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After a year of discussion on the best path forward for Project Baseline (PB), Global Underwater Explorers’ (GUE) principal conservation initiative, the decision was made to establish PB as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Being an independent, exclusively conservation-focused organization will make it easier for Project Baseline to secure grants and other forms of financial sponsorship from charitable foundations and government entities. Being independent will also make it easier for PB to focus on establishing and furthering collaborations and more clearly demonstrate PB’s commitment to working with all divers and non-divers alike in the pursuit of aquatic conservation.
“I believe the big picture story here is that Project Baseline is and always will be GUE’s child,” Project Baseline Director Dr. Todd Kincaid said. “We spent 10 years under GUE’s wing, and it is time for us to leave home and make our own way in the world. Doing so is the best way Project Baseline can rise to meet the expectations and hopes we all have for this effort.”
GUE will always hold status as the founder of Project Baseline, and the two organizations will continue to work closely with one another. GUE will continue to sponsor Project Baseline efforts.
“Project Baseline will remain a sister organization, and we will endeavor to support them as much as possible within this future paradigm,” GUE President Jarrod Jablonski said. “Project Baseline will remain our signature conservation initiative.”
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Header photo by JP Bresser.
A Message From GUE’s President During These Challenging Times
GUE President, Jarrod Jablonski extends well wishes and informs community of how COVID will affect GUE.
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I would like to offer my wishes for your safety and health during these challenging times. With most of the world heavily affected by the COVID-19 virus, I want to reiterate GUE’s sense of community and offer our wishes that each of you are able to minimize the impact of these difficult days.
Given the many complications, we are monitoring the virus progression and global health recommendations on a daily basis. Given the variability of restrictions and diversity of exposure risk across the world, GUE is not currently prohibiting dive training. However, we do suggest that each person take their personal situation into account and act based upon local rules, policies and implemented preventive measures. We urge you to consider the wellbeing and health of all involved. We are in direct communication with our instructors and working with them in support of class policies and training options that reduce transmission risk among those who remain desirous of undertaking training.
GUE divers wishing to postpone their training will receive an automatic extension to their registration grace period, allowing them to repurpose this fee to account for the time lost during the management of the virus. GUE will also extend the normal provisional window, allowing all students an opportunity to upgrade after the threat from the virus has receded. Your GUE instructor will work directly with you toward scheduling a new class and repurposing any deposits or fees paid for training. Please manage those costs directly with your instructor.
Please do contact us directly at email@example.com if you have any questions.
In the meantime please accept our heartfelt wishes for your well being. May you and yours remain safe and healthy.
Jarrod is an avid explorer, researcher, author, and instructor who teaches and dives in oceans and caves around the world. Trained as a geologist, Jarrod is the founder and president of GUE and CEO of Halcyon and Extreme Exposure while remaining active in conservation, exploration, and filming projects worldwide. His explorations regularly place him in the most remote locations in the world, including numerous world record cave dives with total immersions near 30 hours. Jarrod is also an author with dozens of publications, including three books.
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