Thin Ice Diving Operations

Operating on thin ice presents hazards not common to the emergency response diver and special training
is required. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the diver with many of the hazards associated with
thin ice operations and how to plan and execute a thin ice dive. Thin ice is for the purpose of this program
defined as less the 2” thick or in the thaw state.

Student Prerequisites

1. ERD I or equivalent
2. Minimum age 18
3.ERDI Ice Diver Ops or equivalent

Required Specialized Equipment:

1. Minimum of 4 ice screws to set the load distributing anchor system
2. Throw bag to make distributing anchor system
3. Minimum of 400’ piece of 1/2” rope for the shuttle
4. Minimum of 4 pulleys
5. Minimum of 4 prussic
6. Ice Sled with rigging points

Required Skill Performance and Graduation

1. Open Water Dive 1
a. Review of thin ice skills on land
b. Test lights and equipment
c. Set up shuttle
d. Establish hole in ice and secure anchoring system
e. Establish tender location
f. Maintaining 100% tie off ride shuttle to ice hole
g. Deploy from sled to ice hole
h. Ten minute familiarization dive
i. Self-extricate from ice hole onto sled
j. Each diver must rotate and practice both surface support and safety diver
k. Log dive

2. Open Water Dive 2
a. Set-up search pattern and dive plan
b. Enter ice hole using shuttle system
c. Line handling and simulated lost diver procedures as safety diver
d. Fifteen minute exploring under the ice dive
e. Exit ice hole using sled and maintain 100% tie off
f. Log dive

Need to share this with someone?

Find Northeast Public Safety Divers on Social Media

Facebook Icon for Northeast Public Safety Divers ERDI training
Instagram Icon for Northeast Public Safety Divers ERDI training
Youtube Icon for Northeast Public Safety Divers ERDI training

Our Professional Training Cadre is 100% Mobile To You

Northeast Public Safety Divers is one of the best public safety dive training companies that offers a variety of SDI and ERDI certification courses to recreational and public safety divers, from basic all the way through Supervisor, with a large catalog of specialties. Our operation is mobile and we will bring an entire certification course to your department or area.

Scroll to Top