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GUE Recreational

 
GUE Recreational Diver: Level 1
“Never dived before”

The primary purpose of GUE Recreational Diver 1 is to teach non-divers to master the art and science of sport diving through cultivating essential diving techniques and sound diving practices from the very beginning. All GUE classes place an emphasis on a solid theoretical education combined with a true mastery of skills, all taught in the manner in which they would be used in the real world - i.e whilst neutrally buoyant and not whilst kneeling on the bottom.

GUE Rec 1 is significantly different from the majority of entry level diving qualifications and as such should not be considered by everyone. The course is very thorough and rigorous and both the theory and in-water sections of the class will involve far more commitment and work. However, the end result is a far better prepared and far more skilled diver.

 

The very limited student to instructor ratio ensures there is a lot of time available to truly master all the fundamental skills. You will be shown 6 different kicking techniques, including back-kicks and given guidance on how to master buoyancy and trim. Teamwork, communication, problem solving and environmental awareness are also key aspects of this class.

 

Pre-requisites: None
Duration: 5 days
No. of dives: 14 dives, mixture of pool and open water
Equipment required: Standard GUE equipment configuration, please contact us for details.
Qualification limits: 21m, no decompression, EANx32.
Cost: $1,750 for 1-on-1; $1,000pp if more than 1 student

GUE Recreational Diver: Level 2
 
“Ascent training and rescue scenarios”

The GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 course is a no decompression course structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving while using sound equipment, efficient diving skills and advanced breathing mixtures.

 

The class builds on from your introductory GUE class (either Rec 1 or Fundamentals) and covers the theory and practice of decompression, safe use of Nitrox and Triox (30/30) for extended bottom times, correct ascent procedures, diver rescue (on land, at the surface and underwater), emergency management, and the use of Helium to minimize narcosis, CO2, gas density, and post-dive “nitrogen stress.”

The GUE Rec 2 course covers all the essential skills required to dive safely in the recreational depth range: navigation using lines and compasses, ascent protocols, rescue skills, light communication and touch contact; as well as reviewing and refining all the skills learned during Rec 1/Fundamentals.

 

Pre-requisites: GUE Fundamentals "rec" pass or GUE Rec 1
Duration: 5 days
No. of dives: 8 dives, plus surface rescue scenarios
Equipment required: Standard GUE equipment configuration, please contact us for details.
Qualification limits: 30m, no decompression, EANx32 or Trimix 30/30.
Cost: $1,000 + expenses

GUE Recreational Diver: Level 3
 
“Your introduction to trimix diving”

The GUE Recreational Diver Level 3 course is a mastery level recreational class structured to prepare divers for deeper recreational diving using proper equipment, diving techniques and breathing mixtures. In this class, students will be introduced to the theory and practice of limited decompression, the use of trimix as a breathing gas and trained in correct ascent procedures. The course is usually conducted over a very intense 4 day period and is particularly heavy on in-water skills.

The GUE Rec 3 course covers all the essential skills required to dive safely in the 40m depth range: valve failures, gas switching procedures, ascent protocols, out-of-gas emergencies, basic line protocol, SMB deployment, team communication and diving protocols.

Pre-requisites: GUE Fundamentals (Tech Pass)
Duration: 4 days
No. of dives: 8 open water dives
Equipment required: Standard GUE equipment configuration, please contact us for details.
Qualification limits: Trimix 30/30 or trimix 21/35
Cost: $1,200 + expenses