Project Diver: Level 3 - Announcement

GUE diver training programs are reaching new heights with an exploration-grade level of diver training.

GUE’s new Project Diver curriculum distills the agency's decades of project experience into a program that will support the elevation of community-led, project dives to an entirely new level of sophistication. These programs not only enhance the capacity of those already organizing projects but also promise to greatly expand the number of community members capable of organizing and joining these projects. In this way GUE communities will notably expand the quality and quantity of aquatic projects across the globe, opening the door for expanded conservation and exploration activities.

The program is divided between a “Core Module” and an “Apprentice Project”. The core module involves lectures and in-water workshops and is currently open to all GUE-trained divers. The Apprentice Project is limited to those with appropriate training and experience and is being developed for exploration-grade diving as part of GUE’s Level 3 training program. Divers looking to join a Level 3 Apprentice Project must meet the industry’s most stringent experience and training requirements.

The pilot program for the Core Module is scheduled for May 14-18, 2022, at Deep Dive Dubai, located in the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A secondary pilot program will be conducted before the GUE annual conference in October 2022 in High Springs, Florida, USA.

Divers participating in a Level 3 Apprentice Project will work as a team to overcome complex logistics while capturing sophisticated data in remote and challenging environments. These sessions include practice managing complex rescue scenarios, utilization of in-water recompression procedures, decompression habitat utilization, DPV mapping technologies, and movement of heavy equipment payloads or fragile archaeological artifacts.

GUE’s Project Diver: Level 3 program allows participants to expand on concepts previously discussed or casually demonstrated but never properly cultivated or evaluated at a mastery level.


  • All participants are welcome to join in the first two days of the Core Module
  • Participants who wish to participate in the in-water component of the Core Module must be GUE Fundamentals divers.
Applicants for an Apprentice Project in the Project Diver: Level 3 course must:
  • Submit a completed Course Registration Form, Medical History Form, and Liability Release Form to GUE HQ.
  • Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g., DAN Guardian-level insurance or equivalent.
  • Be physically and mentally fit to participate in consecutive days of challenging project diving.
  • Be a nonsmoker.
  • Be medically screened as suitable for diving in accordance with procedures laid down by a competent medical authority. If such procedures are not specified, candidates must provide evidence of a diver medical examination not older than one year unless the medical doctor who has carried out the examination specifies longer validity.
  • Obtain a physician’s written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Possess a current basic life support (BLS) skills and procedures certification (includes emergency oxygen administration and handling).
  • Successfully complete the Core Module training component no more than two years prior to participating in the Apprentice Project.
  • Be a certified GUE Rescue Primer diver.
  • Be a certified GUE Gas Blender.
  • Be a certified GUE DPV 1 diver.
  • Hold a minimum of one of the following GUE certifications: Photogrammetry Diver, Scientific Diver, Documentation Diver, Cave Survey.
  • If participating in an Apprentice Project in a cave, be a certified GUE Cave Sidemount and DPV Cave diver.
  • Be a certified GUE rebreather diver by holding a minimum of one of the following certifications: Passive Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather (PSCR) Diver or Closed-Circuit Rebreather Diver Level 2 diver.
  • Own a GUE-approved rebreather.
  • Have completed at least 1000 non-training dives.
  • Have completed at least 50 non-training PSCR or CCR Diver Level 2 rebreather dives in the environment the diver is pursuing Level 3 training. (i.e., tech or cave).


Core Module 1: 2000 AED ($550 USD)

  • Two days of lectures and presentations
  • Three days of in-water coaching in the application of unique and sophisticated support techniques
Optional: 1000 AED ($275 USD) food package (five days of lunches and snacks/refreshments)

Apprentice Project: Estimated $2,500 USD training fee


Deep Dive Dubai
Nad Al Sheba 1
Dubai, UAE

How to sign up

To attend the first two days of lectures ONLY:
  • Register directly with Deep Dive Dubai here
To attend the full Core Module:

Other training opportunities

The following training can be scheduled based on request:
  • CCR 2 course for appropriately qualified individuals
  • RB80 training for appropriately qualified individuals
  • DAN Europe: Research Operator Course (1 Day)
  • DAN Europe: Emergency Medical Technician (4 Days)
  • DAN Europe: Chamber Operator and Technician Training (4 Days)
A second core module will be held October 24-26 & 29-30, 2022 at GUE Headquarters, High Springs, Florida. More information coming soon!