Learning to Ice dive in Finnish Lapland

We had less than a week to learn to dive, ready for the big Ice dive under the ice in Jerisjärvi, Muonio. This would be the last and biggest challenge yet.

With no previous diving experience we all had to complete our PADI levels in order to be able to complete the dive. That required 3 days of theory, watching videos and learning about the safety and equipment. Then we spent two days in the pool going through the practical things we'd learnt and ticking off all the exercises we needed to be able to manage. Along with the sleepless nights filled with nightmares of being trapped under the ice unable to escape I was also struggling in the pool to relax and complete the tasks.