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PADI TEC Sidemount
Crossover Course in Utila

If you’re already certified took technical diving courses on backmount and would like to transfer these skills to a Tec Sidemount configuration, this is the course for you. Wearing more than one tank has become increasingly popular for technical diving. Traditional PADI TecRec courses were conducted on backmounted doubles. With the PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course you can apply what you learn to other TecRec courses.

Our High-Quality PADI Tec Sidemoount Specialty Course runs year-round, on demand and includes:

✔ Duration 4-5 Days

✔ Includes Equipment Except Dive Conputer

✔ One-on-one Guidance where needed

✔ Gas Included

The complete course costs $499 USD

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If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

If you are already have a tec diving certification but used backmounted doubles during your Technical Diving course, this course will allow you to cross over and safely learn how to apply the same principles while using a tec sidemount configuration.

If you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 30 logged dives, you qualify to enroll in a Tec Sidemount Diver course. It’s recommended that you also have a PADI Enriched Air Diver certification.

Qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Sidemount Instructor.


Because we limit our class sizes well below PADI limitations, you will have the most possible one-on-one time with your dive instructor. Our Technical Diving Team dives both backmount and sidemount on Utila regularly.

We use the top-of-the-line Apeks WSX-45 Sidemount system, with double bladder and the Scubapro MK25 first stages for optimal performance.

You’ll learn about the advantages of tec diving on sidemount and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more, maybe even getting to six sidemounted cylinders.


The Bay Islands College of Diving has been an established dive center for 25 years, which is why our facilities are easily among the best in the Caribbean.

  • The onsite Utila Hyperbaric Chamber and Trauma center

  • Dorm style, private or resort-style accommodation available in our onsite rooms (additional fee applies)

  • Air conditioned classrooms with full multimedia technology and internet access

  • Classrooms, training site and boat docks on one location!

  • Onsite resort access with restaurant, bar and pool table

  • Fully equipped Tec Center with state of the art equipment

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