Global Underwater Explorers, Inc.
Type501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization
Focusresearch, exploration, science and education
Area served
Membership and donations

Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is a scuba diving organization that provides education within recreational, technical, and cave diving.[1] It is a nonprofit membership organization based in High Springs, Florida, United States.[2][3]

GUE was formed by Jarrod Jablonski and gained early prominence in association with the success of its well-known Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP), which now has the status of a nonprofit affiliate of GUE.[4] Jablonski, the president of GUE, promoted the ideas of "Hogarthian" gear configuration attributed to William Hogarth Main, and the "Doing It Right" (DIR) system of diving, to a global audience.[5][6] Following the WKPP's introduction in 1995 of a standardized approach to gear configuration and diving procedures, there was a significant reduction in diving incidents within the Woodville Karst Plain cave system.[4]

The standardized approach is the basis of the diver training program of GUE, marking an important difference from the programs of other recreational diver training organizations.[7][8] GUE also focuses on protecting the maritime environment. The most popular GUE course is GUE Fundamentals, which is designed to introduce the GUE system to non-GUE divers and is the pathway to technical courses.[9] Further courses are offered in recreational, technical, and cave diving, as well as instructor courses.


GUE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote education, conservation, and exploration of the aquatic realm. The organization was formed by Jarrod Jablonski and a small group of educators, explorers, and diving instructors. The founding members sought to build upon the history of the Cousteau Society by creating a diverse network of satellite organizations. In this way, local advocates help GUE establish detailed diver training, vibrant exploration, and sustainable conservation initiatives. When GUE was formed it was co-located with Extreme Exposure dive store. However, Extreme Exposure has subsequently changed locations, which has allowed for further growth of GUE.[10]

Board of directors

The GUE board of directors includes The Explorers Club fellow Jarrod Jablonski, entrepreneur Robert Carmichael, researcher Todd Kincaid, Corey Jablonski, Gideon Liew, Richard Lundgren, and Sam Meacham.[11][12][13]


See also: Recreational diver training

Among the diving community, GUE is known for a rigorous style of training that diverges from other diver training organizations[clarification needed][citation needed] and seeks to establish high levels of diver proficiency by extending training time, establishing objective performance criteria, and requiring requalification among its instructors and divers.[14] GUE diver training started with technical cave and technical diving classes, expanding into recreational training while refining its most popular class known as GUE Fundamentals.[citation needed] GUE also adheres to a standardized equipment and procedural system, which it claims enhances diver safety and efficiency by reducing confusion and helping divers act as a team. This latter training component is a controversial aspect of GUE training,[citation needed] as it stipulates a fairly strict set of guiding principles. GUE's founder, Jarrod Jablonski, was a long-time proponent of a standardized system known as Hogarthian diving and also a key architect in the Doing It Right (DIR) system,[15] which extends the scope of standardized diving equipment and procedures.[citation needed]

In February 2016, the British Sub-Aqua Club confirmed that a review has been completed on how to integrate GUE divers into BSAC branches.[16]


As of May 2017, GUE offered 26 courses in four subject areas.[17][18]

EUF Certification

GUE obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2013 for the following diver grades:


Main article: Woodville Karst Plain Project

The best known of GUE's satellite organizations is the Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP), which is a non-profit affiliate of GUE.[4] GUE members are engaged in science and exploration projects conducted by the WKPP. This collaboration helped encourage the state of Florida to budget more than 200 million dollars toward the development of enhanced wastewater treatment practices as means to enhance ground water protection and support the conservation of Wakulla Springs State Park.[21] GUE has launched a global conservation project known as Project Baseline to document the condition of global aquatic environments.[22]


Some of the organization's notable outreach projects have included:

GUE instructors regularly host "Introduction to GUE" workshops aimed at promoting the Global Underwater Explorers approach to diving.[8]


GUE publishes a quarterly journal, Quest, as well as a number of books and videos related to their philosophy of diving. These are generally available through their website, other online retailers and bookshops.[36][37][38]

GUE also began publishing annual reports in 2016 to provide the public with a better overview of community dive projects, Project Baseline activities, and GUE training and operational information.[39]


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