So What is GUE Fundamentals?
For already-certified divers looking to train with GUE in any capacity, there’s only one place to begin your training with GUE: “Fundamentals”.
Fundamentals (or ‘Fundies for short) is a prerequisite for any technical or cave diving classes with the organization, and could kinda thought of as an “Intro to Technical Diving” class.
The point of ‘Fundies is to take your basic scuba diving skill set: buoyancy, trim, propulsion techniques, situational awareness, communication, capacity, etc. and to refine them to an insanely high level.
This is done in an environment that encourages students to think for themselves about the pros and cons of anything they encounter in scuba diving: from gear selection & configuration to decompression procedures.
Anyways, I decided that I wanted to take ‘Fundies before moving on with any more advanced diving education. I figured it couldn’t hurt, and everyone I’d talked to that had taken the class highly recommended it: even the ones that don’t do anything with Global Underwater Explorers’ projects.
So in early 2015, my wife and I decided to make this happen. We contacted Kyle Harmon, a GUE instructor at Extreme Exposure in High Springs, Florida and set up a class for the end of April.
My Expectations Going In…..
I honestly thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going in to ‘Fundies, as there are TONS of class reports all over ScubaBoard and the rest of the internet. If you get a chance, be sure to read my favorite ‘Fundies report written by Andy Clarke on his blog ‘iAreDiver’. It’s hilarious.
I had a few goals going into the class. I wanted to:
- Have a lot of fun in the class.
- Become a better diver.
- Be a better dive buddy to anyone that I’m in the water with.
- Learn to become a more productive diver: take more & better pictures, videos, fish, lobsters….whatever. I just wanted to be able do more underwater without adding any stress.
So we did the class several weeks ago. Stay tuned for the report!