As this is a real expedition every participant should be clear in her/his mind about that. This tour is not for counting not the number of the dives, or of calculating the total dive time but it has to offer extremely unusual impressions and adventures – even for divers who have seen “everything”! We dive at icebergs bounded in the pack ice and under ice in the Arctic. The visibility to be expected is about 20 to 70 metres (65 to 230 ft), or even more – often the water is crystal clear at this time of year.
Training requirements: experienced cold water diver; at least 20 logged dry suit dives in the last 2 years, ice diving certification needed!
For the diving steel tanks with DIN double valves (200 bar) with 12 and 15 litres of volume, as well as smaller pony bottles are available, just as lead weight in different sizes.
The dives under ice will be carried out with safetyline guidance and in buddy teams, as well as in open water when diving from the ice edge. From the boat diving without line is save. A dry diving suit is essential, as well as two separate regulators. The depth limit is 15 metres / 50 ft because of the risk of freezing regulators. The water temperatures vary between -1°C and -3°C (26°F to 30°F). Extremely warm undersuits, thermo underwear, or a heating west are necessary. Also we have to get the dry suit on and of on the ice / at the dive site between the dives, which is why the clothes which are worn under the dry suit should be suited for wearing it the whole day. Every participant must be able to prove about experiences with dives under closed ice. Also a certain physical fitness is demanded with this tour.
We do dives under ice where special safety rules have to be followed. These safety regulations will be explained before the dive and individually referring to the respective dive. Oxygen equipment is available during the whole trip.