Having had a few weeks of cold temperatures recently, ice diving might sound like something you could achieve relatively easily at your nearest lake! We are, of course, joking, but in reality ice diving is a fantastic activity and a truly unique experience to be had. Ice diving anywhere gives you amazing views of the underwater world beneath the ice, with great visibility and soft light coming through from above the ice, but through this activity you also have the opportunity to discover some other amazing parts of the world, such as a stay at the incredible Ice Hotel Sweden.
The kinds of creatures you see when ice diving will depend on the type of water you go diving in. There are different creatures to be seen in freshwater to marine environments, for example. On a North Pole holiday with us, you could also expect to see all kinds of amazing Arctic wildlife above as well as under the water, many of which you wouldn’t find elsewhere.
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Although ice diving is an unmissable experience for any adventure lover, you will still need to undergo the necessary training to make sure that you are safe and capable while in the enclosed environment under the ice. On your training you will learn important skills, such as how to correctly cut a hole in the ice in order to enter the water, and how to act and react while tethered to the rope, which can be an unusual feeling for those who are used to scuba diving. The rope is extremely important for ensuring that you don’t travel too far away from your exit and entry hole. You will also learn how to fulfil a support role for other divers, dealing with their safety ropes while they are under the ice.
Normally speaking, you will dive in a group of four to six people. Two people would go under the ice at any one time, while another two would tend to each of their safety ropes, as each diver would be tethered separately to ensure that there is another means of exit should there be a problem with one of the ropes. While you are diving, it is important to signal to the person tending your rope that you are OK. Training will also teach you how to do this.
Before going diving, you will need to prepare yourself, both by having the appropriate gear and also by ensuring that your body is in the right condition to dive. Make sure you have warmed up, and certainly do not attempt repeat dives until you are fully warmed up. You will burn a lot of calories while diving, so make sure that you eat plenty of high energy and hot food to replace them and to keep your body warm.
Special equipment is required, such as an environmental regulator set, which you should submerge in the water before diving to get it acclimatised to the freezing temperatures. Only use it to breathe from while you are fully submerged.