Essentials of Rec Side Mount

Essentials of Rec Side Mount

Contact Info:
Kelvin Yu at UTD Scuba Diving (Instructor)
Company: UTD Scuba Diving

Instructor: Kelvin Yu

Essentials of Rec Side Mount

By: Kelvin Yu at UTD Scuba Diving (Instructor)
Instructor: Kelvin Yu
Region: China
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The purpose of the Essentials of Recreational Side Mount Diving class is to familiarize you, the certified diver, with the proper configuration, skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, solutions and enjoyment of side mounting a single tank for recreational diving.

The course is designed to cross you over to side mount diving at your current recreational level of certification. The certification limitations of the class, once completed, are based on your current level of certification.

The goals of Essentials of Recreational Side Mount Diving training are to: To develop the students’ practical knowledge and understanding of side mounting a single tank while recreational diving. To develop the students’ practical knowledge of the “essential” in-water skills to include:  buoyancy, trim, propulsion, basic 6, s-drills, valve drills, failures, smb deploy, ascent drills, and rescue skills all while side mount diving. To enable the student to setup, organize and safely conduct side mount dives at their current level of recreational certification.

Prerequisites Must meet UTD General Course Prerequisites as outlined in Section 1.6

Minimum age of 16

Completed UTD registration process

UTD open water certification, or higher or equivalent

Standard gases are used. Nitrox and/or Helium certification required if breathing any gas with higher O2 content than 22% and/or using a helium based mix.

Course Content This class requires a minimum of eight hours of academics, three hours of dry runs and at least four in-water dives. These must be a combination of demonstration/critical skills and experience dives. Additional training and dives are at the discretion of the instructor and are based on the level of training the student is seeking.

Course Limits

General Training Limits as outlined in Section 1.4

All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4

UTD Z-System or similar side mount configuration

Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in the class

Online Classroom Courses and Text

Online Classroom Materials - Essentials of Side Mount diving

Side Mount Recreational Gas Planning Worksheet

Essentials of Side Mount Diving DVD is recommended

Academic Topics

UTD organization

Side Mount Diving Principles

Diving proficiency with in water skills

Buoyancy control and trim

Streamlining and equipment configuration

Propulsion techniques

Air sharing and valve procedures

Situational awareness


Gear configuration

Breathing gas overview

Dive planning and gas management

Land Drills and Topics

Dive team protocols

Setup and Configuration of the Z-System or equivalent for recreational side mount diving

Air sharing drills

Equipment fit and function

Propulsion techniques

Pre-dive drills

Required Dive Skills and Drills

All skills and drills as outlined in the general diving skills as outline in Section 1.5

All skills requirements of requested crossover level as outlined by UTD Class structure

Emergency out of air management

Demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface marker

Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim

Demonstrate proficiency with Basic 6 skills while configured in a side mount system

Kicking techniques including one that is appropriate for propulsion in silty environment 

Familiarization with Side Mount configuration and equipment

Equipment Requirements

Side Mount equipment configuration is designed to be simple and efficient. To get the most from your class it is advisable that you take the course in a complete UTD Side Mount system.

Required Equipment All equipment noted in paragraph 3.0

Z-System or equivalent for Side Mount diving

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