Dry Suit Speciality course
The water temperature in Iceland is ranging between 1-14 degrees C over the year. During the winter the Atlantic ocean and the Icelandic lakes are getting as chilly as 1-2 degrees C. Towards the end of the summer in August/September temperatures reach up to about 14 degrees. Only the Silfra fissure holds a constant temperature of 2-4 degrees all year round.
Without a good dry suit we would not able to ever dive comfortably in Iceland, not even in the summer. Therefore the Dry Suit Speciality course is by far the most popular dive course in our country. Most Icelandic divers are for obvious reasons already familiar with dry suit diving, but many people visiting Iceland are keen to learn this type of diving in an authentic environment. Where better to learn than just outside of the arctic circle!
During the dry suit speciality course the student get a chance to thoroughly get used to the dry suit in a confined and safe environment, for example a swimming pool or very shallow dive site, before diving deeper open water. In the pool or shallow water we practise different skills and scenarios all relating to managing a dry suit. As the dry suit is holding air, the dry suit itself will affect your buoyancy a lot as you descent or ascent during the dive.
After the confined water training it is time to hit the open water and complete two open water dives. It can be done in the ocean, or in lakes. Luckily in Iceland we have both! During the open water dives the student gets the chance to re-practise the skills we learn i the confined water. Skills that are essential to master for safely be able to dry suit dive.
During the course the student also learns about different types of dry suits and other accessories necessary for cold water diving. The theory behind cold water diving and dry suit training is just as important as the actual diving. It gives you a much greater understanding of how the dry suit will behave in different situations under water.
Volcano Diver Speciality Course
You have probably heard the saying Iceland – the land of fire and Ice! This is accurate also when it comes to diving in Iceland. Not only is it possible to complete the Ice Diver speciality course here, but also the Volcano Diver Speciality course. If you are already trained and comfortable with dry suit diving, it is time to take the next step!
During the Volcano Diver course the student is given a theory session on Volcanic activity in general, and the volcanic activity in Iceland specifically. It is explained how Iceland has developed through millions of years of volcanic activity, and how this has created many great and completely unique dive sites on this island. After the theoretical session it is time to go out and literally dive into the lava fields. This is done in one of the volcanic lakes around Reykjavik. The most famous volcanic dive site is the Silfra fissure, formed by multiple earthquakes in the area, and its close location to the impressive Mount Skjaldbreidur volcano.
During the dives the student is shown how to identify sign of past and present volcanic activity, and how to safely dive in these areas. There are very few Volcanic Diver speciality instructors in the world, but luckily 3 of them are based in Iceland! As a result, when in Iceland you have the unique opportunity of gaining an extremely rare certification card, the PADI Volcano Diver one!