SDI Ice Diver
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.
Getting Certified Is a Three Step Process
- Step 1 is to acquire all of the important academic information every certified diver must know. Traditionally, it required attending several hours of formal classroom training. Now, through on-line training, you can complete this phase through self-study, at your own pace, in the convenience of your home or office.
- Step 2 is to complete your in-water skill-development training. This takes place in a swimming pool or similar body of confined water. Here you will learn the fundamental skills that every diver needs to know. (It’s also a lot of fun.)
- Step 3 is complete four or more open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water.
What you can expect to learn:
The SDI Ice Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:
- Effects of the cold
- Physiological aspects of cold water diving
- Emergency aspects of cold water diving
- Special first aid for cold exposure
- Equipment for ice diving
- Dry suit
- Hole-cutting equipment
- Surface support procedures
- Duties and responsibilities
- Hole-cutting techniques
- Lines and securing
- Line tending
- Ice spokes
- Lost diver procedures
- Safety diver
- Equipment of the safety diver
- Search and Recovery trained
- Broken line procedures
- Diving Lights and Their Care
Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
- Review of scuba skills on land
- Test lights and equipment
- Set up shelter
- Cut hole in ice and secure
- Dive plan
- Descent and line considerations on land
- Line handling and short line signals on land
- Ten minute familiarization
- Enter water
- Each diver must rotate and practice: surface support, safety diver and diver
- Line handling and simulated lost diver procedures
- Fifteen minute exploring under the ice
- Log dive
What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:
- The diving activities approximate those of training
- The areas of activities approximate those of training
- Environmental conditions approximate those of training
Also, the SDI Ice Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.
- SDI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
- Minimum age 18
ELearning Course Code: $69
Lake Training Dives: $81
Saguaro Training Calendar (for Arizona based divers)
What’s next after completing your Ice Diver course?
You can continue your diving education by checking out some of the other specialties or courses on our SDI Course Map.
SDI Ice Diver minimum requirements:
- Complete all open water requirements efficiently
- Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution