Padi Sidemount Course

Find a new and different way to configure your cylinders with the PADI Sidemount Diver course. Take the pressure off of your back by moving the cylinders to the side. This gives you more flexibility to move and moreover, enjoy your dive. Also, now you don’t have to walk or jump into to the dive site with your cylinders on your back. You can enter the water, just clip them on and go! Sidemount is a perfect alternative to regular recreational dive set ups as well as for technical diving.

The benefits of the PADI Sidemount Diver speciality include:

An alternative way to streamline in the water
Easier equipment transportation when topside
Reduced lower back strain
Provides redundant gas supply
Ability to monitor all equipment because it’s in front of you
Increased gas supply for longer dives

Course prerequisites:
PADI Open Water Diver or above
At least 15 years old

The course includes a practical application session, one confined water dive and three open water dives. Duration 2 to 3 days.

Price: 450$

including all equipment hire & certification fee

Padi Tec Sidemount Course

The PADI Tec Sidemount Diver course is also part of PADI’s TecRec training program.  It is intended for two types of divers: recreational divers looking to transition to technical diving and existing Technical divers.

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The course includes:

A practical application session on equipment set up, as well as a confined water dive and four open water dives.

Duration: 3 days.

The TecRec Tec Sidemount Diver course develops equipment-related motor skills and underlying knowledge for the use of sidemount in technical diving.

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Advanced Open Water diver or higher
30 or more logged dives
At least 18 years of age
A valid diving medical statement signed by a physician

Price: 450$

All equipment hire & PADI certification fees are included.

Discover Technical Diving – PADI Discover Tec

Get a taste of Tec diving with the Discover Tec program. This includes tuition, equipment and underwater training by an experienced technical instructor. Whilst this is not a certification it can be credited towards the Tec 40 course.

If you have been wondering what technical diving is all about, then this short course is for you! In addition, you can choose between using sidemount or twinset technical configuration for the dive.

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Experience what wearing Tec equipment feels like and how more stable you are underwater. You will also learn some basic skills and safety rules that can carry over to the Tec certification course. You will cover dive briefings, equipment use and one dive of up to 60 minutes’. This will be in shallow confined water (max 10m) while completing some basic skills.

Duration: half day

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
10 logged dives
18 years old +

Price: 150$

includes all equipment hire and one dive on beautiful Mnemba Atoll.

Technical Diving – Padi Tec 40 Course

The PADI Tec 40 course allows you to dive within the scope of recreational depth limits (40M). It is therefore a bridge from PADI recreational courses to TecRec technical courses. It will  provide you with an opportunity to experience some of what technical diving has to offer. You can choose between using sidemount or twinset technical configuration for the course.

First you will learn and practice entry level Tec diving skills. These include twinset use, SMB deployment, valve shutdowns and the use of a single decompression cylinder. The course introduces you to Tec diving without having to make the larger commitment (in terms of equipment, time and cost) of the PADI Tec 45 and 50 courses.

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On completion of the course you can use up to 50% O2 to accelerate deco stop times (10 minutes’ maximum decompression). You can dive to 40 metres in a sidemount or twinset technical configuration setup.

Duration: 2-3 days.

All diving takes place in the beautiful warm clear waters around Mnemba Atoll where even at the depth limit for the course, the water remains bright and clear!

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent)
PADI Deep Diver (or equivalent) or 10 logged dives deeper than 30m/100 ft
18 years old +
Minimum 30 logged dives (10 of which dives on enriched air deeper than 18m/60 ft
Valid diving medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Price: 600$

includes equipment hire, nitrox deco gas mixes, PADI certification fee & manual

Technical Diving – Padi Tec 45

The PADI Tec 45 continues where Tec 40 leaves off and takes your training as a technical diver further. There is the option to use sidemount or twinset technical configuration for the course.

On this course you will acquire the skills needed to dive to a maximum of 45 metres. You will learn how to plan and execute single and repetitive decompression dives. A single decompression cylinder containing any enriched air mix or 100% O2 will also be used. This allows you to accelerate or add conservatism to decompression stops. PADI Tec 45 also prepares you for responding to foreseeable technical diving emergencies. In addition you will learn the basic skills and procedures you will need as you move into deeper technical diving.

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Upon course completion you can use up to 100% O2 to accelerate deco stop times and dive to 45m. You can do this using a sidemount or twinset technical configuration setup.

Duration: 2-3 days.

All diving takes place in the beautiful warm clear waters around Mnemba Atoll where even at the depth limit for the course, the water remains bright and clear!

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
PADI Enriched Air Diver (or equivalent)
PADI Deep Diver (or equivalent) or 10 logged dives deeper than 30m/100 ft
18 years old +
Minimum 30 logged dives (10 of which dives on enriched air deeper than 18m/60 ft
Valid diving medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Price: 700$

includes equipment hire, nitrox and O2 deco gas mixes, PADI certification fee & manual

Technical Diving – Padi Tec 50

The PADI Tec 50 course completes your training as an entry-level Tec diver. It prepares you  for many exciting technical diving adventures. There is the option to learn using sidemount or twinset technical configuration for the course.

On this course you will learn to complete decompression dives as deep as 50metres using 2 different decompression cylinders. These will contain any enriched mix and 100% O2 for decompression. Typically  50% enriched air  is used for decompression in one cylinder and 100% O2 in the other). Desktop decompression software is used to create custom dive tables and plan your dives. At the end of this course you will be certified to make technical decompression dives independently.

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On completion of the course you can dive to 50m with two decompression cylinders with up to 100% O2 for accelerated decompression. This can be in a sidemount or twinset technical configuration setup.

Duration: 2-3 days.

All diving takes place in the beautiful warm clear waters around Mnemba Atoll where even at the depth limit for the course, the water remains bright and clear!

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Tec 45 (or equivalent)
PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent)
Minimum of 50 logged dives (12 dives must be on enriched air deeper than 18m, 10 dives must be deeper than 30 metres)
18 years old +
Valid diving medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Price: 700$

includes equipment hire, nitrox and O2 deco gas mixes, PADI certification fee and manual

Padi Enriched Air Gas Blender Course

Learn to mix enriched air! The Enriched Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers. The course includes explanations about the physical properties of oxygen. Oxygen has associated hazards, so you will learn handling requirements and necessary cleaning equipment. Finally, you will learn the five methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix.

On completion of the course you can mix any fill any enriched air nitrox blend up to 100%.

Duration: 1 day

Course pre-requisites:

PADI Enriched Air Diver certification
18 years old +

Price: 180$

includes the PADI certification fee and student manual