Ice Diving Training

Under the Ice

Ice diving can be a serene and beautiful aspect of scuba diving. As a winter activity, ice diving offers the opportunity to enjoy sport diving year round. Diving under ice presents hazards not common to the open water diver, and special training is required. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the diver with the hazards associated with ice diving, as well as how to plan and execute an ice dive.

My own background of working in ice and winter conditions comes from over 30yrs of mountaineering and diving in some of the harshest conditions around the world. Bringing this experience of extreme conditions into the ice diving world gives me a better, real world appreciation of what is involved. It is a phenomenal experience and one that I will endeavour to recreate in the UK.

The problem with UK ice diving is that we cannot guarantee having ice, so in order to do our best to get the ice I locate all the training in Scotland out of Loch Insh, utilising the nearby lochs to get the ice. Sometimes even heading into some altitude locations to ensure getting the ice.

If you’ve never tried ice diving before, then this is an amazing experience that you must try. The course involves a theory section that you can complete online, followed by a day of practical, where not only will you get two dives under the ice, but also get to learn the practical safety management and rescue skills side of ice diving for real.

I have 21 dates available in 2021, historically the loch that we use in Scotland has been frozen from December to April annually for the last few years, so we are pretty certain that it will also freeze over this year.

To book your place on our ice diving courses please follow this link here;

Published by Diving & Mountaineering Instructor

I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. I am a Mountain Instructor (MIA), a Winter Mountain Leader, a Scuba Diving Instructor (BSAC, TDI, SDI, IANTD), a skipper for CAT3 waters up to 25mtr and as I’ve built this experience over time, I have written about it and published those works. In addition I am a Chartered Manager with CILT, a member of the institute of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I help people fulfill their goals in the Mountains (Worldwide), Scuba Diving (Worldwide), provide location support worldwide for the media and assist with technical and safety support whenever requested. For a full picture of me please check out my linkedin profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marklewisfinstlm

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