discover the world of diving with the following benefits:
Continue your Extended Range Training and earn free Recognition
Ready to join the ranks of elite cave divers? Become an Extended Range Full Cave Diver and dive the most challenging environments there are. The SSI Full Cave Diving program allows complex navigation, and you learn how to manage a traverse, jump, tee and gap within the cave system. Or, take your overhead environment skills into deep shipwrecks with the Technical Wreck Diving certification. Enhance your exploring skills with the Extended Range Sidemount Diving program and learn to equip yourself properly for squeezing into smaller spaces.
Extended Range Sidemount Diving
Improve your streamlining and diver trim with SSI’s Extended Range Sidemount program. Learn the correct sidemount configuration and techniques to go diving with multiple stage cylinders efficiently and effectively. Start today!
Technical Wreck Diving
Do you want to experience amazing wreck dives? Increase your technical dive skills to conduct complex wreck penetration dives and join the world’s elite exploration divers. Start the SSI Technical Wreck Diver certification today!
Full Cave Diving
Want to conduct complex underwater navigation as you explore deeper, longer underwater caves? SSI Full Cave Diving will teach you how to safely explore some of the deepest caves in the world. Start training for advanced cave dives today!
SSI Entry-Level Programs – Open Water Diver, Freediving Level 1, 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:
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.
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.
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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
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SSI’s Extended Range allows you to go beyond the limits of recreational diving. This extensive compilation of globally recognized tec diving programs will equip you to go decompression diving, explore more challenging environments, and use new equipment configurations.