In the Zone

Jill gives us down-and-dirty tips on how she wears her sidemount gear.by Jill Heinerth

Configuring a sidemount harness is a little different than stowing gear on a doubles rig. If you plan to squirm through small places, then you have to be very aware of snag points. The zone above the nipple-line is the safest place to put things that you might need in a pinch (pardon the pun). Anything below chest level might not be reachable. I clip my inflator mechanism across my chest. I can even dump air from the wing by hitting the deflate button with my chin. This can be important if a little air in the bladder is hanging you up. I keep a z-knife on the chest strap and a second one on the strap of my wrist computer. I’m a real fan of helmets too. Backup lights are conveniently on my head and I am protected from falling rock and tight squeezes. It’s also a bit of a tunnel gauge. If it fits easily, I should be able to follow.

Craig Walters, diving sidemount at Devil's Eye, Ginnie Springs, FL ©Jill Heinerth, IntoThePlanet.comImage of Craig Walters, diving sidemount at Devil's Eye, Ginnie Springs, FL