Razor Sidemount Diving Courses

The Razor Side Mount Diving Course was born at the same time as the Razor Side Mount Harness. Cave Diving Instructor and underwater Cave Explorer Steve Martin Bogaerts and his business partner HP Hartmann got together to develop the best Side Mount Diving Harness ever invented specifically for Cave and Technical Diving. At the time, Steve was exploring extensively in the Sac Actun, and Dos Ojos cave systems, (now connected to form the most extended underwater cave system in the world) and the use of Sidemount gear was a necessity. Not happy with the commercial options available back then as they were bulky, becoming an entanglement hazard when trying to go thru small restrictions, they created the Razor Sidemount System 1. It consisted of machined metal plates, webbing, and D-rings. The buoyancy device was an MSR dromedary bag meant to drink water but used in this case to fill with air and adjust trim and buoyancy.

 

The Razor Side Mount Diver course comes from the cave diving experience and philosophy of Steve Bogaerts, one of the most experienced Cave Diving Explorers in the world with thousands of exploration dives in underwater caves in Mexico and the UK. Steve has come up with a series of techniques and procedures specifically for Side Mount Diving and focus primarily on Cave Diving. Steve and HP developed the Razor Instructor program based on their experience with the focus of transferring this knowledge to any diver wanting to learn safety and proficiency as a Side Mount Diver.

Basic Sidemount Open Water

The purpose of this course is to familiarise experienced certified divers with the techniques, equipment, and mindset to conduct dives in Side Mount Diving configuration safely.

 

 

Basic Side Mount OWD Course Prerequisites

 

-18 years old

Advanced open water certification

Minimum 25 dives

 

 

Limitations of the basic side-mount owd level of training

 

-No overhead environments

 

No decompression dives

 

Maximum depth limit 100ft / 30m

 

Minimum starting gas volume for all open water dives: 2400 liters total with at least 1200 free liters of gas in each Side Mount tank

 

Minimum ending volume for open water dives: 600 free liters total with at least 300 free liters of gas in each Side Mount Cylinder

 

Minimum ending pressure 50 bar / 750psi in each sm tank

 

Minimum tank volume 6l / 40 Cf.

 

 

The Basic Side Mount OWD Course is designed to teach the diver how to use the Razor Side Mount System in the open water environment only.

 

At this level of training, dives should only be conducted in non-challenging open water locations under right diving conditions where any mistakes will not negatively impact either diver safety or environmental conservation.

 

This course is NOT intended to teach overhead environment penetration techniques such as ice, wreck, mine, cavern or cave.

 

-This course is not intended to teach technical or decompression diving skills.

 

Divers wishing to perform more advanced side mount dives first need a solid foundation in basic side mount skills followed by further training in the skills and procedures required to dive safely in a conservation-minded fashion in more challenging environments.

 

 

Course Structure

 

-Theory

-Equipment workshop

-3 Confined water training sessions

-3 Open water training dives

 

 

Course Duration:

 

4 Days

 

 

Course price:

 

1200USD

 

 

Training Completion

 

PASS:

 

The diver has completed training at the Basic Side Mount level and meets the prerequisites to move to the next level.

 

PROVISIONAL:

 

The diver requires more time and practice to refine skills and procedures before getting certified at the Razor Basic Side Mount level. The diver can return within 12 months to complete a minimum of 1-day evaluation with their original Go Side Mount instructor or within six months by referral to another Go Side Mount instructor. If the provisional time limit is exceeded, the diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.

 

FAIL:

 

The diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.

Basic Sidemount Cave Diver

The purpose of this course is to familiarise experienced certified divers with the techniques, equipment, and attitude necessary to safely conduct Cave Dives in Side Mount Diving configuration.

 

The Razor Basic Side Mount Cave Diver course can be done after Full Cave certification or integrated with your Overhead Environments Diving Course.

 

 

Basic Side Mount Cave Diver Course Prerequisites

 

-18 Years old

 

-Advanced Diver Certification

 

-Minimum of 25 logged dives

 

 

Course structure

 

-Theory

 

-Land drills

 

-Briefings

 

-Confined Open Water Dives

 

-Cave Dives

 

-Debriefings

 

 

Course Duration

 

4 Days

 

 

Course price:

 

1200USD (or combined with the Full Cave Diver course price)

 

 

Training Completion

 

PASS:

 

The diver has completed training at the Basic Side Mount level and meets the prerequisites to move to the next level.

 

PROVISIONAL:

 

The diver requires more time and practice to refine skills and procedures before getting certified at the Razor Basic Side Mount level. The diver can return within 12 months to complete a minimum of 1-day evaluation with their original Go Side Mount instructor or within six months by referral to another Go Side Mount instructor. If the provisional time limit is exceeded, the diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.

 

FAIL:

 

The diver is required to retake the complete basic side-mount class.

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