Recreational Training

GUE Primer is to better prepare a student for GUE Fundamentals.

Recreational Diver 1 - Nitrox Diver is for a student with no previous scuba experience or certifications.

Doubles is to train a diver how to a use twin manifolded tank configuration.

Drysuit is to train a diver how to use a drysuit.

GUE Fundamentals is the base level of training to prepare a diver for Cave or Technical training.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level is to teach a diver how to use a Diver Propulsion Vechicle (DPV).

Recreational Diver 3 - Trimix Diver is to teach a diver how to dive deeper using helium enriched gasses.

GUE Primer

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Purpose

The GUE Primer course is designed to introduce students to the essential skills required for sound diving practice. The course is non-certification; therefore completion of this class has no bearing on future GUE dive training.

The GUE Primer is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Provide the recreational diver an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills, thereby developing more comfort, confidence and competence in the water
  2. Provide an introduction to GUE training while demonstrating the techniques necessary for success in future GUE courses

Prerequisites
  1. Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Students that are not able to meet the prerequisites in section 1.6 are able to participate in the GUE Primer Course, provided they obtain a physician’s written approval to dive and disclose this information to the GUE instructor before the onset of training. Physician clearance to dive does not obligate GUE or a GUE representative to clear a trainee for diving; this remains at the sole discretion of the instructor.
  3. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency
  4. Must be a minimum of fourteen years of age

Duration

The GUE Primer Course must be conducted over at least two days, encompassing both classroom and inwater work. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. Course time should total at least 14 hours encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Course Limits
  1. General training limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises, but cannot exceed 4:1 during any in-water training, and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.
  3. Maximum depth 40 feet/12 meters
  4. No decompression
  5. No overhead environment diving

Course Content

The GUE Primer Course is a non-certification class, normally conducted over a two-day period, combining lecture, land drills, and in-water sessions. The GUE Primer course is focused on increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork, and other GUE principles.

Training Materials
  1. GUE Primer Workbook
  2. Doing it Right: the Fundamentals of Better Diving, Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs Florida.

Academic Topics
  1. GUE Introduction
  2. What is the GUE Primer?
  3. Why this discipline?
  4. Developing Diver Capacity
  5. Pre Dive Overview
  6. Equipment
  7. Buoyancy
  8. Body Position
  9. Trim
  10. Propulsion
  11. Situational Awareness

Land Drills
  1. Pre-dive sequence
  2. Body Positioning
  3. Trim and Balance
  4. Equipment overview & fitting
  5. Propulsion Techniques
  6. Team Communication

Required Dive Skills and Drills
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater activity and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and concern for safety, responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs.
  3. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
  6. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  7. Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for successfully performing at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.
  8. Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary to maintain good buoyancy and trim.

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following equipment:
  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-, H- or Y-valve. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5- to 7-foot/1.5- 2-meter hose. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up on the divers back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed on the left hip, the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone, the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone, the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach, with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should be free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25 kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40 kgfor double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
  5. At least one time-/depth-measuring device
  6. Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume; fins should be rigid, non-split
  7. At least one cutting device
  8. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure

Recreational Diver Level 1 - Nitrox diver

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Purpose

The primary purpose of GUE Recreational Diver 1 is to teach non-divers to master the art and science of sport diving through cultivating essential diving techniques and sound diving practices from the very beginning. Being GUE’s entry level program, the Recreational Level 1 serves the following purposes:

  1. It teaches non-divers to master the art and science of sport diving through establishing a thorough understanding for diving related academics and cultivating essential skills needed to safely and efficiently enjoy exploration of the aquatic realm.
  2. It represents and entry point to GUE’s training curriculum for non-divers.
  3. It develops student capacity through beginning competency build-up with the end in mind by cultivating student proficiency towards meeting the diving industry’s most rigorous standards.
  4. It provides the solid foundation of skills required to engage in further GUE training.
  5. It orientates students to the GUE organization and its efficacy – promoting student involvement in GUE long- and short-term aspirations, such as conservation of our planet’s aquatic resources.

Prerequisites

  1. Must meet GUE General Course Prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold
  4. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.

Duration

The GUE Recreational Diver 1 class is an 8 – 10 day program (logistics represent a controlling factor). The class can either be taken as a continuous process over 8 – 10 days or the class may be divided over a longer time frame such as 3 – 5 weekends. GUE Recreational Diver 1 involves a minimum of sixty (60) hours of instruction, encompassing both classroom and in-water work.

Course Limits

  1. General Training Limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student to instructor ratio is not to exceed 4:1 during any in-water training and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility
  3. Maximum depth 70 feet/21 meters
  4. No decompression
  5. No overhead environment diving

Course Content

The GUE Recreational Diver 1 course comprises 3 training components:

  • Confined water training, meaning initial in-water training carried out in pool-like conditions
  • Open water training, meaning ocean diving in benign conditions
  • Academics designed to support the in-water training
The training components contain 10 confined water dives*, 10 open water dives* and 10 lectures. The dives/lectures in each training component is spaced over 4 modules to facilitate gradual capacity build-up and ensure that student capacity evolves while always remaining comfortable during training.
As for the in-water training, these components begin with the very most basic scuba skills (buoyancy, trim, propulsion, stability and breathing control). Having established a baseline of fundamental skills the remainder of the in-water training continues to cultivate the student’s capacity based on the solid foundation that have been established from the very beginning. Apart from the basic skills team work, GUE principles and techniques included in the criteria for the GUE Fundamentals Recreational Pass is introduced and practiced.
Course requirements include a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of academics and twenty (20) in-water sessions.

* For students taking GUE Recreational Level 1 using a dry suit, 1 additional dive is included in both the confined and open water training component


Required Training Materials

  1. Beginning With the End in Mind: The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. Jesper Berglund, GUE, 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.
  3. Encyclopedia: Submerged – mastering the art and science of sport diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2008, High Springs, Florida.

Academic Topics

Module 1
Introduction to Scuba Diving
Buoyancy, Physics and Physiology – Beginning With the Basics
Diving Equipment
Module 2
The Balanced Rig and Going Beyond the Basics
Going Beyond Basic Physics and Physiology
Module 3
Breathing Gas Dynamics
Decompression
Dive Planning
Module 4
Accident Prevention and Diver Rescue
The Aquatic Realm

Land Drills & Topics

  1. Dive team protocols
  2. Equipment fit and function
  3. Propulsion and maneuvering techniques
  4. Skin diving and ear equalization
  5. Mask clearing
  6. Regulator functionality, breathing and clearing
  7. BC operation
  8. Pre-dive drills
  9. Basic 5 scuba skills
  10. Basic 5 rescue techniques
  11. Inflator management
  12. Free flow regulator management
  13. Dry suit management*
  14. Compass navigation
  15. Buoyancy and breathing control
  16. Balanced rig
  17. Surface marker deployment
  18. S-drill and valve-drill

Required Dive Skills & Drills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual cues and dive partner needs.
  3. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver.
  4. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by a slow, direct ascent to the surface.
  5. Comfortably demonstrate at least two propulsion techniques and 1 maneuvering technique.
  6. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a spool and a surface marker.
  8. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  10. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the DIR equipment configuration.
  11. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long hose deployment.
  12. Demonstrate aptitude in the following surface rescue skills: primary assessment, diver tow, remove personal scuba, removal of unconscious diver’s scuba, egress with an unconscious diver.
  13. Demonstrate safe ascent and decent procedures.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill.
  15. Demonstrating proficiency in straight line compass navigation under water.

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment.

  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Single tank/cylinder. Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual outlet, which allows for the use of two first-stages.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5- to 7-foot/1.5- to 2-meter hose. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform, of metal construction with minimal padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband would prevent the system from riding up a diver's back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed at the left hip, the second should be placed in line with a diver's right collarbone, the third should be placed in line with the diver's left collarbone, the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver's buoyancy compensation device should be back-mounted and minimalist in nature. It should come free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or "bungee" of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50lbs for a single tank. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size employed for training.
  5. At least one depth-measuring device
  6. At least one timekeeping device
  7. Mask and fins: Mask should be low volume; fins should be rigid, non-split
  8. At least one cutting device
  9. Wet Notes
  10. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE's equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE's web site.

Doubles Course

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Purpose

GUE's Doubles course is designed to prepare divers for diving a double tank/cylinder configuration using proper equipment and techniques.

In this class, students will be trained in the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them.

Prerequisites

  1. Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age.
  3. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency

Duration

The GUE Doubles Course must be conducted over at least two days, encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions; at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Course Limits

  1. General training limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises, but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training, and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.
  3. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters
  4. No decompression
  5. No overhead environment diving

Course Content

Combining lecture and in-water sessions, this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required. The GUE Doubles course is focused on increasing proficiency with double tank configuration, through proper control of the buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork and other GUE principles.

Training Materials

  • GUE Doubles Presentation

Academic Topics
  1. Class Overview
  2. GUE Introduction
  3. Double Tank Introduction
  4. Developing Diver Capacity
  5. Tanks/Cylinders and bands
  6. Manifolds
  7. Regulators, depth gauges, pressure gauges and hose routing
  8. Buoyancy and Trim
  9. Skills overview
  10. Pre dive sequence
  11. Situational Awareness

Land Drills
  1. Gas analysis and labeling
  2. Valve Drill
  3. S-Drill
  4. Valve failure procedures
  5. SMB deployment (review)
  6. Backup light deployment (review)
  7. Pre-dive sequence
  8. Team positioning
  9. Communication

Required Dive Skills and Drills
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater activity and post-dive assessment
  2. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with required course equipment and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  5. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1.5m of the target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria
  6. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver.
  7. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver, followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill with double tanks.
  9. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool.
  11. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.
  12. Demonstrate proficiency with effective valve management by first sharing gas with a tem member (as a receiver), then shutting down a valve and returning it to the open position.
  13. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  15. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment.*
  16. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a backup light.*
  17. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks.*
  18. Comfortably demonstrate an efficient backwards kick.*
  19. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3ft/1m of the target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.* *Skills 12-17 apply to students wishing to use the GUE Doubles class to upgrade a GUE Fundamentals Recreational pass to a Technical pass. These students must perform all skills, including 12-16, at a grade 4 or higher to qualify for registration to the Cave or Tech curriculum.

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following equipment:

  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5- to 7-foot/1.5- 2-meter hose. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and hoped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up on the divers back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed on the left hip, the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone, the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone, the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement fo reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach, with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should be free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kg for double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
  5. Wet Notes
  6. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design; it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater.
  7. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should be powered by two or three in-line non-rechargeable ccell batteries, with a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.
  8. One spool with at least 100ft/30m of line per diver.
  9. At least one surface marker buoy per diver.
  10. At least on time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display
  11. Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume, fins should be rigid, non-split
  12. At least one cutting device
  13. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure

Drysuit Course

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Purpose

GUE's Dry Suit course is designed to prepare divers for dry suit diving using proper equipment and techniques.

The GUE Dry Suit course is designed to provide a diver the opportunity to develop proficiency using a dry suit, thereby developing more comfort, confidence and competence in the water.

Prerequisites

  1. Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age
  3. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency

Duration

The GUE Dry Suit Course must be conducted over at least two days, encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions; at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Course Limits

  1. General training limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises, but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training, and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.
  3. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters
  4. No decompression
  5. No overhead environment diving

Course Content

Combining lecture and in-water sessions, this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required. The GUE Dry Suit course is focused on increasing dry suit proficiency through proper control of the buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork and other GUE principles.

Training Materials

  • GUE Dry Suit Presentation

Academic Topics
  1. Class Overview
  2. GUE Introduction
  3. Dry Suit Introduction
  4. Developing Diver Capacity
  5. Dry Suit Selection
  6. Undergarment Selection
  7. Dry Suit Inflation
  8. Cold water equipment considerations
  9. Cold water dive planning and logistics
  10. Buoyancy and Trim
  11. Dry Suit skills overview
  12. Pre dive sequence
  13. Situational Awareness
  14. Dry Suit maintenance and field repairs

Land Drills
  1. Pre-dive sequence
  2. Team positioning
  3. Communication
  4. Equipment fit and function

Required Dive Skills and Drills
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater activity and post-dive assessment.
  2. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with required course equipment and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  5. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver.
  6. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver, followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill, including dry suit inflation if appropriate.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the dry suit inflation hose.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to manage a dry suit inflation valve that is stuck in the open position by disconnecting the inflation hose and dumping gas.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the buoyancy compensator inflation hose.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to manage a primary inflator that is stuck in the open position by dumping gas and disconnecting the inflation hose.
  12. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1.5m of the target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.
  13. Demonstrate proper management of a free flowing second stage regulator.
  14. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  15. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  16. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following equipment:

  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-, H- or Y-valve. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5- to 7-foot/1.5- 2-meter hose. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and hoped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up on the divers back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed on the left hip, the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone, the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone, the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement fo reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach, with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should be free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40kg for double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Wet Notes
  5. Wet Notes
  6. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design; it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater.
  7. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should be powered by two or three in-line non-rechargeable ccell batteries, with a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.
  8. At least one time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display
  9. Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume, fins should be rigid, non-split
  10. At least one cutting device
  11. Dry suit and undergarments appropriate for the duration of exposure

GUE Fundamentals

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Purpose

The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice, irrespective of level or environment. A prerequisite for all GUE classes, save Recreational Diver level 1 course, GUE Fundamentals performs a three-fold function:

  • it provides the recreational diver, who does not desire further diver training, with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills, thereby developing more comfort, confidence, and competence in the water.
  • it provides the diver with aspirations of more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success.
  • it provides non-GUE trained divers with a gateway to GUE training.

Prerequisites

  1. Must meet GUE General Course Prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  3. Must be a certified open water diver from a recognized training agency

Duration

The GUE Fundamentals class must be conducted over at least four full days, encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Classes in which the student-to-instructor ratio (both in water and surface) does not exceed 3:1 may be conducted in no fewer than three full days. Course requirements include a minimum of ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions; at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet / 8 meters.

Course Limits

  1. General Training Limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 4:1 during any in-water training and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility
  3. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters
  4. No decompression
  5. No overhead environment diving

Course Content

Combining lecture and in-water sessions, this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required for all sound diving practice. It is focused on increasing diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork, and other GUE principles. Course requirements include a minimum of ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions; at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet.

Required Training Materials

  1. Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.
  2. GUE Fundamentals Workbook.

Academic Topics

  1. GUE organization
  2. Why GUE Fundamentals?
  3. Diving proficiency
  4. Buoyancy and trim
  5. Streamlining and equipment configuration
  6. Propulsion techniques
  7. Situational awareness
  8. Communication
  9. Breathing gas overview
  10. Dive planning and gas management
  11. Diver preparedness

Land Drills and Topics

  1. Dive team protocols
  2. S-drill and valve-drill
  3. Equipment fit and function
  4. Propulsion techniques
  5. Pre-dive drills
  6. Surface marker deployment
  7. Unconscious diver recovery

Required Dive Skills and Drills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold
  4. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs.
  5. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver.
  6. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  7. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.
  8. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  11. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  12. Demonstrate dive-rescue techniques, including effective management of an unconscious diver. Differences between the management of an unconscious diver and a convulsing diver should be noted.
  13. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask, in touch contact.
  14. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1.5 meters of a target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.
  15. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long-hose deployment.
  16. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  17. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill.
  18. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment.*
  19. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a reserve light.*
  20. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks.*
  21. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1.0 meters of a target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.*
*Skills and drills 16-19 apply only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training. These students must perform skills 16-19 at a grade of 4 or above to qualify for registration into the Tech or Cave curriculum (see 1.3.1 Outline of Diver Training).

Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment.

  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K, H, or Y-valve.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5- to 7-foot/1.5- to 2-meter hose. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform, of metal construction with minimal padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband would prevent the system from riding up a diver's back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed at the left hip, the second should be placed in line with a diver's right collarbone, the third should be placed in line with the diver's left collarbone, the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver's arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve light powered by three in-line c-cell batteries (where necessary). The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver's buoyancy compensation device should be back-mounted and minimalist in nature. It should come free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or "bungee" of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50lbs for a single tank and 80lbs for double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
  5. At least one depth-measuring device
  6. At least one timekeeping device
  7. Mask and fins: Mask should be low volume; fins should be rigid, non-split
  8. At least one cutting device
  9. Wet Notes
  10. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver
  11. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  12. Double cylinders with isolation manifold, and appropriately sized double-tank buoyancy compensation device.*
  13. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design; its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater.*
  14. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should be powered by two or three in-line non-rechargeable ccell batteries, with a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.*
*Required equipment 12 through 14 applies only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training.

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1

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Purpose
GUE’s Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 course (Open Water DPV) is a diver education program that introduces divers to the use of underwater propulsion vehicles. The course covers the basic principles of DPV diving and is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required for limited use of propulsion vehicles. Training includes an emphasis on awareness, dive-planning, teamwork, environment, stress management, navigation, conservation, standard and emergency procedures, DPV maintenance and trouble shooting and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV. To qualify for this type of instruction, participants do not need prior DPV training, but must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills and high awareness level.

Prerequisites
  1. Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age.
  3. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals using the equipment outlined in section 2.1.4.10 and have demonstrated competence in skill and drills listed in 2.1.4.09 at a grade of 4 or above.
  4. Must have a minimum of seventy-five dives beyond open-water qualification.
  5. Must have a minimum of fifty dives beyond GUE Fundamentals

Duration
The GUE DPV 1 class is normally conducted over a three-day period. It involves a minimum of twenty four hours of instruction, encompassing both classroom and in-water work.

Course Limits
  1. General training limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
  3. Maximum depth 60 feet (+/- 10 feet)/18 meters (+/- 3 meters).
  4. No overhead diving
  5. Minimum starting visibility of 20ft/6m

Course Content
The GUE DPV 1 course involves a minimum of twenty four hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge in the use of tow-behind propulsion vehicles, and operational considerations. Course requirements include four hours of academics and five dives, two of which will be critical-skill dives and three will be experience dives.
Initial dives will be conducted in confined water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels.

Required Training Materials
  1. GUE DPV Powerpoint

Academic Topics
  1. Equipment considerations
  2. DPV components
  3. DPV maintenance
  4. Surface-marker buoys and spools (for deco platforms)
  5. Towing a surface marker while using a DPV
  6. Exposure suit appropriate for the environment
  7. Dive planning
  8. Operational planning
  9. Support
  10. Teams
  11. Team planning
  12. Procedures
  13. Gas Planning
  14. Gas matching
  15. Considerations for managing and stowing a DPV while not in use.

Land Drills and Topics
  1. Proper position while using a DPV
  2. Runaway DPV
  3. Use of Goodman handle while riding a DPV
  4. Dive team order and protocols
  5. Use of spools and reels
  6. Basic navigation skills
  7. Pre-dive drills

Required Dive Skills and Drills
  1. All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills, section 1.5
  2. Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency adjusting buoyancy while using a DPV
  5. Demonstrate effective use of compass and navigation
  6. Matching speeds with team members
  7. Towing diver with non-functional DPV
  8. Demonstrate control while dealing with a runaway DPV
  9. Procedures for gas-sharing, and regulator switching as appropriate.
  10. Surface-marker buoy deployment.
  11. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.
  12. Gas-sharing scenarios, to include a prolonged gas-sharing event.
  13. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators, shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques, including depth and time management.
  15. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.

Equipment Requirements
Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment:
  1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K-, H-, or Y-valve.
  2. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1.5 to 2 meter hose. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).
  3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband would prevent the system from riding up a diver’s back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support five D-rings; the first should be placed at the left hip, the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone, the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone, and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach, with no unnecessary components.
  4. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should come free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
  5. DPV: The DPV should be of a tow-behind type. It should have variable speed adjustment, as well as a clutch. The DPV must include an attached cord at the back with a bolt snap to be clipped on the front D-ring located in the crotch strap, used to tow the diver. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing it in case it fails to work.
  6. At least one time/depth-measuring device
  7. Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume; fins should be rigid, non-split
  8. At least one cutting device
  9. One wrist compass
  10. One reserve mask
  11. Wet Notes
  12. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver
  13. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver
  14. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  15. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design; its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater.
  16. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should be powered by two or three in-line non-rechargeable ccell batteries, with a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.
Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Recreational Diver Level 3 - Trimix Diver

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Purpose

The GUE Recreational Diver level 3 course is a mastery-level recreational class structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures. In this class, students will be introduced to the theory and practice of limited decompression and trained in correct ascent procedures. Recreational Diver level 3 training also builds on the fundamental skills learned in previous GUE Recreational courses (GUE Fundamentals, GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 and level 2) and is designed to cultivate the essential skills required for safe diving at greater depths. The training includes refinement of fundamental skills, problem identification and resolution as a means of building capacity for progressively more challenging dives including:

  • the use of double, back-gas tanks/cylinders
  • the use of Nitrox for decompression
  • the use of Helium to minimize narcosis, CO2 accumulation and post-dive “nitrogen stress”; and
  • the use of a single decompression cylinder for staged decompression techniques

Prerequisites

  1. Must meet GUE General Course Prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6
  2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  3. Must be GUE Recreational Level 2 or GUE Fundamentals certified
  4. Must have a minimum of seventy-five non-training dives, ten dives using doubles

Duration

The GUE Recreational Level 3 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. It involves a minimum of fourty hours of instruction, encompassing both classroom and in-water work.

Course Limits

  1. General Training Limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises, but cannot exceed 3:1 during any direct in-water training In-water ratios should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.
  3. Maximum depth of 39 m / 130 ft
  4. No overhead environment diving
  5. Dives should not be planned to incur more than 15 minutes of decompression
  6. A maximum allowed bottom time of 15 minutes at maximum depth

Course Content

The GUE Recreational Diver level 3 course normally involves a minimum of fourty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of oxygen-enriched air diving as well as normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix; this overview includes instruction in proper decompression procedures with hyperoxic mixes, including the use of decompression tables and proper ascent practices. Fundamental aspects of physics and physiology will be reviewed as a means to support safe diving at greater depths. Divers will also be trained in the proper operational and dive planning procedures necessary to conduct recreational dives in deeper water, including accident management and problem resolution. The course includes eight hours of academics and eight dives. Of these dives, six will be critical skill dives and two will be experience dives.

Required Training Materials

Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.

Recommended Training Materials

  1. Beginning With the End in Mind: The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. Jesper Berglund, GUE, 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.

Academic Topics

1. Introduction and class overview
GUE Overview
GUE Diver Training
GUE Rec Diver Level 3 Overview
2. Breathing gas dynamics
The Basic of Breathing Gases
Oxygen
Narcosis
Mixed Gas Diving
3. Dive planning and gas management
Dive Planning
Breathing Gas Strategies
Breathing Gas Requirements
Gas Management
4. Decompression dynamics
The Mysterious Malady
The Basics of Decompression
Calculating Decompression
Decompression Illness

Land Drills & Topics

1. Team formation and communication
2. Gas switch
Decompression bottle configuration
Decompression bottle placement
Gas switch procedures
Stowing
Communication and signals
3. Valve operation
Valve/Manifold overview and operation
Review common failures
GUE valve drill
Problem identification
Problem resolution
4. Reserve equipment use
Reserve light deployment
Reserve mask deployment
5. Field drill reviews
SMB deployment
S-drill
6. GUE-EDGE and Pre-dive drill

Required Dive Skills & Drills

  1. All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills section 1.5
  2. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold
  4. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency in valve management.
  5. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1.5 meters of a target depth. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.
  6. Comfortably demonstrate good frog and flutter propulsion techniques and a minimum of one propulsion method that would be appropriate for delicate and/or silty environments.
  7. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick and helicopter turn.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a primary light including passive and active communication.
  9. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with using a single decompression cylinder.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing scenarios to include a direct ascent.
  11. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with valve-management by conducting a GUE “valve drill” which includes: shutting down one’s valve, switching regulators and returning the valve to an open position.
  12. Demonstrate proficiency with proper ascent/descents, including the implementation of SMB usage, deep stops and safe gas switches.
  13. Demonstrate good situational awareness