Learn to plan and execute an emergency ice diving operation

Ice Diving Operations (IDO)
Duration:  3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for: 
Certified divers and surface support personnel


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proof of Dive Rescue 1 Specialist certification
  • Students diving in dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)
Training Schedule & Map
Course Registration Form


Ice Diving Operations is physically, mentally, and logistically challenging. Proper education in this overhead diving environment is key to a safe and successful operation. This program focuses on planning and implementing an ice diving operation so your team can safely conduct below ice rescues and recoveries. This intense, 24 hour training program introduces the techniques of diving beneath the ice and the proper planning of ice operations in rescue and recovery modes. Students participate in operational planning sessions and make multiple dives under the ice. This training program is also an excellent learning experience for surface-support personnel. Topics include: selecting and using specialized equipment, using underwater communication systems, ice-diving protocols, and special diving techniques. Programs are taught in a classroom, a pool, and at an open water site.

Note To Applicants
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.