This was the third SCUBA dive of a series organised by
Trying something completely different:
along the Manchones reef with Camilo of Scorpio Divers.
This ended up being an incredible treat: after Camilo
familiarised us with the equipment, we dove for 104 minutes!
Side-mounting is what it sounds like: mounting one or more tanks
along one's side instead of on one's back.
It's used more and more commonly now, as it allows the diver
much more freedom of movement.
Whereas back-mounted tanks restrict spinal mobility,
side-mounts let us move comfortably with the tanks effectively
We dove with two tanks, one on each side.
We learned to draw from one tank until it grew lighter than the
other, feel the imbalance, then switch regulators.
In the video, you can see Kristaps switching his regulator.
Both of us look forward to certifying as sidemount
divers to continue taking advantage of the extra
The dive site was right next to the MUSA statue site, so
we were able to play around some statues.