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Advanced Ice Diver?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Erich S, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    A good read is Cousteau's diving expeditions under the Artic ice. No lines, 100FSW and current. We had to keep an eye on the hole at all times. Not a direct quote but along those lines. Big balls.
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  2. Erich S

    Erich S Barracuda

    Rescue makes sense. I wonder if that’s in the current course of Advanced Ice speciality that PADI now has?
  3. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    Zombie diver ??? WHAAAAAT ??!!
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  4. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    I'm in.

    Let me know.
  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Yeah, it's all for fun: Welcome

    looking for fur something...

    Edit: Found it.

    I ran into a pack of them at a quarry. Amusing people, quite pleasant. Best I could find:
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  6. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    i dont belive there is a padi adv ice diver , unless its an instructor authored course
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    I also do not think there is a PADI Advanced ice Diver specialty. There may be an instructor-authored "Distinctive Specialty" that PADI has blessed as meeting standards and safe to teach and dive, and has agreed (for a fee) to issue cert cards with PADI's name on them. But it is not a PADI Specialty....it is an instructor specialty that PADI has OK'ed.

    I also do not believe there are 15,000 distinctive specialties, as one earlier poster said. Of all the instructors I've met all over the world, and in all the shops I've been in, I've only run across maybe half a dozen distinctive specialties. I'd guess a number like 500 or 1000 is more likely as an outside guess.

    There is an even more confusing middle-ground; that is what PADI calls "standardized distinctive specialties" like O2 Provider, that PADI instructors can agree to teach if they use the standardized training materials. So given that there are lots of instructors who are accredited to teach things like O2 Provider and some others like Zombie Diver, there may be 15,000 distinctive instructors, but NOT of 15,000 different distinctive specialties.
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