Course Description

The Ice Safety Awareness Program was designed and is presented with the emphasis on assessment and “being safe” while working around, or on frozen bodies of water. The primary objective of the course is to give people practical, observational skills to determine safe versus non-safe ice coverings.Practical skills focus on using the emergency equipment that would be available to field team members and to teach basic techniques for partner rescue should the ice fail or prove to be unstable.

Participants receive a course workbook, field safety sheets and the use of suggested ice safety gear. Participants are expected to provide personal protective equipment suitable for the environment for the out-day portion of the program.

This program meets the recommendations of the NFPA at the “awareness” level as well as meeting the guidelines for “safe working procedures” as published by Alberta Workplace Health and Safety.

We recommend that participants repeat the course within 3 years.

Course Topics

  • Day 1
    • Introduction to the ice environment
    • Policy review
    • Ice types
    • Safety equipment
    • Ice water immersion
    • Frostbite
    • Drowning and near drowning
    • Rope and rope care
    • Knots
    • Anchor systems
    • Mechanical advantage systems


  • Day 2
    • Review fiels safety guidelines
    • Assessing different ice sites
    • Field testing of ice thickness
    • Moving safely on ice
    • System set ups
    • Rescue simulation

Course Details

12 Hours
Private Course Bookings

If you need to cancel your registration for an upcoming program, then the following terms will apply.

  1. If you cancel your registration 14 days or more prior to a program, all course fees will be returned to you except for a $25 administrative fee.
  2. If you cancel your registration less than 14 days prior to an upcoming program, then a refund will NOT be issued. Fees can be applied to another program that is being offered within 12 months of the original course date.*PLEASE NOTE THAT COURSE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST STILL BE MET
  3. No transfers are offered on or after 7 days prior to the course start date. A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all program transfers.
  4. In the event that Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine cancels an upcoming program, you will receive a full refund of your course fees.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: When you register for a program that is offered in conjunction with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, the University of Calgary or Camp Chief Hector, their transfer and cancellation policies are in effect since they handle course registrations. Their cancellation and transfer policies override the Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine policy.

Public Courses

This course is only available for private bookings.

Private Courses

If you are interested in booking a private course for your organisation please contact us directly using the form below:

How Can We Help You?


The volunteers of Cochrane Search and Rescue want to thank you for taking the time to help us become familiar with safety while searching near river banks. This is very important to our work, particularly to ensuring that our volunteers are safe while carrying out search or even a training sessions. Our volunteer members are eager to improve their skill sets, and you provided us with clear, easy to remember information. Your contribution to our education activities and support for this important community initiative is greatly appreciated.
Anthony Romano President, Cochrane Search and Rescue