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GUE is a leader in scuba education, having developed numerous industry-first training protocols and utilizing an elite cast of diving educators.

Our wide range of training programs was meticulously developed by leading explorers whose mission was to build communities of passionate scuba divers with globally coordinated diving activities.

These curricula provide training for all levels and interests, from new divers and recreational divers to cave and technical divers, all in an effort to elevate the quality of training within the dive industry.

The earliest GUE courses were developed to support global exploration projects and have been refined to incorporate recreational divers. This “begin with the end in mind” approach produces uniquely competent divers and enables a smooth transition from recreational to technical diving and beyond.

At Acuatic Tulum we currently offer the following training programs:

       Rec 1

Recreational Diver 1 is the first course to take you beneath the surface while developing your independence as a new diver. 

$900

       Rec 2

This course is structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving up to 100 ft/30 m

$900

Fundamentals

The GUE Fundamentals course is by far GUE’s most popular program. Keep reading below for a full description.

$800

GUE Fundamentals Course

Course Outcomes

 

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.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals course must:

   a. Submit a completed Course Registration Form, Medical History Form, and Liability Release Form to GUE HQ.

   b. Be physically and mentally fit.

   c. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g., DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.

   d. Be a nonsmoker.

   e. 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.

   f. 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.

   g. Be certified, at minimum, as an autonomous entry-level scuba diver (or equivalent) from a recognized training agency.

 

Course Content

 

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.

GUE Fundamentals Specific Training Standards

   a. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises; it cannot exceed 4:1 during any in-water training.

   b. Two dives must be at a depth of at least 25 ft/8 m

   c. Maximum depth of 60 ft/18 m d. No overhead diving

   e. All dives must be within minimum decompression limits (MDLs), i.e., no required stops.

   f. Can be combined with GUE Triox Primer, as per the Triox Primer Instructor Guidelines document.

Required Training Materials

GUE training materials and recommended reading as determined by the course study packet received via online download after GUE course registration.

Academic Topics

   a. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)

   b. Building a solid skill base: buoyancy, trim, balance, and propulsion

   c. Fundamental diving skills

   d. Streamlining and equipment configuration

   e. Situational awareness

   f. Dive planning and gas management

   g. Breathing gas overview

   h. Nitrox diving

   i. Decompression overview and minimum decompression procedures

   j. Diving safety and accident prevention

   k. The GUE system

 

Land Drills and Topics

   a. Equipment fit, assembly and disassembly

   b. Propulsion and maneuvering techniques

   c. Gas analysis d. GUE EDGE and pre-dive checks

   e. Basic 5 scuba skills

   f. Dive team protocols

   g. S-drill and valve drill

   h. Surface marker buoy (SMB) deployment

   i. Diver rescue techniques (for Technical rating only)

 

Required Dive Skills and Drills

 

   (A) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a GUE Fundamentals - Recreational Rating

   a. Must be able to swim at least 300 yds/275 m in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.

   b. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 ft/15 m on a breath hold while submerged.

   c. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices, including pre-dive preparation, inwater activity, and post-dive assessment.

   d. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.

   e. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e., approximate reference is a maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 ft/1.5 m of a target depth.

   f. Demonstrate proficiency in surface marker buoy deployment while using a spool.

   g. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gas-sharing scenarios.

   h. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface utilizing minimum decompression.

   i. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.

   j. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.

   k. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask in touch contact.

   l. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long hose deployment.

   m. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.

   n. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill.

   o. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.

   p. Demonstrate three propulsion techniques, including comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.

   (B) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a GUE Fundamentals - Technical Rating

This rating is required for those trainees seeking entry into GUE’s Cave and Technical courses.

   a. Must be able to swim at least 300 yds/275 m in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.

   b. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 ft/15 m on a breath hold while submerged.

   c. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices, including pre-dive preparation, inwater activity, and post-dive assessment.

   d. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.

   e. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e., approximate reference is a maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 ft/1 m of a target depth.

   f. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy while using a spool.

   g. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gas-sharing scenarios.

   h. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface utilizing minimum decompression.

   i. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.

   j. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.

   k. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask in touch contact.

   l. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long hose deployment.

   m. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.

   n. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks.

   o. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.

   p. Demonstrate proficiency in four propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments, including competence in the backward kick and helicopter turns.

   q. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment.

   r. Demonstrate diver rescue techniques, including effective management of an unconscious diver underwater.

Equipment Requirements

   (A) Equipment Requirements for a GUE Fundamentals - Recreational Rating

GUE base equipment configuration as outlined in this link.

Prior to the commencement of the class, students should consult with their GUE instructor to verify equipment requirements and appropriateness of any selected equipment.

   (B) Equipment Requirements for a GUE Fundamentals - Technical Rating

GUE base equipment configuration as outlined in this link, plus:

   a. GUE double tank configuration

   b. One primary and two backup lights

   c. Back-up mask

Prior to the commencement of the class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements and appropriateness of any selected equipment.

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Tulum, Quintana Roo,

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