If you’re a little adventurous, and like to explore unknown surroundings, then ice diving may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. You’ve probably been to the mountains before, but not like this. Dare to dive and discover a whole new world, just below your feet.
Contrary to what you may have thought, you don’t have to be a professional diver, or extreme sports athlete to experience the underwater adventure of ice diving. In fact, for many it is actually their first diving experience.
And while at first glance, you may think this is a dangerous sport, for ice divers and instructors, safety is paramount. Not only will you receive instruction and all the proper gear from qualified, and state-issued certificate holding instructors, you will never be alone during your dive.
At all times, you have another diver with you to guarantee your safety, while another stands ready above, to guide you back to the surface when ready. You will stay tethered to the diver on the surface by rope, called a “fil d’Ariane”, which is also used for communication. While the dive is never too deep, usually 2-7 meters (~6.5-23 feet), you will definitely feel the rush of adrenaline as you slowly descend beneath the ice ceiling.
As you begin your exploration, the calming deep blue water will transport you to another time and place. Wide-eyed, and full of wonder, you will want to stay in this under water paradise, until the dive team finally coerces you to return.