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About GUE Instructor and NEUE Director Bob Sherwood

With more than 25 years of experience as an exploration diver, educator, and instructor trainer, Bob Sherwood is one of the top dive professionals in the United States.

Jarrod Jablonski and Bob Sherwood

Jarrod and Bob

Bob worked closely with Jarrod Jablonski during the formation of GUE and is a member of the GUE advisory board. Bob is the founding instructor for NEUE, and currently, he is the only GUE Instructor Trainer/Instructor Evaluator in the Northeast United States and Canada.

As a member of the Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP), Bob was a support diver for Jarrod Jablonski and George Irvine on their world record penetration cave dive of 18,000 feet at 300 feet depth. In 1999 Bob was a member of an elite team of divers on the prestigious GUE expedition to the wreck of the HMHS Britannic (sister ship of the Titanic) located in approximately 400 feet of water off the coast of the Greek island Kea, a project that included the first extensive penetration into the wreck.

In 2011, Bob initiated and led a project to document the condition of the wreck of the A. E. Vickery, a popular dive site in the St. Lawrence River. This NEUE project is also supporting the efforts of Project Baseline.

Bob’s personal diving interests include exploration in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and continuing his own diver education. He is an experienced CCR diver and has recently become one of the few GUE JJ Rebreather instructors in the world.

Bob Sherwood diving the Nagato wreck

Bob diving the Nagato

Bob continues to share his passion for exploration, teaching, and community-building with divers from all walks of life, from professional athletes to open water divers, in the United States and abroad. Bob’s reputation as an accomplished dive instructor has resulted in invitations to train divers in Egypt, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Mexico. Students trained by Bob have gone on to become exploration divers, scientific divers, and GUE instructors.

Bob is based in Cape Vincent, New York, and can be contacted at 607-765-3942.

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Course Outcomes

The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice. Included among its course outcomes are: providing the recreational diver, who does not desire further diver training, with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills; training divers in the theory and practice of Nitrox; providing divers with aspirations for more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success; and providing non-GUE trained divers with a gateway into GUE training.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Fundamentals course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  7. Be a certified GUE Rec 1 diver or be certified as an open water diver from a recognized training agency.

Course Content

The Fundamentals course is normally conducted over four days, requires 6 dives and at least 30 hours instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

GUE Fundamentals Specific 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 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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. Building a solid skill base – buoyancy, trim, balance and propulsion
  3. Fundamental diving skills
  4. Streamlining and equipment configuration
  5. Situational awareness
  6. Dive planning and gas management
  7. Breathing gas overview
  8. Nitrox
  9. Decompression overview and minimum decompression procedures
  10. Diving safety and accident prevention
  11. The GUE system

Land Drills and Topics

  1. Dive team protocols
  2. Basic Five
  3. S-drill and valve-drill
  4. Equipment fit and function
  5. Propulsion techniques
  6. No mask swim
  7. Pre-dive drills
  8. Surface marker deployment
  9. Diver rescue techniques (Fundamentals Tech)

Required Dive Skills and Drills for Fundamentals Rating

(A) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a 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 a 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.

Equipment Requirements

(A) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals-Recreational Rating

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A.

(B) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals-Technical Rating

GUE base Configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. GUE double tank configuration
  2. Primary and back-up lights
  3. Back-up mask

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Course Outcomes

The GUE Fundamentals Part 1 course is designed to cultivate the foundational skills required by all sound diving practice. Included among its course outcomes are: to provide the recreational diver, who does not desire further diver training, with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills and to provide non-GUE trained divers with a gateway into GUE training.

Prerequisites
Applicants for a Fundamentals Part 1 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  7. Be a certified GUE Rec 1 diver or be certified as an open water diver from a recognized training agency.

Course Content

The Fundamentals Part 1 course is normally conducted over 2 days, and requires a minimum of 2 dives and at least 14 hours of instruction encompassing classroom, land drills, and in-water
work.

GUE Fundamentals Part 1 Specific 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. Maximum depth 60 feet/18 meters
  4. No overhead diving
  5. No decompression

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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. Building a solid skill base: buoyancy, trim, balance, and propulsion
  3. Fundamental diving skills
  4. Streamlining and equipment configuration
  5. Situational awareness
  6. The GUE system

Land Drills and Topics

  1. Dive team protocols
  2. Basic Five
  3. Equipment fit and functions
  4. Propulsion techniques
  5. Pre-dive drills

Required Dive Skills and Drills for Fundamentals Rating

(A) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a Fundamentals Part 1-Recreational Rating

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices; this would include pre-dive preparation, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner requirements.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  6. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long-hose deployment.
  7. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  8. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  9. Demonstrate three propulsion techniques. Students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.

(B) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a Fundamentals Part 1-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. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices; this would include pre-dive preparation, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner requirements.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  6. Demonstrate aptitude in the following open water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long-hose deployment.
  7. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  8. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency with using a primary light.

Equipment Requirements
(A) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals Part 1-Recreational Rating
GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A.
(B) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals Part 1-Technical Rating
GUE base Configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. GUE double tank configuration
  2. Primary and back-up lights
  3. Back-up mask

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Course Outcomes

The GUE Fundamentals Part 2 course is designed to continue to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice. Included among its course outcomes are: to provide the
recreational diver, who does not desire further diver training, with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills; to train divers in the theory and practice of Nitrox; to provide those divers who aspire to more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success; and to provide divers with a gateway into advanced GUE training.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Fundamentals Part 2 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  7. Be a certified as a GUE Fundamentals Part 1, GUE Rec 1 or GUE Rec 2 diver.

Course Content

The Fundamentals Part 2 course is normally conducted over 3 days, and requires a minimum of 4 dives and at least 20 hours of instruction encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

GUE Fundamentals Part 2 Specific 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 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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. Situational awareness
  3. Dive planning and gas management
  4. Breathing gas overview
  5. Nitrox
  6. Decompression overview and minimum decompression procedures
  7. Diving safety and accident prevention
  8. The GUE system

Land Drills and Topics

  1. Dive team protocols
  2. S-drill and valve-drill
  3. Surface marker buoy deployment
  4. Diver rescue techniques (Fundamentals Tech)

Required Dive Skills and Drills for Fundamentals Rating

(A) Required Dive Skills and Drills for a 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 while using a spool.
  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 a 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 underwater.

Equipment Requirements

(A) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals-Recreational Rating

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A.

(B) Required Equipment for a Fundamentals-Technical Rating

GUE base Configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. GUE double tank configuration
  2. Primary and back-up lights
  3. Back-up mask

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Recreational Diver Level 1 is the open water equivalent for people not yet certified to dive. Completing this course will earn the student open water certification.

Course Outcomes

The GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 course is designed to develop the essential skills required for all sound diving practice. It helps the non-diver cultivate a platform that supports comfort, confidence, and competence in the water, as well as more advanced training in the future.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Rec 1 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE
    Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Course Content

The Recreational Diver Level 1 course is conducted over a minimum of five days, and includes fourteen dives and at least forty hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills, and in-water work.

Rec 1 Specific Training Standards

  1. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 8:1 during land drill or surface exercises; it is not to exceed 4:1 during any in-water training.
  2. Can be run with one trainee.
  3. Maximum depth 70 feet/21 meters.
  4. No planned decompression.
  5. No overhead diving.
  6. No night diving.

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

  1. Introduction to Scuba diving, the GUE organization and course overview (objectives,
    limits, expectations)
  2. Introduction to Scuba Diving
  3. Building a Solid Foundation
  4. Exploring the Underwater World
  5. Gas Management and Dive Planning
  6. Decompression Dynamics
  7. Diving Safety the GUE system

Land Drills & Topics

  1. Equipment fit and function
  2. Dive team protocols
  3. Analyze and mark cylinders
  4. Pre-dive drills
  5. Basic 5 scuba skills
  6. S-drill
  7. Propulsion techniques
  8. Surface-marker buoydeployment
  9. Straight line compass navigation

Required Dive Skills & Drills

  1. Must be able to swim at least 300 yards/275 meters in under fourteen 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 techniques, including pre-dive preparations, in-water activity, and post-dive assessments.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding
    quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
  5. Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver
    followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
  6. Comfortably demonstrate at least two propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; students should demonstrate comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.
  7. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  8. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy while utilizing a spool.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  11. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment
    configuration.
  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 the basic 5 rescue techniques.

Equipment Requirements

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A.

Note: Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements. Whether or not a piece of equipment fulfills GUE’s equipment requirement remains at the discretion of GUE and its instructor representatives. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure the use of necessary equipment before the start of the course. In general, it is better for the student to learn while using his or her own equipment. However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard equipment. Please contact a GUE representative prior to making any purchases. Information about recommended equipment can be obtained from the equipment considerations section of GUE’s Web site.

Course Outcomes

GUE’s Diver Propulsion Vehicle Level 1 course is designed to introduce divers to the skills and knowledge required to safely use underwater propulsion vehicles in open water. Other outcomes include: knowledge of the basic principles of DPV diving, dive planning, teamwork
while using a DPV, environment and conservation awareness, stress management, navigation,
standard and emergency procedures, DPV maintenance and troubleshooting, and the potential
hazards of diving with a DPV.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a DPV 1 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g.
    DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of sixteen years of age.
  7. Have passed GUE Recreational Level 1 Diver or GUE Fundamentals at the “Recreational”
    level.
  8. Have a minimum of 75-five logged dives beyond either GUE Recreational Diver Level 1
    or open water certification.

Course Content

The DPV 1 course is normally conducted over three days, and includes five dives and a
minimum 24 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

DPV 1 Specific Training Standards

  1. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises;
    ratios cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
  2. Maximum depth of 100 feet/30 meters or the limit of the student’s certification,
    whichever is shallower.
  3. No overhead environment diving.
  4. Minimum starting visibility of 20 feet/6 meters.

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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. Equipment considerations
  3. DPV components
  4. DPV maintenance
  5. Surface marker buoys and spools (for deco platforms)
  6. Dive planning
  7. Operational planning
  8. Support
  9. Teams
  10. Team planning
  11. Procedures
  12. Gas planning
  13. Gas matching
  14. Considerations for managing and stowing a DPV while not in use

Land Drills

  1. Proper position while using a DPV
  2. Runaway DPV
  3. Dive team order and protocols
  4. Basic navigation skills
  5. Pre-dive drills

Required Dive Skills and Drills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater
    activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and concern for safety, responding
    quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
  3. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
  6. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold while
    submerged.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency adjusting buoyancy while using a DPV.
  11. Demonstrate effective use of compass and navigation.
  12. Demonstrate ability to match speeds with team members.
  13. Demonstrate ability to tow a diver with a non-functional DPV.
  14. Demonstrate control while dealing with a runaway DPV.
  15. Demonstrate proper procedures for gas-sharing and regulator switching as appropriate.
  16. Demonstrate proficiency in surface marker buoy deployment.
  17. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.
  18. Demonstrate proficiency in gas-sharing scenarios with a gas-sharing event.
  19. Demonstrate cylinder valve management appropriate to the configuration being used.
  20. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques, including depth and
    time management.

Equipment Requirements

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. Approved DPV

An approved DPV is one that is tow-behind style with adjustable speed and clutch mechanism.
The DPV must include an attached cord at the back with a bolt snap to be clipped on the front
crotch-strap D-ring. The DPV should also have a leash attached to the front to be used for
towing.

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

Course Outcomes

GUE’s Technical Diver Level 1 course is designed to prepare divers for the rigors of technical
diving and to familiarize them with the use of different breathing and decompression mixtures.
Additional course outcomes include: cultivating, integrating, and expanding the essential skills
required for safe technical diving; problem identification and resolution; the use of double
tanks/cylinders and the potential failure problems associated with them; the use of Nitrox for
accelerated and general decompression strategies; the use of Helium to minimize narcosis; and
the applications of single decompression stage diving, with respect to decompression
procedures.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Tech 1 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g.
    DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  7. Have earned a GUE Fundamentals “Technical” pass.
  8. Have a minimum of 100 logged dives beyond open water certification.

Course Content

The Tech 1 course is normally conducted over a six days, requires nine dives and a minimum 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Tech 1 Specific Training Standards

  1. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises;
    ratios cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
  2. Maximum depth of 170 feet/51 meters.
  3. Dives should not be planned to incur more than 30 minutes of decompression time as
    established by GUE’s DecoPlanner.
  4. No overhead diving except by active GUE Cave 2 Level instructors while teaching in the cave environment.
  5. Students participating in a Tech 1 course conducted in a cave must be at least GUE Cave 2 divers.

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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. History of technical diving
  3. Situational awareness
  4. Dive planning and gas management
  5. Building a solid dive plan
  6. Gas requirements
  7. Gas strategies
  8. Breathing gas dynamics
  9. Physics review
  10. Oxygen toxicity
  11. Narcosis and CO2
  12. Gas density
  13. GUE standard gasses
  14. Decompression
  15. Physics and physiology
  16. Dissolved gas theories
  17. Bubble control models
  18. Decompression illness
  19. Practical decompression
  20. Using decompression gasses
  21. Decompression strategies
  22. Contingency managements

Land Drills

  1. Reel and guideline use
  2. Dive team formation, communication and protocols
  3. Manifold operation and failures
  4. Decompression bottle and switching procedures
  5. Decompression cylinder failure protocols

Required Dive Skills and Drills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater
    activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and concern for safety, responding
    quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
  3. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
  6. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  7. Must be able to swim at least 400 yards/375 meters in less than 14 minutes without
    stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary,
    appropriate thermal protection.
  8. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 60 feet/18 meters on a breath hold while
    submerged.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in gas failure procedures, including valve manipulation, gas sharing, and regulator switching as appropriate.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in surface marker buoy deployment.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in switching to a backup mask.
  12. Demonstrate familiarity with required course equipment.
  13. Demonstrate proficiency in managing gas sharing scenarios, to include a prolonged gas
    sharing event.
  14. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; one of these kicks must be the backward kick.
  15. Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with a single decompression cylinder.
  16. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques, including depth and
    time management.
  17. Demonstrate dive rescue techniques, including effective management of an unconscious
    diver.
  18. 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.
  19. Demonstrate the ability to manage a failed decompression cylinder using available team
    resources.

Equipment Requirements

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. GUE double tank configuration
  2. Primary and backup lights
  3. One decompression cylinder
  4. Small argon regulator and bottle where appropriate
  5. One primary reel per team

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

Course Outcomes

GUE’s Technical Diver 2 course is designed to enhance deep diving proficiency while using
helium breathing gasses and oxygen-enriched decompression gasses. Other course outcomes
include: the use of multiple stages; the use of Trimix with greater percentages of helium; gas
management; oxygen management; extended decompression; accelerated, omitted and
general decompression strategies; dive planning; and management of multiple cylinders.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Tech 2 course must:

  1. Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  2. Be physically and mentally fit.
  3. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g.
    DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  4. Be a nonsmoker.
  5. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  6. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  7. Be a certified GUE Tech 1 level diver.
  8. Must have a minimum of 25 dives beyond Technical Diver Level 1 certification; at least
    fifty dives on double tanks and at least 25 should utilize a decompression cylinder.

Course Content

The Tech 2 course is normally conducted over five days; it requires seven dives and a minimum 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Tech 2 Specific Training Standards

  1. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises;
    ratios cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
  2. Maximum depth 250 feet/75 meters.
  3. Dives should not be planned to incur more than 60 minutes of decompression time as
    established by GUE’s DecoPlanner.
  4. If conducted in a cave, trainees must be at least GUE Cave 2 divers; instructors must be active GUE Cave 2 instructors.

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

  1. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  2. Advanced mixed gas diving
  3. Risks of decompression diving
  4. Gas management during deep dives
  5. Accelerated, omitted, and general decompression strategies
  6. Deep diving logistics and planning

Land Drills

  1. Dive team order and protocols
  2. Gas switching procedures and protocols
  3. Use of a bottom stage, with multiple decompression cylinders

Required Dive Skills and Drills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater
    activity, and post-dive assessment.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and concern for safety, responding
    quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
  3. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  5. Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
  6. Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
  7. Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in less than 14 minutes without
    stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary,
    appropriate thermal protection.
  8. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 60 feet/18 meters on a breath hold while
    submerged.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to plan Tech 2 dives while accounting for
    environmental conditions, available gas, and required decompression.
  10. Demonstrate the clean and effective removal and exchange of multiple stages and
    decompression cylinders while hovering horizontally.
  11. Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be
    appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; one of these kicks must be the
    backward kick.
  12. 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.
  13. Demonstrate proficiency in gas failure procedures, including valve manipulation, gas
    sharing, and regulator switching as appropriate.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency in managing gas sharing scenarios, to include a prolonged gas
    sharing event.
  15. Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques, including depth and
    time management, while also managing multiple gas switches and other tasks like tank
    rotation skills.
  16. Demonstrate diver rescue techniques, including effective management of an
    unconscious diver.

Equipment Requirements

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  1. GUE double tank configuration
  2. Primary and backup lights
  3. Two decompression cylinders
  4. One bottom gas cylinder
  5. Small argon regulator and bottle where appropriate
  6. One primary reel per team

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

Course Outcomes

GUE’s Rebreather Diver course is designed to educate individuals in basic rebreather technologies and to cultivate diver proficiency in the use of GUE approved rebreather configurations.

Prerequisites

Applicants for a Rebreather course must:

  • Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.
  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
  • Be a nonsmoker.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any prior medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Be a GUE Tech 2 certified diver.
  • Have a minimum of 25 Tech 2 level dives beyond Tech 2 certification.

Course Content

The Rebreather course is normally conducted over five days; it requires at least eight dives and a minimum 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.

Rebreather Specific Training Standards

  • Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises; ratios cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
  • Maximum depth of 100 feet/30 meters.

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

  • Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
  • Purpose
  • Common components of the rebreathers and how they function
  • Inherent risks of rebreathers
  • Rebreather operation, alarms, and warnings
  • Oxygen risks: hypoxia, hyperoxia
  • Decompression consideration while using semi-closed rebreathers
  • Oxygen loading, potential drop, adjusted deco
  • Equipment configuration
  • Problem recognition and management
  • The importance of instinctive physiological monitoring
  • Pre-dive planning
  • Post-dive procedures
  • Need for continuing education and skill reinforcement

Land Drills and Topics

  • Flow checks
  • Manifold failures
  • Gas addition failures
  • Gas sharing

Required Dive Skills and Drills

  • Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a rebreather configuration.
  • Demonstrate reasonable proficiency with use of the rebreather during ascents, descents, and diving.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
  • Must be able to swim a distance of at least 60 feet/18 meters on a breath hold while submerged.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage gas failures, including valve manipulation, gas sharing, and regulator switching as appropriate.
  • Recognize, assess, and review diving limitations.
  • Skillfully demonstrate gas failure procedures, including valve manipulation, gas sharing, and regulator switching, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage a flooded rebreather while discharging excess water.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and correctly respond to simulated rebreather problems.
  • Demonstrate effective valve management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in removing/attaching stage and/or decompression cylinders while hovering horizontally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comfortably switch gasses while maintaining good trim and neutral buoyancy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving procedures, including assembly, vacuum and pressure tests, pre-dive preparations, pre-dive vacuum test, flow check, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment and breakdown.
  • Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver while using the rebreather.
  • Be able to comfortably demonstrate use, manipulation, and failures of the gas addition system.
  • Demonstrate awareness of a team members’ rebreather function and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs during diving and failures.

Equipment Requirements

GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:

  • Modified tank configuration as appropriate for GUE approved Rebreather
  • Modified regulator configuration as appropriate for GUE approved Rebreather
  • Bottom stage
  • Two decompression bottles

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

Classes

To schedule a class, please contact Bob at 607-765-3942.

Spring Skills Workshop in Alexandria Bay, NY

June 2–4, 2017

Are you looking to improve your in-water skills? This is the perfect workshop for you! Join us for this 3-day weekend workshop with some very talented instructors.

Open to open water divers at any level from any agency.

$125 gets you 4 workshop sessions.

Choices include 1) Buoyancy and trim; 2) Finning techniques; 3) Valve and gas sharing drills; 4) Line work; 5) Stage bottle handling; 6) DPV demo.

Instructors include Bob Sherwood (Cape Vincent), Steve Millington (Los Angeles), Heison Chak (Toronto), Steve Blanchard (Ottawa), Jennifer Bush (Brockville).

Sign up is here.

FB event page is here.

Scheduled Classes 2017

GUE Fundamentals
May 22–26, 2017 (Pompano, FL)

GUE Technical Diver 1
August 12–18, 2017 (Alexandria Bay, NY)

GUE Fundamentals 2
September 8–9, 2017 (Alexandria Bay, NY)

GUE Technical Diver 1
September 25–30, 2017 (Alexandria Bay, NY)