Why take Advanced Cave Sidemount / No-mount course?

The IANTD/TDI Advanced Cave Sidemount / No-mount course allows experienced IANTD/TDI Technical Cave divers to familiarize themselves with sidemount equipment configuration in restrictive cave passages. A sidemount configuration allows divers to experience, enjoy, and explore areas that are too small for the standard backmount and sidemount configuration.

This class helps divers to develop a specific skill set and knowledge base to safely plan and execute dives in small and/or restrictive passages.

Who is it for?

Divers planning to take the IANTD/TDI Advanced Cave Sidemount / No-mount class are expected to have a high level of fundamentals and cave diving skills, a high comfort level in an overhead environment, and a reasonable amount of cave diving experience.

What will I learn?

The course’s intended outcomes are to help divers understand the techniques required to safely navigate confined cave passageways and the advantages and disadvantages of a sidemount equipment configuration, including no-mount mode.

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Applicants must:

  • Be qualified in IANTD/TDI Technical Cave Diver or equivalent;
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  • Be physically and mentally fit;
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving;
  • Have a minimum of 50 logged cave dives.

The IANTD/TDI Advanced Cave Sidemount / No-Mount Course is usually conducted over three days. It requires a minimum of three cave dives, at least 180 minutes of in-water work, and instruction encompassing classroom lectures and land drills.

Transfer from Playa del Carmen included.

Students must bring their own cave-level diving gear in sidemount configuration (requirements will be provided upon registration) or borrow/rent it, pay for their gases and tank rentals, cenote entree and agency certification fees is not included



Alex is a true cave diving enthusiast, Cave Ha Diving Mexico founder and owner, Technical Cave Instructor IANTD/TDI/SDI with the following ratings: Advanced Cave DPV Instructor / Advanced Cave Stage – Multi-stage Instructor / Advanced Cave Sidemount & No Mount Instructor / Advanced Cave Survey Instructor / Technical Cave Instructor, OWSD Instructor, GUE Member, GUE Cave 2 / GUE Cave DPV / GUE CCR 1 / GUE TEC 1 / TDI ER/Trimix, mCCR Fathom, eCCR JJ, RYA Skipper

Before fully dedicating himself to the diving industry, Alexander served many years as Executive Vice-President for Technology, Broadcasting and Press Operations, Medical and Anti-Doping, Accreditation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee; President of iTeco International Ltd, Chairman of Board iTeco LLC; Chairman of Expert Board of Bigitex consulting company (finance and IT technology); First Deputy of the Chairman of the Board of Banking Organisation “Inkakhran” and College Professor (Broadcasting and Information Technology).

Chevalier of the orders: Silver Olympic Order and “For Merit to the Fatherland”