Recreational – including GUE Fundamentals

GUE’s Recreational Courses


Learn-to-Dive or refine and advance your diving by adopting a standardized skill-set that will enable you to dive globally and using techniques in equipment that insure that the limits of your diving will only be those you set for yourself!

Recreational Diver 1 (Rec 1) – Learn-to-Dive!

GUE’s Open Water class for those who have never SCUBA dived before. Includes nitrox training.

GUE Fundamentals Part 1 (Formerly GUE Primer)

Fundamentals Part 1 introduces certified divers to the GUE method of diving, including GUE System equipment (backplate, wing, harness, long hose, fins, etc.). Focus is on buoyancy, trim, stability, control, propulsion, maneuvering, pre-dive checks, team diving, situational awareness, and why we do these things the way we do them with this specific equipment set-up. These basic skills are useful for both the 30′ reef enthusiast and the deep cave explorer alike!

Drysuit Primer

The GUE Drysuit Primer introduces certified divers to diving with a drysuit. Learn about the components of a drysuit system, considerations for diving colder waters, and drysuit diving techniques. Focus is on why and how we manage buoyancy when diving dry as well as refining trim, stability, control, propulsion, maneuvering, team diving, and situational awareness.

Doubles Primer

The GUE Doubles Primer introduces certified divers to diving a double (twin) tank configuration. Learn about the components of a double tank system, why and how to configure the system, and how to operate and dive with doubles. Refine buoyancy, trim, stability, control, propulsion, maneuvering, pre-dive checks, team diving, and situational awareness.

GUE Fundamentals – Our Most Popular Class

GUE Fundamentals, affectionately called “Fundies,” introduces certified divers to the GUE method of diving, including GUE System equipment (backplate, wing, harness, long hose, fins, etc.), stable platform, propulsion, and basic skills useful for everyday diving and more advanced diving alike. Fundamentals is the gateway for non-GUE divers to qualify for advanced GUE training above the primer level classes. This course offers excellent training, practice, and feedback in skill refinement regardless if certification is earned or future GUE classes desired. It can be taken as one course or as divided into two shorter parts.

Fundamentals Tech Upgrade

Fundamentals Tech Upgrade is a session which allows a GUE Rec 1 or GUE Fundamentals graduate to demonstrate they meet the Fundamentals Technical Rating requirements for entry to a GUE Cave 1 or Tech 1 class. If student’s previous GUE training was in a single tank, best results may be achieved by combining a Doubles Primer with the Tech Upgrade.

Mer’s Recommended Course Progressions – Don’t know where to start? Then start here.

Advanced Recreational GUE Training

vlcsnap-2013-06-19-19h31m04s208Diver Propulsion Vehicle – Level 1

Learn how to dive a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV). Learn how these underwater scooters work and how to operate them on recreational, open water dives. During this course, we cover features of various scooters, gas planning, normal operations, emergency procedures, and basic maintenance. Learn how to effortlessly cruise the reef or negotiate current. Scooter diving is ALL OF THE FUN!!

Documentation Diver 

GUE Rec 1 or Fundies graduates learn project management and planning as well underwater photo, video, survey, modeling, lighting, sketching, editing techniques, publishing, and safe management of photo/video/survey equipment and team. Course focus is highly customize-able to the local features of where the class is taught and the interests/experience of the students involved. Put your refined skills to work in this super fun class. May also be taught in the Cave environment to GUE Cave 2 divers.

Recreational Diver 2 – Triox, Rescue & Navigation

GUE’s version of Advanced Open Water. Learn to dive helium mixtures to a max of 100ft or 30m. Learn land, surface, and underwater rescue. Practice more advanced underwater navigation. Optionally may include night diving.

Recreational Diver 3 – Trimix & Rec Deep

Enjoy the full recreational depth range using the right gases and procedures for ultimate dive enjoyment. GUE’s version of deep diver. Rec 3 introduces divers to the basics of double tank manifold failures troubleshooting, and how to plan and conduct dives on nitrox or helium mixtures to a max of 130ft (39m) with a limited decompression obligation, including a switch to a staged decompression gas. Have a clear head at depth and be able to stay down long enough to thoroughly enjoy the entire recreational depth range. Excellent penultimate class for the recreational diver or an optional incremental step for those with aspirations of deeper diving.

Gas Blender

This one-day, non diving course teaches students how to mix nitrox and trimix using partial pressure blending as well as other fill methods utilized at the hosting or personal fill station, as well as equipment considerations, safety, remixing, analysis, and proper labeling. There are no diving pre-reqs to this class.

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