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ICE DIVER The PADI Ice Diver Course

The PADI Ice Diver Course with DIVE SOURCE

If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice.

During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers.

What You Learn

You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.

You learn:

  • To plan and organize ice dives
  • Reasons and opportunities for ice diving,
  • Equipment considerations
  • About site selection, preparation and hole-cutting procedures
  • How to practice the procedures and techniques for handling the problems and hazards of ice diving
  • To use specialized ice diving equipment, safety lines, signals, communications, line tending and line-securing techniques
  • How to manage equipment problems
  • About the effects of cold, emergency procedures and safety-diver procedures


  • You MUST have your Advanced Open Water Diver Certification and be a minimum of 18 years of age. 

Scuba Gear You Use

  • Students will need a full set of scuba gear, including 3 tanks. You can dive in either a wetsuit or a Drysuit for this course.
  • Rental scuba gear is 50% off for all students, however, rental Drysuits are very limited and have no rental discount. It is recommended that students interested in learning how to dive in a drysuit buy one so they can use it again in the future.

Learning Materials You Need

  • Students have to read through and complete the knowledge reviews in the PADI Ice Diver Manual prior to class. 

Your Next Adventure

Although some ice divers dive in a wetsuit, you’ll probably find that you are more comfortable in a dry suit. The PADI Dry Suit Diver course can help you become familiar with the nuances of using a dry suit.

While you’re brushing up on your specialty diving skills, you should also take the Rescue Diver course, which puts you just one step closer to the Master Scuba Diver rating.


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