GUE FUNDAMENTALS - TRAINING STANDARDS AND REQUIRED SKILLS

GUE Fundamentals – Training Standards

GUE Fundamentals – Training Standards

  1. 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.
  2. Critical skills may only be performed up to a maximum depth of 30 feet/9 meters
  3. Two dives must be at a depth of at least 25 feet/8 meters
  4. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters
  5. No overhead diving
  6. No decompression

Required Dive Skills and Drills for GUE Fundamentals Rating

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

  1. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  2. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold while submerged.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices; this would include pre-dive preparation, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner requirements.
  5. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference is a maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 feet/1.5 meters of a target depth.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in lift bag/surface marker buoy deployment.
  7. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gas-sharing scenarios.
  8. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  9. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  11. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask, in touch contact.
  12. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long-hose deployment.
  13. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency in executing a valve drill.
  15. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  16. Demonstrate three propulsion techniques. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.

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

This rating is required for those trainees seeking entry into GUE’s Cave and Technical courses. Skills 14-19 must be graded as a 3 or higher.

  1. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  2. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold while submerged.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices; this would include pre-dive preparation, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner requirements.
  5. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference is a maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy while using a spool.
  7. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver in multiple gas-sharing episodes.
  8. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  9. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  11. Demonstrate a comfortable demeanor while swimming without a mask, in touch contact.
  12. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long-hose deployment.
  13. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  14. Demonstrate an efficient valve drill with double tanks.
  15. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  16. Demonstrate proficiency in four propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; students should also demonstrate competence in the backward kick and helicopter turns.
  17. Demonstrate proficiency with a primary light by using it during all skills except SMB deployment.
  18. Demonstrate diver rescue techniques, including effective management of an unconscious diver.