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Stage or sidemount - what’s the difference?

Appeared in DIVER June 2012

Sidemount cylinders are carried on your side. So are stage cylinders. Without understanding some of the finer details, it can be hard to figure out just what makes them different, says JOHN LIDDIARD. A bit of history helps to put it all in context

Sidemount allows divers to wriggle through flat cracks or turn on their side to get through vertical cracks
Sidemount allows divers to wriggle through flat cracks or turn on their side to get through vertical cracks
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