Many divers aren’t familiar with the term side-mount. The most popular form of recreational diving is done using the Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), an inflatable vest worn while diving with a tank mount on the back. For the majority of recreational diving, this setup is ideal and functional. However, once you master use of the traditional BCD configuration, side-mount can be a fun and challenging next step. Learning to use the side-mount harness (or rig) for both recreational and more technical diving can open the door to many new dive adventures.
The term side-mount refers to the way the compressed air tanks are mounted on your body while diving. Instead of using a traditional BCD inflatable vest with the tank mounted on your back, the side-mount harness is worn with a tank mounted on each side of your body. The harness is equipped with an air bladder on the lower back which serves to control your buoyancy.
One of the main advantages to diving with a side-mount rig is that it allows you access to extra air. It also gives you more flexibility to easily unhook the tanks from the harness, which comes in handy when you are diving in limited spaces such as caves, caverns or shipwrecks. If you are a diver who wants to further your technical or specialty diving certification to explore more advanced dive sites, (such as the cenotes in the Yucatan) or deep diving, side-mount training and certification is a fun and essential element.
The side-mount setup can even be used on recreational dives. If you are a diver that is already certified and want to try out side-mount diving, we offer a Discover Side-Mount dive program which includes one pool class and one open water dive using the side-mount rig. The discovery program can be further applied to a side-mount certification course.
For divers interested in the PADI Advanced Diver certification, we offer the ability to incorporate side-mount into one of the specialty dives included in the course.
Ask us about side-mount today!
Meet Morgane! The newest member of our dive staff here at Adventure Divers, she is taking part of the Divemaster training program and helping us all around in the office, as well as on the boat! We are lucky to have her and in her words, here’s a bit about her dive background and how she’s enjoying her experience here with us so far…
“So, basically I started diving when I was 8 years old. My club had a baby swimmers section, which you start at 6 months old. My two older sisters and myself did that for a few years then “upgraded” to diving when we were old enough. My dad got into it as the same time my oldest sister did, so we’ve been diving as a family for years now.
My dad is a 4 stars instructor now so he’s the one who taught me most of what I know… I stopped diving for a few years when I went to university, and got back to it three years ago when I finished my masters. I started traveling soon after that, and I realized while diving in Malaysia that I could try and further my certifications to make it part of my traveling : working as a French teacher for the year, and as a Divemaster for the summer, while living abroad.
I’m enjoying Zihua so much. The people here are really welcoming, it’s easy to get to know the locals and there’s always people to hang out with, any day of the week. Pako made me feel welcome straight away and introduced me to the people and the city. I’ve had a blast diving with him and the team, seeing some amazing stuff.
A highlight so far has been diving in the middle of a school of barracudas, seeing a manta ray, and especially seeing the bio luminescent plankton for the first time, as it’s been of dream of mine ever since I learned it existed…
The Divemaster program is awesome! Pako is a great instructor. He’s very relaxed and good at making people feel at ease, and he’s patient and thorough when teaching. I’m learning a lot from watching him give the courses to people. I’m also learning some equipment repair from Lara, which is so useful and helps me understand in much more details how the equipment works!
So we’ve moved to our new location on Calle Ejido #43 in el Centro (downtown Zihua) just across from the Casa de Cultura and a block past Silver Surf shop.
To celebrate our grand opening, we invited a bunch of friends, divers and anyone who happened to walk by to come on in and enjoy the festivities. There was food, music, drinks, dancing, singing and we are pretty sure everyone had fun cause the party went to almost 2am!!
We are excited to be in this convenient new location and welcome everyone to come stop in and see us !
Check out our new ride ! The restored 1980s original VW Vanagon is the newest edition to our dive operation. We threw on some factory surf racks and we’ll soon have the shop logo and signature Kraken gracing the body of our new ride.
So we are pretty excited here at Adventure Divers to announce the grand opening of our new shop location on Calle Ejido #43. We joined forces with captain Bernard to offer scuba diving, snorkeling, surf and fishing trips from our convenient downtown Zihuatanejo shop. We are just across from the Casa de Cultura and we’ll be updating our shop with lots of retail items too including t-shirts, trucker hats and stickers. Stay tuned for photos and more details!