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The UTD Side Mount Mini class is a crossover class for you, the certified diver, to introduce you to Side Mount diving. This class is designed for divers who have taken the UTD Essentials of Recreational, or Essentials of Tech class, or have completed their Advanced Open Water diver course from a recognized Agency.
The Side Mount Mini is designed to cross you over to side mount diving at your current level of certification. The certification limitations of the class, once completed, are based on your current level of certification.
The goals of the UTD Side Mount Mini are to:
To develop your practical knowledge and understanding of side mounting diving. To enable you 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 or the UTD Standards and Procedures Minimum age of 16 Completed UTD registration process UTD open water certification or higher 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.
This class requires a minimum of two hours of academics, two hours of dry runs and at least hours in-water. Additional training and dives are at the discretion of the instructor and are based on the level of training the student is seeking.
General Training Limits as outlined in Standards and Procedures Section 1.4 All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4 UTD Z-System Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in the class Online Classroom Courses and Text Online Classroom Materials - Side Mount Mini Online Classroom Side Mount Recreational Gas Planning Worksheet Essentials of Side Mount Diving DVD is recommended
UTD organization Side Mount Diving Principles
Diving proficiency with in water skills
Streamlining and equipment configuration
Air sharing and valve procedures
Land Drills and Topics
Setup and Configuration of the Z-System or equivalent for recreational side mount diving
Equipment fit and function Pre-dive drills
Required Dive Skills and Drills
All skills requirements of requested crossover level as outlined by UTD Class structure Emergency out of air management Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim Familiarization with Side Mount configuration and equipment
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.