GUE’s Navigation Primer is a course designed to teach divers basic underwater navigation techniques. Course outcomes include, but are not limited to: compass use and navigation (simple and complex), natural navigation, and managing a spool as a guideline underwater.
a. Submit a completed Course Registration Form, Medical History Form, and Liability Release Form to GUE HQ.
b. Be physically and mentally fit.
c. Hold insurance that will cover diving emergencies such as hyperbaric treatment, e.g. DAN Master-level insurance or equivalent.
d. Be a nonsmoker.
e. Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for the use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
f. Be a minimum of 16 years of age. Documented parental or legal guardian consent must be submitted to GUE HQ when the participant is a minor.
g. Have passed the GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 course or the GUE Fundamentals course.
h. Have completed at least 25 non-training dives beyond GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 or GUE Fundamentals certification.
Navigation Primer Specific Training Standards
a. Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises; it cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
b. Maximum depth of 60 ft/18 m.
c. No overhead diving.
d. All dives must be within minimum decompression limits (MDLs), i.e., no required stops
a. Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
b. Underwater navigation and situational awareness
c. Natural navigation
d. Compass, including types, components, and basics of use
e. Guideline use in navigational and search patterns
Land Drills and Topics
a. Equipment fit, assembly and disassembly, GUE EDGE, and pre-dive checks
b. Compass navigation, including simple and complex and multiple-bearings navigation
c. Guideline use and search patterns
Required Dive Skills and Drills
a. Must be able to swim at least 300 yds/275 m in less than 14 minutes without stopping. This test should be conducted in a swimsuit and, where necessary, appropriate thermal protection.
b. Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 ft/15 m on a breath hold while submerged.
c. Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving practices, including pre-dive preparation, in-water activity, and post-dive assessment.
d. Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner requirements.
e. Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
f. Demonstrate proficiency in surface marker buoy deployment.
g. Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e., approximate reference is a maximum of 30 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 5 ft/1.5 m of a target depth.
h. Demonstrate three propulsion techniques, including comprehension of the components necessary for a successful backward kick.
i. Demonstrate effective proficiency with proper ascents and descents, including the implementation of variable ascent rates.
j. Demonstrate effective navigation using a compass, including simple and complex navigation and multiple-bearings navigation).
k. Demonstrate effective use of a spool as a guideline underwater.
l. Demonstrate effective navigation using natural references.
m. Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
GUE base equipment configuration as outlined in Appendix A.
Prior to the commencement of the class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements and appropriateness of any selected equipment.
How it works
You will be given a link to register and download the GUE Navigation Primer materials to start your academic development, we will schedule 1 day to complete the first part of the academic development and then 3 Dives over 2 days in Open Water with academic session after each day.As with all Divemaster Scuba GUE Programs
- All GUE certification cards expire three years after the date of issue. To maintain GUE certification, GUE divers must certify that they have conducted twenty-five dives at the level of their certification within a three-year period. Upon review, divers can be issued a new certification card for a nominal fee
- GUE Materials and Registration fee is payable to GUE separately
- All Pool fees are included
- All Air fills are included
- Instructor time is included
- We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.
You must fill out or medical questionnaire before booking (any questions answered 'Yes' require doctor sign off)
Pool sessions are held at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham at 7.30pm every Friday.
As with all of our programs this course can be offered as an exclusive 1 on 1 program.