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.
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 continue to do so.
I run training courses through January, February and March annually in the UK, in addition I happily run this course abroad, so am more than happy to facilitate the course anywhere to suit you, conditions allowing. To book your place on my ice diving course please follow this link here.