2025 North American Ice Diving Festival – January 29th - February 3nd 2025

The 2025 North American Ice Diving Festival will be the largest Ice Diving event in regards to scuba divers under the ice on one day with over 20 scuba manufacturers showcasing their product lines.

6 Day event:

Wednesday - January 29th

-Service Seminars 
-Fun dives for those divers already ice certified.

Thursday - January 30th

-Service Seminars

-Ice Diving (certification and fun dive).

Friday - January 31st

-Service Seminars
-Ice diving

-classroom academics for those divers getting certified on Saturday

-Orientation for those divers diving on Saturday

Saturday - February 1st

-Ice Diving
-Travel opportunities; Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico, Asia and others to be announced.
-Adaptive Scuba organizations
-Dive Charters
-Manufacturer (scuba) displays.
-Drysuit Demonstrations from scuba manufacturers - must be drysuit certified.
-Night Dive.
-Public Safety Ice Rescue Training
-Freediving
-No Host Social

Sunday - February 2nd still needs to be determined.

Monday - February 3rd Disabled Veteran - Try Scuba

For more information on the Ice Festival email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call MidWest School of Diving at 651-653-1174
 
 
 
Last year 2023, we had 79 divers from 26 states attend along with folks from Europe, Aia and North Africa and 1 Canadian Province, over 300 total visitors.
 
Here is a video from 2022 Ice Festival.
 
Here is a video form the 2023 Ice Festival.
 
For 2024 we are planning on 10 holes, each hole will have a warming tent.
• 5-6 holes will be dedicated to Ice Diving Certifications
• 2-3 holes will be dedicated for those individuals who are already Ice Certified.
 
Ice Diving Certification Requirements.
1. Advance Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent
2. Experienced Cold Water Dives
3. Classroom on Friday evening the 1st of March
    Safety Harnesses, Safety Ropes, Ice Screws will be provided.
 
 

Costs:

Ice Certification:
$295
• Scuba tank 80cf to use
• Commemorative t-shirt
 

Fun Dive:(Must already be Ice Certified)

$75
• Scuba Tank 80cf to use
• Commemorative t-shirt
 
 
This year we are looking at over 100 divers in one day under the ice and attendance over 600. We have already received registrations from divers from around the U.S.(23 states), Canada.
 
We will have the following Demonstrations during the Ice Festival:
• Mons Dry Suits
• BARE Drysuits
 
 
This year we have received confirmation from the following organizations on attending and having a display in one of the tents that we will have on the ice:
 

Scuba Manufacturers who will be attending:

• Oceanic
• BARE ( If you are drysuit certified, BARE will be offering divers an opportunity to try and demo one of their drysuits.)
• Hollis
• Mares
• TUSA
• Cressi
• Ocean Reef
• OTS
• Henderson
• Sealife Cameras
• Waterproof
• Sea and Sea Cameras
• Light n Motion
• Interspiro
• Neosport
• Underwater Kinetics
• Suunto
• Stahlsac
• Zeagle
• Big Blue underwater lights
• Surf Fur
• Lefeet DPV's
• Lavacore
• Atomic
• Mons Dry Suits
 
 
We are reaching out to additional manufacturers on attending.
 

Charities:

• Veteran Scuba
 

Scuba Training Organizations Attending:

• PADI
• SDI-TDI-ERDI
• NAUI
• SSI
• DAN (Divers Alert Network) 
 

Support:

• A couple of local Fire Department Dive Teams
 

Diving Charters:

     Great Lakes

       • Sol Mates Charters
 
On Saturday evening there will be a no host social for divers to meet other divers from around the U.S., Canada and the world.
 
 
To register for the Ice Festival email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call MidWest School of Diving at 651-653-1174 with questions.
   

Personal instruction, Excellent price

Personal instruction, equipment they used was fairly new and well maintained.  We liked the instructor, explained everything so that we could understand...very patient with the students.  Excellent price for the open water course.

- Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

 

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