Blog posts from Gareth, Imogen and Neil
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Secrets from GUE Fundamentals 2 of 5. What are the most common problems and mistakes people make on fundies, and how can I avoid doing the same. Thanks for all the comments and feedback about the first article. Time for article 2
This "secrets" series is a set of articles I am going to write over the next few weeks. They come about because I get asked a lot of the same questions again and again, and thought it would be useful to jot down some of my typical responses in the hope that the answers may be of use to all divers, not just those thinking of GUE training. the first question is "how do you assess divers on the very first dive of GUE fundamentals - what are you looking for".
Are you a DIR Diver ? DIR stands for "Doing it Right" and that statement in itself has resulted in an awful lot of nonsense posted on the internet over the years.
This was it. The final day of the course. We were refreshed after a day off, although Neil's arm was still giving him a lot of pain.
OK, so the course is now well underway and things are getting more complex. We've made our way to cenote Taj Mahal, which is just one of the most awesome places we saw in Mexico.
I should start this by stating I have no connection with any manufacturer and am not tied to saying good or bad things about anyone. Which is nice. and gets me out of trouble now and again...
"The first half of the dive is yours. The second half of the dive is mine" - Danny Riordan.
Well, after all the hullaballoo and drama of the previous day, I was looking forward to what would hopefully be a more relaxed affair when I woke up the next day. The first order of business was to rap on Neil's door and see how he was doing. When he opened the door he was smiling, which I hadn't expected.
OK, where were we. Ahh yes. Danny, Meredith and I were in the water. Imogen was standing up in her kit, and dumbass had just done the hoppy dance of futility before landing on the floor. Luckily his body protected all his gear from gettnig scratched. Wwhat else? Ahh yes, the screaming.
I was really looking forward to day 2. I had woken up at 6 o clock in the morning, and had that lovely "no jet lag for me" feeling. In fact, I felt so awesome that I went for a run in the surf and then hit the gym for 45 minutes until it was time to drag the snoozing carcass of my snooze-addicted wife and go knock on Neil's door for breakfast.
Cave 1 is GUE's introduction to cave diving. It has limits of using a about a fifth of your available gas on the penetration, which sounds awfully conservative until you see what happens when something goes awry. On Cave1, things tend to go more awry than they go well.
I was very, very worried about doing GUE Cave 1 in Mexico. This was for a couple of reasons. I had a very unpleasant experience getting lost inside a wreck eight years ago, and despite the fact that I use my experience in talks about how not to dive safely, and despite the fact that I went to counselling about it, I still to this day ocassionally wake up in a cold sweat feeling like the room is closing in on me.
Open to any qualified diver of any experience level, the GUE experience day is a great way to find out the truths behind GUE and their way of diving, and dispel the myths surrounding the organisation. How do we dive safely without using computers? Why do we all look the same? What is it that draws such divided opinion about GUE's methodology and approach to diver training and diving itself? Get answers to all these questions and way more....Join us for only £25 and make your own mind up. Looking forward to meeting some new people. Hope to see you there. :)
Well first things first - big congratulations to both Brendan Lund and Nicky Hiller - the two newest DiveDIR Fundamentals graduates. The hard work, practice and tenacity paid off and resulting in both of these guys getting a Tech Pass. Awesome stuff. We're looking forward to diving with you both in the future.
On the updates front - check out our new YouTube Channel in the resources section. This is where you can find handy videos of skills, propulsion techniques and of course our trips! If there's anything in particular you want to see - drop us a line and we'll see what we can do.
The DiveDIR team have been hectic! Gareth and Im had a great weekend coaching Liam weekend before last: ascent drills to get those speeds nailed. Then back to Vobster last weekend for another great weekend of coaching - this time Pat and Andrew as a buddy pair, refining buoyancy skills, SMB deployment and ascents again. These guys had the benefit of the whole DiveDIR team as Neil came down to join us on the sunday. What's up next? Fundies upgrades on Sunday for Brendan and Nicky on sunday this week - can't wait to see the fruits of their labour. The following weekend Garf is stepping into his role as a GUE Instructor Trainer and putting Im and Neil through their paces. A quick breather and then DiveDIR are off together to MEXICO!!! Cave 1 here we come...couldn't be more excited.
Another passionate diver and all round nice fella has passed away whilst diving. RIP Stuart. Thoughts are with his family and friends.