Get a deeper understanding of plate tectonics and what it means to dive between them

The PADI Tectonic Plate Awareness Distinctive Specialty Course has been designed by DIVE.IS and gives you a much deeper insight into diving between the continents.
While this certification card is a cool souvenir to show your dive buddies, the purpose of the PADI Tectonic Plate Awareness Specialty Course is to introduce scuba divers to the exciting geological world of plate tectonics and the special considerations when diving in fissures between tectonic plates.

On this course we will go deeper into the theory of plate tectonics in context to the Silfra fissure and other rifts that can be seen throughout Iceland.

For safety issues special considerations need to be taken care of when diving in this extreme environment. On the other hand this environment has some very special features to offer, such as the fact that you are diving in the clearest water of this planet and that you are holding one hand on a wall in America and the other one in Europe.

After the course you will take a knowledge review with 20 questions. After reviewing these questions with your instructor, he or she will certify you as a PADI Tectonic Plate Awareness Diver and you will receive a PADI certification card for this disctinctive specialty.

Course Details


All year around, daily

This course is usually done in conjunction with the Silfra Diving Day Tour or on one of our Multiple Day Dive Tours.


Participants must:

  • be at least 150cm tall and 45kg
  • be at least 12 years of age (minors must be in accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • have a Scuba dive certification (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
  • be physically fit
  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
  • not be pregnant

Dry suit diving experience is recommended.


6-8 hours

Min / Max:

For your safety and convenience we conduct this course with a minimum of 1 and a maximum ratio of 4 divers per dive instructor.

Please bring:
  • your SCUBA dive certification card
  • long underwear
  • thick socks
  • suitable clothes for the weather of the day
  • theoretical session (usually done in the car to the dive site and at the dive site itself)
  • PADI certification card

This Silfra Tectonic Specialty Diver Course is an add-on to our Silfra Diving Day Tour or one of our Multiple Day Dive Tours.

The Tour on which this course is conducted needs to be booked separately.



Morning Tour:

10:00-10:30 from 1.October until 31. March
08:00-08:30 from 1.April until 31.September

Midnight Sun Tour:
16:00-16:30 from 15.March until 15.August.

Meeting time at the Information Center in Þingvellir National Park is approx. 1 hour later

Directions to the Information Center in Þingvellir National Park if you have your own transport.

12990,- ISK

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