DIVE.IS – The Sport Diving School of Iceland was founded in 1997 by Tómas J. Knútsson, whose work set the standard for recreational diving in Iceland.
It is thanks to Tómas’s efforts in promoting scuba diving in Iceland that Silfra became such a beloved dive site among the international diving community. Today, Tómas focuses on a subdivision of PADI Project Aware called the Blue Army, which he founded and manages.
In the summer of 2006 Tobias Klose took over management of DIVE.IS. He has been traveling all over Iceland in search of new dive sites and developed new dive tours covering the greatest (so far known) dive spots in the country.
In 2012 DIVE.IS was upgraded to a 5 STAR PADI Dive Center and in 2013 DIVE.IS became a 5 STAR PADI Instructor Development Centre.
Its called Iceland! Don't expect it to be warm. It is sometimes but it has a lot of weather, sometimes happening all together & sometimes in quick succession with no warning.
Its good to know Silfra is in a National Park, a protected area where they try to limit human impact. There isn't much in the park & no shelter at Silfra site (just a new toilet building with two toilets & hot water!) Remember you are here to experience wild beautiful nature.
The water is glacial 2-4 C daily (34-37F). In a dry suit with thick wetsuit gloves & hood the ave person will stay warm & comfortable for a 30-45 min dive. Winter air temperature can be -1 to -20 (max & rare but it happens).
Its best to be over prepared in Iceland, this is no exception. Waterproofs, spare wool& thermals, socks, towel- be comfortable warm & dry before & after the dive.
Entry is from the car park on foot, across a road & a flight of stairs down to the water (approx 200m) It is technically a one way drift dive. Max depth 18 m by Park regulation. Silfra is approx 24m deep & has an extensive cave system - the depth was recorded as 63m. Due to the tectonic nature of the site the Caves & swimthroughs are out of bounds by Park & National Law.
The exit is via a platform in the lagoon & 500m walk in full gear back to the Car park. The path is gravel but fairly even & well marked however carrying all your gear esp in the winter with the snow & ice is not for everyone.
Visibility is 120m, standard all year round. Its only really affected by heavy continuous rain, overflow from the surrounding rivers & by the algae dying & increased particles in the Fall. Rain itself doesn't alter the dive much. Some prefer winter & overcast weather as it can increase the surface reflections & reduce shadow. Others prefer the colours of the Algae & the rainbows the sun brings in late spring/summer.
Its about being between the plates and the epic vis. It can be awesome, incredible, breath taking & is totally worth it.
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