Cave/Wreck Stage Mini

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Introduction

Allows the use of up to 2 stage bottles during cave dives or wreck penetration dives at or above max training depth of 100'/30m.  This is specifically to allow certified cave divers at the Cave 2 level to extend bottom time and penetration distance.

Course Information

The Cave/Wreck Stage Mini is normally conducted over a 2 day period, and involves a minimum of 8 hours of instruction (lecture and in-water).  It is designed to introduce certified cave or wreck penetration divers to the proper use of stage bottles in the cave environment.  Special emphasis here will be placed on the unique challenges posed by extended overhead exposure and cave conservation protocols.

Course requirements include nine hours of academics and land drills, and 6 dives at a minimum of 2 different locations.

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 100'/33m
  • No circuits or traverses
  • Must stay within no-decompression limits
  • No scooters or rebreathers
  • No exploration or line marker modification

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 21
  • Must have completed UTD Cave 2
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards/275m in less than 12 minutes without stopping
  • Must be able to swim a distance of 60'/18m on a breath hold
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the course, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements.  All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.

In general, it is better for the student to learn while using their own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard or unnecessary equipment.  Please contact us prior to making any purchases.

Sidemount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders:  sidemount pluggable double cylinders with appropriate stage rigging and quick disconnects
  • Low pressure distribution system such as a Z-Distribution Block or Z-Isolator Manifold
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Z-System harness or equivalent
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins with spring-straps
  • Cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Primary light and backup lights
  • Safety spool with minimum 150'/50m of line
  • Line marker kit with at least 10 directional and 10 non-directional markers
  • Two thigh-mounted pockets
  • Neoprene hood
  • One primary reel per team, with a minimum of 400'/120m of line
  • Three jump spools per team, each with a minimum of 100'/30m of line
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount double cylinders
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device:  rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Backplate and harness system
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins with spring-straps
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Primary light and two backup lights
  • Safety spool with a minimum 150'/50m of line, knotted every 30'/10m
  • Line marker kit with at least 10 directional and 10 non-directional markers
  • Two thigh-mounted pockets
  • Neoprene hood
  • One primary reel per team, with a minimum of 400'/120m of line

  • Three jump spools per team, each with a minimum of 100'/30m of line

  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil