Frequently Asked Questions - About GUE

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Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is a nonprofit organization formed by leading explorers, researchers, and educators; these individuals are dedicated to the training of divers as well as the study and protection of the aquatic realm. GUE and its associated projects are responsible for conducting some of the world’s most remarkable dives, setting numerous world records in the process. The success of this group encouraged great interest in their diving and procedures. Of particular interest is the promotion of solid fundamental skills for all divers (recreational and technical) as well as their adherence to a common diving standard. This general standard requires the following:

  • Divers use the same equipment configuration; this enhances safety and efficiency.
  • Divers use the same well-defined set of breathing gases, including nitrox, helium and oxygen; standard mixes eliminate complexity and greatly enhance safety.
  • Divers use a team approach during all dives, facilitating fun and safety.
  • Divers must have a solid grasp of fundamental diving skills, including refined buoyancy, trim, and teamwork; these skills must be developed in concert with the type of diving being pursued. Difficult dives require very high levels of skill development.

Over time it became obvious that divers experiencing difficulty on advanced dives and during technical training were suffering from poorly developed fundamental skills. Among other deficiencies, basic skills were lacking, including good buoyancy control, efficient propulsion techniques, and effective gas sharing techniques; this was true despite the fact that applicants were often experienced divers. Consequently, the founders of GUE attempted to shift the industry away from quantity and toward a focus that insisted upon greater capacity from motivated individuals. Over time it became apparent that too many factors were discouraging migration to longer more demanding instruction. Profit-driven forces coupled with general inertia encouraged the persistent reduction of diver training requirements. As a nonprofit education, research, conservation, and exploration agency, Global Underwater Explorers appeared better situated to encourage robust training; ultimately this emphasis led to the expansion of GUE’s diver training division.