Course Duration

3 day (3 session)

Session Duration

3 to 3 hours


9AM, 12PM, 3PM (daily)


4 Dive

From: 2,000.00 AED

About the course

Discover the balance and efficiency of sidemount scuba diving with your PADI dive instructor. Many divers find sidemount tanks are more comfortable and easier to put on in the water. Sidemount diving is also beneficial for divers who want improved balance and prolonged dives.

Take This Course If You Want to

  • Experience a different scuba configuration.
  • Improve gas management
  • Gain insight into basic tec diving techniques

Learn How to

  • Assemble and configure sidemount equipment
  • Mount scuba tanks in the water.
  • Adjust your weights for optimal balance



Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification)

Total time commitment

9 hours

Minimum age

15 years



How to Earn your Scuba Diving Certification

  • Step 1: Open water course

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Experience the freedom of underwater movement like never before with the PADI Sidemount Diver Course from Nemo Diving Center. Sidemount diving offers a unique approach to equipment configuration, providing unparalleled flexibility and streamlining.

Led by our expert PADI-certified instructors, this course introduces you to the mechanics of sidemount diving, including equipment setup, buoyancy control, and navigation techniques. Learn how to manage gas cylinders and harness the advantages of improved balance and comfort.

Sidemount diving is not just a technique – it's a transformative way to explore the underwater world. Whether you're an experienced diver looking to expand your skill set or a beginner seeking an innovative approach, the PADI Sidemount Diver Course at Nemo Diving Center is your gateway to a new dimension of diving possibilities. Dive into the extraordinary and redefine your underwater adventures with us.

Before starting your course, you will receive your copy of your Manual Book from Nemo Instructors so you can start reading and get ready for your dive.

Sidemount diving configuration places the cylinders under the diver’s armpits, in line with their body. This decreases water resistance improving air consumption and reducing fatigue. The flexibility to remove tanks, and propel them in front, allows the diver to pass through very small passages and holes when penetration diving – being limited only by the size of their bodies and exposure protection.

Remove and replace cylinders whilst in the water allows the diver to avoid ever having to carry heavy-weight back-mounted cylinders. This is combined with reduced physical exertion when conducting regulator shut-down procedures, which is a major benefit to technical divers who suffer from shoulder or back discomfort or reduced mobility from old injuries.

Level 1: "Recreational
To develop initial equipment familiarity and operation, the students are taught to adjust, fit and operate the sidemount rig, whilst diving with one or two cylinders.

These training courses then develop core diving skills that are specifically relevant to sidemount – namely: trim, buoyancy, alternative propulsion techniques and cylinder handling in the water.

Level 2: "Technical (Tec )
Technical sidemount courses develop sidemount skills with a focus on technical diving activities. A higher level of equipment proficiency and diving skill is required, as additional stage/deco cylinders, enabling mixed-gas and accelerated decompression procedures to be conducted.

Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 200 to AED 500, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, they offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

One of the most popular dive sites in Dubai is the Abu Dhabi Falcon Wreck, which is located just offshore from the city and offers a chance to explore a unique underwater world. At Nemo Diving Center, they offer dive trips to this amazing dive site, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. They also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, the team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.