The purpose of this course is to familiarise experienced certified divers with the techniques, equipment and mindset to safely conduct dives in Side Mount Diving configuration.
Basic Side Mount OWD Course Prerequisites
-18 years old
–Advanced open water certification
–Minimum 25 dives
Limitations of the basic side-mount owd level of training
-No overhead environments
–No decompression dives
–Maximum depth limit 100ft / 30m
–Minimum starting gas volume for all open water dives: 2400 liters total with at least 1200 free liters of gas in each Side Mount tank
–Minimum ending volume for open water dives: 600 free liters total with at least 300 free liters of gas in each Side Mount Cylinder
–Minimum ending pressure 50 bar / 750psi in each sm tank
–Minimum tank volume 6l / 40 cuft
The Basic Side Mount OWD Course is designed to teach the diver how to use the Razor Side Mount System in the open water environment only.
–At this level of training dives should only be conducted in non challenging open water locations under good diving conditions where any mistakes will not negatively impact either diver safety or environmental conservation.
–This course is NOT intended to teach overhead environment penetration techniques such as ice, wreck, mine, cavern or cave.
-This course is not intended to teach technical or decompression diving techniques.
–Divers wishing to perform more advanced sidemount dives first need a solid foundation in basic sidemount skills followed by further training in the skills and procedures required to dive safely in a conservation minded fashion in more challenging environments.
-3 Confined water training sessions
-3 Open water training dives
The diver has successfully completed training at the Basic Side Mount level and meets the prerequisites to move to the next level.
The diver requires more time and practice to refine skills and procedures before getting certified at the Razor Basic Side Mount level. The diver can return within 12 months to complete a minimum of 1 day evaluation with their original Go Side Mount instructor or within 6 months by referral to another Go Side Mount instructor. If the provisional time limit is exceeded, the diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.
The diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.