Elite Divers International

GUE Fundamentals in Playa del Carmen

Elite Divers International

GUE Fundamentals in Playa del Carmen

WHY TAKE A GUE FUNDAMENTALS COURSE?

The GUE Fundamentals course is by far GUE’s most popular program. It functions as a gateway into GUE training and it is an excellent way to personally experience what GUE is all about.

Some divers use the Fundamentals course as a way to improve on the less-than-optimal training they have received during traditional fast-track entry-level courses. Others see the course as a ticket to participate in GUE projects and activities. Many technical divers and even experienced instructors from other organizations use the course to improve basic skills and gain access to GUE’s cave and tech-training. It is not uncommon to have divers with very diverse backgrounds in the same class, which makes this course completely unique in the diving industry. Everybody will benefit, regardless of their current level of certification or experience. Graduating this course with a pass is something to be proud of, as the quality of a GUE Fundamentals diver is recognized all over the diving world.

For many non-GUE divers, the Fundamentals course is an “aha!” moment where everything falls into place. The standardized equipment configuration and standardized procedures are only a small part of the big picture. Realizing how a team-oriented approach can free up resources and increase situational awareness that can be used to maximize safety, efficiency, and fun is often a life-changing moment for Fundamentals students, and they walk away from the course with a completely new approach to diving.

Passing the GUE Fundamentals class opens up many paths for a certified diver. The recreational pass allows you to enroll in GUE advanced recreational classes and primers to enhance your fundamental skills, from ascent control and rescue skills to managing additional dive gear and tasks. More training will increase your experience, confidence, and capacity, which can lead to a technical endorsement (equal to technical pass for Fundamentals) and progression to GUE technical or cave curricula.

BACKGROUND

Historically, the Fundamentals course was created to make sure that divers who showed up for more advanced training in GUE’s cave and tech courses were not struggling with basic diving skills. A solid diving platform is based on balance, trim, buoyancy and propulsion techniques. It is pointless to begin more advanced training before mastering these basic aspects of diving. It will only lead to over task loading, stress, and poorly-learned skills. Divers who struggle with personal skills will not be able to contribute to the team, nor will they have the required level of situational awareness needed in cave or tech training.
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

BACKGROUND

Historically, the Fundamentals course was created to make sure that divers who showed up for more advanced training in GUE’s cave and tech courses were not struggling with basic diving skills. A solid diving platform is based on balance, trim, buoyancy and propulsion techniques. It is pointless to begin more advanced training before mastering these basic aspects of diving. It will only lead to over task loading, stress, and poorly-learned skills. Divers who struggle with personal skills will not be able to contribute to the team, nor will they have the required level of situational awareness needed in cave or tech training.
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHO IS IT FOR?

The GUE Fundamentals course provides all divers with an opportunity to advance basic diving skills. It provides the non-GUE trained divers (divers who are already certified with another recognized diving agency) with a gateway into GUE training
It is a prerequisite for all GUE courses (apart from entry-level courses, Drysuit and Doubles primers).
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHO IS IT FOR?

The GUE Fundamentals course provides all divers with an opportunity to advance basic diving skills. It provides the non-GUE trained divers (divers who are already certified with another recognized diving agency) with a gateway into GUE training
It is a prerequisite for all GUE courses (apart from entry-level courses, Drysuit and Doubles primers).

WHAT WILL I LEARN

Course outcomes include, but are not limited to: GUE equipment configuration and use, trim and buoyancy, propulsion techniques including backwards kick, valve management (the course can be done using a single tank or with a double tank configuration), gas sharing, and SMB deployment.
This course will supplement training that divers may have already received and will give them more confidence in their basic skills even if they do not desire to go on for more advanced training. The course also includes the theory and use of nitrox.
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT WILL I LEARN

Course outcomes include, but are not limited to: GUE equipment configuration and use, trim and buoyancy, propulsion techniques including backwards kick, valve management (the course can be done using a single tank or with a double tank configuration), gas sharing, and SMB deployment.
This course will supplement training that divers may have already received and will give them more confidence in their basic skills even if they do not desire to go on for more advanced training. The course also includes the theory and use of nitrox.
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

PREREQUISITES & DURATION

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals program must:
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Be a non-smoker.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be certified, at a minimum, as an autonomous entry-level scuba diver (or equivalent) from a recognized training agency.
The Fundamentals course is normally conducted over four days; it requires at least six dives and at least 30 hours of instruction and encompasses classroom time, land drills, and in-water work.
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

PREREQUISITES & DURATION

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals program must:
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Be a non-smoker.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be certified, at a minimum, as an autonomous entry-level scuba diver (or equivalent) from a recognized training agency.
The Fundamentals course is normally conducted over four days; it requires at least six dives and at least 30 hours of instruction and encompasses classroom time, land drills, and in-water work.

Pricing Table

FUNDAMENTALS

$250/ Day
  • Duration: 4 Days

DOUBLES PRIMER

$250/ Day
  • Duration: 1 Day

DRYSUIT PRIMER

$250/ Day
  • Duration: 1 Day
Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Twinset Rentals

Nitrox 32% Fills

Technical Gear Rental

Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base

Contact Us
– Transport to Dive Sites from EDI Base
– Private Technical Instructor
– Technical Equipment Rental: Twinset Wing / Backplate + BM Regulator Set + Primary Technical Light with Goodman Handle + Tech short for Wetsuit Diver
– Twinset Rental & Nitrox 32% Fills

– Cenote Entrances
– Lunch
Program registration fees are payable to GUE, and are inclusive of downloadable manuals and certification fees (if earned):

$45 USD for Primers
$95 USD for Fundamentals Program

 

Students are being provided with training videos and materials to practice and prepare for their class. It is expected from them to come ready for the class they have booked and demonstrate the prerequisite performance requirements communicated to them. Should a student be unable to do so on their first day, they will not be accepted to start the intended program. Their fees and days reserved will be credited towards an alternate training programs and/or guided dives.
Unreadiness to start the intended program is not ground for refund, partial or complete.

Students are paying for a course, but certifications must be earned. We will do our outmost to get your skills and knowledge up to scratch, and if this means extra dives or academic sessions, so be it (extra rate will apply if necessary). We recommend our students to plan at least 2 extra days for make ups / weather conditions / sickness / mid-course breaks or other unforeseen events.

Equipment rentals: Our equipment is well maintained and cared for our divers comfort. When renting our equipment, the diver is accepting responsibility for its care. If an equipment is damaged or lost due to negligence or misuse, the diver is accepting to bear the cost of repair, or replacement if necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

All the schedules below are our best recommendation for an optimal experience. They can be adapted and personalized to your convenience to fit best your itineraries and preferences.

Courses: 8am – 6pm