Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Annual Ice Hole Festival Is Back This February


The annual Ice Hole Festival is back this coming February.

The event will be held at Lake Okoboji in Iowa, and will take place from February 9th through 12th, 2023. The event brings together a host of ice diving enthusiasts from states as far afield as Florida, Texas, Illinois and Arkansas, not to mention international participation from Canada and Mexico.

Commenting about the event, Richard Thomas, the owner of International Scuba and one of the festival founders stated:

“The mission of the Ice Hole Dive Fest is to create a gathering of scuba divers that want to expand their skill set. Also, to foster working relationships with Scuba Dive centers from all reaches of North America. The unique nature of the environment seems to really attract the southern scuba divers that want to test their skill in a harsh environment. And the Friday Night Ice Hole Cutting and bonfire has become legendary. It includes pizza, drinks that warm your heart and toes, and a bonfire on ice.”

The event participation fee is US$200/~€189/~£167 and includes entry, 2 days ice diving, entry to the social, not to mention a hot lunch, drinks on ice and an event shirt.

You can find out more and sign up here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for