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  • Ryan Koesuma Avatar

    5 star rating   Steve's videos had been an invaluable knowledge for my sidemount skills. I do believe that this method of delivery is... read more

    Ryan Koesuma 20 hours ago
    Matt Rivett Avatar

    4 star rating   Before I did Steve online course I did the padi sidemount speciality and of course I learnt a lot in... read more

    Matt Rivett 20 hours ago
    Joseph Seda Avatar

    5 star rating   Steve Martin’s method is absolute. The online training is a treasure trove to any diver seeking Sidemount knowledge. No agency... read more

    Joseph Seda 20 hours ago
    Jared Grant Avatar

    5 star rating   I love how you’re giving the diving community a taste of your online videos. I had purchased the videos several... read more

    Jared Grant 20 hours ago
    Chris Fletcher Avatar

    5 star rating   I will be renewing for the third year in a row. I love having something to go to when I... read more

    Chris Fletcher 1 day ago
    Johan Röisland Avatar

    5 star rating   For me as a new certified PADI Sidemount Diver this course helped both to prepare my self for the course... read more

    Johan Röisland 1 day ago
  • Hans Lange Avatar

    5 star rating   A very good comprehensive video tutorial. Though I made hundreds of dives with sidemount I learned a lot! And it... read more

    Hans Lange 1 day ago
    Blake Phillips Avatar

    5 star rating   Ron Breines (the last reviewer) and I share a surprising amount in common. I'm also a university professor and dive... read more

    Blake Phillips 2 days ago
    Lee Richards Avatar

    5 star rating   Of all the various online courses I have taken over the years (non SCUBA included) these are by far the best.

    Lee Richards 1 week ago
    Barret Hatton Avatar

    5 star rating   As a relatively new diver I was extremely pleased with the quality of the videos and instruction that I got... read more

    Barret Hatton 1 week ago
    Khaled Ashour Avatar

    5 star rating   Really very useful videos for all levels..i found very interesting the different techniques to sidemounting with standard valves tanks.also the... read more

    Khaled Ashour 1 month ago
    Alexey Alvianskiy Avatar

    5 star rating   Great knowledge base that quickly became essential to me. I'm very happy with the way lessons are structured and delivered.... read more

    Alexey Alvianskiy 1 month ago
  • John Van Hyfte Avatar

    5 star rating   Great instruction series. Unlike most online courses in other areas of study I have taken, the videos I have... read more

    John Van Hyfte 1 month ago
    Dai Leake Avatar

    5 star rating   Once a training course is over it is not always possible to go back with the what if questions. Steve’s... read more

    Dai Leake 1 month ago
    Matthew Fish Avatar

    5 star rating   I'm a back mount tec/cave diver just getting into sidemount. Steve's videos are incredibly helpful to me learning sidemount. They... read more

    Matthew Fish 1 month ago
    Lars Rørstrøm Avatar

    5 star rating   The best online training ever. Easy to understand and very well made.

    Greetings from Denmark.

    Lars Rørstrøm 1 month ago
    Simon Cohen Avatar

    5 star rating   I started watching the side mount online series Xmas 2017. I have been enthralled by the dedication that has gone... read more

    Simon Cohen 1 month ago
    Petr Příkazský Avatar

    5 star rating   Good job Steve! Great tutorials for both new and experienced divers. You are taking SM to the next level. Going... read more

    Petr Příkazský 1 month ago
  • Taras Kalapun Avatar

    5 star rating   I have a great pleasure watching instructional videos from Steve. They do not replace the in-water training, but they add... read more

    Taras Kalapun 1 month ago
    Fabio Miccolis Avatar

    5 star rating   It is the best way to improve your skills. Concise videos, that you can see several times will let you... read more

    Fabio Miccolis 1 month ago
    Fred GM Avatar

    5 star rating   There is nothing worst than getting a sidemount kit, signing up for a course and having a terrible instructor. Trust... read more

    Fred GM 1 month ago
    Hans Kristian Knudsen Avatar

    5 star rating   JUST GREAT !!!

    Hans Kristian Knudsen 1 month ago
    Lauri Salmi Avatar

    5 star rating   Steve doesn't just teach, but his videos are actually fun to watch and inspiring

    Lauri Salmi 1 month ago
    Bert van Leeuwen Avatar

    5 star rating   I started learning about sidemount with Rob Neto’s book, but learning sidemount started with Steve Martin’s online training.

    What is... read more

    Bert van Leeuwen 1 month ago
  • Alexander Skorik Avatar

    5 star rating   Fantastic online materials.

    Superb attention to details.

    Like and definitely recommend to anyone wishing to try smth new in scuba.

    Alexander Skorik 1 month ago
    Stephen Griffith Avatar

    5 star rating   I have had these videos for the last 12 months and still keep going back to them to check up... read more

    Stephen Griffith 1 month ago
    Kosta Koeman Avatar

    5 star rating   These videos are a must for anyone getting into sidemount. It doesn't replace a good instructor, but it gives... read more

    Kosta Koeman 1 month ago
    David Debruyne Avatar

    5 star rating   awesome new series like them even better then the old ones

    again picked up some new stuff..would like to contribute a... read more

    David Debruyne 1 month ago
    Tony Marjakangas Avatar

    5 star rating   Online based training by Steve Martin is really good, explained very well and you can replay the videos how many... read more

    Tony Marjakangas 2 months ago
    Lukáš Adámek Avatar

    5 star rating   Hello Steve,

    Your online training vids, way of diving, tips on setting up equipment are just amazing.

    Finally, my setup works the... read more

    Lukáš Adámek 2 months ago
  • Greg Engelberg Avatar

    5 star rating   Great teacher! If you are back mount diver, you must try this.

    Greg Engelberg 2 months ago
    Sam Joshua Norton Avatar

    5 star rating   Fantastic videos and a must for anyone who really cares about been the best side mount divers possible. these videos... read more

    Sam Joshua Norton 2 months ago
    Frank WeeMan Grigus Avatar

    5 star rating   As a newer diver I found Steve's videos a huge asset in increasing my knowledge as a diver. Very clear... read more

    Frank WeeMan Grigus 2 months ago
    Matej Koršič Avatar

    5 star rating   Good morning Steve.

    Yes, me and my 2 friends all studied together all your SM videos and configured our Stelth tech... read more

    Matej Koršič 2 months ago
    William Baker Avatar

    5 star rating   This is an awesome training course. Perfect for those thinking about diving this style or experienced Sidemount divers. ... read more

    William Baker 2 months ago
    Bruno Petraroia Avatar

    5 star rating   Excelente como siempre Steve !aunque echo en falta subtítulos en español

    Bruno Petraroia 2 months ago
  • Ivan Arzola Avatar

    5 star rating   I started diving in July 2017. Since then I have spent almost every weekend in the water doing saome diving... read more

    Ivan Arzola 2 months ago
    Jay Lytell Avatar

    5 star rating   I have been following Steve martin for several years, from his older website to the new. Using the modifications... read more

    Jay Lytell 2 months ago
    Daniel Vandervaere Avatar

    5 star rating   As a tec and sidemount instructor, Steve's videos have helped me build on how I run my courses, and I... read more

    Daniel Vandervaere 2 months ago
    Louagie Gerben Avatar

    5 star rating   Super goed, veel geleerd en in praktijk omgezet

    Louagie Gerben 2 months ago
    Henrik Söderlund Avatar

    5 star rating   Extremely thorough training, covering every possible topic in detail. All rigging/equipment videos are shot in HD close-ups to ensure everything... read more

    Henrik Söderlund 2 months ago
    Raffaele Ioime Avatar

    5 star rating   Qualità eccellente e materiale curato nei minimi dettagli per studenti e Istruttori , grazie Steve �

    Raffaele Ioime 2 months ago
  • Ron Breines Avatar

    5 star rating   There are so many good reviews here, why would adding another one make a difference? Well, it might not, but... read more

    Ron Breines 2 months ago
    Phil Tobin Avatar

    5 star rating   I have been diving sidemount for about seven years when I discovered this website, and still I found so much... read more

    Phil Tobin 2 months ago
    Andrea Ceriani Avatar

    5 star rating   An amazing collection of videos and tips to perfect your side mount set-up.

    Andrea Ceriani 2 months ago
    Diver René Avatar

    5 star rating   Learn straight from one of the very best. There's not much else to say, the online courses are very well... read more

    Diver René 2 months ago
    Daniel Glynn Avatar

    5 star rating   Clear, comprehensive training. An excellent resource for both students and instructors. If you have a question about sidemount configuration,... read more

    Daniel Glynn 2 months ago
    Antonello Porchedda Avatar

    5 star rating   Semplice e intuitivo. Seguire le lezioni attraverso la visione dei filmati di Steve ti permette di verificare passo dopo passo,... read more

    Antonello Porchedda 2 months ago
  • Delyan Popov Avatar

    5 star rating   Great videos, absolutely worth every penny. The explanations, the attention to detail, the logic behind everything, the presentation, even the... read more

    Delyan Popov 2 months ago
    Thorben Schilling Avatar

    5 star rating   Great training videos. Perfect quality. Learned more by doing the online training than in some real classes.

    Thorben Schilling 2 months ago
    David Caissy Avatar

    5 star rating   Excellent training material, I've learned a great deal about sidemount diving through Steve's videos. I especially like that each video... read more

    David Caissy 2 months ago
    Jay Diver Avatar

    5 star rating   I had been diving sidemount for about a year before I watched any videos from Steve and when I subscribed... read more

    Jay Diver 3 months ago
    Christoph Söhnel Avatar

    5 star rating   Educational online series with outstanding quality and awesome level of detail. During in-water training Steve is one of the very... read more

    Christoph Söhnel 6 months ago
    Gary Anderson Avatar

    5 star rating   Couldn't recommend these vidz enough. Worth every single penny. Buy!

    Gary Anderson 7 months ago
  • Denčić Aleksandar Avatar

    5 star rating   Very informative. Very useful to know.

    Denčić Aleksandar 7 months ago
    Fredrik Liljeblad Avatar

    5 star rating   You can't find better training online or in-water.

    Fredrik Liljeblad 8 months ago
    Simone Villotti Avatar

    5 star rating   Ho acquistato il coso side e tek ... super interessante, veramente una acquisto ben fatto !

    I buy the sidemount &... read more

    Simone Villotti 8 months ago
    Atanas G. Malamov Avatar

    5 star rating   Absolutely the best source of online training and information on different types of diving and equipment !

    Atanas G. Malamov 8 months ago
    Christoph Söhnel Avatar

    5 star rating   Educational online series with outstanding quality and awesome level of detail. During in-water training Steve is one of the very... read more

    Christoph Söhnel 6 months ago
    Gary Anderson Avatar

    5 star rating   Couldn't recommend these vidz enough. Worth every single penny. Buy!

    Gary Anderson 7 months ago

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“Why every diver can benefit from my online training”

Explained by ..ex-student, sidemount instructor and online course user

Vas Proud
I think that there is a miss-understood difference between a “traditional dive course” and this online video “course”. The products are quite different and it is not valid to compare them “like for like”.

With a traditional course, you are getting a certain amount of contact time with a dive professional and you are relying on them to give you training in the time available. If you have questions, you can ask – but are you taking notes? are you going to remember every word that was spoken? are you going to have a photographic memory for every skill you were shown or the equipment setup you used? If you now have other students on a course (which is the norm), then there is even less time for “you” and you will get a some diluted content and attention.

In my opinion, with the video “course” you are getting a different delivery method which solves a lot of the problems you would get if you only ever had done a traditional course. You can pause, rewind, re-watch and compare yourself over time as you progress. You also get a 1:1 delivery without distractions from other students.

So no one is saying these are a 100% substitute for actual in water training and they are not designed to be. They are designed to be a companion, to be a benchmark and also for you to see what top class instruction looks like so you can judge your own course and instructor!


If you genuinely do not want in water training, or can’t get it, then you can actually do a very good job of training yourself – I have met some people that actually did this very effectively – but this is not for everyone and not something I think that is the point of the video “course” – so you should not compare it like that.

I have taken in water training from Steve and also from some other (even more well-known!) names in diving – and the user experience is different vs. going with the online “course”. However, after four days of side mount essentials, did Steve actually transfer the same volume and quality of what is in these videos? – no way – that is just not possible. And how much did I take in, how much did I remember a year later and was I able to go from warm water, aluminium cylinders to UK, dry suit and steels with ease? – again, no way!

The cost of the video course is way less (around 15% in my case) than the water training for my entry level SM water training – and that is without factoring the costs to get to the UK sites, flying abroad & accommodation. If I then consider my tech SM training, it makes the videos a negligible cost overall.

So my opinion here is just that these are different products and that the value can’t be judged on the same ideas as we have been used to for say a four day training course. Buy the video course – Steve will no doubt refund you if you aren’t happy!

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Having myself taken many training courses from a variety of instructors over the years, I have found that, while sometimes the course I paid for was enjoyable and did indeed meet my expectations, there were often occasions in which a course I enrolled in and paid for did not fulfil these same expectations and was not a rewarding or enjoyable experience.

In hindsight, my training development would have been a much more fulfilling and enjoyable experience had I taken the time out to properly research each individual instructor and their training philosophy’s.

So I believe that you should retain the right to choose whether or not my teaching style and philosophy is the right one for you. I am confident in my teaching ability and understand that some people may choose not to continue their training. And so therefore, I am more then willing to spend the necessary time training with you, in order for you to make that decision.

I believe in always teaching to the best of my ability and I believe my training is more than worth your time and commitment. If you would like to know more, you can view what others have to say in the testimonials section.

You should be happy with what you pay for !!

My policy is, if you are not satisfied at the end of your first day, you reserve the option to cancel your further training days without further payment, no problems and no hard feelings.

If after day 1, you are 100% satisfied with my training then your in-water training continues. So for just one day of your time you get the chance to find out if I am the right person to be training you.

As a professional, I would much rather somebody be 100% satisfied with the training they receive than feel obligated to stick with something they are not necessarily happy with.

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