Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore

André Gide

Polar Diving Information

Requirements for Polar Diving


These voyages are not for beginners, you'll have to be an experienced diver (Open Water Advanced) and must be familiar with cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 20 certifiied dry suit dives). Before departure you will have to show an internationally accepted diving certificate, diver's log book and  a Medical Form approved and signed  by your doctor, stating that you are physically healthy to practice scuba diving. 

It will be necessary to demonstrate these abilities to the Dive Staff in the course of the check dive. 
Divers without the necessary experience are kindly asked to abort diving and join the landpgramme for non-divers.

Safety First

Diving in these remote Polar areas is no more dangerous than normal scuba diving as long as one important rule is adhered to: Safety First ! All divers looking for dangerous stunts or want to make deep dives are kindly asked to stay at home.
There is no decompression chamber, medical care in these polar regions is almost non-existent and there is hardly any infrastructure. We have a first aid emergency kit and oxygen at hand. We do not accept risky ventures from any of our divers.

Buddy System

We dive in a mandatory 'buddy system'. This is one of the most important rules for our Polar Diving Expeditions. If you don't have a dive-buddy, one will be assigned to you.
There is no ‘in-water’ dive guide leading the dive underwater. The divers are expected to be experienced enough to read their instruments, and look after each other with good buddy technique (arms-length) in order to have a safe dive.

There is no ‘in-water’ dive guide leading the dive underwater. The dive guide will follow the divers from the surface in the zodiac. This procedure allows for the quickest response in case of an emergency. You and your dive buddy plan the dive together and remain on arms-length throughout the dive. You descent and surface together.
The dive team will brief the divers about the conditions of the dive site prior to the dive.

If our dive master feels that the diver does not meet the necessary experience, he can decide to exclude the diver from the dive program (this decision will be made for your own safety). In this case, Waterproof Expeditions cannot be held (financially) responsible and does not grant any claims. All divers are required to follow the instructions of the dive master and guides at all times. All participants are diving 100 % at their own risk, which is also the case while on land during the excursions.

Number of dives

We plan at least two dives per day (except for days at sea), but an exact number of dives cannot be given. It all depends on ice and weather conditions.

Depth of the dives

Maximum depth of our dives is 20 meters / 60 ft.

Health Requirements

You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. Waterproof Expeditions reserves the right to decline acceptance of any person as a member of a program.

Waterproof Expeditions has developed the Padi specialty course  'Polar Diver'. You can sign up for this course on board our Antarctica and Arctic Dive Expeditions.
Check out this information on our Cold Water Courses