Ice Diving, White Sea, Polar Circle, Russia
Fantastic Ice Diving Program -The White Sea is the only sea in Europe which covered by ice during winter time. It is one of the best place in the world where you could enjoy real marine ice diving. We offers an exciting ice-diving program every year from February till April. All dives are made in accordance with PADI standards under the guidance of qualified PADI instructors who have a large experience of organising ice diving.
Nature of White Sea
The White Sea, one of the most beautiful seas in the north of Russia, with virgin nature and rich, original fauna, belongs to the basin of the Arctic Ocean.
You will experience
the majestic beauty of Northern Russia
the ice arch of the sea;
ice-hummocks and cavities;
fantastic visibility: 30-50m;
soft corrals under the frozen surface of the sea;
a wide variety of fish species - starfishes, sea-urchins, crabs, sea anemones, shrimps;
underwater rocks and rifts
Artic Circle Dive Centre:
The extreme natural beauty of the Russian North, the wonderful underwater world, the proximity of the North Polar Circle, a well-placed (ili equipped) base and experienced trainers make Artic Circle one of the world's best cold water dive centre.
Most of centre trainers and tour guides have a university degree in biology and huge diving experience in the northern seas (including the first ever submersion in the geographic North Pole of the Earth).
All this will make your stay at the base an exciting and unforgettable experience.
The Arctic Circle Dive Centre is part of the Underwater World Group, the largest Russian operator in the diving industry. The Underwater Wold Group was founded back in 1996 by sea biologists and diving enthusiasts from the Moscow State University (MSU) Diving Club at Lomonosov. The Underwater Wold Group built its business on the academic traditions of Russia’s oldest university and maintains close ties with the scientific circles in Russia and all over the world.
The Arctic Circle Dive Centre serves as a base for unique MSU research and study programs, in which our clients also take part. Most of our trainers and tour guides have a university degree in biology and huge diving experience in the Northern seas (including the first ever submersion in the geographic North Pole).
Safety has been a priority since the very first days of the Arctic Circle Dive Centre. The severe northern environment with low temperatures and ice cover demands the utmost attention to maintaining safety standards and equipment.
We are committed to a policy of respect for nature and causing the minimum effect on the environment. The Russian North is one of the few remaining places on the planet that has not suffered from the impact of modern industrial society. We take great care of the nature here and strive to keep it intact for future generations of divers and researchers to enjoy.
Quality, safety and professionalism are our top priorities. It was these values that we relied upon when creating the Arctic Circle Dive Centre for you. Leaving Arctic Circle, you will certainly take away with you some of our enthusiastic admiration for the severe beauty of the Russian North.
Day schedule and organisation of diving
The day at the Artic Circle Dive Centre begins with a substantial breakfast at 0800 hours (8am).
A comprehensive briefing providing information on diving sites, weather conditions, water temperature and visibility, etc follows this.
Divers are delivered to the sites by snowmobiles.
Depending on the current location of ice camp, this journey will take between 20 minutes and one hour.
An ice camp is set up at the diving sites (Warm and comfortable mobile wagons).
All wagons in the ice camp have an autonomous heating system that maintains the above-zero temperature during strong (up to -30C'). Hot tea and coffee with sandwiches are served. Changing clothes and outfit storage facilities. Warm mobile toiled.
Maximum allowed depth: 30 m
Water temperature: -1C to -2C
Air temperature: 0C to -30C
Visibility: 30-40 meters
Portable electric power station
Portable diving compressor
Nitrox station and Nitrox tanks
12L steel tanks with v-valves DIN/YOKE
Weight belt, weight
Ropes, ice drills, ice screws, ice saws
Zodiacs for diving in open water
The ice-diving technique
Divers penetrate under ice through sawed rectangular holes. Divers go down in buddy teams. A safety rope is tied to the waist of each diver, and the divers hold the rope. A tender person on the surface holds the rope, and the end is fixed by an ice-screw. Totally there are at least 6 people involved in the diving process: two divers, two tenders, and two people providing general help. Safety has been a priory since the very first day of the Dive Centre. The severe northen environment with low temperatures and the ice cover requires utmost attention towards the safety standards and outfit. There has not been a single accident in the history of the centre.
The first pair of divers usually enter the water within 30–40 min of arrival at the ice camp.
At 1400 hours (2pm) lunch is delivered to the ice camp and everybody retreats to the common room module to eat and relax, and to share thoughts and impressions.
The second diving session is scheduled for the afternoon and the return to the base is usually around 1800 hours (6pm).
Traditional Russian wooden cottages, central heating
3 types rooms: Comfort, Standart, Economy. Three options of lodging: single, double or triple occupation.
Saloon where guests get together for meals and leisure.
Music, TV, VCR, CD, DVD players, a number of movies & underwater records.
Electricity: 220-V, German socket. UK socket adapters available.
Communication: satellite phone, internet
Traditional Russian Sauna (Banya). Open daily.
Medical aid. The dive centre has medical attendant with a large experience of working on military rescue teams and in expeditions. Oxygen are also available.
The cold and ice diving in hard conditions take a lot of your energy and strength. To compensate for the losses, the dive centre offers exellent high-energy food.
Buffet breakfast with a large variety of classic European dishes. Lunch of sandwiches, hot and cold drinks and fruit is offered on the diving site. Dinner. A very good meal of traditional Russian dishes. Individual vegetarian menu is available. Beverages and snacks, hot (tea, coffee, chokolate) and cold drinks are available 24 hours a day.
Whether your choice id diving, fishing, adventure travel or combination of itineraries, you will experience a world class lodge and outcamps, an attentive and courteous staff, wonderful seafront accommodation (most with private showers), excellent meals and unique attention to detail that truly sets the Arctic Circle Lodge experience apart. In addition to diving you may take the opportunity to detail that truly seats the Arctic Circle Lodge experience apart.
Leaving Arctic Circle you will certainly take away with you some of our enthusiastic admiration for the extreme beauty of the Russian North.