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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.......................................9.............6...3...............8. Academic Topics ....................................................2...............................3..........................38 2..................................................... Land Drills and Topics ..................................................1..... Purpose ..2........................1.............................5.........................................3...................................................................29 2.............................................................2...2......38 2....................2.......2.......2.......................... Equipment Requirements ...........2...29 2.................... Purpose ......................38 2.........................................................2.........................2................................................32 2................................................................2........................................2.....5.....................................................35 2............3........................5.............................................30 2......................5. Course Content ...................................... Required Dive Skills and Drills ................................................. Duration ..........9............................2.......3............................. Academic Topics ........ Purpose ...............................2..........40 2.......................................................................................35 2...........1.....36 2..................................... Required Training Materials ........................................4.......................................31 2...31 2......................31 2.......3......2................7.........................................................2..............9..............................................................................32 2...........................8.... Purpose ....3.1..34 2.............................................................................10........33 2....................34 2................. Course Content ..................32 2...............1......................................................................................................................................................7.............................................5.......... Prerequisites ..5... Required Training Materials .......................30 2..........2...........36 2..3...8..............8...........................................2........2......................2....2...........2.............................5. Equipment Requirements ........2.... Cave Diver Level 1 .............35 2..34 2......................35 2.............................................3...... Technical Diver Level 1 “Plus” Upgrade ..............3....................................2............. Prerequisites ... Required Dive Skills and Drills ...................................42 2................................................34 2...4...............2...................................... Purpose ........................ Course Content ..............31 2.............2.........3.........................................39 2.... Equipment Requirements ......1 iii ........... CAVE DIVER CURRICULUM ........2......................................1....................5..........4......................................2................................ Academic Topics .....................................................................29 2..2..3....4...................................... Course Limits .....3...................... Required Dive Skills and Drills .........................................................3..............32 2........................................2..................................1.....3.......4...........................39 2......10....4................3...... Academic Topics ....7.......... Equipment Requirements ......10........................................................... Technical Diver Level 2 .............................2......................................1.......................................................2........... Required Dive Skills and Drills ...........................................29 2..........................5.....................................2...................................................................... Required Training Materials .....34 2...........38 2....................32 2...............................2.. Duration ............1...............................2.......6...... Purpose ...........2..........35 2........................................2......5.....34 2.........2............2................1..................................................................... Duration ..31 2.......1..............................5.............3.. Land Drills and Topics ................. Land Drills and Topics ....2...........3..........1.... Prerequisites .............3.............................................................................................................35 2............................. Equipment Requirements ..........28 2.......2..3.27 2............ Land Drills and Topics ..6............................................................................................9...............................2...............................................................................................................................1...................................2..............3..............41 2..............2....................4..........9..............................26 2..........................1............................ Course Limits ...............................1.........42 2........3............3.....27 2...................6.......................................... Prerequisites .......................... Required Training Materials ....................2.............................................................3..........................2.................................................7........................................2............2............................................8...........5...........2.................... Course Limits ........... Technical Diver Level 3 ..................................1................ Land Drills and Topics ..........5...............3....3................................................2...2..............5..........1.....................2....1..............31 2...38 2.............5...39 2............................... Academic Topics ........29 2.............. Course contents ......2........7.....................................4................. Prerequisites .....................2...30 2............2...................................2.................................................1.............1......... Required Dive Skills and Drills .........2................................1..................... Cave Diver Level 2 ......................................30 2....................................3................................................38 2........................3.............. Required Training Materials .......................3..............2.....................................2....... Technical Diver Level 2 “Plus” Upgrade ..................... Prerequisites ..10................................42 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5........................................ Course Limits ......30 2......26 2...........................35 2......................6...................................................10...........3...............2.......................2.........39 2.................................................................1......2........... Duration .......... Course Contents .......3....2................

..........................57 2.............2........45 2.......................................50 2................3...............10..........3.................................................................................2..............................10...........................................42 2....3..................................... GUE Doubles Primer .....10..................................................................................51 2.... Equipment Requirements ...............................4............1....................... Purpose ..50 2....................................3..... Course Content ..............3.................................43 2..2....56 2........................46 2.........2..........2.......................5...........................................................................................................1.......................4.....................1.............56 2.....................51 2....... Land Drills ....4... Course Content ...............55 2........................ Prerequisites ...........................55 2.....................54 2..................................... Duration .................................... Land Drills ........... Duration ....................... Prerequisites ...........................3...3.....1...........................2..........................4..........................................2..............................2.........42 2........7...........2........................... Duration ..3................3...........4............................53 2...2..................52 2...............................4......................................49 2...................2.............. Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 .......49 2.4................................. Prerequisites ............................................................................................................................... Equipment Requirements ....... Prerequisites .......1.......3.1..................... Course Limits .....................3..........................................................................3.................3.............4............... Academic Topics ...3.................... Purpose ...........................................................................................46 2................................3..47 2......4........50 2...............................................4.........................................................................................55 2................3......................................................... Purpose ..47 2........................ Academic Topics .........4................... Land Drills and Topics .................4......................9......................3........... Required Dive Skills and Drills ...............................9..........................................4........................ Course Content ..................................... GUE Dry Suit Primer .........7............3..4.............................10...........................................................4.............1...55 2..................................... Academic Topics ......49 2.................................................... Purpose ...2.1..........3. Course Limits ......................8...........................46 2................................................................. AUXILIARY TRAINING CURRICULUM .........2...........4............... Course Limits ............3...................3..............................1... Required Dive Skills and Drills ......3....................................... GUE Primer .......................... Course Content ................56 2......4............................................................................................... Required Dive Skills and Drills ..................................................................................................................................................................5............................3. Required Dive Skills and Drills ........4.......................2.........................................................................8..........52 2.......................................4...7.............46 2...........4.......4................................ Training Materials ...........................10............................................3..........................................4.......2..3................3.......2.... Course Limits ........4...........1 iv ..........................................................................4.........................4............................................1................. Duration .......................1...2...............3...........................4......1..............2......8..53 2....4....................................2.......42 2..4............................................9.................................49 2.. Required Training Materials ........... Course Content ............ Training Materials ......................................3............ Land Drills ..1...........4.3................................... Purpose ...............................................3...................................................3............................ Course Limits ................5.................4..............56 2...57 2...........................................3...4................................................................4........4........................9........................ Prerequisites ...3.................................4..........48 2.......... Academic Topics ........2..9............................... Land Drills and Topics ................50 2...........3.....................3................ Equipment Requirements ......................................................................................................................................................................4....52 2..........................................................................................3.............................................4.........4.....................43 2.............1.............50 2.................3... Required Training Materials .7.....................4...............................................2..................................3...........4....8.6......4...................................6..4.................................52 2....................... Equipment Requirements ........46 2.........................46 2...............2.........................4....5..................................................... Training Materials ....1..4...........5......................4........................... Cave Diver Level 3 ..................6....................52 2.....3.................3...57 2........................................ Duration .......3.4.................................................................................................................53 2...........................................53 2...................3........................................................53 2...................................................8.................58 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.............. Academic Topics ...................6...2.........................55 2.................7.......................3....46 2............... Duration ............6..................3.................................................................1........................3......................43 2.......2.................................. Required Dive Skills and Drills .................3......49 2................4.....46 2............3...........2............................................................................... Equipment Requirements .56 2...................57 2.......4................................43 2.................................

....61 2...................4...........9........ Course Limits ..................................................................................... INSTRUCTOR TRAINER (IT) QUALIFICATIONS ................................4.....6..............2............................64 2..... Rebreather Diver ...............................6..6..........................................8.......64 2......4..................4........... ACTIVE STATUS INSTRUCTOR.............................................72 3......6............ Course Content ...2.... Duration ............................. Land Drills and Topics ................5. Purpose ...................................................... GUE INSTRUCTOR STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES ..................................61 2....................64 2..........6................ Course Limits ...........................................6....5...2.................. Maintaining Sustaining Status ..................................4.6........... Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 2 / Cave DPV ..72 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5...............................70 3.............................................1.........68 3...................................................................................................................................6...................................6...........60 2......................... IT Prerequisites .....65 2.............................10..............59 2.65 2...4.........3...5..........................................4........................5......................72 3............62 2............................... INSTRUCTOR EVALUATOR (IE) QUALIFICATIONS ... Required Dive Skills and Drills ..................................6.....58 2.................................................68 3............4............................3.....................................6............58 2...................................69 3.............4.................. Description ...4..........................6.....................................4........... Technical Instructor Training Courses ...................6............................ Cave Instructor Training Courses ....................................4..........................................................4............7..1...6.......................2..........67 3...8....................9........................................................67 3.................6.............................. Required Training Materials .................................................4.............................4......7..... Academic Topics ..............4...........5.....................1....................4...........4.........4.6.......................................................8.............. Purpose .......................................64 2...............4... Course Content ................................5.................5............................................70 3........................58 2...........................1.............................................7.4....64 2..59 2................................62 2.70 3.............................................3............4..........................68 3.....................................4................4...................................4.........................67 3...........................64 2.....7............ Required Training Materials . Prerequisites .......5..............................4........................................................................................6..................................... Course Limits ....... GUE Instructor Upgrades within the Same Training Category ..............2........3.......................66 3...................................................................5...................................................................................61 2..64 2....................................................................................................4............................5...............................4...........................................................6............................ Course Content .. Land Drills and Topics ...........2....64 2.......................................................71 3.. Equipment Requirements ...................................................5....... Prerequisites ......................................................................................................5.............................. INACTIVE STATUS INSTRUCTOR .........................8.................. Land Drills and Topics ................................... Equipment Requirements ....................4...........................8..................................4.............................................8....................................................... Required Dive Skills and Drills ............. Required Training Materials .................................69 3..61 2..................4...................6...............................................................................................................4......... Required Dive Skills and Drills ...68 3.......7.72 3..... Recreational Instructor Training Courses ..............................................2................................ INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATE TRAINING PROCEDURES ....................................5.............. Academic Topics .......... Purpose .... GUE Instructor Training Progression ............6.......5.........70 3................................................69 3..........................9..............58 2...............72 3..........4.................6.............................................................1.......1.................. PROVISIONAL STATUS INSTRUCTOR ............. Fulfillment of Internship Requirement .........5............58 2....................... SUSTAINING STATUS INSTRUCTOR ...........4.......................60 2........4........... Prerequisites ...................61 2.................................10................................. Purpose ..........................................................................................7.7........................................4..................6....................................................................................72 3...................... Duration ..........2..........1....... Maintaining Active Status ..62 2............................ ITC Prerequisites ...........................5..............................6........................................... Academic Topics ......................4.....4.................4................................................ Equipment Requirements .61 2............................8.......... INSTRUCTOR STATUS CHANGES ......................1.69 3....1 v ...........10.........................72 3.......................4.....4.........................1...........6.............

.........................78 3.................................9.9.....1........10.......................................................1.....................13................76 3......................................................... DPV Instructor Course ...............................................72 3...........................14..........9.............. Academic Topics ........9.................1........................9............9....................76 3.....2...........................78 3.. Academic Topics ......................13...7............................................................... Program Limits ...9..... RECREATIONAL DIVING INSTRUCTOR COURSES........ GUE Recreational Instructor Training Course ....73 3..........9............................................. Duration .............73 3..................................13.........................................................81 3....75 3...............75 3.83 3....... Purpose .........80 3....................................76 3...................................3...13......................................3..........8....9.....9.1..... Required Training Materials ..73 3..........9........ Equipment Requirements ....83 3.......... GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Level 2 Instructor ..8......................... Land Drills and Topics ..................9......................9... Cave Diver Instructor Course ........9..................... Program Content ............................................................77 3......7.................................78 3..........9......................................... Program Content .......................... GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Recreational 2 Instructor ...................................... Duration ............................................................ Equipment Requirements . GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 Instructor ... Equipment Requirements ...........1...........75 3......9...... Prerequisites ..9...................14............80 3.........................13.....1..................................1.............11............75 3....10................................................................................................72 3..8................9....10...............................80 3....4..............9........9..9..........................9...............6...........1................9....................9.............................................................7............2.............76 3.............76 3....78 3......5.............9...8................9................................................................9...72 3.........83 3..............3........................75 3..9...6..74 3.................9...........80 3...................12.... Program Limits ...................................................................................16..........................10........ Cave or Tech Instructor to Recreational Level 1 Diving Instructor ..................... Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Rebreather Instructor .................9...........................................9.......1.........80 3........80 3............................4................9........................................................................2......................... Required Skills (Academic and In-water) ..............9......................................2................................ Prerequisites ...............................73 3.9.........9.......9............ Progress from Cave 1 Instructor to Cave 2 Instructor ..................75 3..................1..............74 3...... Required Skills (Academic and In-Water) ....1.....................................................................................9............................................................75 3.............1......................74 3...............9..................9........................ Land Drills and Topics .............................16.....15.........1.................4...........3................................................74 3.....75 3...................9.........................................1......... Technical Diver Instructor Course ..........12..... Land Drills and Topics ...............................9.........82 3.................1............9.....83 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5..................................9............................... Program Limits ............................. GUE Recreational 2 to GUE Recreational 3 Instructor .............................................................5..................................3........... Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Tech 3 Instructor .....................78 3.................9................................... Prerequisites ...........................................................1..80 3..9...................1.........9............................................... Prerequisites .. GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Fundamentals Instructor ..................... Prerequisites ...78 3.........9................9...............9..9................................................................. Academic Topics ..9..9........9............. Equipment Requirements ............... GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 Instructor ..........................10...............80 3.......74 3..11.................................78 3........ Required Training Materials ..................................................................... Progress from Cave 2 Instructor to Cave 3 Instructor ................12.................................................1 vi .....75 3..................................5........ Purpose ................16...............................7..................9....4. Required Dive Skills and Drills ...................13......................................................................... Required Training Materials ................9...................................9..................................................15........13..........9.......................................................................73 3........ Progress from Tech 1 Instructor to Tech 2 Instructor .................. Purpose .......................................9.......................9......................... Program Content .1..........9...........83 3.......................6............2................................................................................................................. Purpose .82 3..... Prerequisites .....................13...13.................................9..... Duration ...........................9........2......................................................................................................................5................81 3.......9....................73 3..................9...................... Prerequisites .....................9.73 3. Prerequisites ..........81 3....9....9.....................13......13..............................................................1............6.. Prerequisites .......9.............9.....1....................................................................

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1 1 .2. are carefully chosen for their ability to enrich the organization—not for their capacity to generate revenue. This is achieved by: 2. GUE’s instructors. 1. GUE seeks to promote the research interests of other organizations. Instructors: GUE instructors are encouraged to exceed minimum training standards when these safely contribute to a participant’s learning process. our educational outreach programs provide valuable information to schools. to expertise in education and conservation.1. 1. competent and safe.1 Goals 1. 1. it helps other organizations develop effective exploration techniques.1.2 Training Philosophy 1. Classes: GUE classes are lengthy and rigorous. an interactive web database. and must include both a strong academic component and a rigorous practical one.2. GUE brings together a wide array of professional talents. GUE maintains that a good education is vital for the safe enjoyment of recreational and technical diving.2 Equipment GUE is committed to a standardized equipment configuration. and educators with a desire to share the mystery of the underwater world.g. or exploration. As a result. To this end.1. GUE supports the efforts of a membership conducting original research around the globe. This datasharing will include both conventional publications and technological advancements—e.. 3. and the general public. exploration and the sciences. conservation. ranging from expertise in training. and it shares the results of its findings with other exploration groups. like its other representatives. Instructors are also actively encouraged to deny qualification to students who are not completely prepared for the level pursued. to produce divers who are skilled.1 Education GUE’s educational platform was designed for divers seeking quality dive instruction. It focuses assets on long-term exploratory activity. Additionally. GUE requires diver and instructor currency and a gradual building of experience. 1. It was founded by conservationists. and constructing a comprehensive database available to anyone working in education. a holistic approach to equipment configuration that sees each element of a system as an integral part of the whole. combining strong academics with exacting practice (in-water training). demanding preparation before they begin. focusing significant resources on scientific study. Education Standards: GUE’s curriculum maintains the highest training standards. 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. explorers. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. GUE is also dedicated to the global dissemination of educational information.1. Its courses combine rigorous in-water training with comprehensive academic instruction. This is done by sharing successful methodologies. the media. helping to cultivate effective funding and sponsorship strategies.3 Exploration GUE is committed to global underwater exploration.1 1. 1.2 Research GUE is committed to promoting underwater research.

Ideally. An important aspect of critical-skills training is that failures and stressful situations are simulated in a controlled and safe environment. Competence is established by skill review. medical history and previous training. Such preparation may include familiarization with a certain set of materials and/or a set of skills. Experience Dives Undertaken during formal training conditions.3. 4.1. experience dives. GUE employs a building-block method and allows trainees to learn at their own rate. 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.to 3-foot surge) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. while providing a controlled context for further skill solidification. Before entering a higher level of training in a given curriculum. This is done by careful screening during registration. Academics GUE academic sessions seek to instill in students a detailed comprehension of the theoretical components of relevant diver training. Interim Class Requirement GUE requires that formal diver training be punctuated by breaks. this phase of training seeks to cultivate real diving experience. academic portions of GUE classes rely on advance student preparation. practice and repetition. 1.2.3 Experience GUE maintains that extensive in-water diver experience is at the core of diver proficiency. all students must have undertaken a minimum of twentyfive practice dives. introducing new skills only when students are able to incorporate them.1 2 . To cultivate this proficiency. 3. skills include problem-solving and emergency management. 2. 2.1 1. and post-class practice in its divertraining platform. 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. 1.” 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. during which all student candidates must furnish GUE representatives with a completed registration outlining their personal experience. during which students must practice a given skill set before progressing to a higher level of training. By “confined water. so that the theoretical component of the class is more substantive. Critical-Skills Training This is the first step toward acquiring the requisite skills that prepare divers for the rigors of diving.3 Training Structure 1. Advance Preparation GUE maintains that some advance preparation is necessary for student’s to optimize their training. GUE incorporates critical-skills training. Undertaken during formal training conditions. 3.

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

7. is to be present and in control during any and all activities. With the exception of GUE cave instructors during cave or Rebreather training courses. to the skill level required by the environment in which diving is undertaken. 3. 1. diver propulsion vehicles and a range of other subjects not directly related to the categories above. Auxiliary Training This training category is designed for divers seeking instruction in a range of diving techniques including rebreathers. recreational diving here is to be understood as diving in non-overhead environments. provided that the following requirements are met: •Students engaged in such experience dives must be cave-qualified.4 General Training Standards The general standards outlined below govern all GUE courses and those involved in them. longer diving exposures. Recreational Diver Technical Diver This training category is designed for divers seeking training in technical diving. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1. Additional standards. a copy of the current versions of the standards. are outlined in the relevant course sections. Cave-diver training focuses on the skills and knowledge most specifically geared toward cave-diving penetrations. •GUE instructors conducting experience dives in the cave environment must be cave instructors. and be familiar with. including academic and in-water training. 1. this document. 5. 6. Students must receive full qualification for a level of training before progressing to the next level of training. i. Experience portions (experience dives) of Technical or Rebreather classes may be conducted in a cave environment. qualified to teach the level of training being conducted. Students may not take two courses concurrently (at the same time).1 4 . Cave Diver This training category is designed for divers seeking training in cave environments. An Active Status GUE instructor.3 Training Categories This training category is designed for individuals seeking training in the fundamentals of sound recreational diving. For example. Dives cannot be credited across curricula or across levels of a given curriculum. dives carried out within Cave 1 limits require an instructor who is Cave 2 rated. yet these techniques are invaluable in a wide array of diving environments. All Active Status GUE instructors must have obtained. 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. •Instructors must be certified at least one level higher than that of the experience dive.7. The minimum number of required dives for a given level of training must be completed before moving on to the next level of training. no GUE instructors may conduct critical-skill training in an overhead environment during any GUE training course. decompression. GUE instructors conducting a particular course are required to use the equipment required of that course. 2.e. Technical diving goes beyond the domain of recreational diving by exposing divers to (among other things) greater depths.3. 4. All decompression and/or stage cylinders are to be clearly labeled in accordance with the “Cylinder Marking Standards” set forth in section 1.3. 8. and to the requirements of gases other than air. governing specific training categories and specific levels within these categories.

4. GUE instructors should refrain from conducting training dives and drills in areas that contain: 11.4. and rescue techniques involving assisting panicked divers.2ATA. Mask removal is restricted to confined water. 1.4 Parameters for Critical Skills Drills or skills that involve loss of visibility. “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. Oxygen partial pressures are adjusted downward. 1. 1.6ATA +/. 12. according to the demands made by diving conditions with an average working PO2 of approximately 1. at the prompting of their instructor.1 PO2 Limits All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4. Mask removal is not permitted in any overhead environment (save decompression). 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.” Minimum gas is defined as the volume needed for two divers sharing gas to reach the surface or another breathable gas supply.9. GUE instructors should consider the impact of training on the sites they select.05.. Instructors should also refer to the recommended locations for certain training drills (see Appendix A). for example during decompression. loss of lights. GUE instructors must ensure that instructor-to-student ratios during land or surface drills do not compromise the quality of student education.4. and are encouraged to seek the advice of local divers and instructors when conducting training in unfamiliar areas. after which instructors can progressively increase the depth and/or penetration in which these are executed.1 5 . only the trainees themselves are allowed to remove their masks.2 END Limits No dives are to be planned to exceed an Equivalent Narcotic Depth (END) of 100 feet/30 meters. •Delicate or sensitive formations •Structures that are in relatively pristine condition •Sensitive biological or archeological resources 10. 1. Careful selection of dive sites should take place during DPV training 13. simulated manifold failures. under such training conditions. 1. • • Critical skills must first be conducted in a confined-water setting.4ATA and a resting PO2 of 1. expressed in ATAs. are to be considered critical skills. Visibility is defined as the minimum distance in which divers can see one another and communicate effectively.3 Breathing Gas Requirements All dives must begin with “minimum gas.4 General Training Limits The following limits apply to ALL GUE classes (course-specific limits can be found in the relevant sections). 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. convulsing divers and unconscious divers. simulated out-of-gas scenarios. and should opt for sites that are appropriate to the current skill and training level of their student(s).

Cave. Under no circumstance should critical skills be conducted in delicate cave environments where damage to the environment may occur. The student can then receive both a GUE qualification card and the equivalent qualification of another agency.” a form of simulating manifold failure. 1.as a dual qualification .4. despite the care exercised by those involved. Decompression times during training should approximate the time indicated by DecoPlanner when using either gradient factors of 20/85 when using the Buhlmann algorithm.only if the student has met GUE standards and has been awarded full GUE qualification. shallow caves) permit divers with no buoyant lift (e. when training. These profiles will be known as Unadjusted Decompression profiles. do not. during rebreather training. 1. GUE instructors follow conservative decompression schedules and evaluate decompression schedules using GUE’s DecoPlanner as a standard. or on a conservatism setting of 2 when using the Variable Permeability Model.g. However.9 Decompression Parameters GUE recognizes that events may conspire to result in decompression sickness. 1. This means that if a trainee does not warrant full qualification under GUE’s standards and procedures. Appendix A details recommended areas for simulated zero-visibility drills. because of their depth. The only exceptions are when training rebreather instructors during an instructor training course (ITC). or isolator) EXCEPT in the event of a real regulator or manifold failure where turning off the relevant valve would be required.4.5 Issuing Qualification under Other Agencies Another agency’s qualifications may be awarded to a student . towing a diver and dealing with a runaway DPV.1 6 . 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. These may be adjusted in a pragmatic manner to enable simpler in-water implementation. GUE instructors are prohibited from turning off student cylinder valves (right.4.g.4. GUE requires that. Nonetheless. “Air gunning. is restricted to Technical. Dives where DecoPlanner does not indicate any decompression requirement longer than one minute at any single stop depth are known as Minimum Decompression dives. Qualification from another agency may not be issued instead of a GUE qualification.. failed buoyancy compensator) to exit along a floor of reasonable depth.• • • • For the DPV program the following skills are considered critical: out of gas. 1. These should be implemented by slowing the ascent rate in the final half of the ascent..4.4. The only exception to this stipulation involves instructor training courses. left. 1. 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.7 Buoyancy Considerations Some diving environments (e.6 Teaching and Rebreathers GUE instructors may not teach GUE courses while on a rebreather. instructors may interrupt gas addition to the rebreather. other environments.10 Course Size GUE courses must not be run with only one student. required by all GUE Cave programs. which may be conducted with one candidate. or when critical-skill testing is complete during rebreather classes.8 Conservation As part of GUE’s commitment to global environmental conservation. no qualification from another agency can be awarded in its stead. Rebreather and DPV level 2 courses. 1.

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. and post-dive assessment. Must be a nonsmoker. Must be physically and mentally fit. A partial list of such conditions may be found on GUE’s medical history form. 3. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gassharing episodes. 1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices. 1. assuming there are no further changes to the student’s medical conditions. Course-specific requirements including any deviation from a particular skill will be listed under the appropriate course section. All stage/decompression cylinders must be marked with the maximum operating depth (MOD) in approximately 3-inch/7. 4. 2. In countries where the metric system is used in diving. this remains at the sole discretion of the instructor.6 General Prerequisites for All GUE Courses All GUE courses have the following prerequisites (any additional prerequisite. Must hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment e.1 7 . proficiency is measured by a final grade of 3 (satisfactory) or better when demonstrating the skill. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety. will be listed under the specific course section): 1. All GUE instructors are encouraged to exceed minimum training standards when by doing so they are promoting the best interests of the student. as well as any deviations from the following.5-centimeter numbers. 5. except for birth control. Dive cylinders should be free of unnecessary stickers and markings. 1. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.1. 3. this would include pre-dive preparation. as detailed by current country-specific regulations. Physician clearance for a specific condition is valid for one year from the date it is given.5 General Diving Skills All GUE courses must ensure proficiency in the following diving skills. Must submit a completed registration form. and liability release to GUE Headquarters. Be able to comfortably demonstrate the frog and modified frog kicks. stage/decompression cylinders should be marked in METERS. They should bear a current Visual Inspection sticker and Hydro test sticker. in-water activity. Conditions that pose a risk to students while diving require a physician’s written approval to dive. 5. the flutter and the modified flutter kicks. 2. or for a prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving. responding quickly to visual cues and dive partner requirements. 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. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.7 Cylinder Marking Standards 1. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.g. 3. this information must be disclosed to their GUE instructor before the onset of training. complete with medical history. the helicopter turn and the backwards kick. 4. VIP stickers (if required) should be placed so as to create minimum distraction from the MOD markings. 2. Must obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs.

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. Instructors may choose to reset the three-year clock at any point within this three-year window. 1.4. and 2) GUE to monitor instructional quality. are required. to the decimal point. placed near the neck of the cylinder. In countries where the imperial system is used in diving. Dedicated cylinders used for the inflation of drysuits are exempted from analysis requirements. Tech. This must be performed in each curriculum (Recreational.4 Instructor Renewals Instructor Re-Qualification To insure currency of qualifications.8. instructor and diver re-qualification. In such a case. Oxygen cylinders should be marked with the word “OXYGEN” (or the local equivalent) in approximately 3-inch/7.3 1. and members maintain the highest standards possible before. and rigorous training in conformity with agency standards.8. GUE’s Quality Control Board may immediately suspend an instructor’s teaching privileges until a thorough review of these allegations is made. Upon review. all GUE instructors are required to renew annually. and after training. 6. GUE instructors must formally re-qualify every three years. GUE’s Quality Control Form enables: 1) students to evaluate their training experience.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. 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.8. during. To maintain GUE qualification. cylinders must be all analyzed and the results.5-centimeter-high letters running horizontally down the side. Cave) in which they are qualified to teach. stage/decompression cylinders marking should be in FEET. 1.1 Instructor Evaluations GUE’s qualification process requires all GUE trainees to complete an Instructor Evaluation Form at the completion of their training.8. detailed course completion objectives. The label should include the date the cylinder was analyzed and the tester’s initials. This re-certification process may be completed up to five years from the last re-qualification.5 Diver Re-Qualification All GUE diver-qualification cards expire three years after the date of issue. or indication that the cylinder does not contain air.1 8 . instructors. usually organized around an event such as the GUE conference. In all countries. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. This workshop is conducted by a GUE IE and is tailored to the specific curricula in need of update. Once filled. 1.8. 5. This requirement must be fulfilled by joining a formal GUE workshop. 1. If the duration between either the initial class or the last re-qualification exceeds five years. divers can be issued a new qualification card for a nominal fee. This is done through: instructor evaluations. 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. in addition to the MOD. GUE instructors must also re-qualify anytime the safety or effectiveness of their training is questioned. Available electronically. instructor renewals.8 Quality Control GUE’s quality control program seeks to ensure that GUE courses. 1. No additional Nitrox stickers.

No action.9.10. the GUE IT considers that the petitioning diver’s request should be honored. upon evaluation. Following review of a complaint. suspend the member in question. Upon receipt of this recommendation. resolve the matter by negotiation. GUE HQ will consider awarding the petitioning diver a suitable level of GUE qualification. that it issues an appropriate level of GUE qualification. Following an investigation of a complaint. If. FL.10. Charged members who fail to respond to a written complaint within thirty days are automatically suspended.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. Upon receipt of a charged member’s response. Charged member(s) must respond in writing to the complaint (by mail or electronically) within thirty days from the date the review was sent. 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. GUE HQ will arrange for an in-water evaluation of the petitioning diver by a GUE instructor trainer. 1. 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. USA.1 Waivers Qualified GUE divers seeking upper-level qualification can petition a GUE Instructor Evaluator to waive the 25-dive prerequisite between GUE courses. 1.2 Complaint Procedure 1.10Complaints GUE’s Quality Control Board is responsible for handling complaints promptly and thoroughly. and all membership privileges are revoked until resolution of the matter. Private censure 9 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. time. all of whom are bound by GUE’s standards and procedures. 15 South Main Street.1. 3. the Quality Control Board will decide whether or not disciplinary action is warranted.10.com. 1.3 Penalties and Remedial Actions GUE’s Quality Control Board is empowered to render the following decisions: 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. 2. and a suitable level of GUE qualification issued. GUE’s Quality Control Board can decide to dismiss the complaint. 32643. 1.1 . High Springs. or terminate his/her membership. Name and contact information The date. Global Underwater Explorers. can be taken as a result of an anonymous or a verbal complaint. Upon receipt of such a request. including names and contact information (if possible) of any witnesses Complaints can be lodged either by mail or electronically. 1. and location of incident A complete account of the event. other than review. s/he should recommend to GUE HQ. Mail should be sent to the Director of Quality Control. It is the responsibility of GUE members to maintain current contact information with GUE HQ. in writing. Email should be send to qc@gue.

11Conduct Policies and Procedures 1. 1. 32643. appeal the decision to GUE’s Board of Directors. High Springs. student. 4. 7. 1. 5. 8. GUE members and its representatives must demonstrate financial responsibility when transacting business with GUE. 6.10. GUE instructors must cooperate with GUE Headquarters when certification-card issues arise.10. 3.1 . 4. FL. 3. Such an appeal must be lodged in writing to the Board of Directors. 6. GUE instructors must behave professionally when interacting with GUE trainees. 5.2. 15 South Main Street. GUE representatives must promote the best interests of GUE. USA. instructors@gue. This suspension will be followed by a review of the case by GUE’s Quality Control Board.12Records GUE headquarters will maintain the following records (if applicable) for each instructor. GUE instructor qualification cards issued by GUE Headquarters are the property of Global Underwater Explorers. 1. diving facilities). and must be surrendered upon request to the Board of Directors or their representatives. Public censure Prescribed educational rehabilitation Defined probationary period Defined suspension Revocation of membership and/or teaching privileges 1. is confidential. GUE instructors must process student Course Completion Forms in a professional and timely fashion. GUE HQ has the right to immediately suspend the GUE instructor(s) in question WITHOUT going through a formal complaint process. 2. All correspondence found on the Instructors Forum. GUE membership and renewal applications do not constitute perpetual offers of membership.com. 2. 3. All GUE members and its representatives are bound by the standards and procedures outlined in this document. Global Underwater Explorers. with GUE HQ and with other persons who have been solicited to help promote GUE (e.4 Rights of Appeal Charged members who have been subject to an unfavorable decision by GUE’s Quality Control Board may. 5. within thirty days of the decision. and class for up to seven years after the class: 1. 4. Any instructor who knowingly allows these discussions to become public may be subject to disciplinary action. 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. GUE HQ reserves the right to refuse membership or renewal to any party without assigning any reason.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.g.

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2006. this is accomplished through educating students on GUE principles including but not limited to proper control of buoyancy. If the course is conducted in drysuit there will be additional confined and open water dives.6 1.1.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving.1 Recreational Diver Curriculum 2. Required Training Materials Submerged: Mastering the Art and Science of Scuba Diving. This course also provides a solid diving foundation for individuals with aspirations for more advanced diver training. No night diving 3. 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. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. GUE Course Training Standards and Procedures 2. Maximum depth 70 feet/21 meters. 2.2. 4. confidence. 5.1.1.2 1. This course provides the non-diver with an opportunity to develop fundamental diving skills that will support comfort. course time should total at least sixty hours.1 12 .1.1.1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 . Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.1.1. The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course emphasizes creating the fundamental diving skills required for all sound diving practice. Global Underwater Explorers. Stockholm. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises.4 1. This focus in creating a proper set of skills increases diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency. This may be reduced under exceptional circumstances. 2.6.5 Course Content The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course is normally involves a minimum sixty hours of instruction including ten lectures.1 2. Global Undwerwater Explorers. Sweden.4.1. 2.1. ten confined water dives and 10 open water dives.1. Jesper Berglund. 2008. 2. breathing gases and teamwork. 2. Beginning with the End in Mind .1.1. No overhead environment diving. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. and with written approval from GUE HQ. trim. 2. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. No decompression. Florida. Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age. 2.Nitrox Diver Purpose The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course is designed to develop the essential skills required in all sound diving practice.1. Divers who successfully complete the GUE Recreational Diver level 1 course will not be required to pursue the GUE Fundamentals course. High Springs. propulsion. and competence in the water.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Diver level 1 class must be conducted over at least eight full days. 6.

8. 2. 3. 3. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills 1. 9. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while utilizing a spool.9 1. where necessary. Comfortably demonstrate at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. 5. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold. 9.1. Physiology.1. 7. 5.1. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.7 1. 4.2. 9. 2. 5.8 1. 4. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface. in-water activity. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.1. 8. 2. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs. Basic 5 Rescue skills 2. utilizing Minimum Decompression.1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. and post-dive assessments.1 13 . 6. 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. 7. The Aquatic Realm 2. 6.5 Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and a concern for safety. Academic Topics Introduction to Scuba Diving Physics. including pre-dive preparations. appropriate thermal protection. 3. 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. 8. 10. 4. 7.

In addition. It should come free of extraneous strings. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 16. 14. 13. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. or other material. H-. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. mask removal and replacement. One wrist compass 12. 8. This webbing should support five D-rings. 5. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 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. 10. Demonstrate dive rescue techniques 2. 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. or Y-valve. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank/cylinder with a K-. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone.1.1. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.5 to 2 meter hose. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach. 12. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. with no unnecessary components. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 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. fins should be rigid. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. long hose deployment. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 3. 17. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 2. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. 15. 9. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing.5 meters of a target depth. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1.11. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure Note: Prior to the commencement of class. the first should be placed at the left hip. 4. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.1 14 . regulator removal and exchange. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. 7.10 1. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.e. 6. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 11. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. and be familiar with. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. which allows for the use of two first-stages. tabs. i.

This will include problem identification and resolution. tables.1.2 1. and with written approval from GUE HQ.1 15 . 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. 4. 4.4 1. In this class. In this class.2. b) the use of Nitrox and Triox for extended bottom times. 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. but not in excess of course depth limitations. gas density. students will be introduced to the theory and practice of decompression and schooled in correct ascent procedures. 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). Triox.1. students will be trained in: a) the use of single or double back gas tanks/cylinders. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.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. However. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. 3.” 2. and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. Maximum depth 30 m / 100 ft. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. No overhead environment diving 3. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. the history of decompression and practice.6 Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. CO2. and expand the essential skills required for safe deeper diving. In general. 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. integrate. diving techniques. encompassing both classroom and in-water work.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Diver level 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. and post-dive “nitrogen stress. 2.1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 .2 2. Course requirements include nine hours of academics and twelve dives.2. physics.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. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. and breathing mixtures.1.2. 2.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 2.1. and in the potential failure problems associated with them. This may be reduced under exceptional circumstances. physiology.2.of the course. and is designed to cultivate. 2. The last two dives are to be Triox dives at depth for experience.1. 2.2. and c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis.1. 2. and operational considerations.

2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate proficiency in lift bag/surface-marker buoy deployment.1. 5. 6. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a gas-sharing horizontal swim for at least 200 feet/60 meters. 2. 2. 3. 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. 9. Beginning with the End in Mind . including valve manipulation and gassharing. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.2. 10. 4.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. Florida. Sweden. 4.1 16 .1. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. 5.2. Jesper Berglund. 3. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. Global Undwerwater Explorers. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 8. 2001. 4. Florida. 5. 3. 7. 2. 2001. 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. 3. where necessary. GUE. 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. 7.2. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Comfortably demonstrate four propulsion techniques. appropriate thermal protection. High Springs. GUE. 2.1. Stockholm. High Springs. 6.7 1. 7.5 Must be able to swim at least 275m / 300yds in under fourteen minutes without stopping. section 1. 8.6 1.2. Jarrod Jablonski. Jarrod Jablonski. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of touch-contact communication during out-of-gas situations. 6.2.8 1.e. i.9 1.1. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 2.5 meters of a target depth. 2008.

Equipment Requirements Each student should have. a dual-outlet isolated manifold. of metal construction with minimal padding. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. 5. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose.11. 9.1 17 . 8. 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. or two first-stages if using either a single tank with Y-valve or double tanks. In addition. Demonstrate proficiency in recovering an unconscious diver to the surface and the surface management of a range of simulated diving incidents. or if in doubles. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11. 6. or other material. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. This webbing should support five D-rings. It should come free of extraneous strings. 2. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver Note: Prior to the commencement of class. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. and be familiar with. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Compass Appropriate minimum and no-decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 13. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. the first should be placed at the left hip. 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 minimum of two second-stages. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. 10. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. 7. which allows the use of two first-stages. tabs. non-split Minimum of one cutting device Wet Notes 2. Regulators: Single first-stage if using a single tank with single outlet. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Y-valve. In general. The diver must have a pressure gauge and BCD inflator. 3. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.1. 4. fins should be rigid. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 12.10 1. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 12. However. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a direct ascent while managing decompression obligations. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.2. including the implementation of deep stops. Demonstrate effective proficiency with proper ascent/descents. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use single or dual tanks/cylinders with a single outlet. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives.

four will be critical skill dives and four will be experience dives. including the use of decompression tables and proper ascent practices. In this class.1. CO2. including accident management and problem resolution.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. students will be trained in: a) the use of double.6 1.1. 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. Required Training Materials Submerged: Mastering the Art and Science of Sport Diving.3 Duration The GUE Recreational Level 3 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. encompassing both classroom and in-water work.1 18 .1. this overview includes instruction in proper decompression procedures with hyperoxic mixes. Fundamental aspects of physics and physiology will be reviewed as a means to support safe diving at greater depths.3. b) the use of Nitrox for decompression. Course Limits General Training Limits as outlined in Section 1. In this class.3. 2. 2.1. 2005.5 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.2.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.3. 5. The course includes nine hours of academics and eight dives. gas density.1.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.3 2. Of these dives. Divers will also be trained in the proper operational and dive planning procedures necessary to conduct recreational dives in deeper water. Florida 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Jablonski. Recreational Diver level 3 training builds on the fundamental skills learned in previous GUE Recreational courses (GUE Fundamentals. diving techniques and breathing mixtures.1. Level 1 and Diver level 2) and is designed to cultivate the essential skills required for safe diving at greater depths. 10 dives using doubles 2. 2. High Springs.1 GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 .3. 2. GUE. and d) the use of a single decompression cylinder for stage decompression techniques. 2. 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. c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis. back-gas tanks/cylinders as well as the problem resolution skills required for safe doubles diving.4 1. 4. Prerequisites Must meet GUE General Course Prerequisites outlined in Section 1. students will be introduced to the theory and practice of decompression and trained in correct ascent procedures.2 1. The training will include problem identification and resolution as a means of building capacity for progressively more challenging dives.3. and post-dive “nitrogen stress”. Alexakos. 2. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction.1.3.

High Springs. including valve manipulation and gassharing. 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. Required Dive Skills & Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 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. Jarrod Jablonski.3. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 8. Florida. High Springs. 5.7 1. Dive planning and logistics 2. 3. 2001. Section 1. 8. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving.3.8 1. Decompression sickness 13. where necessary. 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. 4. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Florida. 2.1.9 1.2.1.1 19 .1. GUE. 7. Decompression practices while using nitrox 11. 3. 3. appropriate thermal protection.3. Jarrod Jablonski. 2. 4. 6. 9. Descent/Ascent Drill 2. 2. 5. 9. GUE. 7.5 Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 5. 2001. Demonstrate proficiency in lift bag/surface marker buoy deployment. GUE equipment configuration 14. 4. 6. 3. Decompression planning using decompression tables and DecoPlanner 12. Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.

Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 11. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 10. The webbing should support five D-rings. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the primary light including passive and active communication. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. supplying a single second-stage and a pressure gauge. each supplying a single second-stage. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a direct ascent while managing decompression obligations. Demonstrate proficiency in surfacing an unconscious diver from depth and administering rescue breaths. switching regulators and returning the valve to an open position. Demonstrate proficiency with proper ascent/descents. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of touch contact communication during out-of-gas situations. Regulators: Two first-stages. 3. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. The second should be placed in line with the diver’s right collarbone. It should come free of extraneous strings.6. 15. tabs.3. In addition. Cylinders must be free from any unnecessary decals/stickers or cylinder wraps. Tanks/Cylinders: Students required to use dual tanks/cylinders with a dual outlet isolated manifold. One first stage fitted with an over pressure valve providing dry suit inflation (where applicable). all of the following required equipment. The fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge.10 1. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas. 13. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 4. 7. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate for delicate and/or silty environments. The cylinder should not be smaller than approximately 30 cubic feet / 4 liters and no big larger than approximately 80 cubic feet / 11 liters. which allows the use of two first-stages. The third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. 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. The first should be placed at the left hip. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder. 8. of metal construction with minimal padding. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick. Gas-sharing scenarios to include a gas-sharing horizontal swim. 2. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Students also need one decompression tank/ cylinder. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2 meter hose and provide inflation for a wing style BCD. 12.1.1 20 . 14. 16. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with valve-management by conducting a GUE “valve drill” which includes: shutting down one’s valve. 2. including the implementation of SMB usage. i. and be familiar with. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. diver lift should not exceed 80lbs.5 meters of a target depth.e. 9. or other material. deep stops and safe gas switches. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.

Mask and fins: Mask should be low volume. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. save Recreational Diver level 1 course.1. In general. 2.5. 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.4. At least one time/depth-measuring device Compass Appropriate Decompression and No-Decompression tables 6.4 2. 10. 2. confidence. 8. non-split 11.2 1. 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. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure Note: Prior to the commencement of class.1. One primary light.4. A prerequisite for all GUE classes.1 GUE Fundamentals Course Purpose The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice. A primary light should be minimalist in design. with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of a 50watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 7.1 21 . Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. irrespective of level or environment. Two reserve lights.1. One surface marker buoy 16. 3. Reserve Mask 12. thereby developing more comfort. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. fins should be rigid.1.4. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters line 15. However. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s web site. Minimum of one cutting device 13. • • 2. as outlined in section 1. who does not desire further diver training. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. GUE Fundamentals performs a three-fold function: • it provides the recreational diver. Divers note book 14. 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.3 Duration The GUE Fundamentals class must be conducted over at least four full days. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.6 Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2. Course requirements include a minimum of 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 9. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.

2001. 4.4. Jarrod Jablonski. 5. 9. 6. propulsion. 4. It is focused on increasing diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy.1 22 . 4. GUE Fundamentals Workbook. 2.1. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. Course requirements include a minimum of ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet / 8 meters.1. 2.5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions.7 1. 7. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required for all sound diving practice. 2. 5.ten hours of academics and five in-water sessions. 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. and other GUE principles.6 1. trim.4. 2. 5. 2.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises.1. Dive planning and gas management 12. Diver preparedness 2.4. Decompression overview 11. 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. 2.4 1. 8.4. GUE. Florida. 2.8 1.4. High Springs. teamwork. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 25 feet / 8 meters. 3. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.1. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 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.1. 2. 3.

2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. students should also demonstrate competence in the backward kick. 17. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 5.3. * 19. 11.6.5 meters of a target depth. appropriate thermal protection. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 12.* 22.0 meters of a target depth. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. i. Surface-marker deployment Unconscious diver recovery 2. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. These students must perform skills 16-19 at a grade of 4 or above to qualify for registration into the Tech or Cave curriculum (see 1. including effective management of an unconscious diver. 10. i. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill. 2.* 21. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a reserve light. 7. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.1 23 . inwater activity. 18. 15.4. 14.1. regulator removal and exchange. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.1 Outline of Diver Training). where necessary. Demonstrate proficiency in four propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. long-hose deployment. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and.9 1. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs. 8.* 20. mask removal and replacement. 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. 6. utilizing minimum decompression. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.e. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.e. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.* *Skills and drills 18-22 apply only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training. students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick. 13. Differences between the management of an unconscious diver and a convulsing diver should be noted. Demonstrate dive-rescue techniques. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks. 16. approximate reference maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask. 3. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface. 4. this would include pre-dive preparations. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment. in touch contact. 9. 7. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. and post-dive assessment.

the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.* *Required equipment 12 through 14 applies only to students seeking admittance into Tech or Cave training. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. However. and appropriately sized double-tank buoyancy compensation device.to 2-meter hose. 7. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.5. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. which allows for the use of two first-stages.1 24 . with no unnecessary components. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. 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. At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 5. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord.10 1. and be familiar with. In general. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.* 13. In addition. This webbing should support five D-rings. 3. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 12. The system should retain a minimalist approach. 10. or Y-valve. 8. 6.1. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. 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. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. H-. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 11. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. It should come free of extraneous strings. 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. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K-.* 14.4. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding.to 7-foot/1. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). the first should be placed at the left hip. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Double cylinders with isolation manifold. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. tabs. or other material. fins should be rigid. 9.2. 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.

4. integrate.6 Must be a minimum of eighteen years of age Must have passed GUE Fundamentals using the equipment outlined in section 2. and expand the essential skills required for safe technical diving.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. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. c) the use of Helium to minimize narcosis.1 25 . In this class.3 Duration The Tech 1 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. and operational considerations. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.2. Tech 1 training focuses on expanding the fundamental skills learned in the GUE Fundamentals course (or elsewhere). including history. The class will focus on nitrox and Trimix as breathing gases for dives down to 170 feet/51 meters. physiology.1. normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix and decompression mixtures.2.4 1.10. students will be trained in: a) the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them. b) the use of Nitrox for accelerated and general decompression strategies.2.2. Maximum depth 170 feet / 51 meters Dives should not be planned to incur more than 30 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1. 2.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. and building the capacity for progressively more challenging diving. and have demonstrated competence in skill and drills listed in section 2. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 4. 5.1. and d) the applications of singledecompression stage diving. 3. with respect to decompression procedures.2 Technical Diver Curriculum 2. 2.2 1.1. Course requirements include ten hours of academics and eight dives.4.4. six of which will be critical-skill dives and two will be experience dives. physics. This will include problem identification and resolution. and is designed to cultivate.4. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any direct in-water training. 3.5 Course Content The GUE Tech 1 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of nitrox.1.1.1.1 2. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. 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).2. 5.1 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. tables.2.2.10) No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment 2.

The last two dives are to be Trimix dives at depth for experience. 7. 2. Carbon dioxide toxicity 14. Hypothermia 17. 2. 9. Stage cylinders 25. High Springs. 2. 4.1. 2001. Surface-marker buoys and spools (for deco platforms) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.2. pressure gauges. Generic tables. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. multi-dive.2. Introduction to normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix 22. enriched air. Inert gas absorption and elimination 13. depth gauges. Tracking multilevel. mixing. and hose routing 29.1. 2001.1 26 . 2. Jarrod Jablonski. 5. Academic Topics Physics Pressure and gas-law review Equations relevant for planning. Doubles 26. Accelerated and general decompression strategies 19. Florida. 3. Regulators. and Oxygen 20.6 1. 8. Decompression practices on air. and using enriched air Physiology Hypoxia Hyperoxia Oxygen toxicity CNS Pulmonary toxicity 10. computers.7 1. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Decompression stage cylinders 27. and custom tables 21. Hyperthermia 16. 6. Equipment considerations 24. GUE. Carbon monoxide toxicity 15. Decompression illness 18. GUE.Initial dives will be conducted in shallow water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels. BC/harness 28. Manifolds 30. Florida. and multi-day exposures 11. Jarrod Jablonski. Inert gas narcosis 12. Advantages over deep air 23. High Springs.

44. Emergency procedures 42. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. 3. 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. Nitrogen limits 41. Gas matching 39. Computers and bottom timers 32. Line following 2. 4. Operational planning 35.9 1.5 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. Bottom and deco gas 46. Procedures for failure. Miscellaneous issues. or inadequate supply 48. including limited deco gas. 4. Procedures 45. Reel and guideline use. Normal operations 47. Exposure suit appropriate for the environment 33.2. team separation. where necessary. 6. out of gas. Omitted decompression procedures 43. Surface-marker buoy deployment.1. Gas mixing 49. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills.1. including valve manipulation.8 1. gas-sharing. 2.1 27 . 7. Teams 37. section 1. and regulator switching as appropriate. Support 36.31.2. loss. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Dive planning 34. etc. 3. Oxygen limits 40. 2. 5. Analyzing and labeling gas supplies 50. 5. 6. 7. 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. Team planning 38.

diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40kgs. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. supplying a single second-stage and pressure gauge. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 5.1. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.2. 6. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. 15. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques. including depth and time management. 14.1 28 . 2. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. fins should be rigid. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. with no unnecessary components.e. each supplying a single second-stage. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. Gas-sharing scenarios. In addition. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while sharing gas without a mask. Divers must also have access to one deco tank/cylinder of 50-percent Nitrox. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. including effective management of unconscious diver. tabs. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 16. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. and be familiar with. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. The system should retain a minimalist approach. one of these kicks must include the backward kick. 3. It should come free of extraneous strings. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. or other material. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. non-split At least one cutting device 2. Differences between the management of unconscious and toxing diver should be noted. Demonstrate dive-rescue techniques. 4. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. This webbing should support five D-rings. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. 17.10 1. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 10. Regulators: Two first-stages. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. which allows the use of two first-stages. 7. 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. 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. 11.8. 13. 8. the first should be placed at the left hip. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. 12. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. 9.

Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 2.2. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. Students will be trained in safe gas planning and management strategies. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.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. 3. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 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 15. Students participating in a Tech class conducted in a cave must be at least GUE Level 2 Cave divers 2. However. 2. In general.2 2. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11. 14. 2.3 Duration The Tech 1 Plus Upgrade is normally conducted over a 1-2 day period. 13.9.2. One primary reel per team.2 1.1 29 .2.2. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. One wrist compass 17. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class.2. 2. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. 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. or to allow longer bottom times. 5. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.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. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear.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. 3.2. Wet Notes 10.2.2. 4. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. It normally involves a minimum of 8 hours of instruction.4 1. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 16. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.2.

3. Surface-marker buoy deployment. Land Drills and Topics Gas switch procedures Failed/lost decompression gas strategies 2. Dives should not be planned to incur more than 45 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1. normoxic and hyperoxic Trimix and decompression mixtures. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.6 1.2. Jarrod Jablonski. 2.4. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. The last dive is to be a Trimix dive at depth for experience. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder.10) No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Gas-sharing scenarios. GUE. section 1. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.2. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.4. 4.5 Procedures for gas failures. 8. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. Florida.9 1. 2.2.2.2. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. including valve manipulation. 2. 9.1 30 . one of which will be critical-skill dives and one will be an experience dive. 2. and regulator switching as appropriate. Initial dives will be conducted in shallow water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels. 2. 7. 2. 6.7 1. 5. 2001. Florida. gas-sharing. 3.2.8 1. Course requirements include four hours of academics and two dives. Academic Topics Gas management Equipment configuration Decompression strategies Contingency planning 2. 2001. 5.2. including depth and time management. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.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.2. GUE. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving.2. High Springs. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. 4. High Springs. one of these kicks must include the backward kick.2. Jarrod Jablonski.

supplying a single second-stage and pressure gauge. 4. These skills include: the use of multiple stages.10. decompression.2. and technical equipment configurations.2. i.4. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. This should be a minimum of 80 cuft / 11L capacity. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a bottom stage cylinder including ensuring that the correct gas is being breathed at all times. 3. the use of Trimix.10 One bottom stage cylinder. 2. One first-stage regulator for bottom stage gas. and marked as outlined in section 1.2 1. building upon previously learned skills with a focus on extending essential technical diving skills.3 Duration The Tech 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period.3.4 1. Demonstrate the ability to manage a failed or lost decompression gas scenario. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any direct in-water training.7. 2. Tech 2 training focuses on building diving proficiency at increasing depth.e.3.1 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. with at least fifty dives on double tanks/cylinders.3.2. 2.2. 4. 3.2. Oxygen management. 2. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. using Helium diving gases with Oxygen-enriched decompression gases.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. and a proficient switch from the stage to backgas. 12. gas management.3. 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 2.3 2.2. omitted and general decompression strategies. 2.2. 6. 5. 5.10 Equipment Requirements As outlined in 2. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. the use of greater percentages of Helium.6 Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age Must have passed GUE Tech 1 Must have a minimum of 200 dives. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.1 . Course participants will gain experience working with a variety of different gas mixtures for use as bottom-mix and multiple-decompression gases. accelerated. 11.2. dive planning. Maximum depth 75m / 250 ft Dives should not be planned to incur more than 60 minutes of Unadjusted Decompression (see section 1. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. 2.1.

2. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. 5. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. diving physiology Accelerated. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Demonstrate the clean and effective removal and exchange of multiple stages and decompression cylinders while hovering horizontally.9 1. appropriate thermal protection. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Jarrod Jablonski. Gas-sharing scenarios.2. Oxygen toxicity. and regulator switching (as appropriate). Four dives must utilize Helium. 3. 4. Florida. Course requirements include a minimum of six hours of academics. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. Effectively and comfortably demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface-marker buoy in under two minutes while hovering stationary. 2. designed to instill in divers a working knowledge of extended-range diving. 6. omitted. Special emphasis is placed on extended exposures and on their associated considerations (gas consumption. 9.3. GUE. reel.2.2. and decompression cylinder use 2. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. GUE. 4. 7. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. and general decompression strategies Dive logistics and planning 2.3.3. High Springs. Academic Topics GUE organization Limits of training Course completion requirements Review of decompression. section 1. 8. Florida.5 meters. Equipment familiarization. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Gas-switching procedures and protocols Bottom stage. where necessary. including valve manipulation. 2. including physiology. tables and logistics. Jarrod Jablonski.3. 5.2. 2. one minute per cylinder. Land Drills and Topics Spool. i.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 2.8 1. 2001. 3. and eight dives. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Review procedures for gas failures. and thermal concerns).7 1. The participant must be capable of removing and replacing each of at least two cylinders in under one minute.e. gas utilization and risk.6 1. 6. gas-sharing. DCS.2. High Springs. 2001.5 Course Content The GUE Tech 2 course involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. Participants should not vary in depth more than 5 feet/1. 4.1 32 . 2. four of which will be critical-skill dives and four will be experience dives.3.2. 3.

1 33 . diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 11. 6. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell.10 1. 11.10. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater.2. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should come free of extraneous strings. shutting down a valve in under ten seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds. or greater. 3. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas and one first-stage regulator for travel/decompression gas. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose.3. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 4. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. 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 primary reel per team. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. 8. i. 2.. powering an external light head via a light cord. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. each one is to supply a single secondstage and a single pressure gauge. 5. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. tabs. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 7. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2. including when conducting stage and decompression gas-switches. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 10. the first should be placed at the left hip. This webbing should support five D-rings.e. 9. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. each supplying a single second-stage. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. Regulators: Two first-stages. or other material. In addition. Demonstrate excellent buoyancy-control skills. 12. 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. At least one time/depth measuring device Compass Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. one of these kicks must include the backward kick 13. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. fins should be rigid. and be familiar with. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. for an additional deco gas. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve light lights. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 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.

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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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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3 Duration The GUE Cave 1 class is normally conducted over a five-day period.3. No complex navigation (jumps. 2. traverses.1. 3.students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.1.1 2.1.4.3. 5. 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. 7. (i. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. Of the remaining amount divers may use up to 1/3 for penetration. 2. 2. and the hazards of cave diving. 8.6 Must be a minimum of 18 years of age Must have passed GUE Fundamentals using the equipment outlined in section 2.1 38 . a gap occurs where the main line ends and begins a short distance later.1.10 and have demonstrated competence in skill and drills listed in section 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. 9.3. 3. 2. Only very capable divers should consider this training. No scooter diving 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.3. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. dive-planning.3.1.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 6. cave-diving techniques. participants do not need prior overhead training. Allowed to navigate “gaps”.3 Cave Diver Curriculum 2. navigation. 10. Gas consumption: 1/3 of the starting gas supply should be subtracted from the total and reserved for emergencies. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction.e.2 1. 4.4 1.9 at a grade of 4 or above Must have a minimum of seventy-five dives beyond open-water qualification 2. standard and emergency procedures. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. normally this occurs where the line has reached another entrance/exit point 11. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. but must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills. 2. cave environments. circuits) Allowed to navigate past one permanent intersection 4. approximately 10 ft/3 meters). Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.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. Training includes an emphasis on awareness. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity. To qualify for this type of instruction. conservation. stress management.1. No planned decompression 12. This process may be continued until divers reach the minimum starting volume of 100ft3 / 2832 liters.4. teamwork.

6. Stress 11. During flood conditions. 5. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Touch contact Basic navigation skills Dive Planning Gas management Accident Analysis 10. No stage-cylinder use allowed 2. 9. and course completion requirements Conservation Spool. Environment 12. Jarrod Jablonski. this requirement can be modified with the prior consent of the Cave training director. 5. management. 7. Florida. 3. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 2. and beauty of the cave environment.3. Jarrod Jablonski. 8. At least eight of these dives will be beyond the daylight zone. 2. 6. 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. High Springs. Communication 2.1. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Special emphasis is placed on the unique challenges posed by overhead exposure and the identification. 2.3. limits of training.1.1 39 . Florida. 2003.1. 3. No exploration 14. 4. 2. 8. 4. challenges. 7.13. Course requirements include ten hours of academics and twelve dives at a minimum of three different locations. 2001. 2.3.5 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.7 1.3. reel. Panos Alexakos. 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. and resolution of these. Academic Topics GUE organization. High Springs.1.6 1. GUE. GUE. and Todd Kincaid.

14. Procedures for gas failures. and post-dive assessment. and then returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. including pre-dive preparations. Use of various propulsion techniques. Show aptitude in resolving line entanglement where appropriate. 4. 17. 7. Demonstrate the efficient deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. 8.9 1. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline 18. 12. including valve manipulation.1. Perform a lost-line drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture.5 Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 15. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture. in-water activity. to include: • • • • 6. 3. Gas-sharing scenarios to include: • • • Breath-hold management Out-of-gas diver Gas-sharing scenarios. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. and regulator switching (as appropriate). installing and retrieving a line marker 5.2. 11. Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility experiences. 16. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. Demonstrate the ability to mentally record depth.1 40 . time and gas consumption during a dive and apply these parameters to future dive planning 13. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds. 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. where necessary. Navigation. appropriate thermal protection. 9. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. gas-sharing. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following situations: • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following. section 1. 10.3.

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

3. and includes many practical. 2.6 Must be a minimum of eighteen years of age Must have passed GUE Cave 1 Must have proof of at least 200 dives. restrictive passage negotiation. dive-buddy awareness. Special emphasis here will be placed on: the demands of extended overhead penetration. This course is heavily experience-based. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases.2. The Cave 2 course builds upon previously learned skills.2. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 7.3.3.3. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. stress management.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. challenges.3 Duration The GUE Cave 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period. 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. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. management and protocol. and beauty of the cave environment. 6. and advanced navigation. 4. with at least twenty dives in double tank/cylinder configuration. problem resolution. task-oriented skills that must be mastered before a student is competent to dive at this level. 3.1 42 . advanced gas management. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity. students must be practiced in the fundamental aspects of cave diving and comfortable in the use of double tanks/cylinders. advanced navigation techniques (including traverses. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment.3. 5. circuits and siphons). twenty-five of these must be non-training cave dives Must be Nitrox-trained 2. In general. However. 2. To succeed in this course. This very demanding course seeks to refine the cave-diving techniques of divers who have mastered the requirements of Cave 1. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. 4. encompassing both classroom and in-water work.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. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.4 1.2 1. These skills include: a focus on environmental awareness. focusing on extending essential cave-diving techniques.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.course. 2. and decompression risk.2. precision propulsion techniques.2 2. 5.2.3.2. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.

Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills.3.Course requirements include a minimum of ten cave dives at a minimum of three different diving locations.6 1. Florida. and guideline use Dive team order and protocols Touch contact Basic navigation skills Dive Planning Gas management Accident Analysis Stress Environment 10.9 1. Land Drills and Topics Spool. reel. Panos Alexakos. High Springs. and guideline use in emergency procedures.3. High Springs. 2003. 2. 4. Decompression 2. 2. 7. appropriate thermal protection. 3. reel. including gaps/jumps and circuits/traverses Visual referencing skills Basic survey techniques 2. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 5. 4. GUE. 2. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. Academic Topics Spool. Jarrod Jablonski. 3. 6. 8.3. 2.8 1.7 1. Florida. 6. GUE.2. 2. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Restrictions 12. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2001.3. High Springs.2. 5. 9. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic and advanced navigation skills. 3. where necessary. 8. and Todd Kincaid.2. Communication 11. reel. this requirement can be modified with the prior consent of the Cave training director. Jarrod Jablonski. 7. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.1 43 .5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. During flood conditions. section 1. and guideline use in standard operating procedures Team order and protocols Spool.2. GUE. Basic Survey Techniques 13. Jarrod Jablonski. Florida. 3. 2. 2001.

approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. navigation in restrictive areas. 13. Gas-sharing scenarios to include: • • • Breath-hold management Out-of-gas diver Gas-sharing scenarios.4. 15. and regulator switching (as appropriate). 8. installing and retrieving a line marker Limited and simulated zero visibility 5. Demonstrate advanced navigational technique by completing at least two jumps and by successfully completing a circuit and/or traverse. 12. shutting down a valve in less than ten seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds. Navigation. 7. 16. Demonstrate the effective deployment of a reserve light in under thirty seconds. and multiple line management.e. 20. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while sharing gas without a mask. 14. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. including valve manipulation.1 44 . Pre-dive planning to include: • • • • Assess and review diving limitations Dive-plan review Equipment review Equipment familiarization Visual reference Guideline use Demonstrate proficiency deploying. 19. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture. Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility situations. 18. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. i. Problem resolution. 10. Demonstrate effective valve-management by switching regulators. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. Demonstrate a calm demeanor while sharing gas in simulated zero-visibility for a prolonged distance. Procedures for gas failures. to include: • • • • 6. gas sharing. 11. Use of various propulsion techniques. 9. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline 17. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following situation: • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following. Perform a lost-line drill while remaining calm and maintaining a horizontal attitude and neutral posture in simulated zero-visibility conditions. 21. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of a stage cylinder for the purpose of extending penetration. including line entanglement.

it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. each supplying a single second-stage.1 45 . One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 11. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve light powered. It should come free of extraneous strings. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. 5. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. However. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. One aluminum 80 cubic feet/10 liter cylinder. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2. 10. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. and a 40”-inch low-pressure hose is also required. One additional regulator. This webbing should support five D-rings. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. fins should be rigid. 3. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design.2. 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 first and second-stages. In addition.2. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 14. which allows the use of two first-stages. with a minimum of 300 feet/ 90 meters of line 12. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.10 1. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. outfitted with a pressure gauge. 9. or other material. 4. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class. One primary reel per team. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. Regulators: Two first-stages. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. At least twelve line markers. One wrist compass 17. 16. and be familiar with. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 6. is also required. tabs. 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. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. 7. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 8. In general. the first should be placed at the left hip. 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. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables 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. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. rigged for stage diving.3. 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. 13.

2 1. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving.3. and Todd Kincaid.3.3.3. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any overhead diving activity. 2001. Training emphasis is placed on advanced cave-diving strategies. High Springs. Oxygen toxicity. 2.3. Jarrod Jablonski.3. Florida. 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. 4. efficient manipulation of multiple-penetration stage cylinders.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. Cave 3 schools divers in the techniques necessary to sustain longer-range cave dives. 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. Jarrod Jablonski. DCS. Florida. and scooter diving. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. High Springs. 2. High Springs. of which six are critical skills and four are experience dives.6 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. Jarrod Jablonski.3. GUE. 2. 2001.6 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. cave-survey techniques.3.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.3 2.1 . gas management. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.3. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 2.3.5 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. 2. 100 of these must be cave dives with fifty cave dives beyond Cave 2 training 2.3. Training consists of at least ten dives. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 3.4 1. Panos Alexakos. Florida. 2001. Special emphasis here will be placed on extended cave diving penetrations/bottom times and their associated considerations (dive planning. 3. advanced gas management.3. Participants must be experienced cave divers who are dedicated to mastering the art of cave diving. Academic Topics GUE organization Limits of training and course completion requirements 46 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 4.3. 2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. GUE.students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment.7 1. GUE. 2. 3. 2. and thermal concerns).

Use of line-following techniques for limited/no visibility situations. 8. 15. including scooter diving. including gaps. Perform a lost-diver drill while remaining calm and maintaining both a horizontal and neutral position in the water. use of multiple stage/deco cylinders. Use of touch contact for limited and simulated zero-visibility situations. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold Effective pre-dive planning. 4. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. including touch contact and gas-sharing techniques Lost-diver procedures Lost-guideline procedures Basic and advanced navigation skills. and returning the valve to the open position again in under ten seconds. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while managing multiple stages. jumps. 4. 11.3. 12.3.9 1. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Use of various propulsion techniques. 2. this would incorporate touch-contact skills Efficient deployment of the guideline Efficient removal of the guideline Problem-solving. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators.3. and operational planning Advanced diving techniques. and multipleline management 13. navigation in restrictive regions. project support. including line entanglement. 2.8 1. 6. 16. extended penetration. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 6. and survey techniques Visual referencing skills 2. 4. 5. navigation. 5. 7. Perform a lost -line drill in simulated zero-visibility conditions while remaining calm and maintaining both a horizontal and neutral position in the water.1 47 . 9. appropriate thermal protection. shutting down a valve in under ten seconds. section 1. Demonstrate advanced navigational skills by completing at least two jumps and successfully completing a circuit and/or traverse. 3. where necessary. Land Drills and Topics Use of safety spools/reels Reel and guideline use in emergency procedures.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.3. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of stage cylinders. Conservation Logistical planning. Demonstrate a calm demeanor while sharing gas in simulated zero visibility for at least 300 feet/ 90 meters. 3.3. and decompression strategy 2. advanced gas management. 14. Demonstrate proficiency with guideline management in the following scenarios: • • • • Simulated zero-visibility line following. 10. 5. Demonstrate efficient deployment of a reserve light in under ten seconds.

This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. 25. 8. Regulators: Two first-stages. Demonstrate safe and efficient operation of a DPV.10 1. tabs. 6. which allows for the use of two first-stages. In addition. i. fins should be rigid. 19. Demonstrate the ability to manage failed regulators. 9. time and gas consumption during a dive and apply these parameters to future dive planning 22. 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 / 40 kgs. Approved DPV At least one time/depth-measuring device Survey compass and slate Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 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. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing while piloting a DPV.3. 23. 5. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Demonstrate the skill required to carry out all decompression obligations. All dives must start with a minimum of 140 cubic feet/2250 liters of gas. Demonstrate facility with advanced decompression techniques by: 1) explaining trends in decompression tables. Stage cylinders should include one Oxygen stage. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 7. each supplying a single second-stage. or other material. 4.and second-stages. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. Divers must also maintain the use of at least four appropriately marked stages. 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. first. Demonstrate the skill required to run a guideline while using a DPV. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. the first should be placed at the left hip. Demonstrate the ability to mentally record depth. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. assuming the loss of all back gas.3.1 . the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. one cylinder for use at 120 feet/36 meters. 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. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. non-split 48 2. 20. Four first-stage regulators for decompression gases. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. one decompression cylinder for use at 70 feet/21 meters. and be familiar with. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. It should come free of extraneous strings. Demonstrate the skill required to tow a diver with a failed DPV. and one cylinder for use at 190 feet/57 meters. 21. This webbing should support five D-rings. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 18.e. 3. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. and 2) explaining how to manage decompression in the event of a lost decompression gas.17. each supplying a single second-stage and a pressure gauge.

Note: Prior to the commencement of class. students will be trained in the use of double tanks/cylinders and in the potential failure problems associated with them.4.1.1 2. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister.4.10. 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 2. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 16. One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 13.4. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m. such as an argon/air bottle. 15. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel.1. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. of which at least six should be directional (line arrows) and six nondirectional. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. At least one cutting device 11. Wet Notes 12. One primary reel per team. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. powering an external light head via a light cord.3 Duration The GUE Doubles Course must be conducted over at least two days. land drills and in-water work. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source.4 Auxiliary Training Curriculum 2.1. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 17. 2. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. In general. 3. 2.1 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. In this class.2 1.6 Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. However. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas.1 49 . encompassing both classroom and inwater work. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 14.4. 18. One wrist compass 19. At least twelve line markers.

propulsion. 4.4. 3. 2.4.6 • Training Materials Academic Topics GUE Doubles Presentation 2.1. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. trim. 5.1. Class Overview GUE Introduction Double Tank Introduction Developing Diver Capacity Tanks/Cylinders and bands Manifolds Regulators. 5. 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. 4. teamwork and other GUE principles.8 1. 9. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required. 8.1 50 . Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. 9.7 1. 6. The GUE Doubles course is focused on increasing proficiency with double tank configuration.5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions. through proper control of the buoyancy. 7.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.4 1. 5. Situational Awareness 2. 6.4.4. 7. 4. 2.1. depth gauges. Pre dive sequence 11. 2. 2. 3. pressure gauges and hose routing Buoyancy and Trim Skills overview 10. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.4.2. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. 8.1. 2.1.

Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. followed by an ascent to the surface.2. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker while using a spool. including 12-16.4. 7. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. 2. 11.2-meter hose. utilizing minimum decompression. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. 14. 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. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 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. 15.e. 13. inwater activity and post-dive assessment Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.5m of the target depth. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing.10 1. and be familiar with. These students must perform all skills. i. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria.5. which allows for the use of two first-stages. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. 6.4. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.* *Skills 12-17 apply to students wishing to use the GUE Doubles class to upgrade a GUE Fundamentals Recreational pass to a Technical pass. 3. then shutting down a valve and returning it to the open position. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). approximate reference maximum 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3ft/1m of the target depth.* 17.1. i. 2. Demonstrate proficiency with effective valve management by first sharing gas with a team member (as a receiver). all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. appropriate thermal protection. 10. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. 2. 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.e. 3. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 12. where necessary. at a grade 4 or higher to qualify for registration to the Cave or Tech curriculum. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding.1 51 . Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 8. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. 9. Comfortably demonstrate an efficient backwards kick. 4. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment. Demonstrate efficient deployment and stowage of a backup light. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist.to 7-foot/1. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1.1.* 18. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments.* 19.9 1. this would include pre-dive preparations. 5.* 16. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill with double tanks.

at least two of these dives must include a depth of at least 40ft/12m.4. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 9. confidence and competence in the water. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear.4. 2. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.back. In addition. The system should retain a minimalist approach.4. 8. the first should be placed on the left hip. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater.2.6 Must be a minimum of sixteen years of age Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency 2. At least one surface marker buoy per diver. Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume. This webbing should support five D-rings. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. 2.2 2. The GUE Dry Suit course is designed to provide a diver the opportunity to develop proficiency using a dry suit. 6. the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone. At least one cutting device 13. One spool with at least 100ft/30m of line per diver. with no unnecessary components.4.2. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.4 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.4. land drills and in-water work. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 5. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. or other material. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. thereby developing more comfort. Course time should total at least 16 hours encompassing classroom. encompassing both classroom and inwater work.4 1. 10. At least on time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display 11. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.2 1. non-split 12. 2. 4.2. fins should be rigid.2. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kg for double tanks.1 52 . the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone. it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. Wet Notes One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. It should be free of extraneous strings. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 2.1 GUE Dry Suit Primer Purpose GUE’s Dry Suit course is designed to prepare divers for dry suit diving using proper equipment and techniques. tabs. 7. 3.3 Duration The GUE Dry Suit Course must be conducted over at least two days.

2.4. this would include pre-dive preparations. 3.2. inwater activity and post-dive assessment.2. 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. where necessary.4. appropriate thermal protection. 2.9 1. 3. Dry Suit skills overview 12. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques. Buoyancy and Trim 11. 9. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. 5. Pre dive sequence 13. 8.4. 6. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 16 yards/15 meters on a breath hold 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.2. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and.7 1.4. this course focuses on cultivating the basic skills required.1 53 . Land Drills Pre-dive sequence Team positioning Communication Equipment fit and function 2.2. 5.6 • Training Materials Academic Topics GUE Dry Suit Presentation 2. 4. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.8 1. trim.4. 2. 4.5 Course Content Combining lecture and in-water sessions. The GUE Dry Suit course is focused on increasing dry suit proficiency through proper control of the buoyancy. 3. propulsion. Dry Suit maintenance and field repairs 2. 4.2. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. 2. teamwork and other GUE principles. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. 2. 7.2. Situational Awareness 14.

the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone. This webbing should support five D-rings. 15. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures. the first should be placed on the left hip. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. 5. H.10 1. Demonstrate the ability to manage a primary inflator that is stuck in the open position by dumping gas and disconnecting the inflation hose. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. In addition. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding.4. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. 6. 11. 12. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. approximate reference maximum 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5ft/1.4. 9. or other material. followed by an ascent to the surface. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. 4. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.e.to 7-foot/1. Wet Notes Wet Notes One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 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. 8. 2.5. with no unnecessary components.1 54 . 3. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40kg for double tanks. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the dry suit inflation hose. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. tabs. 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 hoped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up on the divers back. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 13.or Y-valve. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. The system should retain a minimalist approach. Demonstrate the ability to connect/disconnect the buoyancy compensator inflation hose.2. i. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver. Demonstrate proper management of a free flowing second stage regulator. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 6. and be familiar with. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 10. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 5. 14. including dry suit inflation if appropriate. all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. 16. 7. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Demonstrate proficiency with required course equipment and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.5m of the target depth. it’s power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a 2. utilizing minimum decompression.2-meter hose. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training. It should be free of extraneous strings.

3.4.3. 2. confidence and competence in the water Provide an introduction to GUE training while demonstrating the techniques necessary for success in future GUE courses 2.4.4. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. Maximum depth 40 feet/12 meters No decompression No overhead environment diving 3. 2.2 1. 4. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.3.3 Duration The GUE Primer Course must be conducted over at least two days. 2. 2.1 55 . 5.4. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Provide the recreational diver an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills. but cannot exceed 4:1 during any in-water training. Course time should total at least 14 hours encompassing classroom.light cord.4. encompassing both classroom and inwater work. this remains at the sole discretion of the instructor.3. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. The course is non-certification. Physician clearance to dive does not obligate GUE or a GUE representative to clear a trainee for diving. 4. fins should be rigid. 7.6 Students that are not able to meet the prerequisites in section 1. The GUE Primer is designed to accomplish the following goals: 1. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. Dry suit and undergarments appropriate for the duration of exposure 2. land drills and in-water work. therefore completion of this class has no bearing on future GUE dive training. 2.3 2. 8. provided they obtain a physician’s written approval to dive and disclose this information to the GUE instructor before the onset of training. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID or greater.1 GUE Primer Purpose The GUE Primer course is designed to introduce students to the essential skills required for sound diving practice. At least one time-/depth-measuring device with stop watch and/or seconds display Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume.6 are able to participate in the GUE Primer Course.4 1. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. non-split 10.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises. thereby developing more comfort. Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency Must be a minimum of fourteen years of age 3. 9. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. At least one cutting device 11.

and in-water sessions.4. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication. 2. 5. 5. High Springs Florida.7 1. 56 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for successfully performing at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments. this would include pre-dive preparations. Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary to maintain good buoyancy and trim. 6. propulsion. 4. Land Drills Pre-dive sequence Body Positioning Trim and Balance Equipment overview & fitting Propulsion Techniques Team Communication 2. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration. 2. 6. and other GUE principles. land drills. Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and concern for safety.4. combining lecture. 2.3. Situational Awareness 2.3. 3. Propulsion 11. 8. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques.3. 4.5 Course Content The GUE Primer Course is a non-certification class. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.3. 7. 2. 4.3. 9.2.9 1. 6. inwater activity and post-dive assessment. Training Materials GUE Primer Workbook Doing it Right: the Fundamentals of Better Diving. GUE. normally conducted over a two-day period.4.4. 2. 2001. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs.1 . 5. The GUE Primer course is focused on increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy. 7.8 1. 2. 3. 3. 8. teamwork.4. trim.6 1. Jarrod Jablonski. Academic Topics GUE Introduction What is the GUE Primer? Why this discipline? Developing Diver Capacity Pre Dive Overview Equipment Buoyancy Body Position Trim 10.

5. all of the following equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs / 25 kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40 kgfor double tanks. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights.6. 6.2 1. 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. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing.4. with no unnecessary components. the first should be placed on the left hip.4. At least one time-/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume. The course covers the basic principles of DPV diving and is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required for limited use of propulsion vehicles. Training includes an emphasis on awareness. participants do not need prior DPV training. environment. To qualify for this type of instruction. 8.5. This webbing should support five D-rings. 2. which allows for the use of two first-stages. The system should retain a minimalist approach. Must have a minimum of seventy-five dives beyond open-water qualification.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.or Y-valve.to 7-foot/1. Must have a minimum of fifty dives beyond GUE Recreational level 1 or GUE Fundamentals 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Must have passed GUE Recreational Level 1 Diver or GUE Fundamentals.4. but must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills and high awareness level. standard and emergency procedures. tabs.4. or other material.4 2. DPV maintenance and trouble shooting and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV. 5.10 1. 7.1 57 . 4. 2. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. navigation. It should be free of extraneous strings.2-meter hose. the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone. non-split At least one cutting device Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 2. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab.4. and be familiar with. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). fins should be rigid. teamwork. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. H. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 3.4. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. 3.3.2. In addition. stress management. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 4. dive-planning. conservation. 2.

Gas matching 15. 6. Teams 11. whichever is shallower.1 58 . Considerations for managing and stowing a DPV while not in use.4. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility.4. 5. Team planning 12. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. 2. Initial dives will be conducted in confined water to test diver ability and to fill in any deficits in skill levels.4. No overhead diving Minimum starting visibility of 20ft/6m 3. Land Drills and Topics Proper position while using a DPV Runaway DPV 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 8.4. 9. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. or the limit of the students qualification. 2. Required Training Materials Academic Topics GUE DPV Powerpoint 2.7 1. two of which will be critical-skill dives and three will be experience dives. 2.2.4 1. 2.4. 7.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises.4. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 3.4.4.4. 4. 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. Gas Planning 14.8 1. Course requirements include four hours of academics and five dives. It involves a minimum of twenty four hours of instruction. 4. 2. 5.4. Maximum depth 30m / 100ft. 2.5 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.6 1.4. 2.3 Duration The GUE DPV 1 class is normally conducted over a three-day period.4. and operational considerations. Procedures 13.

12. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. 4.3. 11. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for 59 2. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. 5. 8. H-. 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. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. i. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. Students may also use a single tank/cylinder with a K-. 13. 14. and regulator switching as appropriate. 7. and be familiar with.5 Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. 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. 16.5 to 2 meter hose. including depth and time management.4. which allows for the use of two first-stages. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 6. 3. 4.e. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Gas-sharing scenarios. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 6.4. section 1. where necessary.10 1. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1.9 1. 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. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. appropriate thermal protection. 5. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. 10. 2. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. Demonstrate competence with diver rescue skills. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. 2. 15. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.4.1 . This webbing should support five D-rings. or Y-valve. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.4. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 3. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. 7. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. 9. the first should be placed at the left hip. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Surface-marker buoy deployment.

16. standard and emergency procedures. DPV maintenance and trouble shooting and the potential hazards of diving with a DPV and managing multiple DPVs. dive-planning. It should have variable speed adjustment.5. At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume.1 60 . However. non-split At least one cutting device One wrist compass 5. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design.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. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 14. fins should be rigid. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. diver lift should not exceed 50 lbs/25kgs for a single tank and 80 lbs/40kgs for double tanks. 7. In addition. with no unnecessary components. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. or other material. used to tow the diver. Training includes an emphasis on awareness. DPV: The DPV should be of a tow-behind type. 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. conservation. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. and/or experience and must be proficient with advanced buoyancy control skills. To qualify for this type of instruction.5 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister powering an external light head via a light cord. participants need prior DPV training. navigation. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. The system should retain a minimalist approach.the placement of reserve lights. stress management. One reserve mask 11. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. 9.4. environments. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for towing it in case it fails to work. as well as a clutch. In general. 6. 10. 2. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. 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. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. 8. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Wet Notes 12. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. teamwork. It should come free of extraneous strings. tabs. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 13.4. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. 4.

Must have passed GUE DPV 1 or show proficiency in the use of DPVs.5. Must have passed GUE Cave 2 or equivalent as outlined in section 1.6 • Required Training Materials Academic Topics GUE DPV Powerpoint 2. 6. 5.5.2 1. During overhead dives no gas in doubles can be used. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 7. 9. 4. Must have a minimum of two hundred dives beyond open-water qualification. 4.7 1. but cannot exceed 2:1 during any in-water training. 2. and should be adjusted downward to account for bad conditions and/or poor visibility. 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. Initial dives will be conducted in open water to test diver ability and resolve any deficiencies in skill level.4.5 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.9. 2. Must have a minimum of fifty non training cave dives 2.4. Only gas from stage cylinders will be used 3.4.4. Minimum 215 cubic feet/6. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction.2.3 Duration The GUE DPV 2 class is normally conducted over a five-day period.9 meters).6.4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 4:1 during land drill or surface exercises. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. 5. and operational considerations in overhead environments.600 liters of gas necessary to begin a cave DPV dive. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 3. 2. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age. 4. 3. 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. 5. 2. towing diver and run away scooter) 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.4.30 feet)/30 meters (+/. Course requirements include four hours of academics and seven dives. 8. four of which will be critical-skill dives and three will be experience dives.4. No training dives are to exceed a depth of 100 feet (+/. 6.5.5. 2.1 61 .5.5.4 1.

Line use (installing. 6. 13. Gas Planning 12. Gas-sharing scenarios. 4. 12. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds.5. 8. which allows for the use of two first-stages. 15. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold. 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 2.10.8 1. 2. 6. Towing a DPV 14. Reel. to include a prolonged gas-sharing event. i. following and retrieving) 2. Demonstrate proficiency towing a second scooter and multiple cylinders 14.5 Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping. 10. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and. 11.4. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques.1 62 . spool and guideline use. 7. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 5. 7. 2. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. where necessary. and regulator switching as appropriate. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in section 1. 2. appropriate thermal protection. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim. 5.e. All dives must start with a 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 9.5. Considerations for DPV while not being used 13.10 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. and be familiar with. 3.9 1. 4. including depth and time management.5. Towing stage cylinders 15.4. 3.4. Demonstrate effective valve management by switching regulators. Procedures 11.

One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. 10. the first should be placed at the left hip. tabs. One compass 18. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 5. One of the firststages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). In general. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. It should come free of extraneous strings. 16. Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5 to 7 foot/1. Divers must also maintain the use of four appropriately marked stages. or other material. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs/40 kgs. 9. 6. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. This webbing should support five D-rings. 8.5 to 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.minimum of 215 cubic feet/6. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. However. One spool with 150 feet/45 meters of line per diver 11. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear.600 liters of gas. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. with no unnecessary components. fins should be rigid. In addition. 13. powering an external light head via a light cord. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. Stage cylinders should include one Oxygen stage. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. 2. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. One reserve mask Note: Prior to the commencement of class. such as an argon/air cylinder. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. of which at least six should be directional (line arrows) and six nondirectional. 14.1 63 . with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. The system should retain a minimalist approach. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. At least twelve line markers. and the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. 7. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. Information 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 4. 3. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. One primary reel per team. 17. 2 Approved DPVs (tow behind type) At least one time/depth-measuring device Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume.

4 Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises. failures and life-saving solutions. 2001.6. Maximum depth 100 feet/30 meters 2. with twenty-five dives at the Tech 2 level. 3.6. 2. Course Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 5. It involves a minimum of forty hours of instruction. 3.4.6 2.6. Recommended rebreather training materials. Florida. Florida. encompassing both classroom and in-water work. 4.4.1 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. 2. 2. Jarrod Jablonski. The course assumes that divers are not experienced in the use of rebreather technology but are very capable open-circuit divers. Must have at least 300 scuba dives beyond open-water qualification. Fifty must have been in doubles. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. High Springs.6. Must have passed GUE Tech 2. 2. 2.6. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.4. but cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training. Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1. 2001.4. 2. Course requirements include a minimum of twelve hours of academics and at least eight open-water dives.4.4 1.6. 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. GUE. 2. 6.3 Duration The Rebreather class is normally conducted over a five-day period. GUE. 2.4. Must be a minimum of twenty-one years of age.about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. Jarrod Jablonski. 2.6. 4.6.4. 3. High Springs. 3.4.7 1.2 1.6 1.1 64 . 2.

Comfortably swim for at least 50 feet/15 meters without a mask while diving. Demonstrate the ability to recognize.e. 2. Demonstrate the ability to deploy a lift bag/surface-marker buoy in under two minutes while hovering stationary. 14. Participants should not vary in depth more than 5 feet/1. gas-sharing. Need for continuing education and skill reinforcement 2. flow check. Demonstrate the ability to comfortably switch gases using the gas-addition manifold while maintaining good trim and neutral buoyancy. 9. Required Dive Skills and Drills All skills and drills as outlined in General Diving Skills. including valve manipulation. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving procedures. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 20 yards/18 meters on a breath hold An understanding of diving limitations. pre-dive preparations.4. flow check. 2. breathing on semiclosed circuit. Pre-dive planning 12. and then discharge excess water. Trainees must be capable of removing. pre-dive vacuum test. 5. evaluate and correct floods. 3.7. i.4. 7. replacing and plugging in a deco cylinder in under ninety seconds. 8.5.1 65 . 3. Demonstrate the ability to safely switch between semi-closed circuit and open circuit. where necessary. 15. Demonstrate proficiency in removing/attaching stage and/or decompression cylinders while hovering horizontal. Skill required to manage gas failures. including assembly. 4. vacuum and pressure test. Post-dive procedures 14. 12.6.8 1. appropriate thermal protection. 5.5 meters. section 1.9 1.6. 4. Configuration Halcyon rebreather physical design Problem recognition and management 10. shutting down a valve in under fifteen seconds and returning the valve to the open position again in under fifteen seconds. 6. 8.. Gas-sharing scenarios to include breath-hold management for gas-sharing for at least 200 feet/60 meters. 10. and post-dive assessment and breakdown. Land Drills and Topics Flow-checks Manifold failures Gas-addition failures Gas-sharing Rebreather functions 2. 11. 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. The importance of instinctive physiological monitoring 11. Diving the Halcyon rebreather 13. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 9. 13. Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and correctly respond to simulated rebreather problems. and regulator switching as appropriate. Demonstrate effective valve-management by switching regulators. in-water activity.

19. 2. 6. approximate reference maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth. each supplying a single second-stage. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kgs. Two aluminum cylinders of 30 cubic feet/840 liters or greater are required for deco gases. In addition.6. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 12. 18. 17. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. One primary reel per team. 5. 8. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 20. 10. 9. and be familiar with.4. all of the following required equipment: Rebreather: Halcyon semi-closed circuit rebreather. descents and diving. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gassharing episodes from semi-closed circuit. 4. Frequency of buoyancy variation and the divers control of their buoyancy and trim are important evaluation criteria. This webbing should support five D-rings. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with use of the rebreather during ascents. The double cylinders must be accessible by both the rebreather and the open-circuit regulators. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. with one or more experiences to include a distance of at least 30 feet/9 meters. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. It should come free of extraneous strings. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. or other material. Be able to comfortably demonstrate use. responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs during diving and failures. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature.1 66 . Wet Notes 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. tabs. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. non-split At least one cutting device 3. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. manipulation and failures of the gas-addition system. One first-stage regulator for shallow decompression gas and one first-stage regulator for travel/ decompression gas. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. 2. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. Regulators: Two first-stages. the first should be placed at the left hip. fins should be rigid. Demonstrate awareness of a team member’s rebreather function and a concern for safety. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose.10 1. which allows for the use of two first-stages. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 13. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. 7. each one is to supply a single second-stage and a single pressure gauge. powering an external light head via a light 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim.e. i. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume.16.

Log twenty-five. 15. 5. 9. Note: Prior to the commencement of class.cord. Be a non-smoker.g. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Annually complete and submit an Instructor Renewal Form. 2. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. qualification dives per year. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. 14. 6. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. Maintaining Active Status Maintain a current mailing address with Headquarters. 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. instructors must: 8. Be current in CPR and First-Aid 67 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. GUE Instructor Standards and Procedures 3. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. To maintain an Active Status instructor rating in GUE. such as an argon/air cylinder. One reserve mask 19.1 .1 Active Status Instructor To teach GUE-sanctioned training courses. Meet the standards required to teach a specific training category and/or training level. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. However. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 17. non-training. Serve as an assistant. 4. One wrist compass 18. twelve of which must be at the Cave 2 level. 7. Diver’s breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 16. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Cave 2 instructors must perform (minimally) twenty-five non-training dives per year. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. Pay all outstanding debts owed GUE. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. 3. one must be a GUE Active Status instructor. At least twelve of these dives should occur at the highest level of instructional qualification—e. 3. audit. In general. 3. serve on staff. Half of these qualifications dives may be varied across multiple environments and depths but should be oriented toward enhancing personal skill development.1 1. or participate in three complete GUE-sanctioned diving courses. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. Own current versions of all relevant GUE instructor manuals and current GUE standards and procedures. Attend. or lecture at one GUE ITC.1. Complete at least one of the following training obligations: • • • Conduct and act as the lead instructor in one formal GUE course.

With each yearly renewal.S. in writing. 3. Assist an Active Status GUE instructor in one formal GUE course. are able to participate in GUE forums (Quest and instructor e-mail list) and receive all GUE instructor information.3 Inactive Status Instructor Inactive Status instructors are instructors who fail to meet the criteria for either Active or Sustaining Status. 3. 3. Inactive instructors must return their Instructor Certification cards to GUE Headquarters. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Sustaining Status instructors must furnish GUE Headquarters with proof of compliance with respect to items 2 and 3. Annually complete and submit an Instructor Renewal Form. 3. Inactive instructors are instructors who no longer conduct formal GUE courses. Active Status instructors must furnish GUE Headquarters with proof of compliance with respect to items 2. Instructional insurance: Instructors residing in the United States of America and/or who teach U. act as lead instructors or assist in GUE courses. Provisional Status instructors are not qualified to independently conduct formal GUE classes. an Active Status instructor must always be present during such activities. To maintain Sustaining Status. (2) be re-evaluated by a GUE IE to determine whether these shortcomings have been satisfactorily addressed.4 Provisional Status Instructor Provisional-status instructors are GUE instructor candidates who have completed an instructor evaluation. 4. In the event that any substantive health changes occur. Provisional Status instructors must: (1) remedy shortcomings outlined by the IEs.2. obtain a similar Instructional Liability Insurance policy. and must obtain it as offered by GUE or. 3. 7. and/or divers. Maintain a good state of mental and physical fitness. but who want to retain the option of doing so at a later date (subject to the provisions of section 3. Maintaining Sustaining Status Maintain a current mailing address with Headquarters.1 1. and who no longer pay instructor membership dues or participate in the benefits of GUE membership. Minimum coverage: $1 million. Terms: Substantially the same as those in the current policy offered through GUE (submit a certificate of insurance. citizens while maintaining American citizenship themselves are required to have Instructional Liability Insurance. 11. and (3) have the unanimous written support of both GUE instructor evaluators. In the interim. 2. instructor members are obliged to refrain from both teaching and supervising diving students.S. for the exemption and provide letters of exemption from their commanding officers. military personnel who teach diving as part of their military duties are exempt from the insurance requirement but must apply. which covers GUE in case of a claim).1 68 .10.2 Sustaining Status Instructor Sustaining instructors are instructors who opt not to actively conduct formal GUE courses or act as lead instructors. an exemption from the insurance requirement. until such time as they can meet GUE leadership medical requirements for diving. Instructors who are covered by city. Pay all outstanding debts owed GUE. 8. in writing. GUE instructors are annually required to: With each yearly renewal.5). sustaining instructors retain their GUE instructor-certification status. 9. U. state. and 10. To be upgraded to Active Status. but who in the judgment of their instructor evaluators (IEs) are not yet prepared to teach independently. federal or private institutional insurance must request.

regardless of environment. all GUE courses. 3. 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. GUE recognizes the need for environment-specific practices. 5.9. 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.6. 6.8) with one formal GUE course.6 Must be a minimum twenty-one years of age With the exception of GUE Recreational instructor candidates. Specific details and pre-requisites for the recreation. instructional insurance (where applicable). Technical. and obtain a letter of recommendation from that GUE instructor Submit a letter requesting a status change 3.6. 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. cultivate a common set of concepts and skills. technical and cave ITCs are listed in sections 3. or if in Inactive Status. 2. GUE offers Instructor Training Courses (ITCs) in: Recreational.g.9. Cave. this would include: registration. ITC Prerequisites Must meet GUE general course prerequisites as outlined in section 1.6. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. medical history. 7.13 respectively. 8.6. liability release.1 Description GUE’s training curriculum is designed around a common training and diving platform.1 69 .6 Instructor Candidate Training Procedures 3. but under three years.5 Instructor Status Changes Sustaining or Inactive Status instructors may change their status at any time by meeting the following requirements: 1. needs unanimous support by two GUE instructor trainers 3.3.2 1. If in Sustaining Status for under one year. and Rebreather diving. and a dive resume Must have satisfied all GUE internship requirements (see section 3. instructors seeking to renew their Active Status must: • • 2.9 and 3. 3.1. 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. 3.8) Must be qualified in CPR and First-Aid 4. 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.. If in Sustaining Status for more than three years. Nonetheless.9. all GUE ITC candidates must be qualified as GUE Recreational diving instructors or their equivalent (e. GUE Fundamentals instructors) Must be able to swim at least 600 yards/ 550 meters in under fourteen minutes without stopping.

3). and who pass a GUE Fundamentals instructor evaluation.e. from Cave to Technical) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3.7. Must be a nonsmoker 3. from Technical to Cave) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3.g. Tech 1). candidates must furnish both their training director and GUE HQ with documentation showing compliance with ITC prerequisites.. Rebreather..6.6. All GUE instructor candidates must first serve as interns/assistants with an appropriate GUE instructor (see section 3. Cave 1 ).6.e.6. from Cave 1 to Cave 2) in the manner described in section 3. Before enrolling in a GUE ITC. or Recreational curricula (i. and 3).. ITC prerequisites pertinent to all GUE curricula are detailed in section 3. Instructor candidates that matriculate in a GUE Technical ITC. from Tech 1 to Tech 2) in the manner described in section 3..6. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (. instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (e. Cave.6.7. GUE Tech 1.e. 2. and who pass a GUE Technical instructor evaluation. 2. Alternatively. going from Recreational to Technical) must undergo an ITC and an evaluation in the manner discussed in section 3.1 70 . additional ITC prerequisites specific to a given curriculum are detailed in each relevant section. Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (i.e. as a Tech 1 instructor within the Technical diving curriculum).g.2 of this document.. and who pass a GUE Cave instructor evaluation.e.. 3. 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. Tech 1). and 3).6. GUE Cave 1. 3.. instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (e. Alternatively. or Recreational curricula (i. Alternatively.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.g. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (e. This requirement is waived in ITCs were an entire course of the level sought is incorporated (e. Rebreather.e.6... 3..g. GUE Recreational 1.8) in at least one complete GUE-sanctioned diving course at the entry level of the category sought (e.. will be qualified to teach GUE-sanctioned courses at the level determined by their evaluation (e.3 Recreational Instructor Training Courses Recreational instructor training develops instructor proficiency in training principles applicable to those GUE courses not part of the Technical.6. from Fundamentals to Recreational Diver level 1) in the manner described in section 3. GUE Recreational Diving programs 1 . instructors who wish to teach courses in another training category (i.. Instructor candidates who matriculate in a GUE Recreational ITC.9. Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (i. GUE Fundamentals).g. Instructor candidates who matriculate in a GUE Cave ITC. Instructors may progress within their training category to other courses (e.g.6. GUE Instructor Training Progression With the exception of GUE Fundamentals instructor candidates.g. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.7.. all GUE instructor candidates must first qualify as instructors at the entry level of a particular training curriculum (e.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.6 3. or Rebreather curricula (i.g.6.6. a Tech ITC that begins with a Tech 1 class taught by GUE instructor trainers and assisted by GUE instructor candidates). before matriculating in an appropriate GUE ITC (with the exception of GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructor candidates).6. 2.6.6 1..g.

all other GUE instructors seeking to move from one training curriculum to another (e.g. and the final signature must be awarded by an IE. No further evaluations will be required. alternatively. However. Having interned with an approved GUE instructor (see section 3.g. 2. The first signature awarded can only be awarded as an IT signature. By being successfully evaluated by one GUE instructor evaluator while teaching a GUEsanctioned course at the next-highest level. Tech) by: 1. Tech 1). a candidate being evaluated for a first signature may only be awarded an IT signature. in a Tech 2 course). During the instructor evaluation. from Technical to Cave) must undertake an additional GUE ITC (e. Instructor Evaluation forms must bear the signatures and comments of both instructor trainer / evaluators.. of two GUE instructor trainers.. This evaluation process may take place at separate events. Thereafter. an instructor candidate will be considered an Active GUE instructor..6. 7. 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. The IT may require that the candidate co-teach with a specific instructor. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Upon the satisfactory completion of an instructor evaluation.4. 6. 5.. doubles and drysuit) must become GUE Fundamentals instructors. one of which must be a GUE instructor evaluator. GUE instructors may progress within a given training curriculum (e. Upon completing a given ITC.6.. GUE instructor evaluation is conducted using the “signature” process.1 71 . GUE Fundamentals instructor candidates must demonstrate competence using a drysuit during the evaluation process. 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. They are are normally conducted during a GUE sanctioned course at the level requested (e. For example.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.g. 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. 8. to help ensure their safety. even if the trainer holds IE status. along with the appropriate instructor fee. 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. and 3) submit a signed instructor agreement letter. The second signature can only be awarded by an IE.. Instructors are not required to undertake additional ITCs within a given category unless deemed necessary by a GUE instructor trainer. A candidate must obtain the signature. 3. except for Tech instructors who wish to qualify to teach Level Two Recreational classes. provided that they: 1) have submitted all relevant documents (enumerated above) to both GUE HQ and their training director. 3. Having acted as a lead instructor in at least five GUE-sanctioned courses at their given qualification level.8) in at least two GUEsanctioned courses at the next level (e.g. or approval.g. the IT may allow the candidate to gain experience with any active GUE instructor. Tech 1 instructor in the Technical Diving curriculum) before being qualified to teach at the next level (Tech 2).. GUE Recreational instructors wishing to teach the primers (GUE Primer. 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. 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).

7. 3. 4. 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.8. 3. Must receive a “signature” from a GUE IE while acting as a lead IE at a GUE ITC.9. 3. Purpose IT Prerequisites Must meet all the requirements of an Active Status GUE instructor at the level that the ITC candidates are pursuing. they are responsible for determining whether a candidate is able to autonomously conduct training safely and knowledgeably at a given level. 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.8 Fulfillment of Internship Requirement To fulfill GUE's training prerequisite. or access to whom subjects an instructor candidate to unreasonable duress. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Be approved by a 2/3rds majority of the GUE Training Council.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. Prerequisites Must meet all the requirements of an Active Status GUE instructor and IT at the level that the ITC candidates are pursuing.7 Instructor Trainer (IT) Qualifications 3.1 72 . 3.2 1. Must have taught at least five entry-level courses in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status. Staff at least one ITC in any curriculum in which they are seeking IE status. 3. Though GUE HQ in principle discourages this. internships must be conducted under the supervision of GUE instructors who have taught at least three classes in the given curriculum.3. 4.8. it will consider petitions on a case-by-case basis 3.1. 2.1 Purpose A GUE instructor evaluation is the final check on the instructor-development process.2 1. 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. Staff at least one ITC in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status.9 Recreational Diving Instructor Courses 3.8 Instructor Evaluator (IE) Qualifications 3. Must have taught at least five entry-level courses in any curriculum in which they are seeking IT status.9. 2. Must receive a “signature” from a GUE IE while acting as a lead IT at a GUE ITC.1 3.7.1 3.6.

6 1. 4. Must have proof of at least 200 dives.9.9.7 1. 3. 2008. Florida.6. 3. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. 4.6.6.1 73 . 2.1. 2.3.1.6. Jarrod Jablonski. and Todd Kincaid. and course completion requirements Conservation GUE standards and procedures Demonstrate mastery of relevant topics contained within GUE Recreational diver training 3.5 Program Content The GUE Recreational ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer.9.9. This program is conducted over a minimum of seven days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation. 3. which is conducted at a later date as per section 3. Global Undwerwater Explorers. This time period may be extended if prerequisites or program requirements have not been met to the instructor ’trainer’s satisfaction. High Springs.The Fundamentals of Recreational Diving. Florida.9. High Springs.9. 2001.9. 3. Stockholm. limits of training. 4. High Springs.2 and 3. Jarrod Jablonski.6. 3.8 Must have passed GUE Fundamentals at the technical level or GUE Recreational Level 3 Diver. 5.4 1. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving.3 Duration The GUE Recreational ITC is conducted over a minimum seven-day period. 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. Sweden.1. 2. Beginning with the End in Mind .1. 2003. Academic Topics Discussion and implementation of GUE course content GUE organization.2 1. 2001. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. 2. GUE. Jarrod Jablonski. 4. Candidates aspiring to teach the GUE Fundamentals class must also have passed GUE Tech 1 prior to a final evaluation (see section 3.1. At least twenty-five dives must have been in a double tank/cylinder configuration. Jesper Berglund. point 7). GUE. 3. Florida.1. GUE. Must have suitable in-water and surface rescue skills. 3. with at least fifty dives in a GUE single tank/cylinder configuration. Panos Alexakos. Prerequisites Must comply with GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving.8 Land Drills and Topics Discussion of land drills pertinent to GUE Recreational Training 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 5.6.1.

2. and control of.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. students 11. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.2.4 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. 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. 2. 8.8. 3.9. Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE. Proper in-water positioning to provide appropriate care for.3. and personable approach to teaching An understanding of GUE standards and procedures A respect for the conservation of the environment 10.3 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Level 2 Instructor In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. 3. In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3.1 74 .1.6. 4. 3. 5.6.2 Be a GUE Recreational Level 1 instructor Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE. 3. prospective GUE Recreational Level 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE 1. 4.9 1.9.9. 6. GUE Fundamentals instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 1 class: 1. 3.9.6.2 GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. An awareness of each student’s ability level 3. 9. 7.10 Equipment Requirements ITC candidates must be well versed in both GUE single tank/cylinder and double tank/cylinder equipment configurations. with either configuration available as needed.9.6. 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. 2. effective. 2.6. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.8.1.

9.9.9. and positive manner. 3.6. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3. Prerequisites Must comply with GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3.6. 3. Must have proof of at least 300 dives with fifty dives in doubles.9.9. GUE Recreational 2 to GUE Recreational 3 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 3 class: 3.6.9.9. during which they must also demonstrate competence using a drysuit. GUE Tech 2.3 Duration The Tech ITC is structured around a minimum five-day period. 2. 3. GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 2 class: 3.7 Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE.9.2. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3. GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Fundamentals Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.3.8 1.2.7 1.6.6. 2. Must successfully undergo GUE instructor evaluation by a GUE IE. Training dives are not included. GUE Cave or Tech instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Level 1 class: 3. during which they must also demonstrate competence using a drysuit.1 75 .6. This time period may be extended if prerequisites or program requirements have been met to the instructor trainer’s satisfaction.9. Must meet the requirements outlined in 3.6. 3.9. 2.9.7 Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE.4 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 3. 2. Cave or Tech Instructor to Recreational Level 1 Diving Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. 2.5 1. Must successfully undergo a GUE instructor upgrade and evaluation by a GUE IE.2 1. and GUE Cave 1 3.9.6 1.2.7.9.9 3.1 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. usable.8. 3. GUE Recreational 1 to GUE Recreational 2 Instructor Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.4 1.2 and 3. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals.2. GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Fundamentals class: 3.6.6.

limits of training. 8. Jarrod Jablonski.9. 4. Florida.9. 2. which is conducted at a later date as per section 3. 7. High Springs.9. 5. Panos Alexakos. 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. GUE. 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. 4. effective.9. 2001. 6.9.1 76 . 6. 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. and Todd Kincaid.6. GUE. 2003. 5. 7.5 Program Content The GUE Tech ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer. Florida. and personable approach to teaching An understanding of GUE standards and procedures 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 3. High Springs. Academic Topics GUE organization. Jarrod Jablonski. 3. 4. Florida.7 1. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. 3. 2. High Springs. 4.6.9.6 1. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. 3. This program is conducted over a minimum of five days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation. 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. 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. Jarrod Jablonski. 3.9 1.9.8 1. GUE.9.2.9. 3.9. 2. 2001.

4. One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. It should come free of extraneous strings. One primary reel per team. tabs or other material.9. one of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. such as an argon/air cylinder. Divers breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. each supplying a single second-stage. its power source should consist of a rechargeable battery pack residing in a canister. Equipment Requirements Each student should have. In addition. 7. fins should be rigid. and be familiar with. All dives must start with a minimum of 80 cubic feet/2250 liters. the first should be placed at the left hip. per diver 11. Regulators: Two first-stages. Buoyancy Compensator Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kg. Proper in-water positioning to provide appropriate care for. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10-watt HID lighting or greater. of their students 11. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line.9.10 1. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. and control. which allows the use of two first-stages. 6. This webbing should support five D-rings.1 77 . the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/ stowing gear. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. 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. all of the following required equipment: Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use a dual cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 12. Demonstrate full capacity with all topics contained within GUE Tech 1 diver training 3. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 10. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. A respect for the conservation of the environment 10. 8. An awareness of each student’s ability level 12. powering an external light head via a light cord. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 15. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. 13. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. 3. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit where applicable. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. non-split At least one cutting device Wet Notes 2. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone. 9.9. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. 14. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. 5. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components.

12 Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Rebreather Instructor 3. and GUE Rebreather. 3. Must have proof of at least 500 dives with 200 rebreather dives. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. However.1 .2. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3. prospective GUE Tech 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Tech 3 instructors: 1.12.6.6. and GUE Tech 2. Must have proof of at least 700 dives with 150 dives in doubles. 3. 4.8. 3.9.6. 2. prospective GUE Tech 2 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Tech 2 instructors: 1. which allows for the use of two first-stages. Tech 2.9.2. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives.10 Progress from Tech 1 Instructor to Tech 2 Instructor 3.7. 78 Each student should have.11 Progress from Tech 2 Instructor to Tech 3 Instructor 3.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. 3. The double cylinders must be accessible by both the rebreather and the open-circuit regulators. 4.6. 3.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.1 Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. prospective GUE Rebreather instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Rebreather instructors: 1. GUE Cave 1. Training dives are not included.10.6. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site. 2. Training dives are not included.12.11.6. All dives must start with a minimum of 40 cubic feet/1120 liters of gas.6.2.7. 3. Must have proof of at least 400 dives with 100 dives in doubles. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. Training dives are not included. all of the following required equipment: 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 2. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Equipment Requirements Rebreather: Halcyon semi-closed circuit rebreather Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dualoutlet isolator manifold.2 1.9.8.7. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals.Note: Prior to the commencement of class. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.6. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3. and GUE Tech 3.9. In general. 4.8. students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. and be familiar with. GUE Cave 1.6.9.9. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. 2. 3. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment.9.

One primary light: A primary light should be minimalist in design. This webbing should be adjustable through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. non-split At least one cutting device 4. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. diver lift should not exceed 80 lbs / 40 kg. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. the first should be placed at the left hip. One spool with 100 feet/30 meters of line per diver 12. 5. held to a diver by one continuous piece of nylon webbing. each supplying a single second-stage. it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. powering an external light head via a light cord. Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver’s buoyancy compensation device should be backmounted and minimalist in nature. 15. The harness below the diver’s arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights.3. At least one surface-marker buoy per diver 17. Note: Prior to the commencement of class. tabs or other material. the second should be placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone.1 79 . 9. However. It should come free of extraneous strings. 6. Divers may not inflate the dry suit from the back gas. Wet Notes 11. the third should be placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone. Two reserve lights: Reserve lights should have a minimum of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear. Primary lights should produce the equivalent output of 50-watt halogen/10watt HID lighting or greater. This webbing should support five D-rings. One of the second-stages must be on a 7-foot/2-meter hose. In general. students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. At least one time/depth-measuring device Decompression tables Mask and fins: Mask should be low-volume. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training. Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure 16. The light should be activated and de-activated by twisting the front bezel. The system should retain a minimalist approach with no unnecessary components. In addition. Regulators: Two first-stages. 14. One primary reel per team. 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. Divers breathing Helium mixtures and utilizing a dry suit must have a separate (from the back gas) dry suit inflation source. 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. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course. 8. 10. Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimal padding. the fourth and fifth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while using a DPV or towing/stowing gear. with a minimum of 300 feet/90 meters of line 13. There should be no restrictive bands or “bungee” of any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. A knife should be secured to the waist on the left webbing tab. 7. such as an argon/air cylinder. 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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This time period may be extended if all prerequisites or program requirements have not been met.8. 2.3 Duration The GUE DPV 1 workshop is structured around a minimum one-day period. 6. Must have taught at least 5 GUE Fundamentals classes.4 Instructor candidate-to-IT ratios are not to exceed 3:1.9. This program is conducted over at least one day and is designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to teach recreational DPV diving. 3. 3.6. Must have completed at least 300 dives excluding training dives. Training dives are not included. 7. 4.15 Progress from Cave 2 Instructor to Cave 3 Instructor 3.1 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.16.16 DPV Instructor Course 3. 4.7. 3. Minimum of 20 feet/6 meters of visibility to commence training dive. Prerequisites Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3. Gas consumption: 1/3 of double cylinders Maximum depth: 100 feet/30 meters. Must be an active GUE Fundamentals instructor or above.6.9.9. and positive manner.250 liters of gas to commence training dive.15.9.6. GUE Cave 3.4 1. 8. 4. Must have experience using DPVs during at least 50 dives.16. 3.16. Own a DPV 3. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals. Program Limits General training limits as outlined in section 1.2. 2. 6.8.6. Must have completed requirements as assigned by GUE DPV instructor trainer.9.1 83 . 5. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.9.16.3. Minimum of 80 cubic feet/2.5 Program Content The GUE DPV 1 workshop is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE DPV Instructor Trainer. 3.1Prerequisites In addition to the general requirements specified in section 3. 3. 3. Must be certified as a GUE Tech 1 diver. prospective GUE Cave 3 instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Cave 3 instructors: 1.2 and 3.2 1.6. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5.9. usable. 5. Must have proof of at least 700 dives with 300 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or equivalent. and GUE Tech 2 Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.9.16. 2.

4.6 1. 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. effective. 5.9. GUE DPV Power Point 3.9. and be familiar with. Demonstrate an understanding of GUE standards and procedures. 7. Demonstrate respect for the conservation of our aquatic environment.16. 8. each supplying a single second-stage. Tanks/Cylinders: Students are required to use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold. 2001. 2. GUE. 2. 5. Demonstrate capacity with DPV line drills. Demonstrate the ability to manage students during DPV training dives. 6. 3. 3.1 84 . 8. 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.7 1.8 1.16. High Springs.16. 2. All dives must start with a minimum of 80 cubic feet/2. 7.9 1. Regulators: Two first-stages. Required Training Materials Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving.250 liters of gas.3. GUE. Jarrod Jablonski.9.16. 2. 2. which allows the use of two first-stages. 3. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Academic Topics GUE organization. One of the first-stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable). 3.9. 4. and personable teaching style. 7. One of the second-stages must be on a 7 foot/2 meter hose. 5. Demonstrate a safe. including towing a DPV while gas-sharing Managing a runaway DPV Lost-diver procedures Basic navigation skills Visual referencing skills 3.9. Demonstrate proper control and in-water positioning so as to promote student safety.16. all of the following required equipment: 1. High Springs. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. Jarrod Jablonski. Florida.10 Equipment Requirements Each student should have. 6. Demonstrate the capacity for critical analysis of student performance. Required Dive Skills and Drills Demonstrate proficiency in the presentation of course content. Demonstrate capacity with all required dive skills and drills. 3. Florida. 2001. 4.

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

8. Training dives are not included. 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.3.6. GUE Cave 2. 7.1 86 . Must have experience in high-flow systems and systems that require decompression. Must be a GUE DPV 1 instructor Must have completed at least 700 dives with 300 cave dives beyond Cave 2 certification or equivalent.9.17 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. 2. 2010 © Global Underwater Explorers Version 5. 4.6. 5. 6. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.7. Must meet all upgrade requirements outlined in section 3.2. 3.

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

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. 6. 5. 8.Appendix B Approved GUE Forms 1. 3. 7. 4. 2. 9.1 88 .

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