Essentials of Tech, Cave, Wreck Side Mount

Essentials of Tech, Cave, Wreck Side Mount

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

Instructor: Kelvin Yu

Essentials of Tech, Cave, Wreck Side Mount

By: Kelvin Yu at UTD Scuba Diving (Instructor)
Instructor: Kelvin Yu
Region: China
Event by Appointment:

Event arranged by appointment.

UTD's Essentials of Tech (Side Mount) Diving class is designed to cross over or prepare a diver to use double cylinders and/or appropriate decompression cylinders in preparation for technical training, advanced cave training or advanced wreck penetration in a side mount configuration.

Essentials of Tech (Side Mount) is a prerequisite for all UTD's tech, cave, and wreck classes taken in a side mount configuration. Like all the UTD Essentials classes, Essentials of Tech (Side Mount) Diving is a personal skills class. In other words, while the student is introduced to personal and team skills, emergency skills are presented in a training situation, as opposed to a surprise, critical skills situation.    


Must meet UTD General Course Prerequisites as outlined in Section 1.6

Minimum age of 18

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

Training is based on a minimum of three days and includes a minimum of eight hours of gear configuration and 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 Side-Mount configuration

Student to instructor ratio maximum 3:1 during in-water sessions.

Online Classroom Courses and Text

Online Classroom Materials - Essentials of Tech

Side-Mount Diving

Side-Mount Worksheet

Essentials of Side-Mount Diving DVD is recommended

Academic Topics

UTD organization

Side-Mount Diving Principles

Side-Mount theory as it applies to tech, cave, and wreck diving

Theory of independent doubles

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

Gas sharing drills

Equipment fit and function

Propulsion techniques

Setup and configuration of multi-cylinder Side Mount system.

Multiple cylinder gas management

Simulated failures of the stage bottles

Simulated failures of the distribution block

Simulated failure of the drive hose connection

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 gas management

Demonstrate the ability to deploy and retrieve guideline

Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim

Demonstrate proficiency with Basic 6 skills while configured in a Side Mount system

Non-silting propulsion techniques

Familiarization with Side Mount configuration and equipment

Multiple cylinder gas management

Demonstration and practice with unclipped drive hose failure

Demonstration and practice with distribution block failure

Demonstration and practice with gas switch failures

Equipment Requirements

Side Mount equipment configuration is designed to be simple and efficient. To get the most from your class, the course is taken in a complete UTD Z-system Side Mount system.

Required Equipment

All equipment noted in paragraph 3.0

Complete UTD Z-System (with isolatable manifold, QC6, etc)

Appropriate multiple AL80 stage bottles with appropriate Side-Mount rigging  

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