This program combines the AOW (Advanced Open Water) and Sidemount diver courses together.  While taking the AOW course, you can also get the Sidemount specialty diver rating by just learning some extra knowledge and extra sidemount training dives with our Sidemount instructor.  As a Sidemount diver, you will be qualified to use and rent sidemount diving equipment.  By using the sidemount configuration, diver is able to become more streamline and there will be more supply of air underwater.  This will be a significant benefit for divers who always consume a large amount of air in the water.

By joining this program, you will save some course fee and time compare with taking these courses separately.  Also, you will be able to move faster toward to your MSD (Master Scuba Diver) certification – highest non-professional rating in recreational scuba diving.


Who should take this program?

PADI Open Water Divers who are at least 15 years old ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course and Sidemount specialty diver course.


What will you learn?

In this specially designed program, while you are finishing the AOW, you will continue the Sidemount specialty diver knowledge and Sidemount training dives in order to complete the Sidemount specialty diver course.

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

Course Content:

Lecture: 2 sessions to cover 5 Knowledge Reviews (Deep, Underwater Navigation, Sidemount + any other 2 electives from Peak Performance Buoyancy or Night or Search & Recovery)

Training dives: There are 1 required confined water dive (sidemount confined water) + 7 open water training dives.

Confined water: Sidemount

Open water: Deep, Underwater Navigation, 3 Sidemount dives, + any 2 electives: Peak Performance Buoyancy or Night or Search & Recovery.

a) AOW


– PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual
– All necessary equipment rental during the course
– Certification Card

b) Sidemount


– Sidemount equipment rental during the course

– Certification Card


Sidemount diver manual is at extra cost and it is optional (only English diver manual available)


Course Schedule:
Please contact us for details at 9137 0355 or


Entry requirements:

  • Age 15 or above
  • Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  • Physically fit for scuba diving


Course fee: HK$5,600

(Original fee can be HK$6,300 for these 2 courses)


Why Diving Express?

Diving Express is a PADI Career Development Center (CDC).  This classification is awarded to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers that dedicate their businesses to professional development for dive instructors. These dive shops meet the highest requirements for training PADI Professionals and offer career-oriented programs to prepare scuba diving professionals for employment in the dive industry, as well as offer job placement assistance for program graduates.

We have our own training facility such as indoor training pool, diving boats, and classrooms.  Our dive center includes travel consultant team, equipment and underwater photography sales team, dive training team.  (Our dive training team has 3 Course Directors, several Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors, professional Divemasters.)