Some would say GUE Fundamentals is one of the most famous, if not the most famous course within GUE’s curriculum.


Widely acclaimed as one of the best training programme available, the GUE Fundamentals course is a game changer when it comes to personal skills and acquiring that extra confidence when about to perform underwater. Looking at the name of the courses might be misleading, as this course is as valuable for a novice, as it is for the experienced open circuit diver, practicing the foundational skills, and getting to work inside a team might have its chalenges, no doubt this course will make you a better, safer and a more competent diver.

The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice.

The course aim is to cultivate the “basic” skills required to enjoy to the maximum the underwater experience. It is focused on increasing diving fun by reducing stress and increasing diver proficiency through proper control, teamwork diving and other GUE principles.


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  • Included among its course outcomes are:
  • Precise buoyancy control & trim position;
  • 6 propulsion and maneuvering techniques;
  • Equipment management and adjustment;
  • Teamwork diving philosophy;
  • Benefits of standardization;
  • situational awarness;
  • Understanding theory and practice of Nitrox 32% for minimum deco dives in the 0-30m range;
  • Providing divers with aspirations for more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success;
  • Providing non-GUE trained divers with a gateway into GUE training.


At the end of the GUE Fundamentals course the candidate who demonstrates a good level of capacity in all components of the training may obtain the Fundamentals Tech pass which gives him access the GUE Tech and Cave training programs.

Applicants for a GUE Fundamentals course must:

  • 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.
  • Be a certified GUE Rec 1 diver or be certified as an open water diver from a recognized training agency.
  • Submit a completed registration form, a medical history, and a liability release to GUE Headquarters.

Additional Required Equipment for a Fundamentals Tech rating:

  • Double tank configuration
  • Primary light system
  • Back-up lights
  • Drysuit



Before registering to a class, you should consult with the instructor to verify equipment requirements. I might be able to provide the necessary required equipment if warned before hand. This allows the student to try out the equipment prior to making any purchases and to avoid acquiring substandard equipment which doesn’t fulfills the student needs.

The GUE Fundamentals course is normally conducted over four days, requires 6 dives and at least 30 hours instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.


The GUE Fundamentals Part 1 course has been developed for those who prefer to participate in only two days of introductory training and later on be able to integrate their educational path with additional two or three days of training through the GUE Fundamentals Part 2 course.


The GUE Fundamentals Part 1 course is conducted over 2 days, it includes 3 dives and at least 16 hours of instruction encompassing classroom, land drills, and in-water work.


Upon completion of GUE Fundamentals Part 2, you receive a certification equivalent to a complete Fundamentals.

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.