Skip to main content

Ice Diving

To dive under ice is to be below a beautiful crystal ceiling. It is quite possibly the clearest environment you will ever experience underwater. Whilst awe inspiring and amazing, it does take some specialised training and equipment to ensure safe and enjoyable dives. It also requires an experienced support team…more than just your dive buddy.

With insight From Patrix Stephan Heschel

fourth elements USA midwest sales manager

With insight From Patrix Stephan Heschel

fourth elements USA midwest sales manager

Ice diving is an opportunity to dive sites that may not be accessible or visible during warmer seasons. It also gives a different perspective to a dive site regularly explored during warmer months.

Shipping channels or docks are some of the areas that can be unsafe to dive whilst the ice is thawed due to boat traffic. There are wrecks that during warmer months never clear up enough to enjoy them. But, once the ice forms, the clarity expands to as far as your eye can see. Ice diving can a recreational dive, a recovery dive for items that have fallen through the ice, and is also used by search and rescue teams around the world.

Ice diving typically has one entry/exit hole. The most obvious hazards of ice diving are getting lost under the ice and hypothermia (which is why it is of great importance to invest in high quality thermal protection). Your ice dive team is comprised of: a buddy to dive under the ice together, a 90% dressed diver as a backup, the primary tender for the team and the backup’s tender. Divers are tethered to the surface with a line and wear a separate harness from their BCD. The line is controlled by the tender and hooked at the end by an anchor (like an ice screw or heavy object that can’t be pulled into the hole by the divers).

For the tender part of the team, the hazards include the freezing temperatures, falling through thin ice or into the ice hole. Using just a simple piece of wood or a floor mat from a vehicle under the tender’s feet will keep them warmer on the ice. Having your tenders dress in winter gear is very important, but also having some type of flotation on is even more important.

To enter into the ice diving world, find a seasoned instructor who cares about safety and works with a team of people to train not only you as the diver, but the tenders as well. Ice diving is a fun controlled type of diving that can be an incredible experience even with the cold air or water temperatures.

Scuba Sarah Ice Diving

Freeze-worthy Favourites

Some of our most popular pieces for ice diving

Argonaut 2.0 – (Flex)

Flexible and heavy duty against the harsh ice environment.

Halo 3D

Our warmest undersuit, allowing you to layer underneath for the ultimate thermal system.

X-Core

A biogenic heating vest without batteries, providing extra core warmth without risk.

Amphibian Boots

Wear as an over-boot if you have a sock-style drysuit, this will provide more warmth than canvas boots.

Hot Foot Pro

To keep your feet warm and also great for a tender on the ice.

Ellipse Dryglove System

Keeping hands completely dry and therefore warmer in freezing waters. Add glove layers underneath.

____________________________

 

For Those Who Want To Try Ice Diving The Old School Way
Proteus II

Our warmest suit with plush Hexcore lining and Hydrolock double neck seal for minimal flush

Amphibian Boots

Wear as an over-boot if you have a sock-style drysuit, this will provide more warmth than canvas boots.

7mm Mitts

Mitts keep your three of your fingers together resulting in less heat being lost.

Fourth Element Ambassadors

Charlie Jung

Charlie Jung

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

Kelvin Murray

Kelvin Murray

You can add any HTML here (admin -> Theme Options -> Promo Popup). We suggest you create a static block and put it here using shortcode