GUE Drysuit Primer

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

If you want to spend more time in-water by extending bottom times, increasing depth, or simply diving in colder climates calls for proper thermal protection which can be provided by using a drysuit, this course is for you.

GUE’s Drysuit Primer is a non-certification course designed to prepare divers for drysuit diving using proper equipment and techniques.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Anyone interested in the transition from wetsuit to drysuit to allow for longer dives in colder water will be interested in this course. This training is available for non-GUE trained divers and can serve as a basic introduction to GUE system.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Course outcomes include, but are not limited to: buoyancy, trim practice, and refinement; types, fitting, and use of drysuits, drysuit inflation systems, and undergarments; cold water diving specifics; and management of basic emergencies related to drysuit diving. ​​​​​​​

Applicants for a GUE Drysuit Primer must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • Be a non-smoker.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Obtain a physician’s prior written authorization for use of prescription drugs, except for birth control, or for any medical condition that may pose a risk while diving.
  • Be certified, at minimum, as an autonomous entry-level scuba diver (or equivalent) from a recognized training agency.
  • For a full list of course prerequisites, click here.

The Drysuit Primer is normally conducted over one day. It requires a minimum of two dives and at least eight hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.

Dive Alaska is excited to offer a resident instructor in Cameron Miller! Having an instructor in-house means that we can offer more flexible training that fits your schedule, while eliminating the need to fly in instructors from out-of-state. It also means that any additional training that takes place is offered with regular frequency.

Instruction tuition for a GUE Doubles Primer is $200. Cost for any pool rental, gas fills, tank rentals, classroom, and other course-related expenses is $100. Gear rental outside of tanks, food, lodging, transportation and dive site access fees are the responsibility of the individual diver.

Tuition is due at time of booking, and is non-refundable 45 days out. Full course payment is due 30 days prior to class, and is non-refundable upon payment. In the event there is a cancellation or you are unable to attend a course, all efforts will be made to fill the vacant spot, but this is not a guarantee that the spot will be filled.

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