about us

GUE Master Shirt small 2012LAUE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration and conservation of our planet’s underwater regions. Most of our activities take place in Southern California. To achieve our goals, we apply the philosophy, standards, and procedures of diving originated by Jarrod Jablonski, and taught through Global Underwater Explorers.

GUELA successfully demonstrates the GUE mission statement within our local diving community. We are involved in a variety of short and long-term projects which range from large scale single weekend events to ongoing focused research projects.

LAUE promotes GUE diving and GUE diver education and safety through a variety of activities in the Los Angeles, Orange county and Ventura areas. We conduct regular pool sessions, training dives, and local instructors offer workshops to support ongoing training objectives. LAUE is a public group dedicated in helping new GUE divers to develop their individual and team skills as well as organizing experienced dives on charters and shores. We host presentations, workshops by expert explorers, and educators from around the world. LAUE fosters diver education in the community through various outreach programs and provides useful and pertinent information on this website. At the core of this group is conservation via project baseline as well as sites survey via documentation diving. Education is promoted through the GUE development center of Hollywoodivers.

Los Angeles Underwater Explorers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to LAUE, or in working with us on a research project, please send a message to info@guela.org.

We are developing through community outreach programs and dedicated GUE based diver education, some of the world’s best divers, who can successfully and safely participate in the exploration of historically and ecologically significant submerged resources in local Southern California waters.

Our exploration projects have the ultimate goal of gathering consistent observational data and documenting the degradation or appreciation of our submerged resources over time. Through data analysis, we aim to drive policy changing efforts to conserve, protect and create public awareness for our submerged resources.


LAUE Goals:

Build a strong community and a base of world‐class divers to support our vision: Exploration and conservation of our local submerged resources, as well as a strong educational system, and training programs.


Through social media and Internet resources, establish a core presence for members to interact socially, share the passion, and disseminate information between members and the public. Host all‐inclusive outreach events and dive experiences to create awareness within the dive community and motivate divers to join LAUE, in support of our vision.


Offer accessible and frequent local GUE based recreational and technical diver certification courses in order to grow the skilled diver base to support the vision.


Host and execute consistent recreational and technical exploration dives on existing, known and unknown dive targets around Catalina island, the Channel islands, and the Orange county, L.A. and Ventura county shoreline. Specific locations will be targeted in support of our vision.


Focus all conservation efforts around the bigger “Project Baseline”, in order to develop accurate timelines of historical and ecological dive locations and to identify trends in both positive and negative human impact on the underwater environment over time. This will provide a basis for providing information on overall ecological health, and creating public awareness of our local submerged resources.

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