Ice Safety Training

In these courses, you’ll learn about the formation of ice and how to assess the risks and hazards. You’ll also learn about traveling on the ice and what to do if you or someone else has fallen through.


This course is ideal for emergency first responders, industry and occupation workers, or individuals spending time on the ice (fishing, sledding, etc.).

  • Ice Safety Awareness – Online

    Basic Theory and Knowledge of Ice Safety

  • Ice Safety Rescue Level 1 – Safety

    Basic safety and Hazard assessment

  • Ice Safety Rescue Level 2 – Operations

    Level 1 plus Safety, Self Rescue, and Companion Rescue on flat/static ice

  • Ice Safety Rescue Level 3 – Technician

    Level 2 plus subject rescue, and rescue systems in a dynamic ice environment (river/ocean)

  • Ice Safety Rescue Level 4 – Advanced

    Level 3 plus Team Leadership, advanced systems and high risk scenarios


Ice safety training benefits:

  • Learning how to survive on or in the ice
  • Learning how the ice works
  • Learning how to use the right equipment
  • Learning how to assess risk
  • Learning how to save others

Required equipment:

  • Drysuit and thermal protection
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Gloves

Certifications upon completion:

  • Every course is certified through the IRIA
  • Online awareness course (Valid for 1 Year)
  • Ice Safety Rescue Technician 1-4 (Valid for 3 Years)

Course Levels:

Courses Offered:

Courses vary depending on ice environments, tasks, and responsibilities. All courses have the same core fundamentals of hazard assessment and personal safety. The courses are also designed specifically for the “zone” and risk you operate in.


From the Cold zone (away from the ice edge) and low risk or static ice to the Hot Zone (actively operating/rescuing or working on/in the ice) and high risk or dynamic ice.


If you send workers into the ice environment or you yourself have a responsibility to respond to the ice there is a course for you.

Ice Safety Rescue Awareness | $100

This online awareness course is the first step in your safety and rescue training. This comprehensive course covers topics of how the ice forms, basic equipment needs, safety and rescue applications and more.  


This is a self paced online course that takes up to 4 hrs to complete and is the prerequisite for the Ice Safety Rescue Courses.

Level 1 – Safety | $250

This is the first practical course in the ice environment which is geared for the student to understand and avoid the hazards associated in the static/flat ice.  


The students experience how to mitigate hazards and develop personal safety skills in a practical ice environment.  This course is designed for those that would work up to the ice edge.

Level 2 – Operations | $400

The industry standard for static and flat ice operations.  Occupational workers, Resource Management and Emergency Responders that are required to work or respond to frozen lakes and ponds will learn all about personal rescue and companions rescue in this  Level 2 – Operations course.  


This course is designed to give the student the practical knowledge and skills to operate safely in a low risk and static ice based environment.  Basic safety and self rescue, entrapments, and simple systems are all performed in this course.

Level 3 – Technician | $500

Need to perform ice rescues or work in medium to high risk environment where the water is flowing underneath the frozen ice, then this is your course.  


Working from simple to complex systems and focusing on third party rescues are all performed beyond the skills previously taught in the other courses.  Operating around open leads, contact rescues and scenarios are the focus of this training course.

Level 4 – Advanced | $610

All previous performed skills are put to the test along with the introduction of high risk and complex systems and scenarios.  


Night operations, ice jams, and high risk hazards are all introduced along with focusing on building Team Leadership and advanced problem solving.