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Ice Rescue - Awareness

Course Summary

Safety considerations for supervisors.

This 4-hour classroom session provides an introduction to the due diligence and risk management requirements associated with supervising personnel who work on surface ice including frozen lakes, ponds, and rivers.

The course identifies hazards associated with surface ice and introduces the safe work procedures and equipment that can be used to reduce the risk. The curriculum is geared to the needs of field personnel who work alone or in pairs with limited equipment.

Note: This course does not certify personnel to work on surface ice.

Course Details


4 hours




Minimum 10. Maximum 15.






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

Annual Training Maintenance

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Required Equipment

Writing materials

Takeaways & Documentation

Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • WCB, legal responsibility and due diligence
  • Training levels linked to job requirements
  • Factors affecting ice formation and strength
  • Walking and driving on ice
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Self rescue
  • On-ice communications
  • Low to high risk options for the rescue of others
  • Documentation and record-keeping


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Natasha Eastman
Fisheries Technician

AMAZING course. The surface ice safety training was the best course I have ever taken. I liked that there was some simple first aid and hypothermia components included in the course. The instructor, Frank, was awesome. He was easy to talk to, answered questions quickly but didn’t assume answers. He got back to us regarding a question asked that he had to research the answer for. Frank used the time well, and was adaptive to the class needs and skill levels. The course helped me get over my fear of ice/falling through, especially since I gained the nerve to do a polar dip afterwards. It helped me understand the formation and melting pattern of ice and ice weaknesses. The equipment used was simple and easy. The textbook and field guide are great references, and the field guide is simple and easy to understand and read. Overall 10/10 for the course and instructor.


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