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Hose Logic, Part II: Why We Use a Long Hose
The principle of the long hose is what finally convinced me to undergo GUE Fundamentals training—after seeing other GUE divers in the water and thinking: “Man, I want to look that good in the water”. Working as an instructor and guide in the Caribbean, I occasionally assisted out of gas divers. Swimming while connected to another diver by a standard octopus hose is uncomfortable to say...
Hose Logic, Part I: Lengths
One of the characteristics that define a GUE diver is our equipment configuration. It is often what draws divers to the agency. The goal of the configuration is to be comfortable, streamlined and efficient in the water, avoiding entanglement risks and unnecessary drag. An important part of achieving this goal is the hose logic, something many divers pay little attention to or conversely,...
Gas Procedures: It's Simple Logic
When diving with gases other than air, the biggest risk is breathing the wrong gas—leading to incorrect decompression planning or at worst CNS toxicity at depth, which is likely to result in death. Recognising these dangers, the WKPP developed a simple set of procedures to ensure this never happens. GUE, founded by divers from around the world including the WKPP, adopted these same procedures...
Ex-HMAS Brisbane Kris, Piet & Ryan on their first dive together, several years ago on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane—just after Ryan had completed GUE Fundamentals training. Brisbane was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers to serve in the Royal Australian Navy. The United States designed ship was laid down at Bay City, Michigan in 1965, launched in 1966 and commissioned into the RAN...
Introduction This article is an explanation of the isolation manifold diving system. I aim to introduce the uninitiated to the concepts involved and provide information so that current users may become more familiar with their chosen system. If you dive with a manifold or if you dive with a person that utilises one, you should have a thorough understanding of the mechanical workings. If a diver...