openwater sidemount instructor course

Sidemount equipment setup & configuration

List of equipment needed for Sidemount diver training


For sidemount teams:

  • First stages with a turret head and ideally a port hole on the top i.e.: Dive Rite 3000 or Apeks DST
  • 21inch/55cm to 30inch/75cm LP hoses depending on divers size
  • 90°elbow between hoses and second stage
  • Second stages that deliver from each side i.e. Apeks XTX50or from right tank a 40inch/100cm hose with a 90° elbow and another second stage that delivers from the right
  • 6inch/15cm or 9inch/23cm Hp hoses with bootless compact or standard SPG's
  • Stainless Steel (SS) clips or bungee necklace to secure second stages
  • 6inch/15cm or 9inch/23cm LPI hose

For mixed teams:

  • Same as above but right tank features a 7ft/2m long hose

Tank mounting:

  • SS hose clamps or cam bands with SS clips to secure lower end of the tank
  • Bungee Cord to secure tank valve close to the armpits
  • Modular Tank (left/right) valves are preferred with the orifices pointing towards the diver 

Primary Light:

  • Butt mounted primary light cannister is touching the thighs for maximum streamlining and to not add to the over all profile of the diver
  • Light canister can be secured with bungee loops to the crotch strap which enables the diver to remove and replace it easilyunder water

Back up Light:

  • Can be stowed in pockets, pouches or mounted on the helmet


  • Is used mainly as a third hand holding the light when laying line or surveying which makes it really only a must for diving very small cave or exploring
  • Crucial for protection when using a DPV in the overhead environment 

As an option you can pick up your STEALTH 2.0 gear here at our ProTec Dive Center locations at ProTec Playa del Carmen or ProTec Tulum. We accept paypal, credit cards via paypal, cash and wire money transfer.

If you plan to do your Sidemount training with ProTec Dive Centers or pick up your STEALTH 2.0 gear at our ProTec locations we offer a free gear adjustment workshop.