Best Ice Diving Destinations in the World
Get past freeze-proof gear and under-ice protocol, and winter diving packs a trippy reality found nowhere else.
This past winter, Lake Huron, home to Fathom Five National Marine Park, never froze solid. Most polar-plunge seekers passed, unable to tote gear by sled or car across the lake.
Not underwater shooter Jerzy Kowalczuk. He’d been dreaming of ice diving the park’s famed 119-foot Sweepstakes schooner, sunk in 20 feet. Instead of putting in at Big Tub Harbor Lighthouse, a five-hour drive from Detroit, he called friends until he gained access to private cabins nearer the wreck.
Says Kowalczuk: “It was such a strange sight. Sun passing through ice creates a turquoise color, unique to winter diving. That day, sunbeams fed through the cracks — I was amazed.”
Find out more about wreck diving in Tobermory, Canada, and see a weekend itinerary.
Dive Now: By March, most of the lake has frozen over, allowing divers to walk or pull sleds of gear across the ice.