Global Underwater Explorers General Training Standards, Policies, and Procedures

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1. PURPOSE OF GUE ..................................................................................................................................1 1.1. GOALS ........................................................................................................................................1 1.1.1. Education ........................................................................................................................1 1.1.2. Research ..........................................................................................................................1 1.1.3. Exploration .....................................................................................................................1 1.2. TRAINING PHILOSOPHY ...............................................................................................................1 1.2.1. Education ........................................................................................................................1 1.2.2. Equipment .......................................................................................................................1 1.2.3. Experience ......................................................................................................................2 1.3. TRAINING STRUCTURE ................................................................................................................2 1.3.1. Outline of Diver Training ...............................................................................................2 1.3.2. Diver Assessment (Qualification, Provisional Qualification, Failure) ...........................3 1.3.3. Training Categories ........................................................................................................4 1.3.4. General Training Standards ...........................................................................................4 1.4. GENERAL TRAINING LIMITS........................................................................................................5 1.4.1. PO2 Limits ......................................................................................................................5 1.4.2. END Limits .....................................................................................................................5 1.4.3. Breathing Gas Requirements ..........................................................................................5 1.4.4. Parameters for Critical Skills .........................................................................................5 1.4.5. Issuing Qualification under Other Agencies ...................................................................6 1.4.6. Teaching and Rebreathers ..............................................................................................6 1.4.7. Buoyancy Considerations ...............................................................................................6 1.4.8. Conservation ...................................................................................................................6 1.4.9. Decompression Parameters ............................................................................................6 1.4.10. Course Size ......................................................................................................................6 1.5. GENERAL DIVING SKILLS............................................................................................................7 1.6. GENERAL PREREQUISITES FOR ALL GUE COURSES....................................................................7 1.7. CYLINDER MARKING STANDARDS ..............................................................................................7 1.8. QUALITY CONTROL .....................................................................................................................8 1.8.1. Instructor Evaluations ....................................................................................................8 1.8.2. Instructor Peer Review ...................................................................................................8 1.8.3. Instructor Renewals ........................................................................................................8 1.8.4. Instructor Re-Qualification .............................................................................................8 1.8.5. Diver Re-Qualification ....................................................................................................8 1.9. RECOGNITION OF CREDENTIALS .................................................................................................9 1.9.1. Waivers ............................................................................................................................9 1.10. COMPLAINTS ...............................................................................................................................9 1.10.1. Complaint Submission ....................................................................................................9 1.10.2. Complaint Procedure ......................................................................................................9 1.10.3. Penalties and Remedial Actions ......................................................................................9 1.10.4. Rights of Appeal ............................................................................................................10 1.10.5. Executive Suspension of Membership ...........................................................................10

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1.12. CONDUCT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES .....................................................................................10 1.13. RECORDS ..................................................................................................................................10 2. GUE COURSE TRAINING STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES ....................................................12 2.1. RECREATIONAL DIVER CURRICULUM .......................................................................................12 2.1.1. GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 - Nitrox Diver ..........................................................12 2.1.1.1. Purpose ............................................................................................................................12 2.1.1.2. Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................12 2.1.1.3. Duration ..........................................................................................................................12 2.1.1.4. Course Limits ..................................................................................................................12 2.1.1.5. Course Content ...............................................................................................................12 2.1.1.6. Required Training Materials ............................................................................................12 2.1.1.7. Academic Topics .............................................................................................................13 2.1.1.8. Land Drills and Topics ....................................................................................................13 2.1.1.9. Required Dive Skills and Drills ......................................................................................13 2.1.1.10. Equipment Requirements ................................................................................................14 2.1.2. GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 - Triox Diver ............................................................15 2.1.2.1. Purpose ............................................................................................................................15 2.1.2.2. Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................15 2.1.2.3. Duration ..........................................................................................................................15 2.1.2.4. Course Limits ..................................................................................................................15 2.1.2.5. Course Content ...............................................................................................................15 2.1.2.6. Required Training Materials ............................................................................................16 2.1.2.7. Academic Topics .............................................................................................................16 2.1.2.8. Land Drills and Topics ....................................................................................................16 2.1.2.9. Required Dive Skills and Drills ......................................................................................16 2.1.2.10. Equipment Requirements ................................................................................................17 2.1.3. GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 - Trimix Diver ..........................................................18 2.1.3.1. Purpose ............................................................................................................................18 2.1.3.2. Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................18 2.1.3.3. Duration ..........................................................................................................................18 2.1.3.4. Course Limits ..................................................................................................................18 2.1.3.5. Course Content ...............................................................................................................18 2.1.3.6. Required Training Materials ............................................................................................18 2.1.3.7. Academic Topics .............................................................................................................19 2.1.3.8. Land Drills & Topics .......................................................................................................19 2.1.3.9. Required Dive Skills & Drills .........................................................................................19 2.1.3.10. Equipment Requirements ................................................................................................20 2.1.4. GUE Fundamentals Course ..........................................................................................21 2.1.4.1. Purpose ............................................................................................................................21 2.1.4.2. Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................21 2.1.4.3. Duration ..........................................................................................................................21 2.1.4.4. Course Limits ..................................................................................................................22 2.1.4.5. Course Content ...............................................................................................................22 2.1.4.6. Required Training Materials ............................................................................................22 2.1.4.7. Academic Topics .............................................................................................................22 2.1.4.8. Land Drills and Topics ....................................................................................................22 2.1.4.9. Required Dive Skills and Drills ......................................................................................23 2.1.4.10. Equipment Requirements ................................................................................................24 2.2. TECHNICAL DIVER CURRICULUM .............................................................................................25 2.2.1. Technical Diver Level 1 ................................................................................................25 2.2.1.1. Purpose ............................................................................................................................25 2.2.1.2. Prerequisites ....................................................................................................................25 2.2.1.3. Duration ..........................................................................................................................25 2.2.1.4. Course Limits ..................................................................................................................25 2.2.1.5. Course Content ...............................................................................................................25

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.............10... Academic Topics ..............................................................38 2.........................3......... Purpose ............................32 2............6.........................................................2.............................35 2................................................................5.29 2..................................2.................................... CAVE DIVER CURRICULUM ................. Duration ............3..................30 2.......................................................2............................................ Land Drills and Topics .3..................30 2..................... Required Training Materials ........2.......34 2................................................................. Purpose .......28 2.................4.4.................................................................................................................................8........29 2..................2.....................1...... Required Dive Skills and Drills .............3..1...........................................2.........................9...2.................. Duration ................... Land Drills and Topics .............2..............32 2...............31 2..... Academic Topics ..........................3.........................2.......32 2.........1...34 2..35 2..................................................6.............................................................................8.2.2.4....1...........35 2....3........................................................................................3...................................................... Course contents .......34 2.......38 2......30 2..........................................................2..............2.......2...................2..............31 2.2..........................6........................3.....................42 2. Course Contents .. Cave Diver Level 1 .......................................................................................2.....2.............................. Technical Diver Level 3 ................5..............................1........................... Course Limits .......38 2..........5.........27 2...7................................................1........................2............................................................ Cave Diver Level 2 . Course Limits ...........3............9...................2..............................................7..........................2................. Equipment Requirements ........................31 2............................ Course Limits .......................................................2.2.5........................................39 2...................................................................5.... Required Dive Skills and Drills ................................................33 2... Prerequisites ....30 2..................1.....1...... Land Drills and Topics .................3............................................................................................................ Duration .....1.....................................................................2....2..............8........5........................42 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5............................... Prerequisites . Academic Topics ................................................2........................2..3......................32 2.........................1........................ Prerequisites ..............2........................35 2...............................2.........................................2.....................2.....................5..........................................38 2....................2..34 2........3.................................1...36 2.... Required Dive Skills and Drills ...........38 2..........................................................2.............................................32 2.....................5.5.........................................5.2.........10...............................................................................2...................... Technical Diver Level 1 “Plus” Upgrade .........................................................................................2..................................1.............................. Technical Diver Level 2 “Plus” Upgrade ..... Required Dive Skills and Drills .. Purpose .........7..................................2.................8......................26 2.....7.........34 2.........2................29 2.9..3........................................................................................................38 2......2..... Prerequisites .................3..............2........................................................ Required Training Materials ......... Equipment Requirements ........2......10..2.2.................................... Course Content ...............3............2..1..........................31 2.......35 2............3..............................................1..............2........................2...........31 2...............................................................5.............................39 2................39 2.....................1...............................1..................3..............3...............................42 2.2.....................3..............................36 2.....................................35 2.....4.... Prerequisites ...... Prerequisites .................................................3......40 2........35 2.................10.......................................39 2...................................................2..................2.....2..................8.2.............................................................3.............. Purpose . Land Drills and Topics ...................3..........3..............................2....................................................................... Purpose ..........................................................................27 2.........................................1................26 2.................................................................. Required Training Materials ..........2.....1........................................................................2................................34 2...2...............2................................................. Equipment Requirements ..... Academic Topics ............ Purpose ............................2...... Technical Diver Level 2 ....................................................................3.........................4...... Equipment Requirements ..................................3........2.............................................................................4..5..6.....6.......................................... Required Training Materials ...........................................10...5........2........................... Academic Topics ..1.......1.....................3........................ Land Drills and Topics ..29 2.....4.........1...........................................3..........7................................................31 2...... Course Limits ..........3...........................................2.......... Course Content .............................41 2........ Required Dive Skills and Drills ...................5................... Equipment Requirements ........3................................ Duration .............................. Course Content .............4.2......3.........9................................3...............1............29 2............................. Required Training Materials ...2..1 iii ..........30 2.......2.....................5...............9......................................................

............3............................................................................................................... Land Drills and Topics ..3............. Land Drills and Topics .................... Purpose ................7....58 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5..............50 2................................2... Course Limits ..... Purpose ......3...............................1................50 2.............. Equipment Requirements ....54 2....................3.....................52 2.....................3................................................................................4.... Training Materials ..............................................4..........................47 2............55 2......... Academic Topics .......................................2.......2..47 2........8..2.2...................................5....................4.3...........4.................................... Course Content ............................48 2....1...46 2....................................................3.........4................................................................2................2.........................7...............................................3.....50 2...................57 2.3..................................................................................................3.....8.........................................7......4. Equipment Requirements ........45 2...............................................3.................................................................2.........1 iv ...1...........3........................................3.... Land Drills ......2.................................................................. Academic Topics ............................2..............................3...........3............... Duration .....................3...............3..................................6.................... Duration ...............................................................4.......................4...........3......1.......................................... Course Content .....4............................43 2..........3.......1.... Course Content .56 2.............................................................................................................4..................................................................6..............3......................46 2................................................53 2..8..............2.......................3.............................2.52 2.... Purpose .......... Required Dive Skills and Drills ........4.....3........... Land Drills ......3..............................................4........3................... Course Limits ... Course Limits .....................9................... Required Dive Skills and Drills .....................55 2...............................3...........3. Training Materials ....2.......................4... Required Dive Skills and Drills ..........4........................................3...3................4.................................................................................................................................................1..........4....2.......2............3.........................................6................................................. Prerequisites .................4........................................................................................................46 2................4.....................9.................................................................................43 2.1............................... Purpose .........................................................4.........................4......................51 2..........................................4........... GUE Doubles Primer ..................57 2.............................................. Duration ... AUXILIARY TRAINING CURRICULUM ................................42 2...57 2.....................53 2............4.............7...............1......53 2....46 2..1. Required Dive Skills and Drills ...................4...........................3........... Equipment Requirements ........3............9............................................................................................................................................... Duration ..........4....... Course Content ..............................................49 2..........53 2...........................51 2...... Course Content .3..........50 2....................................................3. Academic Topics ......... Course Limits ..................42 2......................................................................... Academic Topics ............................... Prerequisites ...5......... Prerequisites ................5.................2...............................10.2...........................................3................................4.........56 2........... Prerequisites .........................................................................3.......................3...................................................56 2........................................4..56 2.............................4........10.......................................................................4...10.....................9......52 2...............................................43 2.......................... Required Training Materials ............................................................................................3...................49 2.....1.............4....................................................55 2.................4.................... Equipment Requirements ................1....................................................................2....................50 2....................46 2..3......................49 2...10......................52 2.....2.....2...........................4............................................................................4......................56 2..................................................................................52 2......... Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 ...46 2.............................................49 2......... Academic Topics ..............4.....................6...............3..... Equipment Requirements ............. Duration ............................................2.......9...4..............42 2...................................1................2.......2.............................. Training Materials ......... Purpose .................4.........4........................................4.........4...8..6..........8.........55 2..................3.......................57 2.............................. Prerequisites . Cave Diver Level 3 .........................1.....4.7...........................3......................................2...........................................................4..........55 2.....................3................................................................10......3...................................................3...............................4.......1..............4.............. Course Limits .............4.....................1...................53 2..........................4..............43 2........................4.......................................................... GUE Primer . Duration .4.......................................................................4.....5...... Land Drills .......49 2.........2........1....................................3.............3.........46 2.......5.............................46 2. Required Training Materials ..... GUE Dry Suit Primer ................... Required Dive Skills and Drills ............................................................................3...........................................................................

.....6...4........... Academic Topics .............72 3.................................... Equipment Requirements ..................................60 2............4.........6..........................................................................................................67 3.................................................................................................................4...........61 2............4..........................4............................... Cave Instructor Training Courses ........................6.4.................................................................................................68 3..............5....5..................................................10............................................6.....................................8...4...........................................................................7......................................................................................64 2...............62 2...................9.....58 2....................61 2......4.................................... Course Limits .......... Academic Topics ................. Course Content ................. INACTIVE STATUS INSTRUCTOR ......2........64 2.62 2.................................64 2....... Prerequisites ...........5........1................ INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE TRAINING PROCEDURES ...............................................5.............................................................................................................4.......................62 2............................................................................................................................6....................................................................4.......................69 3................ INSTRUCTOR TRAINER (IT) QUALIFICATIONS .............5..61 2.............................................................7....................... Required Training Materials ................................58 2...........................................................................1..5.............................69 3....6..................................................................................................................................58 2.......5... GUE Instructor Upgrades within the Same Training Category ............................64 2......4........................8..7............... Prerequisites .... Purpose .....4....10.......................................1...................................7.......................9.............................67 3...........4....................................................69 3....4.....60 2.......................6........... Required Dive Skills and Drills . Description ...............2.......................72 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.................68 3............................10..................4....68 3...........................2...................... Land Drills and Topics ................. Fulfillment of Internship Requirement ...8........ Technical Instructor Training Courses .........................................58 2...64 2......1...........................................6.............. Required Dive Skills and Drills ..6. INSTRUCTOR STATUS CHANGES ...4................6................4................................5..................................4..................4.......................................................4.....72 3..............................2..................70 3....................................64 2..................................69 3.......... Course Content .......6.....6....................6..........4.........65 2........................................ Maintaining Sustaining Status ....................................................................1...3..............4......... Purpose ......2....................................................7.. Land Drills and Topics ...................3.........................8..... Purpose ...6.........5..............................................................................................70 3......................5.59 2..................5..................4.58 2....................... Duration ........................................ GUE INSTRUCTOR STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES .........72 3.................9...........5............... IT Prerequisites .........2...........6................................................ Course Limits .................................................................................................67 3................. ITC Prerequisites .61 2.....................................4....5...................................6............... INSTRUCTOR EVALUATOR (IE) QUALIFICATIONS ........................... Recreational Instructor Training Courses ...................64 2......................5.....2........................................ SUSTAINING STATUS INSTRUCTOR ...........1.............. Land Drills and Topics ......................... Required Training Materials ........................... Prerequisites ...............................................1 v ................................................................ ACTIVE STATUS INSTRUCTOR.......1.....4......64 2.................................... Course Content ...........4.....4........... Course Limits ....................3..................................8..... Maintaining Active Status ................................................4..................65 2..........................................................61 2.....................3.........8........ Duration .................5..................................................... Required Dive Skills and Drills .4.................1..6............................70 3........................... Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 2 / Cave DPV ................66 3.59 2...................72 3......72 3...2.........7....................................8....................................4.............4.............................................68 3................... GUE Instructor Training Progression ...............................1.........6............................. Purpose ..........................................4..................... Rebreather Diver ............ Required Training Materials ..........4......6........................................4.......61 2...............4.......................................................6.............4....71 3.................... Equipment Requirements .6............6.... Academic Topics ...........................7.....4.....4..............................6...4.........................................................................4....................................... PROVISIONAL STATUS INSTRUCTOR ........ Equipment Requirements .5............4.........72 3...........................................6.................70 3..

.. DPV Instructor Course . Prerequisites .....76 3......9...9..............9..................................14...... Required Dive Skills and Drills ......................6..............9........................1 vi .............5.......14...................................................................9.......................80 3..............................................................................10...............9........................78 3.................9..................9.. GUE Recreational 2 to GUE Recreational 3 Instructor .....73 3......9....................9.......................9............................................................9.....9..............2...................3......................9..........6.......... Purpose ............9................75 3.............8................................ Purpose ...........................13........... Land Drills and Topics .9....... Equipment Requirements .........................13.... Cave or Tech Instructor to Recreational Level 1 Diving Instructor .............. Purpose ....9..........................................1.......................75 3...............................9....9.....9.9.2.................. Equipment Requirements .1...15.......1......................... Required Skills (Academic and In-water) ...78 3.....................9.................................83 3............11..........................................7.........................................................................76 3..................74 3...........73 3..................9.................. Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Rebreather Instructor ....................1........ Program Content .......................................................................... GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Fundamentals Instructor ................9............... Duration ...................................................75 3......................9.......................................9......9................................................................9..................................9................................12............................. Required Training Materials ............................2............ Program Content ......9......9.....................78 3......73 3...................................... Purpose ...............................................................................................1..................78 3........ Land Drills and Topics ........75 3...........................13........... Academic Topics ................................................... Prerequisites ................ Equipment Requirements ....16....................................73 3........................... RECREATIONAL DIVING INSTRUCTOR COURSES.....76 3..........13..........................................................3..9.10...4.................................5.75 3........................................................................ Required Training Materials ......................... GUE Recreational Instructor Training Course ......................75 3...13.9..........75 3........1........72 3............................................9.78 3..........15..10................................9....3.......1............ Prerequisites ...........................................................80 3....78 3........76 3.........80 3.............................................. GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 Instructor .......78 3......................................................73 3....................................................................9..... Duration ....9...4...........................4..................... Progress from Tech 1 Instructor to Tech 2 Instructor ....................... Progress from Cave 1 Instructor to Cave 2 Instructor ....77 3........ Prerequisites ...9................. Program Content ............ Program Limits .........73 3.4.........7...........................2................9...........81 3..9......2..9......... Required Skills (Academic and In-Water) .....................9................................................................ GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Level 2 Instructor ..9........................9..............83 3...........................................2.............................9..............74 3.... Prerequisites ...........6.................13. Prerequisites ........... Cave Diver Instructor Course ...................72 3.................................................. Prerequisites .................................5..........13..........................1............8... GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 Instructor ....................3..........9..........9........ Prerequisites ............................9............12.................83 3........9....................1.............................. Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Tech 3 Instructor ..............76 3.............................................................................. Required Training Materials .....9.....................9......................... Program Limits ........1............1............... GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Recreational 2 Instructor .80 3.........1..9......................................13................... Program Limits ... Technical Diver Instructor Course ......................80 3.............................1.............................1....................... Academic Topics ...........7...... Progress from Cave 2 Instructor to Cave 3 Instructor ........................................................................................80 3................9.....75 3.............1...................................5....9.........................................................9.....10..74 3........80 3...................9...........9..........82 3.......7...............................1.........................9.9..................16.............8..................................9.....9..................................................13........... Academic Topics .............................................9............ Duration ....9..83 3................................................................................................................12......13..............................................9......9.............1......... Equipment Requirements ..........................................16..........................................................................................................................73 3.81 3..........................................................9.................1...6....81 3..74 3........................................80 3.............. Prerequisites ...........................................3................1.................8.................11....................9.10........82 3.......1................9.............................................................................83 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5...............................................74 3.............................9............75 3.........13..... Land Drills and Topics ...72 3......

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demanding preparation before they begin. or exploration.2 Equipment GUE is committed to a standardized equipment configuration. are carefully chosen for their ability to enrich the organization—not for their capacity to generate revenue.1.1 Goals 1. 1. an interactive web database.2 Research GUE is committed to promoting underwater research. Instructors: GUE instructors are encouraged to exceed minimum training standards when these safely contribute to a participant’s learning process.. conservation. Education Standards: GUE’s curriculum maintains the highest training standards.1 1 . it helps other organizations develop effective exploration techniques. To this end. 1.1. and must include both a strong academic component and a rigorous practical one. our educational outreach programs provide valuable information to schools. 1. to expertise in education and conservation. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. competent and safe. It was founded by conservationists.1. combining strong academics with exacting practice (in-water training). 1. GUE requires diver and instructor currency and a gradual building of experience. This datasharing will include both conventional publications and technological advancements—e. This is achieved by: 2. This is done by sharing successful methodologies. Additionally.2 Training Philosophy 1. like its other representatives. As a result. It focuses assets on long-term exploratory activity. and it shares the results of its findings with other exploration groups. focusing significant resources on scientific study. GUE maintains that a good education is vital for the safe enjoyment of recreational and technical diving.3 Exploration GUE is committed to global underwater exploration. Classes: GUE classes are lengthy and rigorous. Instructors are also actively encouraged to deny qualification to students who are not completely prepared for the level pursued.2.1 1. GUE brings together a wide array of professional talents. explorers. 3. 1. the media. exploration and the sciences. Purpose of GUE Global Underwater Explorers was founded to improve the quality of aquatic education and to actively engage in the exploration and conservation of the underwater world. and constructing a comprehensive database available to anyone working in education. and educators with a desire to share the mystery of the underwater world. and the general public. Its courses combine rigorous in-water training with comprehensive academic instruction. GUE seeks to promote the research interests of other organizations.g.1 Education GUE’s educational platform was designed for divers seeking quality dive instruction. a holistic approach to equipment configuration that sees each element of a system as an integral part of the whole. to produce divers who are skilled. ranging from expertise in training. GUE supports the efforts of a membership conducting original research around the globe.1. GUE’s instructors. helping to cultivate effective funding and sponsorship strategies.2. GUE is also dedicated to the global dissemination of educational information.

1. while providing a controlled context for further skill solidification. Such preparation may include familiarization with a certain set of materials and/or a set of skills. so that the theoretical component of the class is more substantive. GUE incorporates critical-skills training. This is done by careful screening during registration.1 2 . medical history and previous training. By “confined water. Outline of Diver Training Screening GUE seeks to promote the best interests of students by establishing whether they are capable of meeting the demands made on them during training. Competence is established by skill review.3. and post-class practice in its divertraining platform.1. all students must have undertaken a minimum of twentyfive practice dives.2. Experience Dives Undertaken during formal training conditions. Academics GUE academic sessions seek to instill in students a detailed comprehension of the theoretical components of relevant diver training. Before entering a higher level of training in a given curriculum. 2. this phase of training seeks to cultivate real diving experience. GUE employs a building-block method and allows trainees to learn at their own rate. experience dives.3 Experience GUE maintains that extensive in-water diver experience is at the core of diver proficiency. skills include problem-solving and emergency management. introducing new skills only when students are able to incorporate them.to 3-foot surge) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. academic portions of GUE classes rely on advance student preparation. Undertaken during formal training conditions.” GUE means areas: • • • • • that do not exceed 30 feet/9 meters in depth where visibility is sufficiently good to allow instructors to maintain a view of their students that are not overhead areas that are lit by illumination levels comparable with daylight where surface conditions are relatively calm (no greater than 1. An important aspect of critical-skills training is that failures and stressful situations are simulated in a controlled and safe environment. In-water Training (confined and open water) GUE in-water training is designed to help students cultivate essential diving skills and to test student knowledge in a controlled environment. Advance Preparation GUE maintains that some advance preparation is necessary for student’s to optimize their training. To cultivate this proficiency. practice and repetition. 1. Ideally. 3.3 Training Structure 1. 2. during which all student candidates must furnish GUE representatives with a completed registration outlining their personal experience.1 1. 4. Interim Class Requirement GUE requires that formal diver training be punctuated by breaks. Critical-Skills Training This is the first step toward acquiring the requisite skills that prepare divers for the rigors of diving. 3. during which students must practice a given skill set before progressing to a higher level of training.

continued practice of a skill/task places either the student or the class at risk. outlining student strengths and weaknesses. 1. the instructor may decide not to continue practicing a skill/task and fail the student.2 Diver Assessment (Qualification. GUE qualification is ultimately an instructor’s decision. However. instructors must: a) decide whether a student is properly qualified to pursue the type of diving for which they sought training. such forms are available to students upon request.1 3 . instructors submit a Course Completion Form to GUE HQ. specific to the particular diving activity. If. 2. Divers should be aware that the original instructor is solely responsible for updating this rating. students. GUE trainees may request an evaluation from their instructor. On review. Provisional qualification is not a form of accreditation. Grade 5: Indicates that the student has completed the skill/task extremely well and deserves commendation. Grade 2: Indicates that the student cannot complete the required skill/task satisfactorily. on request. students must demonstrate proficiency with all test questions. Student in-water performance is evaluated during post-dive debriefs.• where currents are negligible (under 1 knot). GUE requires students to pass final exams with a score of 80 percent or higher. Failure) At the completion of GUE training. 3. should be provided with a written account of what remedial training they need in order to progress further with their training. Full qualification Provisional qualification Failure Provisional certifications are designed as an interim measure for student divers whose skill level in a given class was close but not sufficient to pass a given class. 5.3. or c) decide that the student is not able to dive in that environment. Evaluation and Qualification Testing and evaluation is a vital part of the GUE training process. At any point during their training. These assessments take the form of: 1. Upon completing a course. Grade 3: Indicates that the student has completed the skill/task satisfactorily (passed) but needs improvement. b) decide to make qualification conditional on a student’s improving a given skill-set. Suitable open-water conditions are areas that allow instructors reasonable control over students. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. and does not represent any certification status within GUE. The student should be removed from the course immediately. An instructor may make specific arrangements with another GUE instructor but the original instructor is ultimately responsible for upgrading their student’s provisional rating. The time and fees associated with provisional upgrades are entirely at the discretion of the instructor. Grade 4: Indicates that the student has completed the skill/task well. depths are contingent on specific course requirements. at the discretion of the instructor. Testing. Such environments allow instructors maintain maximum control over trainees. Provisional Qualification. GUE’s evaluation scale ranges sequentially from 1 (failure) to 5 (excellence) as follows: Grade 1: Indicates an unsafe diver in both ability and/or demeanor.

7. recreational diving here is to be understood as diving in non-overhead environments. governing specific training categories and specific levels within these categories. diver propulsion vehicles and a range of other subjects not directly related to the categories above. •Instructors must be certified at least one level higher than that of the experience dive. no GUE instructors may conduct critical-skill training in an overhead environment during any GUE training course. Additional standards. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. i. 5. Students must receive full qualification for a level of training before progressing to the next level of training. and be familiar with. Experience portions (experience dives) of Technical or Rebreather classes may be conducted in a cave environment.1. 4. Recreational Diver Technical Diver This training category is designed for divers seeking training in technical diving. •GUE instructors conducting experience dives in the cave environment must be cave instructors. Cave-diver training focuses on the skills and knowledge most specifically geared toward cave-diving penetrations. Cave Diver This training category is designed for divers seeking training in cave environments. All decompression and/or stage cylinders are to be clearly labeled in accordance with the “Cylinder Marking Standards” set forth in section 1. to the skill level required by the environment in which diving is undertaken. including academic and in-water training. Technical diving goes beyond the domain of recreational diving by exposing divers to (among other things) greater depths. 2. is to be present and in control during any and all activities. provided that the following requirements are met: •Students engaged in such experience dives must be cave-qualified. These standards seek to ensure that GUE courses remain consistent with respect to a common foundation (primary skills and knowledge) necessary for building further skill and knowledge.3. 8. Students may not take two courses concurrently (at the same time). The minimum number of required dives for a given level of training must be completed before moving on to the next level of training. For example. Dives cannot be credited across curricula or across levels of a given curriculum. An Active Status GUE instructor. 7.3. 1. qualified to teach the level of training being conducted. are outlined in the relevant course sections. With the exception of GUE cave instructors during cave or Rebreather training courses. GUE instructors conducting a particular course are required to use the equipment required of that course. decompression. yet these techniques are invaluable in a wide array of diving environments. a copy of the current versions of the standards. and to the requirements of gases other than air.4 General Training Standards The general standards outlined below govern all GUE courses and those involved in them. 6. All Active Status GUE instructors must have obtained. 3. this document. 1.1 4 .3 Training Categories This training category is designed for individuals seeking training in the fundamentals of sound recreational diving. dives carried out within Cave 1 limits require an instructor who is Cave 2 rated.e. longer diving exposures. Auxiliary Training This training category is designed for divers seeking instruction in a range of diving techniques including rebreathers.

are to be considered critical skills. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. only the trainees themselves are allowed to remove their masks.4 General Training Limits The following limits apply to ALL GUE classes (course-specific limits can be found in the relevant sections). 1.2 END Limits No dives are to be planned to exceed an Equivalent Narcotic Depth (END) of 100 feet/30 meters.1 PO2 Limits All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1. loss of lights.4.4ATA and a resting PO2 of 1. “Resting dives” are defined as dives during which it is not reasonably expected that a diver will have to expend any unusual amount of energy. 1. and rescue techniques involving assisting panicked divers.6ATA +/. according to the demands made by diving conditions with an average working PO2 of approximately 1.2ATA.” Minimum gas is defined as the volume needed for two divers sharing gas to reach the surface or another breathable gas supply. and are encouraged to seek the advice of local divers and instructors when conducting training in unfamiliar areas. under such training conditions.4 Parameters for Critical Skills Drills or skills that involve loss of visibility. Mask removal is not permitted in any overhead environment (save decompression). • • Critical skills must first be conducted in a confined-water setting. Oxygen partial pressures are adjusted downward. Visibility is defined as the minimum distance in which divers can see one another and communicate effectively. GUE instructors should refrain from conducting training dives and drills in areas that contain: 11. at the prompting of their instructor. Careful selection of dive sites should take place during DPV training 13. •Delicate or sensitive formations •Structures that are in relatively pristine condition •Sensitive biological or archeological resources 10. simulated out-of-gas scenarios.. convulsing divers and unconscious divers. simulated manifold failures. 12.05. GUE instructors should consider the impact of training on the sites they select.9.4. 1. END is established by the following equations (((1− fHe) × D ) −1) ×10m END( ft) = (((1− fHe) × D ) −1) × 33 ft END(m) = ATA ATA Where END is the equivalent narcotic depth in meters or feet and DATA is the depth.1 5 .3 Breathing Gas Requirements All dives must begin with “minimum gas.4. 1.4. and should opt for sites that are appropriate to the current skill and training level of their student(s). for example during decompression. after which instructors can progressively increase the depth and/or penetration in which these are executed. GUE instructors must ensure that instructor-to-student ratios during land or surface drills do not compromise the quality of student education. 1. expressed in ATAs. Instructors should also refer to the recommended locations for certain training drills (see Appendix A). Mask removal is restricted to confined water.

Rebreather and DPV level 2 courses.4. GUE instructors follow conservative decompression schedules and evaluate decompression schedules using GUE’s DecoPlanner as a standard. Appendix A details recommended areas for simulated zero-visibility drills. failed buoyancy compensator) to exit along a floor of reasonable depth.• • • • For the DPV program the following skills are considered critical: out of gas. or when critical-skill testing is complete during rebreather classes.9 Decompression Parameters GUE recognizes that events may conspire to result in decompression sickness. Under no circumstance should critical skills be conducted in delicate cave environments where damage to the environment may occur. The only exception to this stipulation involves instructor training courses. when training. left. These should be implemented by slowing the ascent rate in the final half of the ascent. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.g.4.4. GUE instructors are prohibited from turning off student cylinder valves (right. 1. “Air gunning. or isolator) EXCEPT in the event of a real regulator or manifold failure where turning off the relevant valve would be required. no qualification from another agency can be awarded in its stead.1 6 . instructors may interrupt gas addition to the rebreather.as a dual qualification .4. GUE requires that. because of their depth. 1. Cave. towing a diver and dealing with a runaway DPV. Decompression times during training should approximate the time indicated by DecoPlanner when using either gradient factors of 20/85 when using the Buhlmann algorithm. Divers should account for such conditions and seek to ensure that their systems enable them to return safely to the surface in the event of a loss of buoyancy or a low-on-gas situation.8 Conservation As part of GUE’s commitment to global environmental conservation. do not. required by all GUE Cave programs.4. which may be conducted with one candidate. Dives where DecoPlanner does not indicate any decompression requirement longer than one minute at any single stop depth are known as Minimum Decompression dives.. is restricted to Technical.5 Issuing Qualification under Other Agencies Another agency’s qualifications may be awarded to a student . Nonetheless.6 Teaching and Rebreathers GUE instructors may not teach GUE courses while on a rebreather. shallow caves) permit divers with no buoyant lift (e.4. The only exceptions are when training rebreather instructors during an instructor training course (ITC).7 Buoyancy Considerations Some diving environments (e. However. despite the care exercised by those involved. These may be adjusted in a pragmatic manner to enable simpler in-water implementation. other environments. 1. The student can then receive both a GUE qualification card and the equivalent qualification of another agency. These profiles will be known as Unadjusted Decompression profiles. 1.” a form of simulating manifold failure. during rebreather training.g.only if the student has met GUE standards and has been awarded full GUE qualification. Qualification from another agency may not be issued instead of a GUE qualification. 1. 1. or on a conservatism setting of 2 when using the Variable Permeability Model. This means that if a trainee does not warrant full qualification under GUE’s standards and procedures..10 Course Size GUE courses must not be run with only one student.

DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent. 2. will be listed under the specific course section): 1.5-centimeter numbers. 3. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1 7 . Conditions that pose a risk to students while diving require a physician’s written approval to dive. this remains at the sole discretion of the instructor. 1. VIP stickers (if required) should be placed so as to create minimum distraction from the MOD markings. this information must be disclosed to their GUE instructor before the onset of training. Be able to comfortably demonstrate the frog and modified frog kicks. as well as any deviations from the following. Instructors are actively encouraged to deny qualification to students when students have not met the standards of the certification level they are pursuing to the satisfaction of the instructor. and liability release to GUE Headquarters. Dive cylinders should be free of unnecessary stickers and markings. 3.g. assuming there are no further changes to the student’s medical conditions. 1. as detailed by current country-specific regulations. Must hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment e. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety. the helicopter turn and the backwards kick. proficiency is measured by a final grade of 3 (satisfactory) or better when demonstrating the skill.5 General Diving Skills All GUE courses must ensure proficiency in the following diving skills. Physician clearance to dive under a specific medical condition does not obligate GUE or a GUE representative to clear a trainee for diving. Markings should be oriented in such a way as to be easily read by both divers and their team members.7 Cylinder Marking Standards 1. 4. Course-specific requirements including any deviation from a particular skill will be listed under the appropriate course section. Must submit a completed registration form. 1. except for birth control. All GUE instructors are encouraged to exceed minimum training standards when by doing so they are promoting the best interests of the student. Must be a nonsmoker. Physician clearance for a specific condition is valid for one year from the date it is given.6 General Prerequisites for All GUE Courses All GUE courses have the following prerequisites (any additional prerequisite. In countries where the metric system is used in diving. 3. responding quickly to visual cues and dive partner requirements. 4.1. or for a prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving. Must obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs. the flutter and the modified flutter kicks. 5. this would include pre-dive preparation. complete with medical history. All stage/decompression cylinders must be marked with the maximum operating depth (MOD) in approximately 3-inch/7. in-water activity. 5. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gassharing episodes. 2. They should bear a current Visual Inspection sticker and Hydro test sticker. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices. 2. A partial list of such conditions may be found on GUE’s medical history form. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. and post-dive assessment. Must be physically and mentally fit. stage/decompression cylinders should be marked in METERS.

5-centimeter-high letters running horizontally down the side. GUE’s Quality Control Form enables: 1) students to evaluate their training experience.1 8 .8 Quality Control GUE’s quality control program seeks to ensure that GUE courses. In such a case. Tech. placed near the neck of the cylinder. instructors.3 1. or indication that the cylinder does not contain air. 1.4 Instructor Renewals Instructor Re-Qualification To insure currency of qualifications. Upon review.4. divers can be issued a new qualification card for a nominal fee. This re-certification process may be completed up to five years from the last re-qualification. cylinders must be all analyzed and the results. detailed course completion objectives. Instructors may choose to reset the three-year clock at any point within this three-year window. and after training.5 Diver Re-Qualification All GUE diver-qualification cards expire three years after the date of issue. 1. To maintain GUE qualification.1 Instructor Evaluations GUE’s qualification process requires all GUE trainees to complete an Instructor Evaluation Form at the completion of their training. The label should include the date the cylinder was analyzed and the tester’s initials. 6. and rigorous training in conformity with agency standards. during. GUE instructors must formally re-qualify every three years. 1. Dedicated cylinders used for the inflation of drysuits are exempted from analysis requirements. Once filled. in addition to the MOD. instructor renewals. 1. and members maintain the highest standards possible before. This workshop is conducted by a GUE IE and is tailored to the specific curricula in need of update. then formal approval from a GUE instructor at the appropriate level will be required. GUE divers must certify that they have conducted twenty-five dives at the level of their qualification within a three year period. 1.8. In all countries. This requirement must be fulfilled by joining a formal GUE workshop. to the decimal point. 5. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. and 2) GUE to monitor instructional quality. If the duration between either the initial class or the last re-qualification exceeds five years.8.8. GUE instructors must also re-qualify anytime the safety or effectiveness of their training is questioned. Oxygen cylinders should be marked with the word “OXYGEN” (or the local equivalent) in approximately 3-inch/7. usually organized around an event such as the GUE conference. stage/decompression cylinders marking should be in FEET. Instructors who fail to re-qualify within three years will be put on inactive status and required to return their instructor cards to GUE Headquarters at once. A diver can be re-qualified six months before or six months after the expiration of their qualification period by having his/her individual dive experience reviewed by either a qualified GUE instructor or by GUE Headquarters.2 Instructor Peer Review GUE maintains a peer-review program that encourages instructor cooperation and requires them to report to GUE Headquarters any practices not in keeping with GUE’s standards. No additional Nitrox stickers. This is done through: instructor evaluations. Cave) in which they are qualified to teach. all GUE instructors are required to renew annually. GUE’s Quality Control Board may immediately suspend an instructor’s teaching privileges until a thorough review of these allegations is made. instructor and diver re-qualification. Available electronically.8.8. In countries where the imperial system is used in diving. are required. This must be performed in each curriculum (Recreational.

Charged member(s) must respond in writing to the complaint (by mail or electronically) within thirty days from the date the review was sent. suspend the member in question.1 Waivers Qualified GUE divers seeking upper-level qualification can petition a GUE Instructor Evaluator to waive the 25-dive prerequisite between GUE courses. the GUE IT considers that the petitioning diver’s request should be honored. other than review. all of whom are bound by GUE’s standards and procedures. Mail should be sent to the Director of Quality Control. No action. Upon receipt of this recommendation. Private censure 9 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Formal complaints against any GUE member must be sent to GUE’s Director of Quality Control at GUE Headquarters and must include: • • • • A written statement outlining the nature of the complaint. High Springs. Upon receipt of a charged member’s response. FL.10. 1. USA. the Quality Control Board will decide whether or not disciplinary action is warranted. 1.9 Recognition of Credentials Accomplished divers from other agencies who wish to be qualified as GUE divers may petition GUE HQ to have their training and experience recognized.1 .10Complaints GUE’s Quality Control Board is responsible for handling complaints promptly and thoroughly. Charged members who fail to respond to a written complaint within thirty days are automatically suspended.2 Complaint Procedure 1. Global Underwater Explorers.10. s/he should recommend to GUE HQ.3 Penalties and Remedial Actions GUE’s Quality Control Board is empowered to render the following decisions: 1. 15 South Main Street. Upon receipt of such a request.com. Charged members who respond to a written complaint are able to maintain their membership privileges until a final determination is reached by GUE’s Quality Control Board.9. Following review of a complaint. 1. If. resolve the matter by negotiation. 32643.10. 2. and a suitable level of GUE qualification issued. upon evaluation.1 Complaint Submission Complaints can be lodged against any GUE member. a summary of the complaint is sent to a charged member by regular and/or electronic mail. in writing. time. including names and contact information (if possible) of any witnesses Complaints can be lodged either by mail or electronically. 3. that it issues an appropriate level of GUE qualification. GUE HQ will arrange for an in-water evaluation of the petitioning diver by a GUE instructor trainer. can be taken as a result of an anonymous or a verbal complaint. 1. GUE HQ will consider awarding the petitioning diver a suitable level of GUE qualification. Name and contact information The date. It is the responsibility of GUE members to maintain current contact information with GUE HQ. Following an investigation of a complaint. or terminate his/her membership. GUE’s Quality Control Board can decide to dismiss the complaint. and location of incident A complete account of the event. Email should be send to qc@gue. and all membership privileges are revoked until resolution of the matter. 1.1.

GUE instructors must cooperate with GUE Headquarters when certification-card issues arise. 5. 3. who will be responsible for rendering a final decision. Student Registration Student Liability and Release and Assumption of Risk Student Agreement Student Medical Questionnaire Accident Report 10 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.10. 8. Any instructor who knowingly allows these discussions to become public may be subject to disciplinary action. Global Underwater Explorers.1 . 1. 6. 5. within thirty days of the decision. 3. 4. 4. GUE HQ reserves the right to refuse membership or renewal to any party without assigning any reason. and must be surrendered upon request to the Board of Directors or their representatives. 3. student. GUE membership and renewal applications do not constitute perpetual offers of membership.com.11Conduct Policies and Procedures 1. FL. Such an appeal must be lodged in writing to the Board of Directors. GUE instructors must process student Course Completion Forms in a professional and timely fashion. instructors@gue. 7. All correspondence found on the Instructors Forum. All GUE members and its representatives are bound by the standards and procedures outlined in this document. GUE members and its representatives must demonstrate financial responsibility when transacting business with GUE.10. and class for up to seven years after the class: 1. This suspension will be followed by a review of the case by GUE’s Quality Control Board.g. appeal the decision to GUE’s Board of Directors. 5. 6.5 Executive Suspension of Membership In cases where GUE’s Director of Training or GUE’s officers suspect that student safety has been or is believed to be compromised. USA.4 Rights of Appeal Charged members who have been subject to an unfavorable decision by GUE’s Quality Control Board may. diving facilities). 1.. Public censure Prescribed educational rehabilitation Defined probationary period Defined suspension Revocation of membership and/or teaching privileges 1. is confidential. 4. 2.2. GUE instructor qualification cards issued by GUE Headquarters are the property of Global Underwater Explorers. with GUE HQ and with other persons who have been solicited to help promote GUE (e. 15 South Main Street. 2. 1. GUE instructors must behave professionally when interacting with GUE trainees. High Springs. GUE representatives must promote the best interests of GUE.12Records GUE headquarters will maintain the following records (if applicable) for each instructor. 32643. GUE HQ has the right to immediately suspend the GUE instructor(s) in question WITHOUT going through a formal complaint process.

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1. 2. 2006. The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course emphasizes creating the fundamental diving skills required for all sound diving practice. course time should total at least sixty hours.6. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. Global Underwater Explorers. No night diving 3.1. this is accomplished through educating students on GUE principles including but not limited to proper control of buoyancy. propulsion. Global Undwerwater Explorers.6 1. and competence in the water.2.Nitrox Diver Purpose The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course is designed to develop the essential skills required in all sound diving practice. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. ten confined water dives and 10 open water dives.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. 2. Beginning with the End in Mind . Florida. breathing gases and teamwork. Sweden. No overhead environment diving.1. Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age. 2.1 12 .1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 .1. Maximum depth 70 feet/21 meters. confidence. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. This focus in creating a proper set of skills increases diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency. 2.1.1.1. 2008. but cannot exceed 4:1 during any direct in-water training In-water ratios should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. trim.1 2.4. This course provides the non-diver with an opportunity to develop fundamental diving skills that will support comfort.1.1. High Springs. 2. 2.1.1. and with written approval from GUE HQ.1. 6.2 1. Required Training Materials Submerged: Mastering the Art and Science of Scuba Diving.4 1.1.5 Course Content The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course is normally involves a minimum sixty hours of instruction including ten lectures. Jesper Berglund. 2. Divers who successfully complete the GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course will not be required to pursue the GUE Fundamentals course. This course also provides a solid diving foundation for individuals with aspirations for more advanced diver training.1 Recreational Diver Curriculum 2. If the course is conducted in drysuit there will be additional confined and open water dives. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. No decompression.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 class must be conducted over at least eight full days. Stockholm. 4. GUE Course Training Standards and Procedures 2. This may be reduced under exceptional circumstances. 5.

1. 6. 9. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Land Drills and Topics Equipment fit and function Dive team protocols Analyze and mark cylinders Pre-dive drills Basic 5 scuba skills S-drill and valve-drill Propulsion techniques Surface-marker deployment Straight line compass navigation 10.1. 6. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface. 2. Academic Topics Introduction to Scuba Diving Physics. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 7. 3. Basic 5 Rescue skills 2.2. 9. 9.8 1. 6. 7. 4. 2.1. 8. and post-dive assessments. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills 1. 2. students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick. 8. 8. Comfortably demonstrate at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.1.1 13 . and basic diving techniques Diving Equipment The Balanced Rig and Going Beyond the Basics Going Beyond Basic Physiology and Physics Breathing Gas Dynamics Decompression Dive Planning Accident and Problem Solving Underwater 10.7 1. 7. utilizing Minimum Decompression. where necessary. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold. The Aquatic Realm 2. 4. in-water activity. 5.1. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 5.1. 4. 10. 5. appropriate thermal protection. including pre-dive preparations. 3. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while utilizing a spool.5 Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 3. Physiology.9 1. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety.

4. the first should be placed at the left hip. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 11. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 7. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Demonstrate dive rescue techniques 2. 15. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. mask removal and replacement. 12. 17. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. or other material. In addition. fins should be rigid. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab.11. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. tabs. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. long hose deployment. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 13.1. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration. H-. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank/cylinder with a K-. 5. 14.e.1 14 . A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up a diver’s back. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill. with no unnecessary components. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 2. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 8. 9. This webbing should support five D-rings. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. or Y-valve. It should come free of extraneous strings. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing. One wrist compass 12. i.10 1. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements.5 meters of a target depth. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. and be familiar with. regulator removal and exchange. The system should retain a minimalist approach. 16. 3. 6. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell.1.5 to 2 meter hose. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 10.

6 Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. 4.5 Course Content The GUE Recreational Diver level 2 course normally involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of Nitrox. and breathing mixtures. and is designed to cultivate. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.2.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Diver level 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. physiology. students will be introduced to the theory and practice of decompression and schooled in correct ascent procedures. 4. GUE’s Recreational Diver level 2 training focuses on expanding the fundamental skills learned in GUE’s Recreational Diver level 1 course and/or the GUE Fundamentals course (or elsewhere). and operational considerations. diving techniques. The last two dives are to be Triox dives at depth for experience. This may be reduced under exceptional circumstances. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.of the course. In this class. and post-dive “nitrogen stress. No overhead environment diving 3. students will be trained in: a) the use of single or double back gas tanks/cylinders.1 15 .2 1. In general. CO2. 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. Course requirements include nine hours of academics and twelve dives.1. This will include problem identification and resolution. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. Must have passed the GUE Recreational Diver level 1 class or a GUE Fundamentals class Must have a minimum of twenty five dives beyond open-water qualification.1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 .2 2.4 1.1. 2. However. and in the potential failure problems associated with them.1. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Triox.” 2.Triox Diver Purpose GUE’s Recreational Diver level 2 course is a no-decompression class structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving using proper equipment. and with written approval from GUE HQ. 2. integrate. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving.1. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.1.2.2. 2. tables. 2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. gas density.2. the history of decompression and practice. and c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis. In this class. Maximum depth 30 m / 100 ft. 2.2. but not in excess of course depth limitations. The initial two dives will be conducted in water no deeper than 15 m / 40 ft to evaluate the diver’s ability and to identify any skill deficiencies. b) the use of Nitrox and Triox for extended bottom times. 2.1. and expand the essential skills required for safe deeper diving. 3.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. physics.

Academic Topics Applied diving physics Applied diving physiology Understanding compressed gas elimination Introduction to Triox Triox versus other gases GUE equipment configuration Dive planning and logistics Rescue skills 2. Comfortably demonstrate four propulsion techniques. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Florida. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.1.e. 3.5 meters of a target depth. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold Demonstrate proficiency in procedures for gas failures.1. 7.2.9 1.2.8 1.7 1. 6. 5. 6. 9. 10. 3. GUE. Jarrod Jablonski. GUE. 8. Jarrod Jablonski. High Springs. 3. Global Undwerwater Explorers. 2.5 Must be able to swim at least 275m / 300yds in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 2. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 8. 2001.6 1. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1.2. section 1. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 6. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving.2. i. Jesper Berglund. Stockholm. 5. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 4. Demonstrate proficiency in lift bag/surface-marker buoy deployment. 2. 2001.1. 5. 7. 3. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills.1 16 . Land Drills and Topics Situational awareness Dive team order and protocols Pre-dive drill Gas sharing and touch contact Use of safety spools and surface marker buoy Basic navigation skills Rescue skills 2. appropriate thermal protection. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of touch-contact communication during out-of-gas situations. 4. Florida. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick. High Springs.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. 4.2. including valve manipulation and gassharing.1. Sweden. 2. 2008. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a gas-sharing horizontal swim for at least 200 feet/60 meters. 7. where necessary. Beginning with the End in Mind .

the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. The diver must have a pressure gauge and BCD inflator. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. 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. 12. 5.1 17 . Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Y-valve. 4. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Compass Appropriate minimum and no-decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. It should come free of extraneous strings. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone.1. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use single or dual tanks/cylinders with a single outlet.10 1. or if in doubles. 10. a dual-outlet isolated manifold. and be familiar with. tabs. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a direct ascent while managing decompression obligations. including the implementation of deep stops. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11. A minimum of two second-stages. In general. 2. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. This webbing should support five D-rings. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform. Demonstrate proficiency in recovering an unconscious diver to the surface and the surface management of a range of simulated diving incidents. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 12. which allows the use of two first-stages. or two first-stages if using either a single tank with Y-valve or double tanks. of metal construction with minimal padding. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. 9. non-split Minimum of one cutting device Wet Notes 2. In addition.2. fins should be rigid. 7. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. or other material.11. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 8. 6. However. Regulators: Single first-stage if using a single tank with single outlet. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 3. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. Demonstrate effective proficiency with proper ascent/descents. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 13. the first should be placed at the left hip.

1. and post-dive “nitrogen stress”.1. 10 dives using doubles 2. High Springs. Level 1 and Diver level 2) and is designed to cultivate the essential skills required for safe diving at greater depths.2 1. 2. b) the use of Nitrox for decompression. In this class. 2. including accident management and problem resolution.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Level 3 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. diving techniques and breathing mixtures. In this class.1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 . four will be critical skill dives and four will be experience dives.1.3.3.1 18 . Of these dives. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Alexakos. 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.3.5 Course Content The GUE Recreational Diver level 3 course normally involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of enriched air diving as well as normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix. GUE. and d) the use of a single decompression cylinder for stage decompression techniques.6 Must be a minimum of 18 years of age Must be GUE Recreational Level 2 or GUE Fundamentals certified Must have a minimum of seventy-five non-training dives. 4. 3. 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.6 1.1.2.4 1. Jablonski. including the use of decompression tables and proper ascent practices. Florida 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Prerequisites Must meet GUE General Course Prerequisites outlined in Section 1. 2005.1. 2.3. 4.3.3 2.3. Recreational Diver level 3 training builds on the fundamental skills learned in previous GUE Recreational courses (GUE Fundamentals. back-gas tanks/cylinders as well as the problem resolution skills required for safe doubles diving.Trimix Diver Purpose The GUE Recreational Diver level 3 course is a minimum decompression class structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving using proper equipment. this overview includes instruction in proper decompression procedures with hyperoxic mixes.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. The training will include problem identification and resolution as a means of building capacity for progressively more challenging dives. Maximum depth of 39 m / 130 ft No overhead environment diving Dives should not be planned to incur more than 15 minutes of decompression 3. 5. students will be introduced to the theory and practice of decompression and trained in correct ascent procedures. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Required Training Materials Submerged: Mastering the Art and Science of Sport Diving. Course Limits General Training Limits as outlined in Section 1. 2. The course includes nine hours of academics and eight dives. c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis. CO2. 2.1. gas density. students will be trained in: a) the use of double.1. 2.

3. 2001. appropriate thermal protection.7 1. 6. Dive planning and logistics 2. High Springs. 9. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Descent/Ascent Drill 2. Decompression practices while using nitrox 11. 7. Florida. 2. 2001. 3. 7. 6. Demonstrate proficiency in lift bag/surface marker buoy deployment.1. 3. 8. High Springs.2. 4.3. Decompression sickness 13. 5. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold Demonstrate proficiency in procedures for gas failures. 2. 2. 9. Land Drills & Topics Situational awareness Dive team order and protocols GUE-EDGE and Pre-dive drill Out of gas scenarios and touch contact Valve management including failure procedures Use of safety spools and lift bag Ascent and decompression protocols Gas switching protocol Unconscious/Toxing Diver 10. Required Dive Skills & Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 5. 3.9 1. 8.1 19 . GUE equipment configuration 14.1. Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 3. GUE. where necessary. Decompression planning using decompression tables and DecoPlanner 12. Jarrod Jablonski. 5. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and.1.3. 4. Jarrod Jablonski. Academic Topics Applied diving physics Applied diving physiology Introduction to normoxic trimix Nitrogen narcosis Gas density Carbon dioxide Oxygen limitations Understanding inert gas on-gassing and elimination Decompression theories 10. GUE.5 Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. including valve manipulation and gassharing. Florida. 4. Section 1. 2.8 1.

Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with valve-management by conducting a GUE “valve drill” which includes: shutting down one’s valve.1. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.3. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband will prevent the system from riding up a diver’s back.5 meters of a target depth. supplying a single second-stage and a pressure gauge. tabs.6. Students also need one decompression tank/ cylinder. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. The cylinder should not be smaller than approximately 30 cubic feet / 4 liters and no big larger than approximately 80 cubic feet / 11 liters. each supplying a single second-stage. 11. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. It should come free of extraneous strings. The webbing should support five D-rings. Cylinders must be free from any unnecessary decals/stickers or cylinder wraps. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder. of metal construction with minimal padding. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. Regulators: Two first-stages. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a direct ascent while managing decompression obligations. 12. The fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2 meter hose and provide inflation for a wing style BCD. Tanks/Cylinders: Students required to use dual tanks/cylinders with a dual outlet isolated manifold. 16. deep stops and safe gas switches. 15. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick. 8. 7.10 1. which allows the use of two first-stages. 14. 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. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge. Demonstrate proficiency in surfacing an unconscious diver from depth and administering rescue breaths. The first should be placed at the left hip.1 20 . Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform. or other material. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of touch contact communication during out-of-gas situations. The second should be placed in line with the diver’s right collarbone.e. 9. One first stage fitted with an over pressure valve providing dry suit inflation (where applicable). diver lift should not exceed 80lbs. i. 10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the primary light including passive and active communication. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate for delicate and/or silty environments. and be familiar with. 2. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a gas-sharing horizontal swim. In addition. 13. Demonstrate proficiency with proper ascent/descents. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. 4. all of the following required equipment. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 2. The third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas. including the implementation of SMB usage. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. switching regulators and returning the valve to an open position. 3. Equipment Requirements Each student should have.

Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s web site.5. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.1 GUE Fundamentals Course Purpose The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice. save Recreational Diver level 1 course.1. Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Mask and fins: Mask should be low volume. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external head (fitted with a Goodman handle) via a light cord. 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. Reserve Mask 12. irrespective of level or environment. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure Note: Prior to the commencement of class. who does not desire further diver training. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of a 50watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. 7. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters line 15. However. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Two reserve lights. Minimum of one cutting device 13. with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills. A primary light should be minimalist in design. Divers note book 14.1. One primary light. thereby developing more comfort.1. 3. One surface marker buoy 16. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites.6 Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2. A prerequisite for all GUE classes.4 2. 8. confidence. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. 2.1 21 . 10. • • 2. Course requirements include a minimum of 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. At least one time/depth-measuring device Compass Appropriate Decompression and No-Decompression tables 6. as outlined in section 1.2 1. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. GUE Fundamentals performs a three-fold function: • it provides the recreational diver. In general. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 9. fins should be rigid. 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. non-split 11.4.3 Duration The GUE Fundamentals class must be conducted over at least four full days. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment.4. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements.4. 2.1.

7. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. 2.4. GUE. Decompression overview 11. 4. Academic Topics GUE organization Why GUE Fundamentals? Diving proficiency Buoyancy and trim Streamlining and equipment configuration Propulsion techniques Situational awareness Communication Breathing gas overview 10.4 1. Jarrod Jablonski.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 3. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet / 8 meters. It is focused on increasing diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy.ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.8 1. 2.4. 6. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 2001. 5.1. teamwork. 2. 5.7 1.1.4. 8. 2.4. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet / 8 meters. 9. but cannot exceed 4:1 during any direct in-water training In-water ratios should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. 2. 2. Land Drills and Topics Dive team protocols S-drill and valve-drill Equipment fit and function Propulsion techniques Pre-dive drills 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Course requirements include a minimum of ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions. Dive planning and gas management 12.1 22 .5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions.6 1. 2. trim.1. 4. propulsion. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required for all sound diving practice. Florida. 3. 2. High Springs.1.4. Diver preparedness 2. 5.1. GUE Fundamentals Workbook. 4. and other GUE principles.

4. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. * 19.1 Outline of Diver Training). 7. 11. 5.* *Skills and drills 18-22 apply only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool. 9. 8. students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.0 meters of a target depth. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing.3. regulator removal and exchange. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks. in touch contact.* 22.1. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration. inwater activity. long-hose deployment. 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. 13. 2. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. appropriate thermal protection. mask removal and replacement. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.5 meters of a target depth. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill.6. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment. this would include pre-dive preparations.1 23 .* 21. 10. i. Demonstrate dive-rescue techniques. 12. 6. 18. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate proficiency in four propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.e. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a reserve light. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. 15.e. i. Surface-marker deployment Unconscious diver recovery 2.4. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. Differences between the management of an unconscious diver and a convulsing diver should be noted. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs.* 20. 7. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 3. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface. 17. 16. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety. where necessary. students should also demonstrate competence in the backward kick. and post-dive assessment. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. including effective management of an unconscious diver. utilizing minimum decompression. 14. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.9 1.

to 2-meter hose. the first should be placed at the left hip.1 24 . 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.1. which allows for the use of two first-stages. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. with no unnecessary components.* 14. and appropriately sized double-tank buoyancy compensation device. 4. The system should retain a minimalist approach. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 11. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. and be familiar with. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 5. In addition. 8. This webbing should support five D-rings. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K-. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks.to 7-foot/1. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. 10.5.* *Required equipment 12 through 14 applies only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training. or other material. 3. 7. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.10 1. or Y-valve. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).2. H-. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 12. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 6. Double cylinders with isolation manifold. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 9. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. fins should be rigid. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 2. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design.* 13. tabs. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.4. However. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. It should come free of extraneous strings. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. In general. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.

2 Technical Diver Curriculum 2. 2. 5.1 2. physics. 4. 3. b) the use of Nitrox for accelerated and general decompression strategies. 5.3 Duration The Tech 1 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. The class will focus on nitrox and Trimix as breathing gases for dives down to 170 feet/51 meters. and provides an excellent foundation on which divers can build their technical diving experience and prepare for GUE’s Technical Diver 2 course (Tech 2).10. 2.2. 4. and operational considerations.4.1. integrate.2.1. with respect to decompression procedures.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. tables. including history. 2.1 Technical Diver Level 1 Purpose GUE’s Technical Diver Level 1 (Tech 1) course is structured to prepare divers for the rigors of technical diving and to familiarize them with the use of different breathing and decompression mixtures.2.1. and is designed to cultivate.1.2 1. c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis.9 at a grade of 4 or above Must have a minimum of 100 dives beyond open-water qualification Students participating in a Tech class conducted in a cave must be at least GUE Level 2 Cave divers 2.1.4. and expand the essential skills required for safe technical diving. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any direct in-water training.6 Must be a minimum of eighteen years of age Must have passed GUE Fundamentals using the equipment outlined in section 2.2.4. normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix and decompression mixtures. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.2.1 25 . Tech 1 training focuses on expanding the fundamental skills learned in the GUE Fundamentals course (or elsewhere). physiology. and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving.4 1. 3. encompassing both classroom and in-water work.1.2.10) No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment 2. Maximum depth 170 feet / 51 meters Dives should not be planned to incur more than 30 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1.2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.1. 2. students will be trained in: a) the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction.5 Course Content The GUE Tech 1 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of nitrox. In this class. Course requirements include ten hours of academics and eight dives. and d) the applications of singledecompression stage diving. This will include problem identification and resolution. and have demonstrated competence in skill and drills listed in section 2. six of which will be critical-skill dives and two will be experience dives.

computers. Decompression illness 18. 2. mixing. Tracking multilevel. Doubles 26. Generic tables. Jarrod Jablonski. Decompression stage cylinders 27. Introduction to normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix 22. Jarrod Jablonski. 6. and hose routing 29. 2. 8.2. Accelerated and general decompression strategies 19. 4. pressure gauges. 2001. 3. multi-dive. Carbon dioxide toxicity 14. Florida. and using enriched air Physiology Hypoxia Hyperoxia Oxygen toxicity CNS Pulmonary toxicity 10. Inert gas narcosis 12. and Oxygen 20. Manifolds 30. Decompression practices on air. depth gauges. High Springs.1. Inert gas absorption and elimination 13. Hyperthermia 16. 9. 7. 2. Hypothermia 17.1.2. 2001. 2.1 26 . Carbon monoxide toxicity 15. Regulators. Academic Topics Physics Pressure and gas-law review Equations relevant for planning. The last two dives are to be Trimix dives at depth for experience. enriched air. 5. Surface-marker buoys and spools (for deco platforms) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.7 1. GUE. Florida. GUE. Stage cylinders 25. and custom tables 21. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.6 1.Initial dives will be conducted in shallow water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels. High Springs. Equipment considerations 24. Advantages over deep air 23. BC/harness 28. and multi-day exposures 11.

Operational planning 35. Oxygen limits 40.2. Bottom and deco gas 46. 3. 7. Omitted decompression procedures 43.5 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. 7.31.1. 4. out of gas. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 3. Gas mixing 49.8 1. Analyzing and labeling gas supplies 50. including valve manipulation. and regulator switching as appropriate. including limited deco gas.1.2. gas-sharing.9 1. Nitrogen limits 41. Land Drills and Topics Reel and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Touch contact Manifold operation and failures Use of safety spools and reels Basic navigation skills Pre-dive drills 2. Teams 37. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. 44. 6. Dive planning 34. Surface-marker buoy deployment. Team planning 38. Reel and guideline use.1 27 . loss. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Procedures for failure. etc. 4. team separation. Miscellaneous issues. or inadequate supply 48. Procedures 45. 5. Line following 2. appropriate thermal protection) Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Procedures for gas failures. Support 36. where necessary. section 1. 5. 2. Gas matching 39. 6. Emergency procedures 42. Normal operations 47. Computers and bottom timers 32. Exposure suit appropriate for the environment 33. 2.

5. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques. Differences between the management of unconscious and toxing diver should be noted. fins should be rigid. 16. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.1 28 .2. 10. This webbing should support five D-rings. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. 15. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Divers must also have access to one deco tank/cylinder of 50-percent Nitrox. The system should retain a minimalist approach. 14. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 7. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder. 11. and be familiar with.1. 8. 17. one of these kicks must include the backward kick. 9. 12. each supplying a single second-stage. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas. In addition. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. i. 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. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. Demonstrate dive-rescue techniques. the first should be placed at the left hip. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. 4. tabs. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. including depth and time management. 3. non-split At least one cutting device 2. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while sharing gas without a mask. 13. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. 6. supplying a single second-stage and pressure gauge.e.10 1. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Regulators: Two first-stages.8. 2. with no unnecessary components. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. or other material. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. including effective management of unconscious diver. Gas-sharing scenarios. It should come free of extraneous strings. which allows the use of two first-stages. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40kgs. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing.

One primary reel per team. 2. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 3. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 5. In general. However. or to allow longer bottom times. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. failure management and resolution and contingency measures. The existing skills learned at Tech 1 will be expanded to include the use of a bottom stage to either allow more flexibility for multiple dives.9.6 Must be a minimum of 18 years of age Must have passed GUE Technical Diver level 1 Must have a minimum of 25 technical dives at the Tech 1 level.2 2. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater.2. Students will be trained in safe gas planning and management strategies. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.1 Technical Diver Level 1 “Plus” Upgrade Purpose The Tech 1 Plus Upgrade is designed to allow the Tech 1 certified diver to develop their technical diving skills and to progress towards more complex and advanced dives.2. 2.2. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. It normally involves a minimum of 8 hours of instruction.1 29 .2 1. One wrist compass 17.2. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class.3 Duration The Tech 1 Plus Upgrade is normally conducted over a 1-2 day period. 2. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11.4 1.2. 2. 2. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 4. Wet Notes 10.2. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 3. 14.2. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 16.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 3:1 during any in-water training Maximum depth 54 m / 180 ft 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15.2. 13.2. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Students participating in a Tech class conducted in a cave must be at least GUE Level 2 Cave divers 2.

Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators.2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Florida. 2. 2. one of which will be critical-skill dives and one will be an experience dive. GUE. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. 6. High Springs. and regulator switching as appropriate. 2. Academic Topics Gas management Equipment configuration Decompression strategies Contingency planning 2. 2001.5 Course Contents The GUE Tech 1 Plus Upgrade course involves a minimum of eight hours of instruction designed to extend the Tech 1 divers knowledge and capacity using nitrox. including valve manipulation. 8. Surface-marker buoy deployment. 3.9 1. 3. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. Florida. Initial dives will be conducted in shallow water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.2. Course requirements include four hours of academics and two dives. 2001.6 1. gas-sharing.8 1. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. 7.2.2. 4. 5. Dives should not be planned to incur more than 45 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. The last dive is to be a Trimix dive at depth for experience.2. including depth and time management. Land Drills and Topics Gas switch procedures Failed/lost decompression gas strategies 2. 9.7 1. 5.2.2.2. Jarrod Jablonski.4. 2.1 30 . GUE. 2.4.10) No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment 2. one of these kicks must include the backward kick. 4. Gas-sharing scenarios. normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix and decompression mixtures. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. section 1. 2. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski. High Springs.2.2.5 Procedures for gas failures.

Maximum depth 75m / 250 ft Dives should not be planned to incur more than 60 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1. the use of greater percentages of Helium.2 1. 3.2. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. the use of Trimix. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. 6.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. Course participants will gain experience working with a variety of different gas mixtures for use as bottom-mix and multiple-decompression gases. 12. 3.4 1. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.3.3 2. 2. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any direct in-water training. supplying a single second-stage and pressure gauge. 2.2. 4. dive planning.1 Technical Diver Level 2 Purpose GUE’s Technical Diver 2 (Tech 2) course is the second in a series of three courses designed to develop technical diving excellence. Demonstrate the ability to manage a failed or lost decompression gas scenario.2. 2. twenty-five of these should have utilized a single decompression cylinder Must have a minimum of twenty-five dives beyond Technical Diver Level 1 qualification Students participating in a Tech class conducted in a cave must be at least GUE Level 2 Cave divers 2.1.2. encompassing both classroom and in-water work.6 Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age Must have passed GUE Tech 1 Must have a minimum of 200 dives. One first-stage regulator for bottom stage gas. with at least fifty dives on double tanks/cylinders. 5. 2.10) No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment 31 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 5. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a bottom stage cylinder including ensuring that the correct gas is being breathed at all times. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.3. and technical equipment configurations. and marked as outlined in section 1.3 Duration The Tech 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.4.3.3. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. 4. Oxygen management. and a proficient switch from the stage to backgas. i. Tech 2 training focuses on building diving proficiency at increasing depth.2.10 Equipment Requirements As outlined in 2.1 .10. 2. decompression.e. 11. building upon previously learned skills with a focus on extending essential technical diving skills.2. omitted and general decompression strategies. These skills include: the use of multiple stages.10 One bottom stage cylinder. using Helium diving gases with Oxygen-enriched decompression gases.2. 2. This should be a minimum of 80 cuft / 11L capacity.2. accelerated. gas management.7.

Demonstrate the clean and effective removal and exchange of multiple stages and decompression cylinders while hovering horizontally. 6. 6. gas utilization and risk. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 9.3. omitted.9 1. 4. 2001. 4. 3.5 meters. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. appropriate thermal protection. Land Drills and Topics Spool. Four dives must utilize Helium.2. Equipment familiarization. reel. 2. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds.3. 2. The participant must be capable of removing and replacing each of at least two cylinders in under one minute.3. Academic Topics GUE organization Limits of training Course completion requirements Review of decompression.2. GUE.3. 3. 2. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Gas-switching procedures and protocols Bottom stage. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event.2. section 1. including physiology. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Review procedures for gas failures.5 Course Content The GUE Tech 2 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Effectively and comfortably demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface-marker buoy in under two minutes while hovering stationary. Special emphasis is placed on extended exposures and on their associated considerations (gas consumption. 7. where necessary. one minute per cylinder. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving.2. i. four of which will be critical-skill dives and four will be experience dives. 2001. designed to instill in divers a working knowledge of extended-range diving. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski.2.3. 3. diving physiology Accelerated. 5.7 1. and general decompression strategies Dive logistics and planning 2. gas-sharing. DCS. 5. Gas-sharing scenarios. Oxygen toxicity. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 4. Florida. High Springs.1 32 .8 1. Jarrod Jablonski. High Springs. 2. and eight dives.2. including valve manipulation.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.e. tables and logistics.6 1. Florida. and decompression cylinder use 2. 8. and regulator switching (as appropriate). Course requirements include a minimum of six hours of academics. 2. 2. GUE. and thermal concerns). Participants should not vary in depth more than 5 feet/1.

9. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold.2. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. 3. 12. and be familiar with. This webbing should support five D-rings. one of these kicks must include the backward kick 13. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 2. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.1 33 . Regulators: Two first-stages. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 8. i.10. 11. each one is to supply a single secondstage and a single pressure gauge. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2.e. 4. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. One primary reel per team. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. Also required are a bottom gas stage cylinder (80cuft/11L) and two decompression cylinders: one greater than 40 cubic feet/6 L for Nitrox and one 40 cubic feet/6 L. tabs. 7.3. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. shutting down a valve in under ten seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). for an additional deco gas. each supplying a single second-stage. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. 10. In addition. Demonstrate excellent buoyancy-control skills. 6. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. the first should be placed at the left hip. At least one time/depth measuring device Compass Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 5. or greater. 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. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. including when conducting stage and decompression gas-switches. or other material. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. It should come free of extraneous strings. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. powering an external light head via a light cord. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas and one first-stage regulator for travel/decompression gas. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. fins should be rigid. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve light lights.10 1. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11.

13. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 14. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure. 15. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver. 16. One reserve mask 17. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source, such as an argon/air cylinder. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. 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 all 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.

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Technical Diver Level 2 “Plus” Upgrade
Purpose

The Tech 2 Plus Upgrade is designed to recognize the experienced Tech 2 certified diver to progress towards more complex and advanced dives. The existing skills learned at Tech 2, combined with post class experience will be recognized, and the certification depth and decompression limits will be extended to reflect the students progression, allowing the diver to execute dives to a maximum of 90m / 300ft, and to plan no more than 90 minutes Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1.4.10). Divers will be limited to using a maximum of three stages or decompression cylinders.

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Course contents

The Tech 2 upgrade is an experience based qualification. Students wishing to obtain the Tech 2 upgrade should provide GUEHQ with evidence of 25 dives at the tech 2 level. Depth, bottom time, decompression time, date and location of dives, gasses used and team members should all be included in the information provided.

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Prerequisites

Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6 Must be a minimum of eighteen years of age Must have passed GUE Technical Diver level 2 Must have a minimum of 25 technical dives at the Tech 2 level.

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Technical Diver Level 3
Purpose

GUE’s Technical Level 3 (Tech 3) course is the culmination of a series of three courses designed to establish technical diving excellence and facilitate deep, mixed-gas diving. Emphasis is placed on aggressive diving profiles, including advanced decompression theory, advanced gas mixture/management, control over extreme exposures to Oxygen, and proficiency in the use of a DPV for propulsion at depth. This course is heavily experience-based and deals mostly with the practical implications of deep diving; divers are expected to be capable technical divers.

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Prerequisites

Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6 Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age Must have passed GUE Tech 2 and GUE Cave Level 1 Must have a minimum of 300 dives, with at least 200 dives in double cylinders Must have at least fifty dives beyond Tech 2 training

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Duration

The GUE Tech 3 class is normally conducted over a seven-day period and involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Training consists of at least ten dives, of which six are critical skills/drills and four are experience dives, as defined by GUE standards.

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Course Limits

General training limits as outlined in section 1.4 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.

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Course Content

The GUE Tech 3 course involves a minimum of forty hours of class-oriented instruction (lecture and inwater) designed to instill divers with an advanced understanding of mixed-gas diving. Special emphasis will be placed on extended exposures and their associated considerations (dive planning, gas management, DCS, Oxygen toxicity, DPV propulsion, and thermal concerns). Course requirements include a minimum of six critical-skill dives (three days) with training in scooter diving, multiple stage/deco cylinders, navigation, advanced gas management and advanced decompression strategy; and four Trimix experience dives (four days) with practical implementation of critical skills during deeper/longer diving.

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Required Training Materials

Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, Panos Alexakos and Todd Kincaid, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida. The Physiology and Medicine of Diving. Peter Bennett and David Elliott, W. B. Saunders Company Ltd, London.

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Academic Topics

GUE organization Limits of training and course completion requirements Conservation Logistical planning, project support, and operational planning Advanced diving techniques, including scooter diving, use of multiple stage and decompression cylinders, navigation, advanced gas management, and advanced decompression strategy

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Spool, reel, and guideline use
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Dive team order and protocols Scootering protocols Touch contact Advanced navigation skills

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Required Dive Skills and Drills

All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills, section 1.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Assess and review diving limitations. Skillfully demonstrate gas-failure procedures, including valve manipulation, gas-sharing, and regulator switching (as appropriate). Demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface-marker buoy in under two minutes while hovering stationary. Participants should not vary in depth more than 5 feet/1.5 meters. Demonstrate good touch-contact skills for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. Demonstrate excellent reel and guideline use. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while managing multiple stages.

10. Demonstrate safe and efficient operation of a DPV. 11. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while piloting a DPV. 12. Demonstrate the ability to run/retrieve a guideline while using a DPV. 13. Demonstrate the ability to tow a diver with a failed DPV. 14. Demonstrate proficiency in DPV power management. 15. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. 16. Demonstrate excellent buoyancy control skills. 17. Demonstrate clean and efficient removal/attachment of multiple stage and/or decompression cylinders while hovering horizontal. 18. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced decompression techniques by: 1) explaining trends in decompression tables, and 2) explaining how to manage decompression in the event of a lost decompression gas. 19. Be able to explain how to safely carry out all decompression obligations, assuming the loss of all back gas. 20. Demonstrate proficiency in navigation, using both a compass and natural navigation. 21. 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.

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Equipment Requirements

Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment: 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. Divers must also maintain the use of at least four appropriately marked decompression cylinders. Decompression cylinders should include: one Oxygen cylinder, one cylinder for use at 70 feet/21 meters, one cylinder for use at 120 feet/36 meters, and one cylinder for use at 190 feet/57 meters.
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16.1 37 . students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. 7. such as an argon/air cylinder. 9. However. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. 5. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. In general. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. fins should be rigid. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components.2. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. 8. It should come free of extraneous strings. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 18. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit where applicable. At least one cutting device 12. One primary reel per team. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. 10. This webbing should support five D-rings. one for each stage/decompression cylinder. One reserve mask 20. Approved tow behind DPV At least one time/depth-measuring device One wrist compass Survey compass and slate Decompression tables 4. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. In addition. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. One reel/spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 14. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Four first-stage regulators. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Regulators: Two first-stages. non-split 11. 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. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 15. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 3. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Wet Notes 13. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. tabs. 17. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 19. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. or other material. each supplying a single second-stage. the first should be placed at the left hip. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 6. each one is to supply a single second-stage and a single pressure gauge.

but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity. 6. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 5.3.4 1.9 at a grade of 4 or above Must have a minimum of seventy-five dives beyond open-water qualification 2. Maximum depth: 100 feet / 30 meters Minimum 30 feet/9 meters of visibility to enter a cave Minimum 100 cubic feet/2832 liters of gas to begin a Cave 1 dive No passages in which divers are forced to travel single file for a prolonged distance. standard and emergency procedures.4. 8. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.1. No scooter diving 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1.3.3.1.1 Cave Diver Level 1 Purpose GUE’s Cave Diver Level 1 (Cave 1) course is a diver education program that introduces divers to the underwater cave environment and to an appreciation of its subtle dangers. 2.1 38 . 4. (i. Of the remaining amount divers may use up to 1/3 for penetration. The course covers the basic principles of cave diving and is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required for limited penetration into the underwater cave environment. circuits) Allowed to navigate past one permanent intersection 4.3 Duration The GUE Cave 1 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. cave environments. participants do not need prior overhead training.6 Must be a minimum of 18 years of age Must have passed GUE Fundamentals using the equipment outlined in section 2. cave-diving techniques. and the hazards of cave diving. approximately 10 ft/3 meters).10 and have demonstrated competence in skill and drills listed in section 2.1. 2. dive-planning. 3. traverses.1 2. 7. No planned decompression 12. but must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills. 2. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Gas consumption: 1/3 of the starting gas supply should be subtracted from the total and reserved for emergencies. conservation. a gap occurs where the main line ends and begins a short distance later.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.3 Cave Diver Curriculum 2. teamwork. navigation. stress management.4. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. Allowed to navigate “gaps”.1. normally this occurs where the line has reached another entrance/exit point 11.e. 9. 2. 2. 3. Training includes an emphasis on awareness.3. No complex navigation (jumps.1.students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. 10. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. This process may be continued until divers reach the minimum starting volume of 100ft3 / 2832 liters. To qualify for this type of instruction. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. Only very capable divers should consider this training.3.2 1.

2. 2001.3.13. 5. Academic Topics GUE organization. Communication 2. 4. High Springs. Course requirements include ten hours of academics and twelve dives at a minimum of three different locations. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving.6 1. Jarrod Jablonski. 2. and beauty of the cave environment. limits of training. GUE. 2. At least eight of these dives will be beyond the daylight zone. 7. and course completion requirements Conservation Spool.3.1.1 39 . No stage-cylinder use allowed 2. 4. Florida. Stress 11.3. 2003. Environment 12. challenges. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 5. this requirement can be modified with the prior consent of the Cave training director. Florida. 6. High Springs. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Touch contact Basic navigation skills Dive Planning Gas management Accident Analysis 10. 3.1. 8. 2. 3. Land Drills and Topics Reel and guideline use in standard operating procedures Team order and protocols Use of safety spools and reels Reel and guideline use in emergency procedures.8 1. management. Special emphasis is placed on the unique challenges posed by overhead exposure and the identification.1.5 Course Content The GUE Cave 1 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction (lecture and in-water) designed to instill in divers an appreciation of the dangers. 6. GUE.7 1. 2. reel. Panos Alexakos. During flood conditions. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic navigation skills Visual referencing skills 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Jarrod Jablonski.1. 9.3. 8. and Todd Kincaid. No exploration 14. and resolution of these. 7.

Procedures for gas failures. gas-sharing. 15. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills.1 40 . Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. Demonstrate the ability to mentally record depth. time and gas consumption during a dive and apply these parameters to future dive planning 13. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 9. 16. 11. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline 18. Perform a lost-line drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture. Use of various propulsion techniques.9 1. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Gas-sharing scenarios to include: • • • Breath-hold management Out-of-gas diver Gas-sharing scenarios.2. and post-dive assessment. Navigation. to include: • • • • 6. 12. in-water activity. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following situations: • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture. installing and retrieving a line marker 5. 3. Demonstrate the efficient deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. 8. Show aptitude in resolving line entanglement where appropriate. and regulator switching (as appropriate). 7.5 Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility experiences. 17. and then returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.3. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Pre-dive planning to include: • • • • Assess and review diving limitations Dive plan review Equipment review Equipment familiarization Visual reference Guideline use Limited and simulated zero visibility Demonstrate proficiency deploying. section 1.1. 4. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds. where necessary. appropriate thermal protection. 14. 10. including valve manipulation. including pre-dive preparations. 2. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event.

each supplying a single second-stage. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 11.e. 3. tabs. 5. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 8. or other material. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 10. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. In addition. fins should be rigid. One wrist compass 16. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. One primary reel per team. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. This webbing should support five D-rings. At least six line markers. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose.19. Regulators: Two first-stages. non-split One cutting device Wet Notes One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 2. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class. which allows the use of two first-stages.3. 9. and be familiar with. 12. of which at least three should be directional (line arrows) and three nondirectional 15. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 2. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 14. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs.10 1. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.1 41 . 13. the first should be placed at the left hip. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. powering an external light head via a light cord. 6. 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. One time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. i. 4. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth.1. It should come free of extraneous strings. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 7. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone.

encompassing both classroom and in-water work.2 1. restrictive passage negotiation.3. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. management and protocol.2.2 2. 5. problem resolution.2. This course is heavily experience-based. 2. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. focusing on extending essential cave-diving techniques. These skills include: a focus on environmental awareness. precision propulsion techniques. 4. and includes many practical. task-oriented skills that must be mastered before a student is competent to dive at this level. 6. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. However. The Cave 2 course builds upon previously learned skills.6 Must be a minimum of eighteen years of age Must have passed GUE Cave 1 Must have proof of at least 200 dives.3. 2. and advanced navigation.1 Cave Diver Level 2 Purpose GUE’s Cave Diver Level 2 (Cave 2) course is the second in a series of three courses designed to develop cave-diving proficiency. students must be practiced in the fundamental aspects of cave diving and comfortable in the use of double tanks/cylinders. advanced gas management. 3. This very demanding course seeks to refine the cave-diving techniques of divers who have mastered the requirements of Cave 1. 2.course.3 Duration The GUE Cave 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. In general.1 42 . Special emphasis here will be placed on: the demands of extended overhead penetration.3.5 Course Content The GUE Cave 2 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction (lecture and in-water) designed to instill in divers an appreciation of the dangers.3. stress management. advanced navigation techniques (including traverses. 3. twenty-five of these must be non-training cave dives Must be Nitrox-trained 2. and beauty of the cave environment. 2.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. circuits and siphons). but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity.2.3. with at least twenty dives in double tank/cylinder configuration. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. challenges. 7. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.4 1. dive-buddy awareness.2. 5. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Gas consumption: maximum use of 1/3 of gas supply for cave penetration No training dives are to exceed a depth of 100 feet / 30 meters Minimum 20 feet/6 meters of visibility to enter a cave Minimum 150 cubic feet/3950 liters of gas necessary to begin a Cave 2 dive No scooter diving 2. 4.2. To succeed in this course.3. and decompression risk.

2.Course requirements include a minimum of ten cave dives at a minimum of three different diving locations. including gaps/jumps and circuits/traverses Visual referencing skills Basic survey techniques 2.2. 3. section 1.1 43 . 5. Panos Alexakos. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 7. GUE. this requirement can be modified with the prior consent of the Cave training director. appropriate thermal protection. reel. 6. 2. Communication 11.3. where necessary.2. and guideline use in standard operating procedures Team order and protocols Spool. 8.8 1. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. High Springs. GUE. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.3. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Basic Survey Techniques 13.3. Land Drills and Topics Spool. Decompression 2. 4. 2001. Jarrod Jablonski. Jarrod Jablonski. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Touch contact Basic navigation skills Dive Planning Gas management Accident Analysis Stress Environment 10. reel. 2. 9. 2001. Florida.3. 2. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 2. 6. Academic Topics Spool. 4.9 1. High Springs. 7. Florida. and guideline use in emergency procedures.2. 8. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic and advanced navigation skills. Florida. 3. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. GUE.6 1. 3. Jarrod Jablonski. 3. and Todd Kincaid. 2. During flood conditions. Restrictions 12. reel. 2003. High Springs.7 1. 5.2.

19. 13. Procedures for gas failures. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following situation: • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following.4. 9. 15. Pre-dive planning to include: • • • • Assess and review diving limitations Dive-plan review Equipment review Equipment familiarization Visual reference Guideline use Demonstrate proficiency deploying. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. including valve manipulation. gas sharing. 8. i. installing and retrieving a line marker Limited and simulated zero visibility 5. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility situations. including line entanglement. Demonstrate a calm demeanor while sharing gas in simulated zero-visibility for a prolonged distance. 11. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline 17. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 7.1 44 . to include: • • • • 6. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while sharing gas without a mask. Problem resolution. Demonstrate advanced navigational technique by completing at least two jumps and by successfully completing a circuit and/or traverse. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. Navigation. 14. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of a stage cylinder for the purpose of extending penetration. 10. and multiple line management. Perform a lost-line drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture in simulated zero-visibility conditions. Demonstrate effective valve-management by switching regulators. Gas-sharing scenarios to include: • • • Breath-hold management Out-of-gas diver Gas-sharing scenarios. Use of various propulsion techniques. 18. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture. shutting down a valve in less than ten seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds. navigation in restrictive areas. and regulator switching (as appropriate). 12. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 21.e. 16. 20.

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. tabs. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 13. with a minimum of 300 feet/ 90 meters of line 12. 10. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 16. 4.1 45 . diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives.2. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. powering an external light head via a light cord. In general. 5. which allows the use of two first-stages. 7. or other material.10 1. One aluminum 80 cubic feet/10 liter cylinder. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. outfitted with a pressure gauge. 8. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear.3. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. and a 40”-inch low-pressure hose is also required. of which at least six should be directional (line arrows) and six nondirectional. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 11. each supplying a single second-stage. It should come free of extraneous strings. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 14. fins should be rigid. is also required. However. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition. Regulators: Two first-stages. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).2. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2. 3. One additional regulator. At least twelve line markers. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 6. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve light powered. rigged for stage diving. and be familiar with. with first and second-stages. This webbing should support five D-rings. One primary reel per team. One wrist compass 17. 9. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. the first should be placed at the left hip. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing.

cave-survey techniques. and Todd Kincaid. 4. Florida.3. 2. and thermal concerns).5 Course Content The GUE Cave 3 course involves a minimum of forty hours of class-oriented instruction (lecture and inwater) designed to instill divers with an advanced understanding of cave diving.students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Cave 3 schools divers in the techniques necessary to sustain longer-range cave dives. Panos Alexakos. Jarrod Jablonski.3 2.3.2 1. 4. High Springs. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. Training consists of at least ten dives. 3. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity. 2. GUE.3. 2. 2. 3. High Springs. GUE. High Springs.7 1.3. Participants must be experienced cave divers who are dedicated to mastering the art of cave diving. of which six are critical skills and four are experience dives. Training emphasis is placed on advanced cave-diving strategies. DCS. and scooter diving. 3. Special emphasis here will be placed on extended cave diving penetrations/bottom times and their associated considerations (dive planning. Florida.3. Jarrod Jablonski. 100 of these must be cave dives with fifty cave dives beyond Cave 2 training 2.3.3 Duration The GUE Cave 3 class is normally conducted over a seven-day period and involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction.3.4 1. 2.1 . 2001. 2. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 2. Gas consumption: maximum use of 1/3 of gas supply for cave penetration No training dives are to exceed an equivalent narcotic depth of 100 feet / 30 meters 2. Academic Topics GUE organization Limits of training and course completion requirements 46 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. with at least 100 dives in the GUE double tank/cylinder configuration. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.3. GUE.3.6 Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age Must have passed GUE Cave 2 and GUE Tech 1 Must have proof of at least 300 dives. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Jarrod Jablonski. 2.3.3.3. gas management.3. Oxygen toxicity. 2001. advanced gas management.3. Florida. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 2001. 2. efficient manipulation of multiple-penetration stage cylinders.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.6 1.3. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.1 Cave Diver Level 3 Purpose GUE’s Cave Diver Level 3 (Cave 3) course is the culmination of a series of three courses designed to establish cave-diving excellence.

Conservation Logistical planning. extended penetration. 8. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while managing multiple stages. 16. Demonstrate a calm demeanor while sharing gas in simulated zero visibility for at least 300 feet/ 90 meters. 3. 2.3. 4. Perform a lost -line drill in simulated zero-visibility conditions while remaining calm and maintaining both a horizontal and neutral position in the water. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline Problem-solving. use of multiple stage/deco cylinders. 10. Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility situations. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Effective pre-dive planning. 15. and survey techniques Visual referencing skills 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. including scooter diving. and multipleline management 13. project support. 4. including gaps. navigation in restrictive regions. 5.3. 9. Demonstrate efficient deployment of a reserve light in under ten seconds. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following scenarios: • • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following. 6. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. section 1.3.9 1.3. shutting down a valve in under ten seconds. and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds.3. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic and advanced navigation skills.8 1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of stage cylinders. 4. and operational planning Advanced diving techniques. 3. Demonstrate advanced navigational skills by completing at least two jumps and successfully completing a circuit and/or traverse. navigation. Land Drills and Topics Use of safety spools/reels Reel and guideline use in emergency procedures. 5. appropriate thermal protection. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. where necessary.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Use of various propulsion techniques. advanced gas management. 7. 5. 12. 2. including line entanglement.1 47 . 14. jumps. 6. and decompression strategy 2. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 11. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining both a horizontal and neutral position in the water.

25.e.and second-stages.17. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. each supplying a single second-stage. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. the first should be placed at the left hip.3. Approved DPV At least one time/depth-measuring device Survey compass and slate Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 21. and one cylinder for use at 190 feet/57 meters. tabs. Demonstrate the skill required to carry out all decompression obligations. Demonstrate the ability to manage failed regulators. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. In addition. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. Demonstrate the ability to mentally record depth.1 . Demonstrate the skill required to run a guideline while using a DPV. Regulators: Two first-stages. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.3. fins should be rigid. and be familiar with. each supplying a single second-stage and a pressure gauge. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Four first-stage regulators for decompression gases. 24. 2. one decompression cylinder for use at 70 feet/21 meters. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 4. Demonstrate safe and efficient operation of a DPV. All dives must start with a minimum of 140 cubic feet/2250 liters of gas. This webbing should support five D-rings. Divers must also maintain the use of at least four appropriately marked stages. i. 18. 7. or other material. It should come free of extraneous strings. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. first. non-split 48 2. one cylinder for use at 120 feet/36 meters. 3. 19. Demonstrate facility with advanced decompression techniques by: 1) explaining trends in decompression tables. 5. which allows for the use of two first-stages. Stage cylinders should include one Oxygen stage. 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.10 1. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. 9. 8. 23. 20. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while piloting a DPV. Demonstrate the skill required to tow a diver with a failed DPV. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. assuming the loss of all back gas. 6. time and gas consumption during a dive and apply these parameters to future dive planning 22. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). and 2) explaining how to manage decompression in the event of a lost decompression gas. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear.

students will be trained in the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them.1 49 . The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. of which at least six should be directional (line arrows) and six nondirectional.10.4. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design.2 1. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. 2. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions.1. 18. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.6 Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m. In general. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. One wrist compass 19. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 17. land drills and in-water work. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. 16. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 2. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas.1 GUE Doubles Primer Purpose GUE’s Doubles course is designed to prepare divers for diving a double tank/cylinder configuration using proper equipment and techniques.4 Auxiliary Training Curriculum 2. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 14.1. One primary reel per team.4. One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 13. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. However.1. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. 15. 3. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom.3 Duration The GUE Doubles Course must be conducted over at least two days. In this class. Wet Notes 12. powering an external light head via a light cord. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2.4.4. At least twelve line markers. encompassing both classroom and inwater work. At least one cutting device 11.1 2. such as an argon/air bottle.

4. 6.4. 9.4.1. 2. 5. 2. 2. 2.1 50 .1. trim. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. through proper control of the buoyancy. 4.4.2.6 • Training Materials Academic Topics GUE Doubles Presentation 2. 9. propulsion. The GUE Doubles course is focused on increasing proficiency with double tank configuration. 4. 5.8 1.1. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3.1. Situational Awareness 2. Land Drills Gas analysis and labeling Valve Drill S-Drill Valve failure procedures SMB deployment (review) Backup light deployment (review) Pre-dive sequence Team positioning Communication 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 5. 7. 2. 8.1. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. Pre dive sequence 11. 3. 3.7 1. depth gauges. 6. 7. 4. pressure gauges and hose routing Buoyancy and Trim Skills overview 10. Class Overview GUE Introduction Double Tank Introduction Developing Diver Capacity Tanks/Cylinders and bands Manifolds Regulators.4.4 1.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 8.5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions. teamwork and other GUE principles.

Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. 13. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. appropriate thermal protection. where necessary. 10. Comfortably demonstrate an efficient backwards kick. 11.1. including 12-16.1 51 . 4. Demonstrate proficiency with effective valve management by first sharing gas with a team member (as a receiver). 2. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 15. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 3. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment. at a grade 4 or higher to qualify for registration to the Cave or Tech curriculum.5m of the target depth.4. approximate reference maximum 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3ft/1m of the target depth.e. utilizing minimum decompression. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. inwater activity and post-dive assessment Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill with double tanks. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable).* *Skills 12-17 apply to students wishing to use the GUE Doubles class to upgrade a GUE Fundamentals Recreational pass to a Technical pass. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks.* 17.to 7-foot/1. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 8. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a backup light. then shutting down a valve and returning it to the open position. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. followed by an ascent to the surface. this would include pre-dive preparations. These students must perform all skills.5. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 2. 9. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold Demonstrate proficiency with required course equipment and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.* 19. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver.4.2. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool.10 1. 6. 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 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1.e. i.2-meter hose. all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold.* 18. 5. 14. and be familiar with. 2.1. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. 7.9 1. i. 3.* 16. 12.

The system should retain a minimalist approach. confidence and competence in the water. the first should be placed on the left hip. 6. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater.4.2.3 Duration The GUE Dry Suit Course must be conducted over at least two days. 2. One spool with at least 100ft/30m of line per diver. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 5.4 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.4. This webbing should support five D-rings. 2. 8. encompassing both classroom and inwater work. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m. Wet Notes One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume.2. it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord.4. At least one cutting device 13. the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone.1 52 .2 2. 2. thereby developing more comfort.4 1.2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.4. 4. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights.back. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 9.1 GUE Dry Suit Primer Purpose GUE’s Dry Suit course is designed to prepare divers for dry suit diving using proper equipment and techniques. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 2. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom. 7. with no unnecessary components. 3.6 Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. tabs. land drills and in-water work. fins should be rigid. or other material. non-split 12.2.4. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kg for double tanks. At least one surface marker buoy per diver. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. It should be free of extraneous strings. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 10. The GUE Dry Suit course is designed to provide a diver the opportunity to develop proficiency using a dry suit. In addition.2 1. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. At least on time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display 11. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone.

teamwork and other GUE principles. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. where necessary. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.7 1.1 53 . 6. Dry Suit skills overview 12. propulsion.2.5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions. inwater activity and post-dive assessment.4.4. 4. 4.2. 2. 3. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 3. 2.4. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 2.4. Dry Suit maintenance and field repairs 2. 2. 5. Land Drills Pre-dive sequence Team positioning Communication Equipment fit and function 2.4. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.6 • Training Materials Academic Topics GUE Dry Suit Presentation 2. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. trim. 3. Pre dive sequence 13. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required.9 1. 8.8 1. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. Buoyancy and Trim 11. 7. appropriate thermal protection. 4. this would include pre-dive preparations. Situational Awareness 14. 2. 5. Class Overview GUE Introduction Dry Suit Introduction Developing Diver Capacity Dry Suit Selection Undergarment Selection Dry Suit Inflation Cold water equipment considerations Cold water dive planning and logistics 10.2.2.2.2. The GUE Dry Suit course is focused on increasing dry suit proficiency through proper control of the buoyancy. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 9.

In addition. followed by an ascent to the surface.to 7-foot/1. and be familiar with. The system should retain a minimalist approach. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 11.5m of the target depth. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.4. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the buoyancy compensator inflation hose. 8. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5.e.10 1. 5. the first should be placed on the left hip. the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the dry suit inflation hose. 5.or Y-valve. which allows for the use of two first-stages. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1. 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. Wet Notes Wet Notes One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. 14. Demonstrate proficiency with required course equipment and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Demonstrate the ability to manage a primary inflator that is stuck in the open position by dumping gas and disconnecting the inflation hose. i. 10. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40kg for double tanks. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. 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. This webbing should support five D-rings. 4. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. with no unnecessary components. 7. 3. 9.1 54 . it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a 2. tabs. or other material. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 15. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 6. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear.2. including dry suit inflation if appropriate. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. It should be free of extraneous strings. 6. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. H. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone. 16.4. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill. 13.2-meter hose. 12. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-.5. 2. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. utilizing minimum decompression. Demonstrate proper management of a free flowing second stage regulator.

Physician clearance to dive does not obligate GUE or a GUE representative to clear a trainee for diving.3 2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.4.3.3 Duration The GUE Primer Course must be conducted over at least two days. 2. non-split 10. 4.3. but cannot exceed 4:1 during any in-water training.light cord. fins should be rigid.3.1 55 .2 1.4.1 GUE Primer Purpose The GUE Primer course is designed to introduce students to the essential skills required for sound diving practice. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. this remains at the sole discretion of the instructor.4. 9. 2.4. 7. therefore completion of this class has no bearing on future GUE dive training. thereby developing more comfort.6 are able to participate in the GUE Primer Course.6 Students that are not able to meet the prerequisites in section 1.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. At least one time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume. The course is non-certification. 2. 4.4. Provide the recreational diver an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills. Course time should total at least 14 hours encompassing classroom. 5. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. Maximum depth 40 feet/12 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3.4 1. 8. land drills and in-water work. encompassing both classroom and inwater work. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear.3. provided they obtain a physician’s written approval to dive and disclose this information to the GUE instructor before the onset of training. Dry suit and undergarments appropriate for the duration of exposure 2. 2. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. At least one cutting device 11. confidence and competence in the water Provide an introduction to GUE training while demonstrating the techniques necessary for success in future GUE courses 2. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency Must be a minimum of fourteen years of age 3. The GUE Primer is designed to accomplish the following goals: 1.

Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for successfully performing at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. 3. 9. 5.3.5 Course Content The GUE Primer Course is a non-certification class. 2001.3. Jarrod Jablonski. Land Drills Pre-dive sequence Body Positioning Trim and Balance Equipment overview & fitting Propulsion Techniques Team Communication 2. inwater activity and post-dive assessment. Situational Awareness 2. and other GUE principles. 6. 3. 2. 2.4. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs. 4.7 1.3. 2. 6. 2.4. Propulsion 11. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. propulsion.1 . trim. 4. 7. GUE. land drills. 8.4. The GUE Primer course is focused on increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy.4.4. this would include pre-dive preparations. teamwork. combining lecture. normally conducted over a two-day period.3. and in-water sessions. 6. 8. 5. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. 4.8 1. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. 2. High Springs Florida. 3. 56 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and concern for safety. 2.9 1.2. 7. Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary to maintain good buoyancy and trim.3. Training Materials GUE Primer Workbook Doing it Right: the Fundamentals of Better Diving. 5. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration. Academic Topics GUE Introduction What is the GUE Primer? Why this discipline? Developing Diver Capacity Pre Dive Overview Equipment Buoyancy Body Position Trim 10.6 1.

navigation. and be familiar with. 2.4.4. In addition. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 6. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. The system should retain a minimalist approach. 5. the first should be placed on the left hip. 5. the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone. dive-planning. 8. 3. 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. the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone. 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. 4. 2. DPV maintenance and trouble shooting and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV. 2.4. environment.2 1. H.2-meter hose. participants do not need prior DPV training. 3.3. Must have a minimum of seventy-five dives beyond open-water qualification.1 57 . This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding. 4. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. teamwork.5. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25 kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40 kgfor double tanks. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.10 1. This webbing should support five D-rings. Must have passed GUE Recreational Level 1 Diver or GUE Fundamentals.2. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. Training includes an emphasis on awareness. 7. tabs. with no unnecessary components. Must have a minimum of fifty dives beyond GUE Recreational level 1 or GUE Fundamentals 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-.6. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume.4.to 7-foot/1. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. To qualify for this type of instruction.4.4. non-split At least one cutting device Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 2. standard and emergency procedures. or other material. which allows for the use of two first-stages. stress management. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. fins should be rigid.1 Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 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. conservation. It should be free of extraneous strings.4 2. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.or Y-valve. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. but must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills and high awareness level.

4. It involves a minimum of twenty four hours of instruction. 2. Gas matching 15.4.4. or the limit of the students qualification. 9. Equipment considerations DPV components DPV maintenance Surface-marker buoys and spools (for deco platforms) Towing a surface marker while using a DPV Exposure suit appropriate for the environment Dive planning Operational planning Support 10. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. 2.1 58 . Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 7. 4.4. 8. 3. two of which will be critical-skill dives and three will be experience dives. Land Drills and Topics Proper position while using a DPV Runaway DPV 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Procedures 13.5 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. 2. Initial dives will be conducted in confined water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels.4. Course requirements include four hours of academics and five dives. Team planning 12.4. Required Training Materials Academic Topics GUE DPV Powerpoint 2. Teams 11.4. and operational considerations.8 1.4. 2.4. 5. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Gas Planning 14.7 1.4. 4. 2. No overhead diving Minimum starting visibility of 20ft/6m 3.4.4 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.6 1. 2. 5.4. whichever is shallower. Maximum depth 30m / 100ft.3 Duration The GUE DPV 1 class is normally conducted over a three-day period. Considerations for managing and stowing a DPV while not in use.4 1.2. 6. 2.

2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). including depth and time management. Surface-marker buoy deployment. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 6. 5. 4. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold. 14.3. Demonstrate competence with diver rescue skills. 3. appropriate thermal protection. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 5. or Y-valve. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for 59 2. Demonstrate proficiency adjusting buoyancy while using a DPV Demonstrate effective use of compass and navigation Matching speeds with team members Towing diver with non-functional DPV Demonstrate control while dealing with a runaway DPV Procedures for gas-sharing.9 1. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.e. where necessary. 6.4.4. i. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. 13. and be familiar with. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1. This webbing should support five D-rings. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 12. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 9. 2. 7. Gas-sharing scenarios. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K-. and regulator switching as appropriate. Use of Goodman handle while riding a DPV Dive team order and protocols Use of spools and reels Basic navigation skills Pre-dive drills 2. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. 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. H-.4. 11. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 7. 16. 2.10 1. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.1 . 4. 10. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 15. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. the first should be placed at the left hip.4. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. 8.5 Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.5 to 2 meter hose. 3. section 1.

To qualify for this type of instruction. used to tow the diver. Wet Notes 12. 7. 8. fins should be rigid. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. However. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 14. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. One reserve mask 11. 2.5. 6. 16. teamwork. standard and emergency procedures. It should have variable speed adjustment.4. The course covers the basic principles of DPV diving and is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required for the use of propulsion vehicles in the overhead environment. DPV maintenance and trouble shooting and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV and managing multiple DPVs. DPV: The DPV should be of a tow-behind type. In general. Training includes an emphasis on awareness. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. and/or experience and must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 4.1 Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 2 / Cave DPV Purpose GUE’s Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 2 (Cave DPV) course is a diver education program that introduces divers to the use of underwater propulsion vehicles in the overhead environment. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. 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. At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. dive-planning. It should come free of extraneous strings. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. with no unnecessary components.the placement of reserve lights. tabs. 10. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. non-split At least one cutting device One wrist compass 5. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. as well as a clutch.1 60 .4. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. environments. The system should retain a minimalist approach.5 2. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 13. or other material. stress management. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing it in case it fails to work. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. conservation. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. 9. In addition. navigation. participants need prior DPV training. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15.

5. 2. four of which will be critical-skill dives and three will be experience dives. 6.6. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.5.4. Must have a minimum of fifty non training cave dives 2.600 liters of gas necessary to begin a cave DPV dive.5. 3. 3. During overhead dives no gas in doubles can be used. Minimum 215 cubic feet/6.1 61 . It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Must have a minimum of two hundred dives beyond open-water qualification.2. Equipment considerations DPV Components DPV maintenance Stage cylinders Exposure suit appropriate for the environment Dive planning Operational planning Matching different speeds while using a DPV Emergency procedures (to include: gas sharing. If a diver doesn’t hold GUE DPV 1 qualification all critical skills need to be conducted in open water before entering the overhead environment 2. Course requirements include four hours of academics and seven dives. 2.5. 2. Initial dives will be conducted in open water to test diver ability and resolve any deficiencies in skill level.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 4:1 during land drill or surface exercises.9 meters). No training dives are to exceed a depth of 100 feet (+/.4.30 feet)/30 meters (+/. 4. 2.5.9. Must have passed GUE DPV 1 or show proficiency in the use of DPVs.4. 9.2 1. 4.3 Duration The GUE DPV 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Only gas from stage cylinders will be used 3.5. 5. but cannot exceed 2:1 during any in-water training. 8.7 1.4.4. 5. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 4.5. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. 6.5 Course Content The GUE DPV 2 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge in the use of tow-behind propulsion vehicles. 2. and operational considerations in overhead environments.4 1. towing diver and run away scooter) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Must have passed GUE Cave 2 or equivalent as outlined in section 1.4. 7. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.6 • Required Training Materials Academic Topics GUE DPV Powerpoint 2.

15. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth.5. 5. 8. Towing a DPV 14.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Procedures 11. 4. Gas-sharing scenarios. 5. including depth and time management. Gas Planning 12. Line use (installing. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 7. where necessary. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. and regulator switching as appropriate. Equipment Requirements Each student should have.10. 4. 6.8 1.4. Considerations for DPV while not being used 13. 13. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.1 62 . 6.e. 3. appropriate thermal protection. Demonstrate proficiency towing a second scooter and multiple cylinders 14. spool and guideline use. 2. Reel. 3.4.5. following and retrieving) 2. 12. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in section 1. Demonstrate effective use of compass and navigation Matching speeds with team members Towing diver with non-functional DPV Demonstrate control while dealing with a runaway DPV Procedures for gas-sharing. 2. and be familiar with. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.9 1. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold.5. which allows for the use of two first-stages. i. 10. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. 9. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.10 1. All dives must start with a 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. 2. 11. Towing stage cylinders 15. 7. Land Drills and Topics Proper position while using a DPV Runaway DPV Use of Goodman handle while riding a DPV Reel and guideline use Use of spools and reels Basic navigation skills Pre-dive drills 2.4. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and.

Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1. Stage cylinders should include one Oxygen stage. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell.600 liters of gas. 17. or other material. In addition. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 13. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. 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. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 2 Approved DPVs (tow behind type) At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 11. 8. 7. 5. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. At least twelve line markers. 10. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 2. 14. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. of which at least six should be directional (line arrows) and six nondirectional. the first should be placed at the left hip. such as an argon/air cylinder. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. 16. 9. 3. Divers must also maintain the use of four appropriately marked stages. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs/40 kgs. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. tabs.minimum of 215 cubic feet/6. 6. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. fins should be rigid. One compass 18. One primary reel per team. However. It should come free of extraneous strings. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister.1 63 . with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. Information 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. with no unnecessary components. The system should retain a minimalist approach. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. In general. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 4. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class. This webbing should support five D-rings. powering an external light head via a light cord.5 to 2 meter hose.

It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Academic Topics Purpose Common components of the Halcyon RB80 and how they function Inherent risks of rebreathers Introduction to the Halcyon rebreather Halcyon rebreather alarms and warnings The physics behind a Halcyon rebreather 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.5 Course Content The GUE Rebreather course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to ensure a working knowledge of rebreather diving.4 1. GUE.6 1.6. Jarrod Jablonski.4. GUE. 3.4. 2.1 Rebreather Diver Purpose GUE’s Rebreather Diver course is designed to 1) educate individuals in basic rebreather technologies and 2) cultivate diver proficiency in the use of Halcyon’s semi-closed-circuit technology. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 3. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 2. 2.6.4. 3. High Springs.6.6. Fifty must have been in doubles. High Springs.4. 2.4.6.6. 2. 4.7 1. 2001. Must have passed GUE Tech 2. 2.6.4. 4.6.4. 3.about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.2 1. Florida. 2. Must have at least 300 scuba dives beyond open-water qualification.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 2. 2. 2. Florida.6 2. with twenty-five dives at the Tech 2 level.3 Duration The Rebreather class is normally conducted over a five-day period.1 64 . The course assumes that divers are not experienced in the use of rebreather technology but are very capable open-circuit divers. Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age. Maximum depth 100 feet/30 meters 2. 6.4. 2001. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. Recommended rebreather training materials. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 5. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. Course requirements include a minimum of twelve hours of academics and at least eight open-water dives. failures and life-saving solutions. Jarrod Jablonski.

Comfortably swim for at least 50 feet/15 meters without a mask while diving. pre-dive vacuum test.4. 8. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Demonstrate effective valve-management by switching regulators. in-water activity. 3. 9. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving procedures. 5. flow check.1 65 . appropriate thermal protection. 13. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface-marker buoy in under two minutes while hovering stationary. pre-dive preparations. Gas-sharing scenarios to include breath-hold management for gas-sharing for at least 200 feet/60 meters. Need for continuing education and skill reinforcement 2. including assembly. section 1. 11. 6. including valve manipulation. i.6. 12. 2. Demonstrate proficiency in removing/attaching stage and/or decompression cylinders while hovering horizontal. The importance of instinctive physiological monitoring 11. breathing on semiclosed circuit. and post-dive assessment and breakdown. where necessary.4. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.8 1. Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and correctly respond to simulated rebreather problems. Participants should not vary in depth more than 5 feet/1. flow check.7. 15.5. 5. 7. Trainees must be capable of removing. 10. 9.6. 4.9 1. and then discharge excess water. Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 8. 4. Demonstrate the ability to comfortably switch gases using the gas-addition manifold while maintaining good trim and neutral buoyancy. Land Drills and Topics Flow-checks Manifold failures Gas-addition failures Gas-sharing Rebreather functions 2. Demonstrate the ability to safely switch between semi-closed circuit and open circuit. and regulator switching as appropriate. Skill required to manage gas failures. Configuration Halcyon rebreather physical design Problem recognition and management 10.5 meters. replacing and plugging in a deco cylinder in under ninety seconds. vacuum and pressure test. Diving the Halcyon rebreather 13. Demonstrate the ability to recognize. 14. gas-sharing..e. Post-dive procedures 14. Pre-dive planning 12. 3. evaluate and correct floods. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold An understanding of diving limitations. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills.

each one is to supply a single second-stage and a single pressure gauge. i. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 10. 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.6. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 13. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. The double cylinders must be accessible by both the rebreather and the open-circuit regulators. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas and one first-stage regulator for travel/ decompression gas. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. all of the following required equipment: Rebreather: Halcyon semi-closed circuit rebreather. Demonstrate awareness of a team member’s rebreather function and a concern for safety. 4. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 8. tabs. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. the first should be placed at the left hip. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. 9. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Two aluminum cylinders of 30 cubic feet/840 liters or greater are required for deco gases. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. manipulation and failures of the gas-addition system. powering an external light head via a light 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 2. 17. This webbing should support five D-rings. One primary reel per team. 20.16. or other material. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume.1 66 . The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with use of the rebreather during ascents. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 12. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. 7. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold.10 1.4. 5. 6. 18. Regulators: Two first-stages. non-split At least one cutting device 3. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gassharing episodes from semi-closed circuit. with one or more experiences to include a distance of at least 30 feet/9 meters. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. each supplying a single second-stage. Be able to comfortably demonstrate use. It should come free of extraneous strings. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. fins should be rigid. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. descents and diving. and be familiar with. Wet Notes 11. In addition. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs during diving and failures. 19.e.

Own current versions of all relevant GUE instructor manuals and current GUE standards and procedures. At least twelve of these dives should occur at the highest level of instructional qualification—e. 3. Log twenty-five.1. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Serve as an assistant. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Maintaining Active Status Maintain a current mailing address with Headquarters. such as an argon/air cylinder. Qualifying dives should encourage personal skill development by challenging the instructor’s comfort level while also facilitating personal experience across the range of classes in which the instructor is qualified to teach. Annually complete and submit an Instructor Renewal Form. 7. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. To maintain an Active Status instructor rating in GUE.1 1. serve on staff. GUE Instructor Standards and Procedures 3. audit. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. Be current in CPR and First-Aid 67 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. In general. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. Pay all outstanding debts owed GUE. 3. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Attend. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. or lecture at one GUE ITC. 2. One reserve mask 19. However. 14. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 3. Complete at least one of the following training obligations: • • • Conduct and act as the lead instructor in one formal GUE course. one must be a GUE Active Status instructor.1 . qualification dives per year. twelve of which must be at the Cave 2 level. Half of these qualifications dives may be varied across multiple environments and depths but should be oriented toward enhancing personal skill development. 6. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 16.cord. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Meet the standards required to teach a specific training category and/or training level. 9. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. instructors must: 8. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.g. or participate in three complete GUE-sanctioned diving courses. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 17.1 Active Status Instructor To teach GUE-sanctioned training courses. 5. Be a non-smoker. 4. Cave 2 instructors must perform (minimally) twenty-five non-training dives per year. 15. non-training. One wrist compass 18.

Assist an Active Status GUE instructor in one formal GUE course.S. Sustaining Status instructors must furnish GUE Headquarters with proof of compliance with respect to items 2 and 3. Terms: Substantially the same as those in the current policy offered through GUE (submit a certificate of insurance. an Active Status instructor must always be present during such activities. state. but who in the judgment of their instructor evaluators (IEs) are not yet prepared to teach independently.2. Maintaining Sustaining Status Maintain a current mailing address with Headquarters. in writing. 8. and who no longer pay instructor membership dues or participate in the benefits of GUE membership. 4. instructor members are obliged to refrain from both teaching and supervising diving students. To maintain Sustaining Status. and 10. act as lead instructors or assist in GUE courses. In the interim. are able to participate in GUE forums (Quest and instructor e-mail list) and receive all GUE instructor information. and (3) have the unanimous written support of both GUE instructor evaluators. 2.4 Provisional Status Instructor Provisional-status instructors are GUE instructor candidates who have completed an instructor evaluation. until such time as they can meet GUE leadership medical requirements for diving. With each yearly renewal. 7. Pay all outstanding debts owed GUE. 3. 3. Active Status instructors must furnish GUE Headquarters with proof of compliance with respect to items 2. obtain a similar Instructional Liability Insurance policy.5).3 Inactive Status Instructor Inactive Status instructors are instructors who fail to meet the criteria for either Active or Sustaining Status. in writing. and must obtain it as offered by GUE or. To be upgraded to Active Status. an exemption from the insurance requirement. 3.2 Sustaining Status Instructor Sustaining instructors are instructors who opt not to actively conduct formal GUE courses or act as lead instructors. 11. and/or divers. citizens while maintaining American citizenship themselves are required to have Instructional Liability Insurance. In the event that any substantive health changes occur. for the exemption and provide letters of exemption from their commanding officers.1 1.10.1 68 . 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 3. Inactive instructors must return their Instructor Certification cards to GUE Headquarters. military personnel who teach diving as part of their military duties are exempt from the insurance requirement but must apply. but who want to retain the option of doing so at a later date (subject to the provisions of section 3. Provisional Status instructors must: (1) remedy shortcomings outlined by the IEs. GUE instructors are annually required to: With each yearly renewal. which covers GUE in case of a claim). Inactive instructors are instructors who no longer conduct formal GUE courses. Instructional insurance: Instructors residing in the United States of America and/or who teach U.S. U. Minimum coverage: $1 million. Instructors who are covered by city. (2) be re-evaluated by a GUE IE to determine whether these shortcomings have been satisfactorily addressed. sustaining instructors retain their GUE instructor-certification status. 9. 3. Annually complete and submit an Instructor Renewal Form. Maintain a good state of mental and physical fitness. Provisional Status instructors are not qualified to independently conduct formal GUE classes. federal or private institutional insurance must request.

but under three years. 5. medical history. If in Sustaining Status for under one year.6. 3. and obtain a letter of recommendation from that GUE instructor Submit a letter requesting a status change 3.9. Technical. and Rebreather diving. 3.5 Instructor Status Changes Sustaining or Inactive Status instructors may change their status at any time by meeting the following requirements: 1. instructors seeking to regain Active Status must: • • • Meet all Active Status instructor requirements Obtain a letter of recommendation from a GUE training director Successfully pass an instructor evaluation.8) with one formal GUE course. If in Sustaining Status for more than three years.13 respectively. needs unanimous support by two GUE instructor trainers 3. Specific details and pre-requisites for the recreation. 3. Nonetheless.1 Description GUE’s training curriculum is designed around a common training and diving platform. this would include: registration.9. or if in Inactive Status. liability release. all GUE courses. Cave. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 70 feet/21 meters on a breath hold Must have submitted a completed application packet to both GUE HQ and the ITC instructor before the commencement of the ITC. and requires that GUE instructors take Instructor Training Courses (ITCs) in the type of diving they wish to teach before being qualified to do so in an instructor evaluation. instructors seeking Active Status must: • • • • Meet all Active Status instructor requirements Obtain a letter of recommendation from a GUE training director Assist an approved GUE instructor (see section 3.9 and 3. instructors seeking to renew their Active Status must: • • 2. 6. GUE offers Instructor Training Courses (ITCs) in: Recreational.1.6 Must be a minimum twenty-one years of age With the exception of GUE Recreational instructor candidates.8) Must be qualified in CPR and First-Aid 4. Meet all Active Status instructor requirements Obtain a letter of recommendation from a GUE training director If in Sustaining Status for more than one year.3. 2.6. all GUE ITC candidates must be qualified as GUE Recreational diving instructors or their equivalent (e. technical and cave ITCs are listed in sections 3. GUE Fundamentals instructors) Must be able to swim at least 600 yards/ 550 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. and a dive resume Must have satisfied all GUE internship requirements (see section 3. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. GUE recognizes the need for environment-specific practices. 7.6.9.1 69 . ITC Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6 Instructor Candidate Training Procedures 3. instructional insurance (where applicable).g.6.2 1.. regardless of environment. 8. cultivate a common set of concepts and skills.

. Instructor candidates who matriculate in a GUE Cave ITC.6.1 70 .g. or Recreational curricula (i. GUE Fundamentals).7. from Fundamentals to Recreational Diver level 1) in the manner described in section 3. GUE Instructor Training Progression With the exception of GUE Fundamentals instructor candidates.6. and who pass a GUE Technical instructor evaluation.6.6.6 1.6. or Recreational curricula (i. instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (i. Rebreather. all GUE instructor candidates must first qualify as instructors at the entry level of a particular training curriculum (e. from Cave to Technical) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3. Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (i. instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (e..e.g.. and 3).6.. from Tech 1 to Tech 2) in the manner described in section 3. This requirement is waived in ITCs were an entire course of the level sought is incorporated (e.6 3. GUE Cave 1. and 3).. All GUE instructor candidates must first serve as interns/assistants with an appropriate GUE instructor (see section 3. a Tech ITC that begins with a Tech 1 class taught by GUE instructor trainers and assisted by GUE instructor candidates).g.6..7.6.7.6.e.g.3). Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (e.5 Cave Instructor Training Courses Cave instructor training develops instructor proficiency in training principles directly applicable to those GUE courses that are not part of the Technical.8) in at least one complete GUE-sanctioned diving course at the entry level of the category sought (e. 2. 3. additional ITC prerequisites specific to a given curriculum are detailed in each relevant section. Rebreather.6..g. Tech 1). or Rebreather curricula (i...e.e. 3.. 2.6.6. Instructor candidates that matriculate in a GUE Technical ITC.e. before matriculating in an appropriate GUE ITC (with the exception of GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructor candidates).. GUE Tech 1. as a Tech 1 instructor within the Technical diving curriculum).6. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (e. Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (i. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.4 Technical Instructor Training Courses Technical instructor training develops instructor proficiency in training principles directly applicable to those GUE courses that are not part of the Cave. Alternatively. going from Recreational to Technical) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3. Alternatively.g..e. Instructor candidates who matriculate in a GUE Recreational ITC.3 Recreational Instructor Training Courses Recreational instructor training develops instructor proficiency in training principles applicable to those GUE courses not part of the Technical.. and who pass a GUE Fundamentals instructor evaluation.6. candidates must furnish both their training director and GUE HQ with documentation showing compliance with ITC prerequisites. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (e. and who pass a GUE Cave instructor evaluation. Cave 1 ). from Technical to Cave) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3. Alternatively. 3. GUE Recreational 1. ITC prerequisites pertinent to all GUE curricula are detailed in section 3. Must be a nonsmoker 3. instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (e. 2. Before enrolling in a GUE ITC. GUE ITC candidates who are certified diving Instructors with another agency for a minimum of 1 year and have conducted a min of 10 classes or certified 25 students may receive 2 signatures at the ITC and as a result be certified to teach GUE Recreational 1 courses directly after the ITC.g. Tech 1). GUE Recreational Diving programs 1 .9. from Cave 1 to Cave 2) in the manner described in section 3..g. Cave.2 of this document. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (.g.

Upon completing a given ITC. of two GUE instructor trainers. No further evaluations will be required. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. provided that they: 1) have submitted all relevant documents (enumerated above) to both GUE HQ and their training director. instructor candidates may either 1) be recommended for an instructor evaluation by his/her GUE instructor trainer (IT) or 2) be instructed by his/her IT to undertake further internships with a GUE instructor to correct some instructional deficiency before they are eligible for an instructor evaluation. Tech) by: 1. and the final signature must be awarded by an IE. The first signature awarded can only be awarded as an IT signature. A GUE ITC is normally conducted over a minimum seven-day period and schools candidates in the theory and practice of a given GUE curriculum and how to communicate these effectively. Instructors are not required to undertake additional ITCs within a given category unless deemed necessary by a GUE instructor trainer. in a Tech 2 course). 3. to help ensure their safety. 8. alternatively. The IT may require that the candidate co-teach with a specific instructor. instructor candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate all relevant course material in a usable fashion while also demonstrating an ability to maintain control over class participants.g. Having interned with an approved GUE instructor (see section 3.. However. 7. a candidate being evaluated for a first signature may only be awarded an IT signature. a Tech instructor wishing to teach cave-diving must complete a Cave ITC) and be evaluated successfully by at least two GUE instructor evaluators (at least one of whom is a GUE training director) during the teaching of a sanctioned entry-level GUE course in the new training category. or approval. For example. and 3) submit a signed instructor agreement letter.g.1 71 .g.7 GUE Instructor Upgrades within the Same Training Category GUE instructor candidates must first qualify as instructors at the entry level of a particular training curriculum (e. from Technical to Cave) must undertake an additional GUE ITC (e. A candidate must obtain the signature..g. GUE instructor evaluation is conducted using the “signature” process. Having acted as a lead instructor in at least five GUE-sanctioned courses at their given qualification level. Instructors pursuing upgrades must secure executed GUE internship evaluations from the approved GUE instructor at the completion of each course and submit each within thirty days of completion to GUE HQ.... along with the appropriate instructor fee.6.. This evaluation process may take place at separate events. except for Tech instructors who wish to qualify to teach Level Two Recreational classes.g. Upon the satisfactory completion of an instructor evaluation. 5. The second signature can only be awarded by an IE. 2. Instructor Evaluation forms must bear the signatures and comments of both instructor trainer / evaluators. Tech 1 instructor in the Technical Diving curriculum) before being qualified to teach at the next level (Tech 2). They are are normally conducted during a GUE sanctioned course at the level requested (e.8) in at least two GUEsanctioned courses at the next level (e.6. an instructor candidate will be considered an Active GUE instructor.4. 6. 3. one of which must be a GUE instructor evaluator. even if the trainer holds IE status. GUE instructors may progress within a given training curriculum (e.. Tech 1). GUE Recreational instructors wishing to teach the primers (GUE Primer. all other GUE instructors seeking to move from one training curriculum to another (e. During the instructor evaluation. doubles and drysuit) must become GUE Fundamentals instructors. 2) have ensured that all their instructional documentation is in order (it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all the relevant documents are properly executed). the IT may allow the candidate to gain experience with any active GUE instructor. GUE Fundamentals instructor candidates must demonstrate competence using a drysuit during the evaluation process. By being successfully evaluated by one GUE instructor evaluator while teaching a GUEsanctioned course at the next-highest level.g. Thereafter.

1.7. internships must be conducted under the supervision of GUE instructors who have taught at least three classes in the given curriculum. Staff at least one ITC in any curriculum in which they are seeking IE status. 3. they are responsible for determining whether a candidate is able to autonomously conduct training safely and knowledgeably at a given level.7 Instructor Trainer (IT) Qualifications 3. Though GUE HQ in principle discourages this.2 1. Staff at least one ITC in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status.9 Recreational Diving Instructor Courses 3. 2. a candidate can petition GUE HQ to have their internship requirement amended to allow the required internship to be carried out with a GUE instructor who does not meet the requirements outlined above. 2.8 Fulfillment of Internship Requirement To fulfill GUE's training prerequisite.1 Purpose A GUE instructor evaluation is the final check on the instructor-development process. or access to whom subjects an instructor candidate to unreasonable duress.8. Must have taught at least five entry-level courses in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status. 3. Must receive a “signature” from a GUE IE while acting as a lead IT at a GUE ITC. Purpose IT Prerequisites Must meet all the requirements of an Active Status GUE instructor at the level that the ITC candidates are pursuing.9.9. Be approved by a majority of the GUE Training Council A GUE IT is qualified to conduct GUE ITCs in preparation for a final GUE instructor evaluation. 3.1 3. Must have taught at least five entry-level courses in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1 GUE Recreational Instructor Training Course Purpose The GUE Recreational Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to teach instructor candidates how to effectively communicate relevant course information in a safe and positive manner. 4. 3.1 3.8.8 Instructor Evaluator (IE) Qualifications 3. 3.3.1 72 .2 1.6. Must receive a “signature” from a GUE IE while acting as a lead IE at a GUE ITC. Be approved by a 2/3rds majority of the GUE Training Council. 4. It is the responsibility of instructor-candidates to obtain all properly executed evaluation forms and submit these within thirty days of completion to GUE HQ In extraordinary cases where appropriate GUE instructors are either unavailable. Prerequisites Must meet all the requirements of an Active Status GUE instructor and IT at the level that the ITC candidates are pursuing. it will consider petitions on a case-by-case basis 3.7.

2008.1. 3.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. Must have proof of at least 200 dives.2 and 3. Florida. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 2. 2003.9. Global Undwerwater Explorers.6.1. This program is conducted over a minimum of seven days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation. 3.6. 3. GUE.1. Prerequisites Must comply with GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3.2 1. which is conducted at a later date as per section 3. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 5.9. 3. High Springs. This time period may be extended if prerequisites or program requirements have not been met to the instructor ’trainer’s satisfaction. Academic Topics Discussion and implementation of GUE course content GUE organization.1 73 . Florida. 3. limits of training. 4. and Todd Kincaid.9.1.3 Duration The GUE Recreational ITC is conducted over a minimum seven-day period.1. High Springs. 3.1. with at least fifty dives in a GUE single tank/cylinder configuration. 3. At least twenty-five dives must have been in a double tank/cylinder configuration. GUE. point 7).5 Program Content The GUE Recreational ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer.9.9.9. and course completion requirements Conservation GUE standards and procedures Demonstrate mastery of relevant topics contained within GUE Recreational diver training 3.6. 4. GUE. Candidates aspiring to teach the GUE Fundamentals class must also have passed GUE Tech 1 prior to a final evaluation (see section 3. 2001. 2. Must have suitable in-water and surface rescue skills.9.8 Must have passed GUE Fundamentals at the technical level or GUE Recreational Level 3 Diver. 2001.6 1.1. 2. High Springs.4 1. Beginning with the End in Mind .8 Land Drills and Topics Discussion of land drills pertinent to GUE Recreational Training 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Jarrod Jablonski.6. Florida. 4. Jesper Berglund. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 4. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Sweden.3. 5.6. Stockholm. Panos Alexakos.6. Jarrod Jablonski. Jarrod Jablonski.7 1. 2. 3.4 Instructor candidate-to-IT ratio is not to exceed 4:1 (adjusting downward for environmental conditions) No overhead diving Dives not to exceed 21m / 70ft 3.

9.10 Equipment Requirements ITC candidates must be well versed in both GUE single tank/cylinder and double tank/cylinder equipment configurations. 3.2 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. 3.9. An awareness of each student’s ability level 3.9. Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE. with either configuration available as needed.8. In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3.3 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Level 2 Instructor In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3.9. 2.2 Be a GUE Recreational Level 1 instructor Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 4. 3. effective.6. 4.9. 2.9.6.6.2.8. prospective GUE Recreational Level 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE 1. and personable approach to teaching An understanding of GUE standards and procedures A respect for the conservation of the environment 10.3. 5.1.6. 3. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.9 1. Proper in-water positioning to provide appropriate care for. and control of. 2. 7.2 Be a GUE Recreational Level 2 instructor Be a GUE Technical Diver 1 Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE while using a dry suit. 8. 2.4 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.1 74 . Required Skills (Academic and In-Water) Every ITC candidate must be able to perform or demonstrate: Prepared classroom presentations Impromptu classroom presentation Relevant land drills Relevant simulated training dives Simulated in-water emergency/rescue scenario Any relevant diving skill at a demonstration level when asked by the ITC staff A safe. 3.1. students 11. GUE Fundamentals instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 1 class: 1. 3.6. 6. prospective GUE Recreational Level Two instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Recreational Level Two instructors: 1.

9 3. 3.6. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3.4 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.6.9. GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 3 class: 3. GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Fundamentals Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. and GUE Cave 1 3.9. GUE Recreational 2 to GUE Recreational 3 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. Training dives are not included.2.7.6. 2.9.5 1.6.9.6.1 75 .9. GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Fundamentals class: 3. Cave or Tech Instructor to Recreational Level 1 Diving Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.9. GUE Cave or Tech instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Level 1 class: 3.9.9. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3. Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE.2. Prerequisites Must comply with GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3. 3. Must have proof of at least 300 dives with fifty dives in doubles. GUE Tech 2. 2.6.9.2.8 1. 3. 3.2 1. 3.3 Duration The Tech ITC is structured around a minimum five-day period.2 and 3.3. GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 2 class: 3.6.9. usable. and positive manner.1 Technical Diver Instructor Course Purpose The GUE Tech instructor training course (ITC) is designed to teach instructor candidates how to effectively communicate appropriate course content for a GUE Tech 1 course in a safe. This time period may be extended if prerequisites or program requirements have been met to the instructor trainer’s satisfaction. 2.2.9.6 1. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals.9.8. 3. GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Recreational 2 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.7 1.4 1.6.6. 2. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 2. during which they must also demonstrate competence using a drysuit.7 Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE. during which they must also demonstrate competence using a drysuit.7 Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE.9. Must successfully undergo GUE instructor evaluation by a GUE IE.

6. Instructor candidate-to-IT ratio is not to exceed 3:1 Maximum depth 170 feet / 51 meters Minimum of 20 feet/6 meters of visibility 3. effective.6 1.9.9 1. 3.5 Program Content The GUE Tech ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer. Jarrod Jablonski. Land Drills and Topics Reel and guideline use in standard operating procedures Team order and protocols Use of safety spools/reels Reel and guideline use in emergency procedures. 2001. Academic Topics GUE organization. and Todd Kincaid. 7. 2003. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Florida. 3. GUE.9.8 1. High Springs. and personable approach to teaching An understanding of GUE standards and procedures 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. which is conducted at a later date as per section 3. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 3. 2. and course completion requirements Conservation Review of GUE standards and procedures Demonstrate a thorough understanding of all topics relevant to the GUE Tech 1 course 3. Panos Alexakos.9. 4.1 76 .2. Florida. 4. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. GUE. Required Skills (Academic and In-water) Each Tech ITC candidate must be able to perform or demonstrate: At least three prepared classroom presentations At least one impromptu classroom presentation At least one prepared line drill session At least three impromptu Tech 1 simulated training dives At least one simulated in-water emergency/rescue scenario Any Tech 1 diving skill at a demonstration level when asked by the ITC staff member A safe.9.9. 7. 6. Jarrod Jablonski. High Springs. This program is conducted over a minimum of five days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation. GUE.6.9. 2. 3. High Springs. 2001. 3. 6. 3. 4. Florida. 3. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Basic navigation skills Visual referencing skills Be able to demonstrate capacity with all Tech 1 drills and topics 3. Jarrod Jablonski. 5. 5.9.9.9. limits of training. 2. 4.9. 2.7 1. 8.

2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.10 1. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kg. of their students 11. 5. 9. 14. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights.9. tabs or other material. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. powering an external light head via a light cord. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. per diver 11. such as an argon/air cylinder. one of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. Demonstrate full capacity with all topics contained within GUE Tech 1 diver training 3.1 77 . Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. 13. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. and control. the first should be placed at the left hip. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. 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. 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. It should come free of extraneous strings. and be familiar with. fins should be rigid. All dives must start with a minimum of 80 cubic feet/2250 liters. One primary reel per team. 10. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use a dual cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Proper in-water positioning to provide appropriate care for. 7. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 6. Regulators: Two first-stages. In addition. 4. This webbing should support five D-rings. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2. Divers breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. A respect for the conservation of the environment 10. Buoyancy Compensator Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. which allows the use of two first-stages.9. An awareness of each student’s ability level 12. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit where applicable. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. each supplying a single second-stage. 8.9. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line. 3.

9. However.12. 3.6. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3. 4. GUE Cave 1. Training dives are not included. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Must have proof of at least 700 dives with 150 dives in doubles. The double cylinders must be accessible by both the rebreather and the open-circuit regulators. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements.9. Must have proof of at least 500 dives with 200 rebreather dives.6. 3.9. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3. 3.6.2. prospective GUE Rebreather instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Rebreather instructors: 1.8.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals.2.6. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 2.2.9. 4. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. Training dives are not included.Note: Prior to the commencement of class. 3. prospective GUE Tech 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Tech 3 instructors: 1. and GUE Tech 2. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3.6.1 . Tech 2. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. and GUE Tech 3.10 Progress from Tech 1 Instructor to Tech 2 Instructor 3.8.9. prospective GUE Tech 2 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Tech 2 instructors: 1.7. In general. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. GUE Cave 1.12.7.6.12 Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Rebreather Instructor 3. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 78 Each student should have. all of the following required equipment: 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3.7.9. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.6.6.10. Training dives are not included. Equipment Requirements Rebreather: Halcyon semi-closed circuit rebreather Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dualoutlet isolator manifold.6. 2.11 Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Tech 3 Instructor 3. 2.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. and GUE Rebreather. 2. which allows for the use of two first-stages.11.8. 3. and be familiar with. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. 3.9. 3. 4. Must have proof of at least 400 dives with 100 dives in doubles. All dives must start with a minimum of 40 cubic feet/1120 liters of gas. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.2 1.

Wet Notes 11. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. tabs or other material. Regulators: Two first-stages. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. One primary reel per team. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 17. It should come free of extraneous strings. powering an external light head via a light cord. However. This webbing should support five D-rings. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 16. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 12. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 5. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 15. 7. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. 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. 6. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. In general. Divers breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID lighting or greater. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. the first should be placed at the left hip. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. non-split At least one cutting device 4. such as an argon/air cylinder. 9. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. 8.1 79 . the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. 14.3. each supplying a single second-stage. 10. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 13. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kg. fins should be rigid.

3.9.13 Cave Diver Instructor Course
3.9.13.1 Purpose
The GUE Cave Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to teach instructor candidates how to effectively communicate relevant course information for the Cave 1 course in a safe, usable, and positive manner.

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Prerequisites

Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.6.2 and 3.6.8 Must have passed GUE Fundamentals, GUE Tech 1, and GUE Cave 2 Must have proof of at least 300 dives, with 100 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or their equivalent. Training dives are not included. Must have completed teaching outlines as assigned by GUE instructor trainer

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Duration

The GUE Cave instructor training course (ITC) is structured around a minimum five-day period. This time period may be extended if all prerequisites or program requirements have not been met to the training director’s satisfaction.

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Program Limits

General training limits as outlined in section 1.4 Instructor candidate-to-IT ratios are not to exceed 3:1 Gas consumption: 1/3 of double cylinders for cave penetration Maximum depth: 100 feet/30 meters Minimum of 20 feet/6 meters of visibility to commence training cave dive Minimum of 80 cubic feet/2250 liters of gas to commence training cave dive

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Program Content

The GUE Cave ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer. This program is conducted over a minimum of seven days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation, which is conducted at a later date as per section 3.6.6.

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Required Training Materials

Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, Panos Alexakos, and Todd Kincaid, GUE, 2003, High Springs, Florida. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.

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Academic Topics

GUE organization, limits of training, and course completion requirements Conservation Review of GUE standards and procedures Demonstrate full capacity with all topics contained within GUE Cave 1 diver training

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Land Drills and Topics

Reel and guideline use in standard operating procedures Team order and protocols Use of safety spools/reels Reel and guideline use in emergency procedures, including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic navigation skills Visual referencing skills Demonstrate a complete understanding of all topics contained within the GUE Cave 1 curriculum

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Required Dive Skills and Drills

Each Cave ITC candidate must be able to perform or demonstrate: At least three prepared classroom presentations At least one impromptu classroom presentation At least one prepared line-drill session At least three impromptu Cave 1 simulated training dives At least one simulated in-water emergency/rescue scenario Any cave-diving skill at a demonstration level when asked by the ITC staff A safe, effective, and personable approach to teaching An understanding of GUE standards and procedures A respect for the conservation of the environment

10. Proper in-water positioning to give appropriate care for, and control of, their students 11. An awareness of each student’s ability level 12. Demonstrate capacity with all required dive skills and drills

3.9.13.10 Equipment Requirements
Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following required equipment: 1. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows the use of two first-stages. All dives must start with a minimum of 80 cubic feet/2250 liters of gas. Regulators: Two first-stages, each supplying a single second-stage. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 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 using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for
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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 80 lbs. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume; fins should be rigid, non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes

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10. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11. One primary reel per team, with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. 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. 13. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 14. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. At least six line markers, of which at least three should be directional (line arrows) and three nondirectional 16. Divers breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source, such as an argon/air cylinder. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. 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 all 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.

3.9.14 Progress from Cave 1 Instructor to Cave 2 Instructor
3.9.14.1 Prerequisites
In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3.6.8, prospective GUE Cave 2 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Cave 2 instructors: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.6.2 Must have proof of at least 400 dives with 150 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or equivalent. Training dives are not included. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals, GUE Cave 2, and GUE Tech 1 Diver. Must have experience in high-flow systems and systems that require decompression. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.6.7.

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usable.1 83 . Minimum of 20 feet/6 meters of visibility to commence training dive.6. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.2 1.2.6. 2.9.9.3.1Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. 3. Own a DPV 3.16.8.16. 2.5 Program Content The GUE DPV 1 workshop is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE DPV Instructor Trainer.250 liters of gas to commence training dive.2 and 3. 7. This program is conducted over at least one day and is designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to teach recreational DPV diving.16. 3.9. 5.15. 3.16. 4. GUE Cave 3. and GUE Tech 2 Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. Must be certified as a GUE Tech 1 diver. Must have completed requirements as assigned by GUE DPV instructor trainer.9.16.1 Purpose The GUE DPV instructor workshop is designed to teach instructor candidates how to effectively communicate relevant course information for the DPV 1 course in a safe. Prerequisites Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. Must be an active GUE Fundamentals instructor or above.16 DPV Instructor Course 3.3 Duration The GUE DPV 1 workshop is structured around a minimum one-day period.6.7. 8.4 1.6. 4. 3.9. 6. prospective GUE Cave 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Cave 3 instructors: 1. Must have experience using DPVs during at least 50 dives. 3. Must have taught at least 5 GUE Fundamentals classes. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals.9. 2.15 Progress from Cave 2 Instructor to Cave 3 Instructor 3. 5. Must have completed at least 300 dives excluding training dives. 3. Gas consumption: 1/3 of double cylinders Maximum depth: 100 feet/30 meters. Minimum of 80 cubic feet/2. 4. 3. Must have proof of at least 700 dives with 300 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or equivalent. This time period may be extended if all prerequisites or program requirements have not been met.4 Instructor candidate-to-IT ratios are not to exceed 3:1.9. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.9. and positive manner. Training dives are not included.6. 6.8.

6.9. all of the following required equipment: 1.9 1. 3. Demonstrate respect for the conservation of our aquatic environment. 5. 3. 7.8 1. 7.3. Demonstrate capacity with DPV line drills. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in the presentation of course content. 4. 2. GUE. 3.16. Demonstrate proper control and in-water positioning so as to promote student safety.10 Equipment Requirements Each student should have.16. Demonstrate an understanding of GUE standards and procedures. 7. 2001.16. Regulators: Two first-stages.16. Land Drills and Topics Reel and guideline use while using a DPV Team order and protocols Use of safety spools and surface markers Emergency procedures. 2. 5. Academic Topics GUE organization. 3. High Springs. Demonstrate a safe.9. GUE. 8.1 84 . 4. limits of training and course completion requirements Conservation GUE standards and procedures Use and maintenance of DPVs Procedures and emergency management while diving DPVs 3. and personable teaching style. 8. effective.9. Jarrod Jablonski. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Florida. 4.9.9. GUE DPV Power Point 3. Jarrod Jablonski. All dives must start with a minimum of 80 cubic feet/2. Demonstrate the ability to manage students during DPV training dives. including towing a DPV while gas-sharing Managing a runaway DPV Lost-diver procedures Basic navigation skills Visual referencing skills 3. Demonstrate capacity with all required dive skills and drills. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.16. Demonstrate the capacity for critical analysis of student performance. 3. which allows the use of two first-stages. 2. and be familiar with. 2001. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 2. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. 5. Florida. High Springs. 2. One of the second-stages must be on a 7 foot/2 meter hose.7 1.250 liters of gas. each supplying a single second-stage. 6.6 1.

A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. as well as a clutch. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. At least one time/depth-measuring device A wrist mounted compass Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 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. 9. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. It should come free of extraneous strings. In general. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 12. 6. One surface marker per team 18. 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.3. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 8. the first should be placed at the left hip. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. However. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing it in case it fails to work. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. such as an argon/air cylinder. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. fins should be rigid. non-split At least one cutting device 4. This webbing should support five D-rings. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs/40 kgs.1 85 . In addition. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 14. DPV: The DPV should be of a tow-behind type. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 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 using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 17. 7. 15. It should have variable speed adjustment. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 13. 10. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. tabs or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. One primary reel per team. Wet Notes 11. powering an external light head via a light cord. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 5. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Divers breathing helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. 16. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/ 10-watt HID lighting or greater. used to tow the diver.

Must have completed at least 50 cave dives using multiple DPV Must be an active GUE Cave 2 Instructor who has taught at least 10 Cave 2 classes Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. and GUE Tech 1 Diver. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.9. GUE Cave 2.1 86 . 7.7. 3. Must be a GUE DPV 1 instructor Must have completed at least 700 dives with 300 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or equivalent. 4. Training dives are not included. Must have experience in high-flow systems and systems that require decompression.2. 6. 2.6. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. 5. 8.6.3.17 Progress from DPV 1 Instructor to DPV 2 Instructor GUE DPV 2 instructors must fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE DPV 2 instructors: 1. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.

Right side River Run: Up to cenote Little Joe Mayan Blue. Additional sites may be used for training as long as no critical skills are conducted in them. no training dives are allowed in upstream Cow Springs. •Devil’s Eye and Ear System: From the Keyhole out. Double Domes Line: No zero-visibility drills Aktun Koh. •Orange Grove: From the warning sign. Upstream: Up to second jump. Canyons: No zero-visibility drills Naharon. Upstream: Up to beginning of cave line. beginning of permanent line Mayan Blue: Dead Zone.1 87 . Downstream: Up to first big room. and the first 200 feet/60 meters of the Catacombs. Aktun Ha (Carwash): Upstream Ponderosa: both sides of River Run. •Little River: From Table Rock out on the main line. Left side River Run: Up to first 90 degree turn right. Madonna Passage: No zero-visibility drills. B Tunnel: Up to 90 degree turn left before jump to E Tunnel Taj Mahal. Lost-line drills should ONLY be done on the following sites: 1. 4.Appendix A Recommended Cave Training Sites for Simulated Low-Visibility Drills 1. •Telford Spring: The section between Telford Sink and Telford Spring. beginning of permanent line on right side 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 3. Downstream line: Before Wizard’s Den Temple of Doom. A Tunnel: Up to second jump to Death Arrow Passage (third jump). 2. •Peacock Spring 1: From the breakdown room out of the Peanut Tunnel. No zero-visibility drills Chac Mool. close to cavern Mayan Blue: B Tunnel. 90 degree turn right. 2. Line to Room of Cheers: Up to first jump right Xtabay. Kukulcan: Up to first jump. Cave Sites: Mexico The following is a list of suggested training sites for critical skills: • Aktun Ha (Carwash): Upstream to Luke’s hope • • • • • • • • Ponderosa. Cave Sites: Florida •Cow Springs: The downstream section. Jumna River Line: Up to dome.

9. 5. 8. 2. 4.Appendix B Approved GUE Forms 1. 3. 7. Course Completion Form/Student Final Evaluation Student Certification Agreement Accident Report Form (two pages) Intern Evaluation Form ITC Completion Form Instructor Evaluation Form Instructor Agreement (two pages) Instructor Application Form Instructor Renewal Form 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1 88 . 6.

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