GUE Tech 2 Class
GUE Tech 2
GUE’s Technical Diver 2 course is designed to enhance deep diving proficiency while using helium breathing gasses and oxygen-enriched decompression gasses. Other course outcomes include: the use of multiple stages; the use of Trimix with greater percentages of helium; gas management; oxygen management; extended decompression; accelerated, omitted and general decompression strategies; dive planning; and management of multiple cylinders.
Applicants for a Tech 2 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 18 years of age.
- Be a certified GUE Tech 1 level diver.
- Must have a minimum of 25 dives beyond Technical Diver Level 1 certification; at least fifty dives on double tanks and at least 25 should utilize a decompression cylinder.
The Tech 2 course is normally conducted over five days; it requires seven dives and a minimum 40 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom, land drills and in-water work.
Tech 2 Specific Training Standards
- Student-to-instructor ratio is not to exceed 6:1 during land drill or surface exercises; ratios cannot exceed 3:1 during any in-water training.
- Maximum depth 250 feet/75 meters.
- Dives should not be planned to incur more than 60 minutes of decompression time as established by GUE’s DecoPlanner.
- If conducted in a cave, trainees must be at least GUE Cave 2 divers; instructors must be active GUE Cave 2 instructors.
GUE training materials and recommended reading as determined by the course study packet received via online download after GUE course registration.
- Introduction: GUE organization and course overview (objectives, limits, expectations)
- Advanced mixed gas diving
- Risks of decompression diving
- Gas management during deep dives
- Accelerated, omitted, and general decompression strategies
- Deep diving logistics and planning
- Dive team order and protocols
- Gas switching procedures and protocols
- Use of a bottom stage, with multiple decompression cylinders
Required Dive Skills and Drills
- Demonstrate proficiency in safe diving techniques; this would include pre-dive preparations, inwater activity, and post-dive assessment.
- Demonstrate awareness of team member location and concern for safety, responding quickly to visual indications and dive partner needs.
- Demonstrate a safe and responsible demeanor throughout all training.
- Demonstrate proficiency in underwater communication.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency managing a GUE equipment configuration.
- Demonstrate safe ascent and descent procedures.
- Must be able to swim at least 500 yards/450 meters in less than 14 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 60 feet/18 meters on a breath hold while submerged.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the ability to plan Tech 2 dives while accounting for environmental conditions, available gas, and required decompression.
- Demonstrate the clean and effective removal and exchange of multiple stages and decompression cylinders while hovering horizontally.
- Comfortably demonstrate at least three propulsion techniques that would be appropriate in delicate and/or silty environments; one of these kicks must be the backward kick.
- Demonstrate good buoyancy and trim, i.e. approximate reference is a maximum of 20 degrees off horizontal while remaining within 3 feet/1 meter of a target depth.
- Demonstrate proficiency in gas failure procedures, including valve manipulation, gas sharing, and regulator switching as appropriate.
- Demonstrate proficiency in managing gas sharing scenarios, to include a prolonged gas sharing event.
- Demonstrate proficiency with effective decompression techniques, including depth and time management, while also managing multiple gas switches and other tasks like tank rotation skills.
- Demonstrate diver rescue techniques, including effective management of an unconscious diver.
GUE base configuration as outlined in Appendix A, plus:
- GUE double tank configuration
- Primary and backup lights
- Two decompression cylinders
- One bottom gas cylinder
- Small argon regulator and bottle where appropriate
- One primary reel per team
Prior to the commencement of class, students should consult with a GUE representative to verify equipment requirements and appropriateness of any selected equipment.
Equipment Standards - Appendix A
The GUE base equipment configuration is comprised of:
- Tanks/cylinders: students may use a single tank/cylinder with a K-, H-, or Y-valve. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages. Consult course specific standards and your instructor to verify size requirements.
- Single tank: one second-stage regulator must supply a 5 to 7 foot/1.5 to 2 meter hose (2 meter long hose is required for all cave classes). The first stage must supply a pressure gauge, inflation for the buoyancy compensator (BC), and a means to inflate a drysuit where applicable.
- Double tank: one of two required first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a drysuit where applicable. The other second stage must supply a 5 to 7 foot/1.5 to 2 meter hose and an inflation source for the BC.
- Backplate system:
- Should be held to the diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjustable and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist.
- A crotch strap is attached and looped through the waistband so as to prevent the system from riding up a diver’s back.
- The continuous webbing should support five d-rings;
- The first placed at the left hip
- The second placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone
- The third placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone
- The fourth and fifth are placed on the front and back of the crotch strap where divers plan to use advanced equipment like DPVs.
- The harness below the diver’s arms has small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The webbing and system retains a minimalist approach.
- Buoyancy compensation device (BC):
- A diver’s BC is back-mounted and minimalist in nature.
- It is free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material.
- There are no restrictive bands or restrictive elastic affixed to the buoyancy cell.
- Wing size and shape is appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.
- At least one time/depth measuring device.
- Wrist-mounted compass.
- Mask and fins: Mask is be low-volume; fins are rigid, non-split
- At least one cutting device.
- Wet Notes.
- At least one surface marker buoy (SMB) with spool per diver.
- Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure.
Additional Course-Specific Equipment
- Where required, bottom gas, decompression, or stage cylinders are marked in accord with GUE standards and configured in line with GUE protocol. They should be as close to neutral as possible with a relatively small swing from negative to positive during the use of the cylinder.
- Where argon bottles are applicable, they should be sized appropriately for the environment; small tanks are placed on the backplate with larger supplies affixed to the diver’s left back gas tank.
- Surface marker buoy: where required, the SMB should be appropriate for environmental conditions and deployed using a spool with at least 100 feet/30 meters of line.
- One reserve mask is required for some classes.
- Underwater lights:
- Where required, back-up lights should be powered by alkaline batteries (not rechargeable) and stowed on the d-rings at a diver’s chest.
- Reserve lights should have a minimal amount of protrusions and a single attachment at its rear.
- The primary light should consist of a rechargeable battery pack and be fitted with a Goodman-style light handle.
- Where burn time requirements create the need for an external battery pack, it should reside in a canister mounted to the diver’s right hip.
- Guideline devices, as required during cave diving activities:
- A primary reel is required for all cave diving and provides a minimalist form factor with a handle designed to support a Goodman or “hands free” handle operation.
- The primary reel should contain at least 150 feet/45 meters.
- A safety spool is required for each diver while cave diving and should contain at least 150 feet/45 meters of line wrapped on a simple spool.
- A jump or gap spool is required during Cave 2 dives and should contain at least 75 feet/23 meters of line wrapped on a simple spool.