Each February, Geoff Coombs and AIDA Master Instructor Andrew Ryzebol, host an incredible freediving retreat to explore the fresh azure waters of Georgian Bay, learn new skills, and explore beautiful views, and shipwrecks under the ice.






4 nights

Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience with others that have the same passions and desires. Learn from each other, grow and make incredible memories while battling the cold and enjoying the surreal sights.

Learn from Geoff and AIDA Master Instructor Andrew as they teach you the proper safety and skills to freedive under the ice and enjoy the stunning views found there.

Spend four nights on the beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula. February 27th - March 3rd, 2025



Retreat dates

3950 +HST CAD


FEBRUARY 27- march 3, 2025

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Testimonials from past divers

Geoff and Andrew were the most incredible hosts and truly went above and beyond to make this trip special. They were organized yet flexible, extremely knowledgeable about the local dive spots and facilitated an experience that we will never forget. I really appreciate their focus on safety over everything. Really looking forward to getting back out there for another trip!

Our group had an absolutely incredible trip diving under the ice with Geoff and Andrew. Safety was a priority and they shared their extensive knowledge of the ice pack and ice diving throughout the trip. We dove three or four different areas and visited two beautiful ship wrecks, all of which were unique. To top it off the food and company was second to none. I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

I am not sure exactly what I was expecting but this trip surpassed my wildest dreams. Geoff and Andrew went far out of their way to ensure I had a phenomenal trip. From pickups and driving out of their way to extra gear and accommodating all divers needs, everything was done with love and care. Diving under the ice was surreal, and was made better by their professional level photography and freediving experience. I hope to join them again next year.

- Julia Campanelli

- Sam Blount

- Forrest Denton


Day 2

Day 1

FEB 28, 2025

FEB 27, 2025

8am - Wake Up / Breakfast

10am - Suit up and drive to dive location

10:30am - 4pm - Dive

4pm - 10pm - Drive back to cottage, warm up, dinner and relax

1pm - We'll meet up in Mississauga near the Pearson Airport (YYZ). Geoff will pick you up and we'll begin our drive north to the cottage.

5pm - Dinner, settle in to the cottage, and brief for the next days diving.

Day 4

Day 3

march 2, 2025

March 1, 2025

8am - Wake Up / Breakfast

10am - Suit up and drive to dive location

10:30am - 4pm - Dive

4pm - 10pm - Drive back to cottage, warm up, dinner and relax

8am - Wake Up / Breakfast

10am - Suit up and drive to dive location

10:30am - 4pm - Dive

4pm - 10pm - Drive back to cottage, warm up, dinner and relax

Day 5

march 3, 2025

8am - 11am - Wake up, breakfast, pack up

11am - 4pm - Drive back to Toronto


Why do I have to apply?

How much experience do I need to do this?

We include an application process so we can get a better sense of who you are, your experience in the water, and to help foster a positive group that will mesh well together. As much as this is about you and your experience, it is also about meeting new people and experiencing an incredible place as a team.

We recommend all who are interested in this retreat to have at least an extreme comfort in the water, and some freediving experience. You do not need to have a freediving certification to take part. If you have very little experience or if you struggle to swim, this is not for you.

What's not included?

What's included in this retreat?

Transportation or air fare to and from Toronto Pearson (YYZ).

Alcohol and specific snacks.

Lunch on arrival day and dinner on the last day.

Travel insurance.

Special Considerations: If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know in advance and we will accomodate to the best of our ability.

Included is the experience of freediving under ice, meeting new people, and seeing new things. If you're flying in to Pearson Airport (YYZ), or you're in the Mississauga/Oakville regions, we will pick you up and transport you to the cottage and back. You're also free to get to the cottage yourself if you wish. This is recommended if you want to spend more time up there after the retreat is over.

All main meals will be provided.

If you need gear, we can accommodate with rental suits, gloves and fins at no extra charge, although it is highly recommended to bring your own gear if possible.

What is your cancellation policy?

What gear do you recommend to bring?

If the you should wish to cancel the event and/or wish to withdraw from the booking made for any reason, the 40% retainer will not be refunded.

Once you pay for the rest of your trip you can receive the following refunds (deposits not included):

More than 60 days before the trip = 100% refund.
Between 60 and 30 days before the trip = 50% refund.
Less than 30 days before trip departure = 0% refund.

We recommend you to bring warm clothes, winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs, and warm winter boots if you want to do some hiking. We also recommend you to bring your own towels if possible.

As for diving gear, we recommend a 7mm wetsuit, 5-7mm gloves, 5mm socks, fins, mask, snorkel, weight belt, and weights.

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