Essentials of Side Mount Diving
Become a “Thinking side mount diver”
The UTD Essentials of Side Mount Diving course is a point of entry for many certified divers and is the prerequisite for most technical UTD classes. The UTD Essentials of classes gives every diver an opportunity to learn the personal diving skills needed to participate in a unified team, and be safe and in control while in the water finning around as a DIR “thinking diver.”
First up is breathing which leads to buoyancy. Precise buoyancy, combined with a horizontal trim position, is the hallmark for a good Scuba Diver, of control in the water. You’ll learn to effortlessly hold your position in the water, which leads to the next set of skills: propulsion, where you’ll learn five different kicks (frog-kick, modified frog-kick, modified flutter-kick, helicopter turn, and back-kick) that eliminate silting and increase your control, allowing you to move both forward and backward. Other skills include proper air sharing procedures called S-drills, team protocols, SMB usage, Rock Bottom gas planning, Ratio Deco 3.0 ascent strategies, And now for the twinset the two double cylinders on your back.
Since the side mount configuration is mostly used by divers using the system with 2 side mounted cylinders ( however you can use the system with a single cylinder ) We follow the same curriculum as the essentials of Tech program. You will learn how to perform our Valve Drill and about the different reasons the regulators are configured in the way they are. You will also learn how to work with a stage/deco cylinder.
The UTD Essentials of Tech is designed to introduce aspiring tech divers or established certified tech divers in the world of DIR Diving (Doing It Right), and cultivate the core techniques required by all sound diving practices, regardless of level or environment. Essentials of Technical Diving acts as a bridge between conventional training and UTD’s more demanding curriculum. If you would like to also learn about these skills but are not interested in Technical diving or at least not yet, then the Essentials of Rec program is for you. You can always upgrade from Rech to Tech at a later time. Without starting over. Tell your instructor and you will be able to cut down on the drills to only suit your recreational needs.
Essentials of Side mount Diving is normally conducted over a 4-day period combining theory lectures, practical (in-water) sessions, and video debriefings.
- Minimum 16 years of age.
- Must be a certified open water diver from a recognized training agency
- Completed UTD online registration process
- Completed The UTD Essentials off… Online course
- All UTD classes are Non Smoking
- Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold.
- Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping.
- Maximum depth is 60’/18m
- Standard gas is Air (21% O2)
- No stage decompression
- No overhead environments
Who this class is designed for?
The Essentials of Technical Diving is where students receive the foundation of UTD/DIR philosophy, configuration, and in-water skills. The class is designed for any diver that wants to learn about the benefits of UTD and apply them to their diving. The class is not only geared toward the beginning tech diver, but even seasoned veteran tech divers have found that by incorporating UTD principles into their diving practices, they increase both safety and fun.
Photographers and videographers will especially appreciate the detailed training in propulsion & precision buoyancy control that assists you in getting that perfect shot! Instructors will appreciate the “fresh look” at diver training and skill development. This is a great first step towards learning and understanding the Unified Team Diving approach. If you have already done the Essentials of Tech program and want to cross over to side mount diving, you can buy the UTD Sidem Mount MINI
All UTD classes are filmed for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication, and team diving. Learning to self-evaluate is an important aspect of the class. You will be evaluated during the class to obtain the UTD “Essentials of Technical Diving” Certification. This Certification will allow you to continue within the UTD Technical Training curriculum. Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in-water comfort, and control.