"good divers never stop learning"
You’ll learn the roles and responsibilities of support personnel, tenders and safety divers. You also discuss types of ice, site selection and preparation, the effects of cold, emergency procedures and handling equipment issues.
During three closely supervised ice dives, you’ll practice:
- Using specialized ice diving equipment and safety lines.
- Signals and communications along with line tending and line-securing techniques.
- Handling problems and safety diver procedures.
Motivations for Ice Diving
- If extreme, unusual and challenging scuba diving scenarios appeal to you, try diving under the ice.
- Ice diving is one of the most adventurous scuba specialties because you confront conditions and see beauty few others ever experience.
- You might get a chance to play with your exhaled bubbles on the bottom of the ice.
- Flash your ice certification card to get instant respect, and usually a lot of questions from other divers about what it’s like under the ice.
Number of Dives and Course Duration
- One 2 hour class session
- 2-3 hour pool session
- 3 OW dives
Qualification for Recognition
- Pass exam with at least 75%.
- Demonstrate proficiency in confined water setting
- Complete skills in open water environment to instructors satisfaction.
The following topics will be covered during this course:
- Effects of the cold
- Physiological aspects of cold water diving
- Emergency aspects of cold water diving
- Special first aid for cold exposure
- Equipment for ice diving
- Dry suit
- Hole-cutting equipment
- Surface support procedures
- Duties and responsibilities
- Hole-cutting techniques
- Lines and securing
- Line tending
- Ice spokes
- Lost diver procedures
- Safety diver
- Equipment of the safety diver
- Search and Recovery trained
- Broken line procedures
- Diving Lights and Their Care
- Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
- Review of scuba skills on land
- Test lights and equipment
- Set up shelter
- Cut hole in ice and secure
- Dive plan
- Descent and line considerations on land
- Line handling and short line signals on land
- Each diver must rotate and practice: surface support, safety diver and diver
- Line handling and simulated lost diver procedures
- Fifteen minute exploring under the ice
Store Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11-6; Friday 11-5; Sat 10-4; Closed Sunday, Monday and Major Holidays
Experience the other two thirds
When are classes?
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Advanced Open Water certification and be at least 18 years old.
Complete the form below and a qualified staff member will contact you directly to discuss your experience and enroll you in our available class schedule.