Stage Mini

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Introduction

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The Stage Mini introduces a diver to the use of a stage bottle.  Proper handling of stage bottles during a dive is critical so the diver will develop the skills necessary to use a stage bottle to extend their range.  This class presumes the student has completed at least one of the following courses:  Technical 1, Cave 2, Wreck Penetration 1, or equivalent.  Specifically, this class is designed for someone who wants to extend their bottom gas using a stage bottle and only needs the stage bottle specific material from a technical or overhead course.

Class Information

This class requires a minimum of 4 hours of academics, 2 hours of dry runs, and at least 2 in-water skills dives.  Additional training and dives are at the discretion of the instructor.

The class focuses on cultivating the proper use of a stage to including rigging, gas management with a stage bottle, gas switching, bottle passing, and emergency procedures involving the stage.

Class Limits

  • Standard gas is air (21% O2) or Nitrox 32

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have completed UTD Technical 1, Cave 2, Wreck Penetration 1, or equivalent
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the class, 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 class.

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 single or 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
  • Cutting device
  • At least one properly rigged stage bottle
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount single or 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
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • At least one properly rigged stage bottle
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil