Ice and Altitude diving in Jindabyne – Take your diving to new heights and depths!
Ice and Altitude diving in Jindabyne – Take your diving to new heights and depths!

Ice Diving









Take your diving to new heights and depths with the PADI Altitude and Ice Diving specialty courses! This is the ONLY course of it’s kind in Australia! If you are looking for a challenge or to do something that even few divers have done, THIS IS IT!! Not only will you be trained to dive under the ice, you will also do your altitude course on a piece of Australian history as we search for Old Jindabyne town in Lake Jindabyne!  This course is a prerequisite for anyone planning on diving in Antarctica or the Arctic.

PADI Altitude Diver Course
Any time you’re diving at 300 to 3000 metres/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you’re altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.

The Fun Part- Dive more challenging dive sites while you satisfy your curiosity for “I wonder what’s down there?” The fun part about altitude diving is that you can explore places many people have never seen.

What You Learn –You’ll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you’ll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You’ll learn :

  • Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
  •  Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude

Ice Diving - Old Jindabyne Town








The PADI Ice Diver Course

If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice. During the course, you dive with your PADI Ice Diving Instructor John Gransbury  in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers.

The Fun Part- Explore the unique aquascape found only under ice. You can be one of the few that have ever dived under a solid ceiling of ice. Plus, imagine the look on your Divemaster’s face on your next South Pacific trip when you flash your PADI Ice Diver certification. Depending on the thickness of the ice you might get a chance to play with your exhaled air bubbles on the bottom of the ice or an opportunity to try the unique sport of upside down, bottom of the ice, sledding.

What You Learn – You will complete a minimum of three ice dives for your certification. Dives are typically done as a group working with support personnel, divers, tenders, and safety divers. You are under the ice to learn to control buoyancy, navigate under the ice, and keep in contact with the lead diver and tenders via line pulls.

You learn:

  • To plan and organize ice dives
  • Reasons and opportunities for ice diving,
  • Equipment considerations
  • About site selection, preparation and hole-cutting procedures
  • How to practice the procedures and techniques for handling the problems and hazards of ice diving
  • To use specialized ice diving equipment, safety lines, signals, communications, line tending and line-securing techniques
  • How to manage equipment problems
  • About the effects of cold, emergency procedures and safety-diver procedures

  Ice Diving - Church Lake Jindabyne









Must be 18 years of age or older
Suitable for Advanced Open Water Diver only
Must be drysuit certified or have significant experience using one (ie 20 dives in a drysuit)
Ideally, you should also have your Nitrox/Enriched Air certification       


Friday, 23 – Monday, 26 July 2021

Wednesday, 28 July – Saturday, 31 July 2021

Monday, 2 – Thursday, 5 August 2021


$1,800 per person ex- Canberra










Private transfers from Canberra Airport to Jindabyne
3 nights accommodation
Kosciuszko National Park entry permits
Private van for transport during the course
All air fills including nitrox stage bottle and weights
2 dives in Lake Jindabyne
PADI Altitude Specialty 3 Ice dives
PADI Ice diving Specialty


Travel Insurance
Personal Spending Monies
Excess Luggage Surcharges
Personal dive gear


Gear requirements for this course are the configurations for cold water diving. Each course participant must provide the following:

Drysuit (suitable for coldwater diving – temperatures range from 2 to 4 degrees celsius)
2 x 1st stages suitable for cold water diving
2 x 2nd stages suitable for cold water diving
2 x SPG 1 x alternate air source
2 x computers (at least one primary and a secondary such as an Oceanic BUD)
Thermals to be worn under your drysuit
Semi-dry gloves (4.5mm minimum)
Hood with bib/skirt (at least 5mm)
Surface Marker Buoy Finger spool reel and cutting device

The second reg set will be used on your stage cylinder which will contain 32% nitrox to aid in nitrogen elimination during safety stops.


Our adventure begins in our nation’s capital where you will be picked up from Canberra International Airport at midday. From here you will driven to Jindabyne where we will check in to our accommodation and will be given a tour of Jindabyne including surveying the lake and points of interest for the next day. On the first night we will cover the theory for the coming days as well as get an early night ready for the adventure that awaits!

Having acclimatised to our new altitude we will do two dives the following morning exploring Lake Jindabyne before lunch to complete your altitude specialty. After lunch  we will then retire to our accommodation for the evening to warm up and dry our thermals, hoods and gloves ready for another day of cold water diving. We will also complete the ice diving theory ready for the day ahead!

We will head into Kosciuszko National Park where we will do the 3 dives to complete your PADI Ice diving certification. You will have the opportunity to dive as well as play the roles of rescue diver and surface/line tender.

The group will be driven back to Canberra by midday so that you can catch your plane back home. Alternatively if you chose to fly out the following morning, I will be more than happy to drive you to your hotel for the evening.


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