The first of these programs is being offered at Deep Dive Dubai from May 14 – 19, 2022
A second session will be offered the week before the GUE Conference starting October 29, 2022
GUE diver training programs are now reaching new heights with an exploration-grade level of diver training, designed to support the globally significant diving projects for which the organization is well known. GUE’s new Project Diver program distills the agency’s decades of project experience into a program that will support the elevation of community-led, project dives to an entirely new level of sophistication.
Subject matter experts in decompression science, hyperbaric medicine, underwater archeology, extreme exploration, and technology innovations will assemble to share cutting-edge knowledge and techniques during a week-long workshop known as a “core module”. This workshop is later followed by a hands-on global diving project where the team develops a unique deliverable in support of underwater conservation and documentation. The most advanced of these projects is known as a Level 3 Apprentice Project and includes only individuals with the highest level of training and experience.
The workshop component of this training encompasses an event-oriented lecture open to all participants. This two-day format is followed by hands-on coaching in the application of unique and sophisticated project techniques and requires GUE Fundamentals or higher rating. GUE is calling this workshop the Core Module.
The pilot program for the Core Module is scheduled for May, 2022, at Deep Dive Dubai, the World’s Deepest Pool, located in the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A secondary pilot program will be conducted during the GUE annual conference in October, 2022, in High Springs, Florida, USA.
Following the Core Module, participants will work with a qualified trainer to complete an Apprentice Diving Project that is organized around the experience and training of the participants. The most advanced of these programs is known as the Level 3: Project Diver and is designed to develop and refine a divers ability to capture detailed documentation within remote and challenging environments, including deep within the ocean or placed far inside complex underwater caves.
GUE’s level three program allows participants to expand on concepts previously discussed or casually demonstrated but never properly cultivated or evaluated at a mastery level.
Divers participating in an apprentice project will work as a team to overcome complex logistics while capturing sophisticated data in remote and challenging environments. These sessions include practice managing complex rescue scenarios, utilization of in-water recompression procedures, decompression habitat utilization, DPV mapping technologies, and movement of heavy equipment payloads or fragile archeological artifacts. The projects will enhance our understanding of the underwater world.
Global Underwater Explorers is a non-profit organization with communities of divers spread across the globe. GUE was founded by explorers using a team approach to enable project-based diving initiatives around the world, bringing this experience to a new set of training programs in support of its mission to explore and protect the aquatic realm.
For more information visit www.gue.com or contact email@example.com.
The Art of Risk: What We can learn from The World’s Leading Risk-Takers
One of the rescuers of the Thai soccer team (now the Netflix series ‘Thai Cave Rescue’) and former Australian of the Year explores why people are attracted to risky pursuits and what we can learn from their expertise.
In June 2018, with the eyes of the world watching, Dr Richard Harris, or Harry to his mates, dived into a remote cave in northern Thailand in an attempt to rescue a Thai youth soccer team who had become trapped by flash flooding. He used his recreational skills in diving to traverse kilometres of the subterranean cave system, and his professional skills as an anesthetist to sedate the stranded boys so they could be dived and carried to safety. Despite incredible odds, all twelve boys, along with their coach, survived.
Harry says he was able to succeed in the Thai cave because of decades of experience, comprising thousands of hours of careful planning, risk assessment and management. Often described as the most dangerous sport in the world, Harry never feels like he is doing anything particularly dangerous when he goes cave diving. Despite losing friends to the sport, in his mind the risks can be managed well enough to make the pastime extremely safe. And far from making him anxious or fearful, the planning and execution of potentially high-risk dives have been empowering and fulfilling. In his mind, carefully managed risk-taking gives him the courage to manage the day-to-day stresses of life in the 21st century.
In The Art of Risk, Harry talks to like-minded risk-takers about their adventures and asks them what is it about cheating death that makes them feel so alive. He aims to explore the active pursuit of risk through the lens of risk-takers and adventurers such as soldiers, pilots, mountaineers, rock climbers, deep-sea divers, sailors, big-wave surfers, firefighters, rally-car drivers – both professionals and amateurs. His conversations give us insights into what motivates these people and why a life without risk is no life at all. He believes that by doing ‘the hard things’ in life you can push yourself a little harder and become stronger, more courageous and resilient.
- FASCINATING SUBJECT: why do deep-sea divers, free climbers and big-wave surfers take the risks that they do? How do soldiers and firefighters manage risk? What can we learn from how they prepare – and what they experience – that we can take into our own lives? Harris shows that in doing ‘the hard thing’, we become more resilient and courageous. Angela Duckworth’s Grit meets Alex Honnold film ‘Free Solo’
- EXPERT AUTHOR: Dr Harry Harris was at the heart of the Thai Caves rescue, anesthetizing all the boys in order to get them out. A genuine hero and former Australian of the year, Harry Harris explores flooded caves deep underground for fun. For most people, this is the definition of a nightmare. Because Harry understands and can prepare for the risks, for him it’s a pleasurable – even meditative – experience. And, as he says, he feels ‘carefully managed risk-taking gives him the courage to manage the day to day stresses of life in the 21st century’.
- FAMOUS INTERVIEWEES: Harry talks with people like climber Alex Honnold, sailor Jessica Watson, mountaineer James Scott, film director and deep-sea diver James Cameron and polar explorer Tim Jarvis, amongst many others.
- MAN BEHIND THE NETFLIX SERIES: ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ is fresh onto Netflix, further pushing awareness of the story.
Publication date: July 2023
288 Pages plus color inserts
Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris, SC, OAM and joint 2019 Australian of the Year, is an anaesthetist and cave diver who played a crucial role in the Tham Luang cave rescue in northern Thailand. He has more than thirty years’ experience as a cave diver and also works for the South Australian Ambulance Service’s medical retrieval service. He is the co-author, along with Craig Challen, of Against all Odds, the inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it. He lives in Adelaide, Australia.