Ice Diving: Thrills and Chills

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by WDJT Graphics

DELAFIELD- Ice diving is the practice of scuba diving with the overhead environment of ice.

It's a thrill unique to cold weather places like Wisconsin.

The Underwater Connection in Delafield trains people to become ice diving certified.

Some join the class for the excitement and others, like some fire fighters do it so they can join their ice rescue team.

Ice diving is different from other scuba because the ice forces divers to only come up through the hole they cut in the ice to get in.

Some of the divers describe the experience as serene and different.

They added the snow on the ice makes it a challenge because there is less light than usual.

To be able to ice dive, a diver must obtain a number of certifications and have particular number of dives.

A diver died back in January after he was trapped underwater in Nagawicka Lake for several minutes.

By the time officers arrived the man had already been found by other divers and pulled from the water. The other divers attempted to do CPR on the man.

 The diver was identified as 32-year-old Steven G LaLonde, an accomplished cave diver, but according to police he was not certified to ice dive.

Authorities also say he was not tethered to shore, which is a common safety practice of ice divers.

Information on Ice Diving: http://www.uwconnection.com/

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