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03-12-2008, 07:30
An Ice Diver class on Cape Cod, MA in February 2007.

Duration: 00:08:18 / Uploaded: 12-03-08

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03-12-2008, 07:47
Probably the most interesting video I've made, this documents an Ice Diver class on Cape Cod in 2007. It was also used (with permission, but without compensation) on the Boston Globe's website as a companion to an article they did on the class.

For those of you who only dive warm water, this should definitely be something new and different to check out!

03-12-2008, 08:58
Very cool video. I always wondered what they did with the hole after they were finished.

Thanks for sharing.


03-12-2008, 14:47
My pleasure! I learned a lot of answers to those sorts of "how do they..." questions in that course, and had a lot of fun, but it was almost too much trouble to do again unless someone with all the gear is already planning to set up for it.

03-12-2008, 15:28
Seeing this makes me wish I had been able to do my ice diving class in dec, sadly the ice was too thin. I'm hoping to do it next winter though.

03-12-2008, 16:32
We were having a strangely warm winter the year we did it, and thought we might have to travel to northern Vermont or New Hampshire for our dives. We got lucky though... the 12 days leading up to the day of the dive had temperatures in the 20s or lower, with no precipitation, so we got some beautifully clear and solid ice close to home.

I hope your luck is better next year!

03-12-2008, 20:15
Really enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing!

03-13-2008, 07:35
You're welcome, I'm glad you liked it!

03-13-2008, 09:48
Very cool! Can't wait to try this some day myself!

06-07-2009, 22:43
i do the ice rescue training where we use the gumby suit i dont know if i would ever be brave enough to actually dive under the ice. thats gotta be cold on the face.

06-08-2009, 11:41
It wasn't too bad really... so long as the rest of your body is warm, you have a cold-water hood on, and your mask is in place, the only thing that is exposed to the water is your lips, and warm blood is constantly circulating to them. I didn't notice the cold, or at least, it seemed warmer in the water than out of it.

06-10-2009, 17:37
That is pretty cool! So had you dove in that lake before it froze over?

06-10-2009, 21:36
i will give you that we do ice water rescue trainings usually january when its ten degrees out. i play victim alot i like it better in the water i always feel warmer.

06-15-2009, 09:46
That is pretty cool! So had you dove in that lake before it froze over?
Yeah... it's a small pond, but pretty popular as a training site. I did my DIR-F dives there, have been for underwater pumpkin carving, and a few times for shake-down dives in new gear when the ocean was too "snotty".

07-02-2009, 04:59
Wow, just saw this, nice vid Matt. I never really thought about how much work ice diving would be, but it's definitely not for lazy folks huh.