2023 North American Ice Diving Festival – January 28th, 2023

The 2023 North American Ice Diving Festival will be the largest Ice Diving event in regards to scuba divers under the ice on one day with close to 20 scuba manufacturers showcasing their product lines. All events and tents are located on the ice, no land based displays.
 
We are now accepting registration for the Ice Festival.
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
 
 
 
Profits from the event are 
being donated to Veteran Scuba a 501c3 that works with disabled veterans for certifications and scuba therapy. https://veteransscuba.org/
Last year 2022, we had 57 divers from 15 states attend and 1 Canadian Province, over 150 total visitors.
This year we are expecting over 100 divers and 400 attendees.
Here is a video from last year’s Ice Festival.
 
We are planning on 7-8 holes, each hole will have a warming tent.
• 3-4 holes will be dedicated to Ice Diving Certifications
• 3-4 holes will be dedicated for those individuals who are already Ice Certified.
This year we will have and are planning an under-ice navigation contest with prizes for those divers 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 27th of January
Safety Harnesses, Safety Ropes, Ice Screws will be provided.
 
 

Costs:

Ice Certification:
$250
• Use of all scuba gear
• Scuba tank 80cf to use
• Commemorative t-shirt
 

Fun Dive:(Must already be Ice Certified)

$60
• 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 400. We have already received emails from divers from around the U.S.(16 states), Canada, and outside North America. This will be a Guinness Record in regard to the number of divers under the ice at one event on the same day.
We will be having a Freediving demonstration during the event.
There will be food being offered for sale with proceeds going to Veteran Scuba.
We are currently meeting with various hotels in the area for discounts during the festival. Watch Facebook for listing of hotels once we finalize the list.
 
 
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:
 

Travel:

• Cayman Island Bureau of Tourism – set up booth “calypso theme”
• Gozumel – Go Divers Cozumel – Booth
• We are reaching out to representatives from various other locations; FIJI, British Columbia, Washington State, Florida and California on attending and showcasing their resorts and dive opportunities.
• Black Hills Aquatic Adventures
• We are reaching out to representatives from various other locations; FIJI, British Columbia, Washington State, Florida and California on attending and showcasing their resorts and dive opportunities.
• Purple Diver Scuba Training Center, Ft Lauderdale FL
 
 

Scuba Manufacturers who have voiced interest in 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
• SEAC
• Neosport
• Underwater Kinetics
• Suunto
• Stahlsac
• Zeagle
• BARE
• Atomic
We are reaching out to additional manufacturers on attending.
 

Charities:

• Veteran Scuba
 

Support:

• A couple of local Fire Department Dive Teams
 

Local Diving Charters – Great Lakes:

• Sol Mates Charters
• Shipwreck Adventures
 
On Saturday evening there will be a no host social for divers at Jimmy's Bar and Restaurant (connected to Holiday Inn) for divers to meet other divers from around the U.S., Canada and the world.
 
The Ice Festival has arranged for hotel discounts at the following locations:
 
Holiday Inn Link:  Ice Diving Festival
 
When you are done diving for the day, go explore the St Paul Winter Carnival evening activities, snow sculptures, ice carvings.
 
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.
   

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Great Dive Shop, the instructor went out of his way to explain things and he was super patient. My husband has been trying to get me Scuba certified for years and I kept putting it off, but now that I am certified, I really wish I had done it sooner. The process was a lot easier than i thought it would be, and the teacher walked us through everything in a way that was really easy to understand. after I got my certification, my husband and I decided to sign up our two kids (14, 17) and now our whole family is certified.  I would say this place is family friendly and a great place to take classes and buy equipment.

- Bertha, St. Paul, MN

 

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