By: Kylen Mills
They're diving into bone chilling water in this winter weather.
Saturday a group of divers took the plunge beneath the ice.
"It was exhilarating," said diver Curtis Wee.
All to earn their ice diving certification. After a classroom session instructors and trained safety personnel helped participants learn the ropes.
"It's a new challenge for me, I recently became an instructor so you know all the specialties and everything you can do. Ice diving is one of the most extreme diving specialties you can attain," said Wee.
Techniques like buoyancy control, navigation and pulling their lines to signal up.
"It's a little darker than I anticipated, a little murkier than I was hoping for," said Wee.
The water the divers plunge into is just 36 degrees, so they can only stay under about 20 to 30 minutes.
"It's cold but we've got the special gear the dry suit all the equipment to manage the cold," said Wee.
So why do these adventurers submerge in the freeze?
"It builds character. I'd like to see what marine life, I didn't see any today, at this temperature would there be any marine life," said diver James Allen.
"The feeling of, the sensation of breathing underwater, the tranquility it's so peaceful. Just to float suspended weightless like an astronaut underwater is a really neat feeling," said WEE.
And they all say they would do it again in a heartbeat.