Ice Diving Operations is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three day (24 hour) training program for certified divers and surface support personnel.
Participants will be able to plan and execute an emergency ice diving operation; select, evaluate and perform field maintenance on ice diving equipment; and dive safely under ice in order to complete a rescue/recovery mission. Participants will also be introduced to diving with full face masks. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation, passing a final written exam and completing in-water skills.
Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
ICE DIVING EQUIPMENT
ORGANIZATION AND PLANNING OF AN ICE DIVE
RAPID FIELD NEUROLOGICAL EXAM
BE SURE TO BRING All students must bring: US Coast Guard approved PFD with knife and whistle, adequate clothing and protection from the environment and pen and paper for note-taking and sketching. Diving students must provide their own equipment: Scuba regulator: recently serviced and environmentally protected with alternate air source (i.e.: octopus, Air II, etc.), timing device, depth and submersible pressure gauges, BC with oral/power inflator, two tanks with current Hydro & VIP, mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt and two cutting tools (knife, wire cutters, or trauma shears.)
PREREQUISITES All students must be a member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years of age. Students must have Dive Rescue 1 certification and must read and complete a RSTC medical statement prior to attending class. Any diver answering yes to any contraindication must have the form signed by a physician. Diving students must have proof of open water certification.
This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.