Stage MINI


  • Stage use, to extend bottom time
  • Learn the math to stay safe
  • Get the most out of your twinset



What is the goal?

During this course, you will learn the ins and outs of using a stage cylinder. You will learn about the configuration, set up and also rigging and off course the gas switching protocols.

Who is it for? 

The diver who wants to complement your diving as a tech diver or as a recreational diver who wants to have the benefits of a stage cylinder.

How long does it take?*

The UTD stage MINI usually does not take more than one day and 2 dives, but maybe due to logistics, it takes 2 days. Ask your instructor, for more details. Sometimes the UTD Stage MINI is added after our tech or cave classes.

What equipment do I need?

For the stage you need a 80cf aluminum cylinder with stage kit and a regulator set. ( DIN first stage and second stage on a 3ft / 1m hose and a short SPG hose with compact SPG )

What can I do after?

As a technical trained diver you can after taking and passing this class add a cylinder to your current setup. So for example, as a UTD Tech1 trained and thus able to dive with one deco cylinder you can now add the stage to your setup, enabling you to dive with both your stage and your deco cylinder.

How do I get started?

Step 1: Purchase these online materials. These materials will be yours for life. Also, any future updates to these materials will automatically be updated so you can stay current with the latest knowledge. During the buying process, you will be guided through a registration waiver. Here you can choose your instructor. After the waiver has been completed your instructor will also be notified 

Step 2: Reach out to your instructor and schedule the class

Step 3: Get going with the online materials and supplemental materials you might receive.

Step 4: Spread the word you are taking this class, and start building your UNIFIED DIVING TEAM.

The costs and pricing structure for UTD courses is almost always built up in 3 sections
1:The price for the course materials you buy directly at the UTD website.
2: The price for the in-person instruction from your instructor
3: Local fees or diving expenses. These could be entry fees, pool rental, equipment rental, etc. inquire with your instructor for details about this. If this course requires the instructor to travel to or with you, the students share the traveling costs of the instructor.

*The course duration is determined by a baseline of the abilities of the average students and coupled with what we need to comfortably introduce the skills and go over the theory content. 

However, when you buy a UTD course from one of our instructors, you pay for training not for a “plastic reward for participation”. We will give you the ability to look at your strengths and weaknesses, and during the class, we can expand on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. 

Scuba Diving is highly skills-based and theory-based, throw in some complex equipment and you get a mixture of many aspects to master. You should be comfortable with all three aspects to get the most out of your diving and be safe. All of us learn at different paces. It is therefore almost impossible to give everybody the same timeframe to master the complete curriculum.

Some students might need more coaching or just more time to master certain aspects of the course. You can always do so by seeking out more training outside the curriculum and the time constraints of the standard course layout. You can find the price for extra training with your instructor. 

If you together with your instructor decide that more training is needed, we have a document called “Path to completion” It will give you a clear path to reach your goal. That can be a beginner taking the first scuba class, or the advanced diver moving into technical diving. All will succeed…at their own pace.