XTC Tec Diving is a dedicated Technical Diving operation located in Xcalak, Mexico (Caribbean Coast) offering World-Class diving and training in a purpose-built facility, designed with the modern Tec Diver in mind.

Email: gotec@xtcdivecenter.com

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Tec Sidemount Diver



Sidemount is an increasingly popular way for recreational as well as technical divers to configure their cylinders due to its comfort and versatility. This course covers all aspects of Sidemount diving from basic equipment set-up and a two-cylinder configuration up to the use of multiple stage/decompression cylinders. Course contents include emergency procedures, advanced trim and propulsion techniques and buoyancy control, simulated gas switches, staging and recovery of decompression cylinders and executing simulated decompression schedules.

The course can be customized to suit already qualified technical divers that wish to convert from back-mounted doubles to a Sidemount configuration. Certified recreational Sidemount divers who wish to progress onto formal technical training using this configuration can take this course instead of the Tec Basics Course as preparation for completing tec courses in Sidemount instead of back-mounted doubles.

This course qualifies you to dive in a Sidemount configuration using up to four cylinders to extend bottom times within standard recreational diving limits. This course introduces the use of a different equipment configuration; it does not qualify the diver to engage in technical diving but rather prepares them for the Tec 40 Diver Course, which can then be taken in Sidemount.


To enroll in the Tec Sidemount Diver course you need to meet the following requirements:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent

Have at least 30 logged dives

It is recommended to be a PADI Enriched Air Diver

If you do not currently have the certifications and dives necessary to start the program please contact us with details of your current level and we can put together a program to meet your needs.

Duration, Price and Materials

Duration: 4 days, 5 training dives
Price: $750

Included: 5 Training Days including classroom sessions, confined and open water dives, cylinder rental, equipment rental, breathing gases, certification fees.

Required materials: Tec Sidemount Diver Manual – $70 (student may already own it from previous training)

NB: Additional Training: All of our TEC courses are performance based. If additional/remedial training is required beyond the scheduled course duration in order to meet the performance requirements, additional training may be required as follows:

Additional Classroom day (or part thereof): $100.
Additional diving day (TEC): $200.
Additional diving day (Trimix): $250 + student and instructor gases.

Gases used and Maximum Training Depth

Gases used: Air or Nitrox

Maximum Training Depth: 30m / 100ft


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