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.
Applicants for a Rec 1 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 16 years of age.
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
- 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.
- Can be run with one trainee.
- Maximum depth 70 feet/21 meters.
- No planned decompression.
- No overhead diving.
- 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.
- Introduction to Scuba diving, the GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
- Building a Solid Foundation
- Exploring the Underwater World
- Gas Management and Dive Planning
- Decompression Dynamics
- Diving Safety the GUE system
Land Drills & Topics
- Equipment fit and function
- Dive team protocols
- Analyze and mark cylinders
- Pre-dive drills
- Basic 5 scuba skills
- Propulsion techniques
- Surface-marker buoydeployment
- Straight line compass navigation
Required Dive Skills & Drills
- 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.
- Must be able to swim a distance of at least 50 feet/15 meters on a breath hold while submerged.
- Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques, including pre-dive preparations, in-water activity, and post-dive assessments.
- Demonstrate awareness of team member location and a concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
- Efficiently and comfortably demonstrate how to donate gas to an out-of-gas diver followed by an ascent to the surface, utilizing minimum decompression.
- 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.
- Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
- Demonstrate reasonable proficiency in the ability to deploy a surface marker buoy while utilizing a spool.
- 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.
- Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
- Demonstrate basic equipment proficiency and an understanding of the GUE equipment configuration.
- Demonstrate aptitude in the following open-water skills: mask clearing, mask removal and replacement, regulator removal and exchange, long hose deployment.
- Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the basic 5 rescue techniques.