Here at Scuba Iceland we are proud to offer the PADI Volcano diver distinctive specialty written by diving pioneer and PADI Course Director Dr Keith Cardwell. We are one of only a few dive centres in the world offering this course. This course is available May-October.
This course teaches about what volcanoes are, how they are formed and how we as PADI divers can see and interact with volcanic features underwater.
The course involves a theory lesson along with a knowledge review and then 2 open water dives at the world famous “Silfra” fissure. During the open water dives we will photograph and draw different features that have been formed by volcanic activity, we then discuss them post dive to understand them in greater detail. We will also plan our dives and think about the considerations we need to take when diving in volcanically active areas to ensure dive safety.
By the end of the course you will have an increased knowledge of the geological principles behind volcano’s and be able to plan and execute dives in active and dormant volcanic areas around the world, you will also be one of very few elites to hold the PADI Volcano Diver distinctive specialty card.
Minimum requirements for diving: An age limit of 18 is set by the National park in which Silfra is located. Advanced Open water certification and dry suit certification or a minimum of 10 logged dry suit dives from within the last two years is required to participate in the Volcano Diver course.
In order to participate in this course, you will also need to complete a PADI medical form, if you have any concerns about this prior to the course please as us for a copy before committing to the course.
Difficulty: Demanding. This tour involves a little hiking with your equipment as we are diving in a pristine National park and as such we can’t build anything on site. The walk from the exit of the dive site is approx 500m. Minimum recommended height/weight is 155cm/50kg due to the heavy dive equipment that you will have to carry.
Alternatives: If you don’t have the required dry suit experience we really recommend a snorkel tour for you, it’s very easy and relaxing and a great way to see Silfra. If you want to learn how to dive in a dry suit we offer the PADI drysuit diver course here at Scuba Iceland (available May-October).
Please bring: Your PADI Open Water diving certification or equivalent from any recognized diving organization, along with proof of dry suit experience. Without your certifications you are not allowed to dive. Also, good warm long underwear and thick socks are recommended.