The Razor Side Mount Diving Course was born at the same time as the Razor Side Mount Harness. Cave Diving Instructor and underwater Cave Explorer Steve Martin Bogaerts and his business partner HP Hartmann got together to develop the best Side Mount Diving Harness ever invented specifically for Cave and Technical Diving. At the time, Steve was exploring extensively in the Sac Actun, and Dos Ojos cave systems, (now connected to form the most extended underwater cave system in the world) and the use of Sidemount gear was a necessity. Not happy with the commercial options available back then as they were bulky, becoming an entanglement hazard when trying to go thru small restrictions, they created the Razor Sidemount System 1. It consisted of machined metal plates, webbing, and D-rings. The buoyancy device was an MSR dromedary bag meant to drink water but used in this case to fill with air and adjust trim and buoyancy.
The Razor Side Mount Diver course comes from the cave diving experience and philosophy of Steve Bogaerts, one of the most experienced Cave Diving Explorers in the world with thousands of exploration dives in underwater caves in Mexico and the UK. Steve has come up with a series of techniques and procedures specifically for Side Mount Diving and focus primarily on Cave Diving. Steve and HP developed the Razor Instructor program based on their experience with the focus of transferring this knowledge to any diver wanting to learn safety and proficiency as a Side Mount Diver.