Outdoor Adventure

Ice Rescue Technician

Course Summary

For those who work or play on frozen bodies of water.

We provide comprehensive safety and rescue training for those who work, play or travel on ice over lakes, ponds, reservoirs, or rivers that are completely frozen over. 

This course includes how ice is formed and the factors that influence its decay, how to determine ice thickness and strength, the identification of hazards, travelling on ice, self rescue and a range of options for the rescue of others., including single rescuer techniques. The curriculum also includes the significant medical complications posed by cold water immersion and hypothermia.

This course also includes an overview of skills and knowledge necessary for surface ice over moving water, but for those who will be in this signficantly higher risk environment on a frequent basis, we recommend checking out our Advanced single day.

Note: This course is the standard-of-care for personnel who work or travel on surface ice.

Course Details

Duration

2 days (16 hours)

Format

1 day classroom, 1 day on the ice

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$399

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Drysuit, survival suit, or thick (5mm+) wetsuit*
  • Personal Flotation Device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sport helmet*

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Surface Ice Safety & Rescue Field Guide
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the Instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number and date of certification
  • Registration in Rescue 3 International's database (guaranteed record-keeping)
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

For more details about surface ice rescue courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Surface Ice Rescue FAQ.

Ice Rescue Course Outline

Day 1 - Classroom

  • Rescue Philosophy
  • Overview NFPA standards (optional)
  • Size up
  • Management, team organization, and pre-planning
  • Medical considerations of cold injuries (cold water immersion, hypothermia, etc.)
  • Ice processes, formation and properties
  • Rescuer safety
  • Gear and equipment
  • Communications and signals
  • Animal handling (optional)
  • Knots, hitches and special rope considerations

Day 2 - On Ice

  • Walking, snowmobiling and driving on ice
  • Ice staff
  • Self rescue techniques including use of ice picks
  • Shore-based rescue techniques
  • Anchoring and mechanical advantage
  • Go rescues including live bait
  • Continuous loop
  • Sled or boat-based techniques
  • Using mechanical advantage on heavy loads

Day 3 - Optional on ice Advanced add-on

ICE TRAINING

Feb 8-9

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Canmore, AB
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Feb 9-10

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Whistler, BC
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Feb 9-10

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Barrie, ON
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Feb 9-10

Ice Rescue Technician

  • $399
  • Smithers, BC
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EQUIPMENT

NRS Reactor Rescue Gloves

Extremely warm and tough swiftwater and ice rescue gloves for cold and demanding work.

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TESTIMONIALS

Nicholas Carroll, Training Coordinator
Whitehorse Fire Department

Fantastic course! Fun and informative ... if school was like this, I'd be a doctor!

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