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Ice Diving

Ice Diving

Would you like the opportunity to learn the skills of diving under ice?

This two-day course offers the opportunity to dive under ice. In addition the course will provide background experiences to this type of diving as well as actual diving itself. Whilst this is a specialised course it provides a unique experience for those who take the plunge.

Entry requirement   

The minimum entry level for this course is Sports Diver + 10 dives, (or equivalent from another agency) with experience of cold water diving – i.e. diving in conditions of less than approximately 10 degrees C, and requiring use of full suit, hood and gloves).

What you’ll learn

The Ice Diving course has a mix of classroom and practical lessons, including:

• Physiological effects of cold

• Ice diving equipment

• Practical ice diving techniques

• Rescue procedures and skills

Learning materials

Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes the Ice Diving course manual and a Qualification Card application.

How to do this course...

There are limited locations areas where this course can be done. Please use the links below of if you if you would like advice from BSAC HQ please call 0151 350 6203. Or email

Your next steps

After this course you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) such as the ones listed below. Or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course.

Search and Recovery

Accelerated Decompression Procedures

Equipment Care

First Aid for Divers

Practical Rescue Management

Useful links

Find a club near you using our 'Find It' tool

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Products that go with the Ice Diving Course

Ice Diving SCUBA article 2012

Ice Diving - Read the SCUBA article

The featured article covering the Ice Diving Course from February 2012