Ice Diver

If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice.

During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers.

Ice Diving
View of the Hole from Below

Explore the unique aquascape found only under ice. You can be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice. Plus, imagine the look on your Divemaster’s face on your next Caribbean trip when you flash your PADI Ice Diver certification.

You might get a chance to play with your exhaled air bubbles on the bottom of the ice or an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down, bottom of the ice, skiing.

Ice Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Ice Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or equivalent

Ice Diver Course Details

The Ice Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (3)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Using Visualization Techniques to Prepare for his Ice Dive

1. Knowledge Development

Since there is no formal manual for the PADI Ice Diver course, you will get a briefing from your instructor on what to expect during your Ice Diving course.

Topics will include procedures for preparing an ice diving site, specialized equipment required, safety procedures, and support personnel.

Your instructor will cover the following aspects of Ice Diving during your classroom session:

1. Course Goals, Overview, & Schedule
2. Reasons & Opportunities for Ice Diving
3. Equipment Considerations
4. Ice Diving Procedures - Site Selection & Preparation
5. Ice Diving Procedures - Conducting Ice Dives
6. Ice Diving Equipment Problems
7. Ice Diving Hazards - Hypothermia & Cold Water Concerns
8. Dive Briefings - Dives 1-3
9. Paperwork & Administration

In general, the classroom session will be conducted as a single session over 1-2 hours.

Under the Ice

2. Ice Dives

You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following techniques:

  1. Planning and organizing ice dives
  2. Site selection, preparation, & hole cutting procedures
  3. Ice diving procedures & techniques
  4. Specialized ice diving equipment
  5. Safety lines - signals, communication, line tending & line securing
  6. Managing equipment problems
  7. Emergency procedures & safety during cold water exposure
Ice Auger

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Ice Diver experience, you will need the following diving equipment:

  1. Environmentally-sealed, cold water regulator
  2. Alternate air source suitable for cold water
  3. Appropriate exposure suit (dry suit recommended)
  4. Dive knife / shears capable of cutting safety line
  5. Recomended - redundant air source (“pony bottle”)

AquaMunkee Scuba will provide additional equipment necessary for conducting the dive, but upon certification you will need the following in order to conduct your own ice dives:

  1. Emergency oxygen and first aid systems
  2. Primary and safety lines for dive teams
  3. Harnesses & carabiners for each diver
  4. Hole-cutting tools (chainsaw, ice auger, ice chipper)
  5. Ice screws (to anchor lines)
  6. Snow shovels
  7. Warming tent with heater
  8. Warm water to support wet suit divers

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your ice diver course.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your classroom session and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Ice Diver.

Course Price Includes

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Course summary information packet for planning & conducting ice dives

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.