GUE Primer course
What is it?
The GUE Primer course is designed to introduce students to the essential skills required for sound diving practice. The course is non-certification; therefore completion of this class has no bearing on future GUE dive training. It is however designed to provide the recreational diver an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills, thereby developing more comfort, confidence and competence in the water and provide an introduction to GUE training while demonstrating the techniques necessary for success in future GUE courses.
Covering pre-dive preparations, inwater activity and post-dive assessment students will be encouraged to become aware of team-member location and concern for safety, responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs, gain proficiency in underwater communication, basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration. The class will work to gain safe ascent and descent procedures, two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments and improve buoyancy and trim.
GUE Primer Course in Depth
The GUE Primer course is designed to introduce students to the essential skills required for sound diving practice. The course is non-certification; therefore completion of this class has no bearing on future GUE dive training.
The GUE Primer is designed to accomplish the following goals:
- Provide the recreational diver an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills, thereby developing more comfort, confidence and competence in the water
- Provide an introduction to GUE training while demonstrating the techniques necessary for success in future GUE courses
- Must be a certified open-water diver from a recognized training agency
- Must be a minimum of fourteen years of age
The GUE Primer Course must be conducted over at least two days, encompassing both classroom and inwater work. Course requirements include a minimum of 6 hours of academics & land drills and a minimum of four in-water sessions. Course time should total at least 14 hours encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.
- Maximum depth 40 feet/12 meters
- No decompression
- No overhead environment diving
The GUE Primer Course is a non-certification class, normally conducted over a two-day period, combining lecture, land drills, and in-water sessions. The GUE Primer course is focused on increasing diver proficiency through proper control of buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork, and other GUE principles.
- GUE Primer Workbook
- GUE Introduction
- What is the GUE Primer?
- Why this discipline?
- Developing Diver Capacity
- Pre Dive Overview
- Body Position
- Situational Awareness
- Pre-dive sequence
- Body Positioning
- Trim and Balance
- Equipment overview & fitting
- Propulsion Techniques
- Team Communication
Required Dive Skills and Drills
- Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, in-waer activity and post-dive assessment.
- Demonstrate awareness of team-member location and concern for safety, responding quickly to visual cues and dive-partner needs.
- Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
- Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
- Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
- Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for successfully performing at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate to delicate and/or silty environments.
- Demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary to maintain good buoyancy and trim.
Each student should have, and be familiar with, all of the following equipment:
- Tanks/Cylinders: Students may use a single tank cylinder with a K-, H-, or Y-valve. Students many also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages.
- Regulators: One of the second-stages must be on a 5-to7-foot/1.5- 2-meter hose. One of the first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a dry suit (where applicable)
- Backplate System: A rigid and flat platform of metal construction with minimum padding, held to a diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjusted through the plate and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist. A crotch strap attached to the lower end of this platform and looped through the waistband prevents the system from riding up on the divers back. A knife should be placed on the left webbing tab. This webbing should support fir D-rings; the first should be placed on the left hi, the second should be placed in line with the divers right collar bone, the third should be placed in line with the divers left collar bone, the fourth and firth should be affixed to the crotch strap to use while scootering or towing/stowing gear. The harness below the diver's arms should have small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The system should retain a minimalist approach, with no unnecessary components.
- Buoyancy Compensation Device: A diver's buoyancy compensation device should be back-mounted and minimalist in nature. It should be free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material. There should be no restrictive bands or "bungee" or any sort affixed to the buoyancy cell. In addition, diver lift would not exceed 50 lbs /25Kg for a single tank and 80 lbs / 40 Kg for double tanks. Wing size and shape should be appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
- At least one time-/depth-measuring device
- Mask and fins: mask should be low-volume; fins should be rigid, non-split
- At least one cutting device
- Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure