Southern Maryland Divers, LLC

Southern Maryland's Premier Scuba Shop

Questions to ask your sidemount instructor

Our sidemount philosphy

  • HOW MANY SM DIVES DO YOU LOG PER YEAR OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DIVING SIDEMOUNT?
  • WHAT ARE THE MOST TECHNICALLY CHALLENGING SM DIVES YOU HAVE LOGGED?
  • WHAT ARE YOUR GEAR PREFERENCES FOR SM?


You should aim to find a sidemount instructor that not only teaches sidemount but actively dives in sidemount configuration outside of teaching and classes. This will ensure you get the best "real world" instruction and results in you being a squared away sidemount diver when your class is finished.

Our philosophy is simple; we provide the highest-quality instruction in sidemount scuba diving.  Our sidemount courses, regardless of level, focus on developing core skills and foundation that will allow beginning sidemount divers to progress to highly-advanced technical courses, should they so choose. 

Our philosophy is to teach “thinking divers”.  While skill memorization and motor skill foundations are important, SCUBA diving always presents new challenges, especially with sidemount diving.  We believe that every diver must be able to identify and handle these challenges through complete mastery and understanding of guiding principles. Our sidemount classes focus not only on core skills; but the finer points of sidemount diving that were learned from decades of instructor experience.

Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that the highest quality sidemount instructors are never made over night.  We believe the best sidemount instructors are those who truly believe in the benefits of sidemount diving; and practice their skills on a regular basis.  At Southern Maryland Divers, our sidemount instructors have logged thousands of sidemount dives in highly technical cave and wreck penetration conditions, conducting deep decompression dives using multiple stages. 

Our philosophy is that every student is different; and every student learns at a different pace.  This is why we believe that classes should be small and allow proper student / instructor interaction.  Sidemount diving has a different learning curve than traditional backmount diving; and we find that our smaller, more focused classes allow the student to progress at a rate with which they are comfortable.

Our philosophy is that sidemount diving is one of the most rewarding, flexible, and just plain fun, styles of SCUBA diving; and we look forward to each and every new student we are honored to instruct.