Our goal is a simple one, to improve the quality of all scuba diver training.
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In a nutshell we cover some “General Information” then moving on to topics such as “Course Planning & Logistics”, “Your Students in Training” and “Our In Water Training”. We then go on to a detailed look at our world renowned “Sidemount Essentials” program. We break down each of the 5 days, from our full program and show you what we have developed over several years of teaching and training hundreds of students in this unique Teaching Guide.
These new training materials are aimed at instructors wanting to teach to the same high levels and achieve the same results we show in the existing student materials. The teaching methods apply equally to all types of diver and configuration – not just sidemount diving. We have more material in production that will be added to the series, which will be announced closer to their release.
Recording Students | Equipment and Techniques – 20 min
We share with you all our secrets about the equipment we use to record students in training and what settings you should use and what problems you should avoid.
Recording Students | Positioning and Purpose – 9 min
We show you how to position yourself and students to get the best results when video recording divers in training and tips on what you should then debrief each day.
Steve Explains Micro Teaching & Video Debriefing – 14.5 min
For Steve micro teaching is something every good instructor should do at every opportunity they get, no time should be wasted underwater, they micro manage each student to ensure mastery and good skill retention, while reducing mistakes.
Teaching Advice For Back Kick and Body Control – 18.5 min
Having problems with your students learning the back kick? Well this lesson is your answer. We go into all the mechanics of the kick and why the problems happen. Also, how you can combat them to teach this kick effectively to all your students.
Teaching Advice For Students and Control Lines – 14 min
This video should answer all the questions you have about setting up control lines. When you should use a single vertical line only, why to switch sides with your students, what distance you should set for horizontal line and how to teach your divers on the lines and when to take them away to best accelerate their learning curves and much more
Can You Teach An Open Water Course In Sidemount – 5.5 min
We answer if you can and should skip learning with backmount configuration and just learn to sidemount dive right from the beginning. We talk about when is the best time to transition over from backmount and having less dives can be more beneficial in most cases
Handling Students with Harness Setup Issues – 12 min
We discuss how to fix the reaching a rear dump issue many students have. How to best fit a students harness correctly for underwater use and how to do our 360° underwater review to check what you have set is correct or if it needs further adjustments
Suitable Training Locations and Dive Centres Equipment – 12 min
We discuss what equipment dive centres should have for sidemount divers and what you need if they don’t have it. We cover why we train certain courses in different locations around the world and answer once and for all if diving in cold water environments makes you a better diver or not.
Divers Living In Fear – How To Help – 3 min
We discuss the importance of making your students aware of why they do certain skills and how applying those skills can benefit their safety and help reduce the unrealistic fears they sometimes have
Dealing With Different Stresses on Courses – 10 min
We discuss handling Physiological, Physical and Environmental Stresses in your students. It is you the instructor who needs to be aware and why sometimes it is best to start your course with a rest day to guarantee your students success
Discussing Student Fears in Training Courses – 8 min
We discuss and share our tips and tricks on how we handle students fears during our in-water courses, fears such as mask leaking, drysuit feet rising and low gas reserve stress
Handling Different Divers Who Come To Your Courses – 9 min
We discuss, the types of different students we see and share our tips on how we go about approaching and handling these students. Some people benefit from tough love approach and some do not. We also talk about why 1 on 1 instructor to student training is not really the best to use.
We Show Tips On How To Critique Someone – 10 min
We guide you on how we breakdown barriers with new students who join your courses. We discuss the right and wrong way to connect with each student and how to best go about critiquing someone. Based on our years of teaching experience, we believe we now have a winning formula you can learn from and apply it to your students.
Students Not Being Able to Do The Skills You Demo – 4 min
We discuss the main reasons why students have difficulty learning the skills you demonstrate and how you can fix this while building confidence in your students.
More On Students Problems – Adding Value to Courses – 7 min
We discuss how difficult you should make problems for your students. Why some instructors make unrealistic problems and where we believe the line should be drawn. We also talk gas loss being the biggest focus and problem and run through a cave scenario to help educate you on this.
Sidemount Essentials | Gateway To Other Courses – 6.5 min
We discuss how taking Sidemount Essentials will open up many other doorways, no matter what level you are aiming for next. It even makes the levels you never thought possible! ..possible.
Explaining Our Eat, Sleep and Breathe Training – 9.5 min
We discuss a way that you can stand out and make a difference over any instructor in your area. Our eat, sleep and breathe your training method is one of the main reasons why our Sidemount Essentials course is so successful.
Problems With Courses | How Online Lessons Help – 4.5 min
We give you tips on how you can use our online training to save you and you’re students time and money on their training.
Finding A Good Instructor and Choosing An Agency – 5 min
We discuss what we are telling all our students and anyone that contacts us, about how to find the right instructor. This video will help you to understand how to become one of those instructors.
Your Training Matters Not Your Certification Cards – 10 min
This is something all divers and instructors need to hear. A certification card will not get you out of a problem underwater, the right training will! Find out everything we have to say on this.
Can You Fail A Sidemount Essentials Course – 5 min
No matter whether you are a student or instructor. Watch this video to find out why you still will want to come to us for some in-water training. I will give you a clue it is all about fast tracking!
What Makes A Good Instructor – 5 min
Watch this video for two reasons, one to find yourself a good instructor and the other to see if you are one!
Will I Get A Solo Diver Certification – 7 min
We answer if Sidemount Essentials will make you a solo diver and what certification cards we can provide you with.
Course Planning and Logistics
Choosing The Right Training Sites – 9 min
We discuss how you can choose the right training site based on the course and your divers skill levels.
Online Study Done | Your Role As In-Water Instructor – 3.5 min
We explain exactly how we will be maximising your underwater and training time and because you have done your homework, how that will be saving you money.
What Equipment Don’t We Allow On Our Courses – 3 min
Find out why it is not just the instructor, that can make the difference. You will see that certain equipment is not suitable and will just not work.
Divers Incoming Skill Level | Explained – 3 min
We talk about the different skills divers will have when they come to you and how you can best manage them, so every diver can achieve success.
Divers Training Curve | Explained – 5 Min
We explain what a divers training curve is and how you can accelerate any divers ability to learn.
Are Students Required To Watch Online Materials – 8 min
We discuss what online videos you actually need to watch, if you are coming to take any in-water training with us at sidemounting.com.
Sidemount Essentials | Maximise Training Time – 4.5 min
You’re time and money investment in you coming to us for training, is extremely valuable to both of us. This video shows you how we will not be wasting any of it.
Your Students in Training
Maximum Ratio For All Courses – 7 min
We discuss what your maximum ratio for all courses with differing levels of students should be and most importantly why.
Control Lines | Game Changer For Divers In Training – 4 min
This is potentially one of the biggest additions that has made the Sidemount Essentials course successful, find out why and what you should be doing.
Over Weighting Your Students | Why It Needs To Stop – 4 min
Probably one of the biggest problems in the dive industry, we show you how easily with our training methods you can avoid any of your future students having this problem.
Divers Not Being Able To Hold Still – 12 min
We discuss why divers find it hard to stay perfectly still and how you as an instructor can fix this problem. We also show a technique for building a divers foot position awareness including dry land skills they can practice at home.
How We Adapt The Course For Different People – 3 min
Every student learns differently from another, we should you how we adapt our training courses so everyone can fit in and achieve success.
How We Handle Different Diver Skill Levels – 5.5 min
Diver turn up with different skills set, some better and some worse than others, we give you are tricks to keep the whole day and course moving along no matter who turns up.
Recording Students During Training – 6 min
Recording students in training is something we have been doing longer than most! We discuss exactly how we do it and how you can do it without you or you’re students being distracted by the camera. Plus our tips on how you can best video debrief a student at the end of the day.
What Should A Student Do After The Course – 5.5 min
We give you our guide to what students should do after their course. Our tips will help you to not only keep your students coming back but also make sure they don’t develop any weak areas while moving forwards.
Our In-Water Training
Sidemount Experience | Teaching Guide – 11.5 min
This is how we conduct our unique Sidemount Essentials half day experience program. We explain step by step how we do it and why many divers are unlikely to want to use backmount again after going through this experience.
Do We Offer 1 Day Training Workshops – 4.5 min
If divers come to you already sidemount certified, we discuss our approach to handling them and how they fit into our Sidemount Essentials program.
Sidemount Essentials | Training Course
Day 2 | Teaching Guide – 26 min
We focus on building your divers skills while maintaining buoyancy and position. Control lines are key to fast tracking your divers learning curve, we cover how to best use them and step by step exactly which skills you should be focusing on.
Day 3 | Teaching Guide, Option 1 – 40 min
Is all about developing teamwork and team skills. We show you how you get your students to plan a dive and develop their key skills along the way. This video is our longest one in this series and you will see why when you watch it.
Day 3 | Teaching Guide, Option 2 – 50 min
This is alternative option and approach to the way we teach our day 3, it is still all about developing teamwork, but we scale it down a little and focus more on building wall decent and ascents first before taking on a more advanced dive plan like with our day 3, option 1 lesson shows.
Day 4 | Teaching Guide – 32 min
We start with ascent and decent training, then cover all remaining skills your need to develop your divers. After watching this video and the ones before it, it will become obvious why our divers are some of the best out there!