Ice Water Rescue


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

Ice Water Rescue

2 Days
Course Cost: $370.00+Hst


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 2-day 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 Course is 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

  • Ice Safety Principles

  • Incident Command

  • Cold Water Rescue and Survival

  • Ice Rescue and Survival

  • Recognition and Management of Hypothermia

  • 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.

  • Recognizing and dealing with a victim’s hypothermia

  • 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

  • Walking and driving on ice

  • Personal safety equipment

  • Self rescue

  • Documentation and record-keeping


Meets & Exceeds NFPA 1670 Standards





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