Workshops focus on a specific skill or environment in which you are already certified, but want to improve. They will be more structured than mentoring or coaching, but less rigid than a formal course. Most workshops will NOT offer certification; rather, your reward is the knowledge and experience.
If you’re interested in any of our Workshops, please email us.
|Topic||Ideal For:||Typical Duration||Description|
|Any Fundies level:
Rec 1 Review
|1-4 days||Runs during a regularly scheduled Fundamentals class in some locations. Mer puts together a team of divers working on Fundies skills. They practice as a team separate from class and dive with Mer during the class’s lunch each dive day for feedback and video. Review by attending as little or as much field drills and lecture as you wish. Video debriefs provided, as well as upgrade opportunities. Meet new teammates. Offered for free to any of Wet Rocks Diving’s past Fundamentals or Rec 1 students, if you have not already used your free extra session included in your tuition. Repeat attendance for modest rate (much less than private coaching and about the same price as a half day of team coaching). Not a former Wet Rocks Diving student? Inquire|
|Ascent Training||Preparing for
Rec 3 or Tech 1
|2-3 days||Fundamentals skill review in shallow water plus 100ft/30m fun diving with teamwork and dive planning critique. Practice SMB deployment from depth with drift deco. Best with a team, available privately.|
|Flow is Fun!||Cave divers new to flow
OR any cave diver
|1-2 days||Learn or improve how to dive high-flow caves. Learn or refine your pull-n-glide technique and how to read the cave. Learn tips and tricks for certain caves. Team or private.|
|Deep Cave||Cave 2 with Experience,
Plus Tech 1 or Tech 2
|2-3 days||Are you an experienced cave and tech diver, but have only done deep (100ft/30m+) diving in open water? Expand your cave diving into deeper sites and learn strategies for planning and equipment management that are a bit different in the cave compared to open water/ocean. Team or private.|
|Cave Support||Cave 2 and Cave DPV,
|2-3 days||Are you an experienced cave and cave DPV diver and want to get involved with project support diving? This workshop provides pro-tips on managing and transporting extra tanks, DPVs, and other equipment used in exploration. Team or private.|
|Propulsion||Any level||1 day||Refine your propulsion or learn new kicks. For Open Water, Tech or Cave divers. Team or private.|
|Cave Propulsion||Cave diver,
|1 day||Refine your propulsion or learn new kicks. Includes application in cave environment. Team or private.|
|Buoyancy & Stability||Any level||1-2 days||Find that next level of ease in the water! Get more precise with your buoyancy and reduce unnecessary fin motion. Tweak gear to best support you in the water. Team or private.|
|Wrecks divers or
low visibility OW divers
|1-2 days||Learn or improve how to run a reel from the anchor or mooring block to the wreck or use a reel to navigate a non-overhead debris field or reef in low visibility. Team or private.|
|Photo/Video Tweak||Any level||2 days||Mer specializes in making the of most low- to medium- budget camera systems. Have a pro or prosumer camera? Then this workshop is not for you. Learn what your camera does best, how to choose subjects, composition, lighting, and basic editing without breaking the bank. Best private.|
|Navigation||Any level||1 day||Learn or improve your navigation using a compass and natural navigation. Team or private.|
|Night||Any level||1/2 day||Learn light communication, night diving consideration, and about some of the special critters visible at night. Team or private.|
|Boat/Drift||Any level||1 day||Learn how to pack for efficient boat diving. Learn drift diving techniques and SMB deployment. Best in a team, available privately.|
|Wreck||Any level||1 day||Learn or refine wreck diving planning using gas management techniques and “segments” to see more of the wreck. Learn or refine wreck diving special considerations for exploring the exterior of shipwrecks. Best in a team, available privately.|
|Wreck Survey||Any wreck diver||2 days||Learn various survey techniques for in situ wreck documentation. Best in a team.|
|GUE Leading EDGE
|Any GUE level OR
those preparing to take
next level class
|2-3 days||Based on one particular course (e.g. Fundamentals, Cave 1 etc) Get brought up to speed on changes since you took your course, refine your skills, and receive feedback. Practice critical, scenario-based, or emergency skills in a safe setting. Fundamental Upgrades and/or expired card renewals possible, if requirements met. Team-based.|
|And many more.|
Some GUE Leading EDGE Performance Workshops are large, regional events, often with a draw of divers from beyond that region.
This workshop will feature at least eight GUE instructors from around the world, each of whom is an expert in recreational, technical, and/or cave diving. As an added bonus, Gareth Lock from the Human Factors Academy will be joining us and providing one of our evening presentations. The event is hosted by GUE-Seattle and GUE-BC.
Current Instructor Roster Includes:
Guy Shockey – Tech (British Columbia)
Karim Hamza – Tech (California)
Graham Blackmore – Tech (UK/Asia)
Meredith Tanguay – Cave (Florida/Hawaii)
Liz Tribe – Fundamentals (British Columbia)
Alex Adolfi – Fundamentals (Seattle)
Joakim Hjelm – Fundamentals (British Columbia)
Kelly Colwell – Fundamentals (Nevada)
Michael Puz – Fundamentals (Philippines)
… and maybe more!
During the GUE Leading EDGE Performance Workshop, GUE divers will have an opportunity to work on everything from propulsion techniques, to bottle rotations, to S-drills, to team skills. We have designed a schedule that includes classroom sessions to update you on the latest dive planning strategies, as well as field drills and coaching dives to polish your diving techniques.
For Fundamentals-level students looking to upgrade provisional or recreational status to the next level, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to improve the skills required to earn your next qualification. For technical and cave divers, this is a chance to improve critically important technical diving skills (such as failure management) under the supervision of an expert. This workshop will help us to ensure that we’re among the best-prepared and most up-to-date divers in the world.
There are a limited number of spaces available. If you’re interested in the Performance Workshop or any other Workshop, please email us immediately to secure your spot.