GUE Fundamentals2021-12-04T22:26:51+09:00


The GUE Fundamentals course is designed to cultivate the essential skills required by all sound diving practice. Included among its course outcomes are: to provide the recreational diver, who does not desire further diver training, with an opportunity to advance his/her basic diving skills; to train divers in the theory and practice of Nitrox; to provide divers with aspirations for more advanced diver training with the tools that will contribute to a greater likelihood of success; and to provide non-GUE trained divers with a gateway into GUE training.


We can offer the Fundamentals course in two different formats. Either four consecutive days or two very full weekends. The weekend course offers the advantage of being able to completed on the weekend, but it’s very possible that a third day will be needed.


You will not want to commute to/from Yokohama or Tokyo for a Fundamentals course. We recommend these hotels, but you are welcome to stay anywhere in the same area.

温泉 民宿 鈴幸 – close to Usami station and an easy walk to the beach.

ウィスタリアンライフクラブ 宇佐美 – close to our clubhouse and a little nicer for the price (would be our recommendation).

It is your responsibility to organize and book your own accommodation.


You will need to following diving equipment for the course:

  • Regulator with 1.5-2m hose.
  • Backplate system with one continuous piece of webbing and a crotch strap.
  • Buoyancy compensation device (BC) – back mounted wing
  • At least one time/depth measuring device.
  • Wrist-mounted compass.
  • Mask and fins: Mask is be low-volume; fins are rigid, non-split
  • At least one cutting device.
  • Wet notes
  • At least one surface marker buoy (SMB) with spool per diver.
  • Exposure protection appropriate for our dive location. Japan’s winter and spring require a drysuit.
    • Wetsuit or drysuit
    • Wet gloves, if desired
    • Hood

We can let you borrow anything listed to the left, except:

  • Mask
  • Wet notes
  • Exposure protection (wetsuit/drysuit/gloves/hood)


Japan based courses will take place Usami (using Usami Diving Center). We have a clubhouse in Usami that will serve as our base – a comfortable classroom and easy spot for field drills. The diving center is just 10 minutes away by car and is perfect for the needs of a Fundamentals course.


You do not need to rent a car for the course, Just take the train to Usami station and I will help you with local transportation. Or come to Usami by car!

The instructor fee for this course is 70,000 JPY.

What is not included?

  • GUE registration fee (95 USD)
  • Diving fees (tank fills, boat fees, facility fees etc)
  • Resort or hotel accommodation
  • Transport to/from dive site/resort
  • Food
  • Personal dive gear – mask, wet notes, exposure protection
  • Translator cost, if necessary
  • If outside of Izu, a share of instructor travel and accommodation

There are no additional hidden costs.

We accept cash, credit cards or bank transfer (see below for signup information). Diving fees should be paid in Japanese Yen cash. Most everything else can be paid with a credit card or Japanese Yen cash.



  1. Contact us to find a date that works.
  2. Pay a 20,000 JPY non-refundable deposit to lock in the dates.
  3. Register for the course on GUE’s website.
  4. Prepare for the class by reviewing the materials (more information will come via email).


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