Recreational Diving Instructor Courses

Recreational Diving Instructor Courses

GUE Fundamentals Instructor

Purpose

The GUE Recreational Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to teach instructor candidates how to effectively communicate relevant course information in a safe and positive manner.

ITC Prerequisites

  1. Must comply with GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in sections 3.6.2 and 3.6.7
  2. Must have passed GUE Fundamentals and either GUE Tech 1 or Cave 1
  3. Must have proof of at least 200 logged dives, with at least fifty dives in a single tank/cylinder, DIR configuration. At least twenty-five dives must have been in a double tank/cylinder configuration and at least ten with a stage bottle.

Duration

The GUE Recreational ITC is conducted over a minimum seven-day period. This time period may be extended if prerequisites or program requirements have not been met to the instructor trainer’s satisfaction.

Program Limits

  1. General training limits as outlined in section 1.4
  2. Instructor candidate-to-IT ratio is not to exceed 4:1 (adjusting downward for environmental conditions)
  3. No dives are to exceed an equivalent narcotic depth of 60 feet/18 meters
  4. No overhead diving
  5. Dives not to exceed 100 feet/30 meters

Program Content

The GUE Fundamentals ITC is a comprehensive training program conducted by a GUE instructor trainer. This program is conducted over a minimum of seven days and is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for a GUE instructor evaluation, which is conducted at a later date as per section 3.6.7.

Required Training Materials

  1. Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.
  2. Beyond the Daylight Zone: The Fundamentals of Cave Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, Panos Alexakos, and Todd Kincaid, GUE, 2003, High Springs, Florida.
  3. Getting Clear on the Basics: The Fundamentals of Technical Diving. Jarrod Jablonski, GUE, 2001, High Springs, Florida.

Academic Topics

  1. Discussion and implementation of GUE course content
  2. GUE organization, limits of training, and course completion requirements
  3. Conservation
  4. GUE standards and procedures
  5. Demonstrate mastery of relevant topics contained within GUE Recreational diver training

Land Drills and Topics

Discussion of land drills pertinent to GUE Recreational Training

Required Skills (Academic and In-Water)

Every ITC candidate must be able to perform or demonstrate:
  1. Prepared classroom presentations
  2. Impromptu classroom presentation
  3. Relevant land drills
  4. Relevant simulated training dives
  5. Simulated in-water emergency/rescue scenario
  6. Any relevant diving skill at a demonstration level when asked by the ITC staff
  7. A safe, effective, and personable approach to teaching
  8. An understanding of GUE standards and procedures
  9. A respect for the conservation of the environment
  10. Proper in-water positioning to provide appropriate care for, and control, of students
  11. An awareness of each student’s ability level

Equipment Requirements

ITC candidates must be well versed in both single tank/cylinder and double tank/cylinder DIR equipment configurations, with either configuration available as needed.


GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 Instructor

GUE Fundamentals instructors seeking qualification to teach GUE’s Recreational Diver Level 1 class:
  1. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.6.2.
  2. Must successfully undergo GUE instructor evaluation by a GUE training director.

GUE Fundamentals Instructor to GUE Recreational Level 2 Instructor

In addition to the general requirements specified in section section 3.6.8, prospective GUE Recreational Triox instructors must also fulfill the following prerequisites before they are eligible to become qualified GUE Recreational Triox instructors:
  1. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.6.2
  2. Must have proof of at least 200 logged dives. Of these, fifty dives must have been in a DIR configuration for double cylinders; twenty-five of these must have been in a DIR configuration for single cylinders; ten of these should have included a stage bottle.
  3. Must have passed a GUE Tech 1 class
  4. Must assist at least one Recreational Level 2 class
  5. Must pass an instructor evaluation, conducted by a single GUE Training Director

Cave or Tech Instructor to Recreational Level 1 Diving Instructor

  1. Must meet GUE instructor candidate general prerequisites as outlined in section 3.6.2.
  2. Must successfully undergo GUE instructor evaluation by a GUE training director.