Isn't this Technical Diving?
NO! It is a recreational specialty course. It is for beginning diving, for learning to dive plus for AOW certified divers.
I can learn to scuba dive in sidemount, with no previous scuba experience necessary? Really?
Absolutely. Learn to dive and do so in sidemount
Can it be Technical Diving?
Yes! Aha! Sidemount is an easy transition to technical diving. Popping stage cylinders on is easy- very, very easy and ALL levels of technical diving can be taught in sidemount, from foundations through to hypoxic trimix. No need to buy twin cylinders, manifold and bands- I just saved you $1200+ off the cost of your technical training (more than the classes themselves!) and saved your back-ache from carrying them!
What gear do I need to start?
You have a mask? Fins? Suit? That's it!