As one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers, the PADI Ice Diver Course is for those who love a challenge and have a spirit of adventure. As everyone gets involved in the preparation and organization of these dives, it is a fun course to take with others in your diving community. You will learn:
- How to plan and organize ice dives
- Equipment considerations and specialized ice diving equipment
- Site selection, preparation, and hole-cutting procedures
- Preventing and handling ice diving hazards
- Effects of the cold, emergency procedures, and safety techniques
What Is Involved? There is one classroom session and three ice dives involved with this course. You will learn and practice the skills necessary to ice dive
- Classroom – Your PADI certified Ice Diver Instructor will review what you’ve learned on your own and help you prepare for your ice dives.
- Ice Dives – Under the supervision of your instructor, you will perform skills in a series of three ice dives. Under the ice, you will learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, keep in contact with lead diver and tenders, and more.
These dives are very cold. Inadequate exposure protection can ruin a dive or even become hazardous. It is highly recommended that you have a dry suit for thermal protection. To use a dry suit to complete the ice dives, you must already be previously trained and certified in the dry suit. Some divers have done the Ice Diver specialty in a 7mm wetsuit as well. Talk to us about what you will need to stay comfortable and warm. All of these items are available for purchase or rental at Klein Scuba. However, our rental department does not stock dry suits.