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PADI OW Sidemount Diver

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by ianr33, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. ianr33

    ianr33 Solo Diver

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  2. maged_mmh

    maged_mmh Instructor, Scuba

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  3. ppo2_diver

    ppo2_diver Tech Instructor

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    It must be a distinctive specialty. I haven't heard of PADI coming out with a sidemount course. I'm in the Chicago area and have never heard of anyone offering a PADI sidemount class in the area.

    I'm popping the popcorn now.
     
  4. OneBrightGator

    OneBrightGator Instructor, Scuba

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  5. Deep-Thief

    Deep-Thief Solo Diver

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  6. sclakediver

    sclakediver Solo Diver

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    My understanding is it's geared toward technical divers with bad backs. I was also told that OMS will be making a sidemount rig in the near future, with a large lift capacity. This isn't gospel, only rumor.
     
  7. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You are essentially diving non-back-mounted, independent doubles. If you have a back condition that doesn't allow you to comfortably carry back-mounted doubles, or you are diving in an environment where there may be narrow passageways that preclude back-mounting, this may be a reasonable approach. Dive Rite has the Nomad, and other manufacturers may come out with rigs to support side mount in the near future. Knowing one of the instructors who teaches it, I am quite interested in trying it.
     
  8. ianr33

    ianr33 Solo Diver

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    Location: Wah Wah Land
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    I actually started sidemounting a few months ago. Bit of a learning curve at first but now I am very happy with the setup.

    What I would like to know though is if someone takes this course,buys a nice new Nomad, or similar, another first stage and spg,probably some hoses as well and then goes to Cozumel or somewhere are they going to be able to dive with it? Most recreational dive ops are not exactly enthusiastic about letting divers use doubles. (manifolded,independant or sidemounted!)
     
  9. OneBrightGator

    OneBrightGator Instructor, Scuba

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    I dunno, that'd be something to take up with the charter operator. I can say, most of the time I've asked to bring something... "non-standard" (doubles, scooter, deco bottle) I always get asked "You got a card for that?" At least now, someone who's taken this class can say yes.
     
  10. Blackwood

    Blackwood DIR Practitioner

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    You're on the wrong charters :p

    (If I were planning a dive that involved a deco bottle, I'd not be going out on a boat run by a captain who would ask to see a card)
     

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