GUE Fundamentals


The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required for sound diving practice. Included among its course outcomes are: to provide the recreational diver, who does not desire diver training beyond the recreational level, with an opportunity to advance their basic diving skills; to train divers in the theory and practice of Nitrox; to provide divers with aspirations for more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success; and to provide non-GUE trained divers with a gateway into GUE training.

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Minimum age: 16
Duration: 4 days
6 Lectures
6 Open Water Dives

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals course must:

  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g., DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  • Be a nonsmoker.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age. Documented parental or legal guardian consent must be submitted to GUE HQ when the participant is a minor.
  • Be certified, at minimum, as an autonomous entry-level scuba diver (or equivalent) from a recognized training agency.
  • Submit a completed Course Registration Form, Medical History Form, and Liability Release Form to GUE HQ.
  • 4 days format: The GUE Fundamentals course is normally conducted over four days. It requires a minimum of six dives and at least thirty hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.
  • Part 1 & Part 2 format: Has been designed for those who prefer to take the class in two parts either because of time available as well as to allow time between the two sessions for them to further experfirst half and an introduction and the second half (part 2)
  • The GUE Fundamentals Part 1 course is normally conducted over two days. It requires a minimum of two dives and at least fourteen hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.
  • The GUE Fundamentals Part 2 course is normally conducted over three days. It requires a minimum of four dives and at least twenty hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.
  • Instructor fee
  • 6 academic modules
  • 6 open water dives
  • Transportation from dive centre to dive sites
  • Double 12L tank rentals
  • All gas fills (Nitrox 32%)
  • Weights (Belt or V-weight)
  • Use of all dive centre amenities
  • Course registration fees of $95 USD paid online at GUE HQ.
  • GUE organization
  • Building a solid skill base: buoyancy, trim, balance, and propulsion
  • Fundamental diving skills
  • Streamlining and equipment configuration
  • Situational awareness
  • Dive planning and gas management
  • Breathing gas overview
  • Nitrox diving
    Decompression overview and minimum decompression procedures
  • Diving safety and accident prevention
  • The GUE system

Land Drills

  • Equipment fit, assembly and disassembly
  • Propulsion and maneuvering techniques
  • Gas analysis
  • GUE EDGE and pre-dive checks
  • Basic 5 scuba skills
  • Dive team protocols
  • S-drill and valve drill
  • Surface marker buoy (SMB) deployment
  • Diver rescue techniques (for Technical rating only)
  • Maximum training depth 18 metres
  • No overhead diving
  • Minimum decompression limits (MDLs)
  • Student-to-instructor ratio cannot exceed 4:1
  • Certification is awarded after completion of course and a pass mark of 90% or more is achieved.
  • If a passing mark isn’t achieved the first time round, students may retake the exam.

Certification Requirements

  • Must be able to swim at least 275 m in less than 14 minutes without stopping.
  • Must be able to swim a distance of at least 15 m on a breath hold while submerged.
  • At the computation of the course candidate who have met the certification criteria may be awarded with a Rec or Tech pass, respectively. Tech pass eligibles candidates to enrol into GUE Tech and Cave training programs.

Equipment Requirements for a GUE Fundamentals – Technical Rating

  • GUE double tank configuration
  • One primary and two backup lights

A 50% deposit is required upon confirmation of enrolment, the remaining balance is due before the start of the class.


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