NFPA Ice Water Rescue


This course is for those who may have a need to conduct an Ice Water Rescue

NFPA Ice Water Rescue Courses

Ice and cold water rescue is performed by personnel when a person is trapped on the ice, has fallen through the ice, or is immersed in cold water. By using specialized equipment and techniques, emergency responders can execute rescues on ice in a quick and safe manner.


During the emergency simulations, the individuals are trained with specialized equipment such as rescue rings; throw bags that contain rope; and reach poles. These practice scenarios allow the emergency rescue team to develop skills in executing rescues on ice and ensure that they are up-to-date on the latest techniques.

This  program includes classroom and practical training and provides an overview of the problems associated with ice rescue and cold water survival, rescue techniques and procedures.


Topics include safety and common fatal mistakes, ice rescue equipment, types and strengths of ice, shore based rescue techniques, hypothermia and cold water near-drowning, Team Management and much more.

The Ice Water Rescue Courses are designed as a foundational course for all public safety and rescue professionals. The focus of this training program is on surface rescue for cold water and ice incidents with an emphasis on personal survival as well as victim rescue.


Topics include the following:

  • The Rescue Process

  • The Incident Command System

  • Recognition and Management of Hypothermia,  Frostbite, Cold Water Immersion, Mammalian Dive Reflex, Gasp Reflex

  • Ice Safety Principles

  • Incident Command

  • Cold Water Rescue and Survival

  • Ice Rescue and Survival

  • Use of Specialized Safety and Rescue Equipment

  • Rope practice

  • Recognizing the unique hazards associated with ice rescue operations.

  • Identifying water and ice characteristics.

  • Operating surface support equipment used in cold water or ice rescue operations.

  • Procuring the necessary equipment to perform ice rescue operations.

  • Self-rescue unique to ice rescue.

  • The reach, throw, row, and go rescue technique unique to ice rescue.

  • The use of watercraft, specialty craft, and specialty equipment unique to ice rescue

  • Legal responsibility and due diligence

  • Factors affecting ice formation and strength

  • Personal safety equipment

  • Documentation and record-keeping


Meets & Exceeds NFPA 1670 and 1006 Standards


Awareness Level - Online- $45+Hst

NFPA 1006: Ice Rescue Awareness

The Ice Rescue Awareness course is based on the NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications and is designed for rescue service personnel who respond to and support ice rescue operations.   

This online program introduces water rescue subjects that include the safety concept, ice types and formation, site assessment and hazard recognition, Personal Protective Equipment, and industry-mandated safety measures. This course is the pre-requisite for our ice rescue operations program. 

This course is the pre-requisite for our operations level training 

A certificate is issued on successful completion  


Operations Level $350+Hst

NFPA 1006: Ice Rescue Operations

This course is a two-day combination of theory and practical on-ice skills development.

Designed for emergency service personnel who support ice rescue operations, this course meets NFPA 1006 Operations Standards. Participants will be able to safely and efficiently conduct rescue operations through assessing water and ice conditions in terms of hazards to the victim and rescuer.

Students Must Provide Their Own  PPE

Pre-Requisite: Ice Rescue Awareness


Technician Level $400+Hst

NFPA 1006: Ice Rescue Technician

This two-day course is an intensive practical application of ice rescue philosophy and techniques. Meeting NFPA 1006 standards, you will utilize previously learned skills in a variety of rescue situations while learning new rigging and rescue procedures. You will plan a response within the capabilities of available resources and implement a planned response consistent with the rescue team's capabilities. 


Students Must Provide Their Own  PPE
Pre-Requisite: Ice Rescue Operations 



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