Ice Diver Course

For those who cannot wait until spring!

Where better to learn Ice diving than in Iceland?

Learn to become an ice diver or ice instructor, or both!

What could motivate a rational individual to engage in ice diving? We understand that you may have encountered comments from friends and acquaintances depicting you as foolish, irrational, or questioning your zest for life for undertaking this course.

However, the most common reasons for enrolling in an ice diving course are curiosity and the desire to acquire new knowledge and skills.

Here are some compelling arguments to counter objections:
• The thrill of new experiences and the urge to push personal boundaries in a controlled setting during the course. Ice diving is arguably one of the safest forms of diving, as you are securely attached to a line.
• Provides the opportunity for year-round diving for those of us residing in northern regions
• Grants access to new diving locations that may experience heavy boat traffic or diving restrictions during the summer, rendering them inaccessible
• Search and recovery of lost items becomes effortless!
• Photography enthusiasts will discover entirely new opportunities and techniques in ice diving
• Exceptional visibility offers a fresh perspective on familiar diving sites.

The course spans two days and takes place during the coldest winter months in Iceland, namely February/March. It consists of the following components:
Knowledge Development
Practical Application Ice Diver Training Dives (3-4)

Throughout the course, the following topics will be covered:
Dive planning
Selection of dive locations
Creating holes in the ice
Safety protocols
Emergency procedures
Communication signals
Specialized equipment

Recommended equipment for the course:
• ABC equipment (snorkel not required)
• Dry suit and appropriate attire (thermal undergarments/thick wool socks)
• Weight belt (included in the course fee)
• Air supply (included in the course fee)
• Compass (more than recommended)
• Dive computer (more than recommended)
• Cutting device
• Writing slate
• Dive light (mandatory)

A complete set of gear can be rented for an additional 150 EUR.

Ice Diver speciality: 400 EUR / 59,000 ISK
Ice Diver Instructor: 350 EUR / 49,000 ISK
Ice Diver Specialty + Instructor: 550 EUR / 79,000 ISK

For further details, kindly contact us via email at

Course Details

  • March

  • 2 days

  • Minimum 2 students

  • Maximum 8 students

From ISK 59.000


  • PADI Ice diving course material
  • Knowledge Development review with your PADI Instructor
  • Four Ice Diver Training dives over two days
  • Certification fee

Course details

Four dives over 2 days
Day 1: Two dives with their associated Knowledge Development sessions
Day 2: Two dives with their associated Knowledge Development sessions

Dry suit experience:
Students are required to have dry suit certification to join the course or have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives. If you do not have the necessary experience you can book a PADI Dry Suit Diver Certification Course here.

Union Grants and Other Benefits

  • Most unions in Iceland subsidize a part of the course fee for their members. We encourage you to find out your rights within your union.
  • If you are a high school or university student, the course may provide a certain number of credits that you can use towards your degree.
  • After your course, consider joining the DIVE.IS Dive Club to gain benefits including discounts on future courses and tours as well as equipment rental. Learn all about the Dive Club here.
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Safety requirements

  • certified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent

  • have dry suit diving certification OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives PDF

  • Fill out the PADI medical statement PDF

  • sign our liability release form PDF

  • fit within our dry suit size chart PDF

  • be at least 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)

  • be physically fit

  • be able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

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