Are you fascinated with marine life, or simply cannot resist the call of the explorer in you?

Are you considering taking a diving course? Then this is the right choice for you!! The GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 course is designed to develop the essential skills required for all sound diving practice, introducing essential team oriented skills from the very beginning. And why not state the reality? It is by far the best option in the market!!

Also known as REC1, this course was designed to help you master sport diving, by teaching and training the essential skills for a conscious dive attitude accomplished by cultivating diving techniques and sound diving practices from the very beginning, while establishing a thorough understanding of diving related academics.

Are you ready to start exploring the aquatic realm.

The course develops your capacity through competency build-up with the end in mind by cultivating your proficiency towards meeting the diving industry’s most rigorous standards. It will provide you with a solid foundation of skills required to engage in further training.




Competence in the water

Have you heard about finning backwards?

Spinning around over one axis?

6 Different propulsion kicks

Being so comfortable in the water that you can really enjoy the surroundings?


In addition, it orientates students to the GUE organization and its efficacy – promoting student involvement in GUE long- and short-term aspirations, such as conservation of our planet’s aquatic resources.


Then this is the course for you that want to start with the right foot!! 🙂

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
  • 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 (or ask for a waiver)

The GUE Recreational Diver 1 course is generally a 7-8 day program (logistics represent a controlling factor).

The course can either be taken as a continuous process over 8 – 10 days or the class may be divided over a longer time frame such as 3 – 5 weekends.

GUE Recreational Diver 1 involves a minimum of 60 hours of instruction, encompassing both classroom and in-water work.



UPGRADE: You can also upgrade to Rec1 if you have the GUE Supervised Diver certification. In that case the upgrade will take 4-5 days.

The locations mentioned bellow are those I work more often due to the exceptional logistics, diving, and overall great experience.

If you wish to run a course somewhere else, it is always possible to be booked if the location meets the requirements for the training.



CCMAR Scientific Dive Centre is located in Faro’s University, UALG in Portugal. It focuses in high quality training of scientific divers, providing the tool for researchers to learn or hire services. The centre is ran by two GUE Instructors, Diogo and Nuno, who will make sure anything you need is provided. The logistics and setup are perfect for this course.



Kraken Dive is located in the beautifull Tossa de Mar close to Barcelona, Spain. This picturesc village offers a great atmosphere. And Raúl, a GUE Instructor candidate, offers the rest. Logistics and dive locations are incredibly good and easy. Diving sites being literally 2 minutes away from the dive centre.



Islas Hormigas Club de buceo is located in Cabo de Palos, a village located in the south of Spain. Cabo de Palos has an incredible marine protected area, and the amount of life and huge groupers are well known by the diving community. From Islas Hormigas you can dive some great dive sites. The waters tend to be warm and with great visibility. The owners are very welcoming and helpful.