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. This course acquaints divers with hazards associated with ice diving, as well as how to plan and execute an ice dive.
My background working in ice and winter conditions evolved over 30yrs of mountaineering and diving in 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 to have ice. In order to achieve good ice conditions, 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.
Try Ice Diving
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. This is followed by practical skills, where you get two dives under the ice, learn the practical safety management and rescue skills side of ice diving for real.
During the theory training, I teach you about the right equipment to use and what is suitable personal dive kit.
As part of the course, all non-personal dive kit will be provided by us.
Historically, the loch that we use in Scotland has frozen from December to April. We are pretty certain that it will continue to freeze over the same period.
I run training courses through January and February 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.