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Ice Floe Race 2015

52 Years of Craziness

March 8, 2015 is the date for our upcoming Ice Floe Race.

There will be a limit of 10 teams.

Enter the OUC Ice Floe Race 2015 in four easy steps:

  1. Assemble a team of between 8 (minimum) and 16 (maximum) certified divers to race.
  2. Recruit two friends to be "dry" volunteers who will help run the event. A list of volunteer roles can be found in the documentation links below.
  3. Elect your Team Captain and decide on an outrageously silly, but cool name to call yourselves.
  4. Fill out the registration spreadsheet form below and drop it into the mail to OUC along with the payment by February 13th, 2015. PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO FEE STRUCTURE DETAILED BELOW.
* First team to have their registration form and money received by OUC will get the 1st starting postion. The next team will get position 2 and so on.

Please e-mail a copy of your Team Registration Form to ALL of the following e-mail addresses:
  • ouc.icefloerace<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
  • ouc<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
  • ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.com*

Register Now! The earliest postmarked entry gets the Pole Position!

Starting positions will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis in descending order. If you want to avoid all that jockeying to get around slow-poke entries, get your registrations and payments in right away!

Race fees:

  • OUC members $25 per diver. 
  • Non OUC members $40 per diver.
  • No fee for the 2 volunteers that must be provide to enter the race. You can submit more than 2 volunteers.

  • Please act now!

    Click on the links below to get the forms, directions and information you'll need.

    OUC Invitiation to Clubs * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Registration Form * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Participant Affirmation, Liability Release & Consent Form * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race FAQ&A * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Map & Directions * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Official Safety Procedures & Rules * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Rules for the Float * Updated 2014/12/18

    OUC Ice Floe Race Volunteer Station Roles * Updated 2014/12/18

    Team Captain's Checklist * Updated 2014/12/17

    Team Packages * Updated 2014/12/17

    OUC Insurance Summary * Updated 2014/12/18

    Club membership application form * Updated 2014/12/18

    Accommodations (click on name to see website)

    Holiday Inn Waterfront
    Addr: 150 George Street North.
    Rate: $99.00 plus tax.
    It is approximately 15 minutes to the race.

    Motel 6
    Addr: 133 Lansdowne Street East.
    Rate: $69.99 plus tax.
    It is approximately 10-15 minutes to the race.

    Trentwinds International Centre
    Addr: 264 Lansdowne Street East.
    Rate: $59.99 plus tax.
    It is approximately 15 minutes to the race.

    If you still have questions after working your way through the above documentation, please don't hesitate to contact me. I can't wait to see you there!

    Yours in safe and enjoyable ice floe racing,
    Rick Le Blanc, Temporary Chairperson, Ontario Underwater Council Ice Floe Race 2015 

    Pictures of Past Years

    (click for full size image)

    Don't know what an "Ice Floe Race" is?

    It's where teams of certified (certifiable?) scuba divers gear up in rubber suits, BCDs and fins (no tanks, regs, or weight belts required), jump into a river, then push ice floes downstream in the fastest possible time.

    Why? To win the highly-coveted First Place medals, trophy and associated bragging rights.

    The ice floes are roughly 20 feet by 20 feet (400 feet square), about 1 foot thick, and can weigh several tons.

    Teams must consist of a minimum of 8 to a maximum of 16 racers, plus at least three (3) dry land volunteers.

    Registered teams meet at 10:00 a.m on Race Day at the Registration Tent, located at the Starting Line (Douro Lock #24 of the Trent-Severn Waterway) in Peterborough.

    Volunteers meet at 8:00am and Team Captains meet at 9:30am. Race starts at 11am.

    2013 WINNERS!! - No race in 2014 due to a frozen river

    (and still bragging about it)
    With a winning time of 59 min. and 33 sec. Just 33 sec. ahead of the second place finishers, Canadian Sub Aqua Club.

    Let's knock these guys off their soapbox in 2015!!!

    Colt Creek Tank Jockeys

    Blackbeard's Cruise WINNER for 2012!


    How all of us can help

    Every year, we encourage OUC Ice Floe Racers to help support a local charity. This year's charity is the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.

    OPIRG accepts both food and clothing donations.

    It is easy to donate food or clothing by dropping it off in the donation barrels which will be on-site.

    Food items most needed:
    • peanut butter
    • pasta sauce
    • mac & cheese
    • canned pork & beans
    • canned stew
    • canned hearty soup
    • rice
    • canned fruit
    • canned vegetables
    • pasta/spaghetti
    We are inviting everyone attending the Ice Floe Race to please bring a donation of food or clothing to help out a great cause.

    An Ontario Public Interest Research Group representative will be on hand to gratefully accept all donations.

    For more information, visit http://www.opirgpeterborough.ca/

    ice  n.
    1. Water frozen solid.
    2. A surface, layer, or mass of frozen water.

    floe  n.
    1. An ice floe.
    2. A segment that has separated from such an ice mass.

    race n. pl. races 
    1. Sports.
    < strong>a. A competition of speed, as in running or riding.
    b. A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course: a fan of the ice floe race.
    2. An extended competition in which participants struggle like runners to be the winner: the ice floe race.

    *Please note: To help in the global fight against e-mail spamming, all e-mail addresses on OUC's website are displayed in a scrape-resistant format. Unfortunately this format creates extra effort for legitimate users. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you understand. dinner, transportation to the starting line, a 51st Ice Floe Race Crest, and a chance to win one of several prizes.

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