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Ice Safety and Rescue Training

Hands-on training to rescue yourself and others

For Cost Duration Prerequisites Pre-Course Prep
Those who work or travel on frozen waterways (natural resource, researchers, rescue, outdoor rec), beginner to experienced $399 + $50 drysuit rental (if you don't have your own) 2 days No experience needed, 14 years + 4 to 6 hours

COVID UPDATE: All courses running 100% outside with distancing throughout—get the latest info

Get ice safety training and certification. You’ll gain knowledge and learn how to assess ice conditions—so you can make good decisions and work safely on the ice surface. You’ll also get hands-on practice and experience with both self-rescue and rescuing others who fall through the ice.

This course includes 4 to 6 hours of online learning followed by 2 full days outside.

Your training will take place in a controlled setting on a lake, pond, or still river (NO fast current) with professional instructors.

Join one of the ‘public’ courses from our course calendar or our instructors can travel to your location for group training.

  • Megan Norland Avatar

    positive review  Excellent training that combined theory and hands-on learning better than any other First Aid course I have taken. I feel... read more

    Megan Norland 04 Dec 2019
    Marco Petrie Avatar

    Course is well structured and is easy to follow every step of the way. It just flows perfectly. Good instructor,... read more

    Marco Petrie 14 Jul 2015
    Stephanie Hewson Avatar

    This is the second whitewater rescue course I've taken with Boreal -first in Ottawa and now in Squamish - and... read more

    Stephanie Hewson 09 Jul 2020
  • Nicolas Roulx Avatar

    positive review  J'ai suivi les cours de Wilderness First Responder et de Ice and Safety Rescue avec Boreal River. En comparant avec... read more

    Nicolas Roulx 23 Jan 2020
    Bill Gadzos Avatar

    Just finished the 5 day WFR course in Wakefield with Danny. Loved every minute of it. The course is really... read more

    Bill Gadzos 11 Apr 2018
    Kathleen Miln Avatar

    positive review  Awesome people, beautiful location, and a solid course (WFR recert).

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
  • Shawn MacDonald Avatar

    Fantastic course! Well organized, thorough and very hands-on. Highly recommended for winter recreationalists and rescue personnel alike.

    Shawn MacDonald 24 Feb 2020
    Robyn Stevens Avatar

    I took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue course and was thoroughly impressed with the quality of instruction and training. The time... read more

    Robyn Stevens 17 Jul 2018
    David Lazar Avatar

    Just completed the WRT re-certification course and I found it very stimulating as the course built nicely on previous skills... read more

    David Lazar 02 Jul 2020
  • Emily Edwards Avatar

    Just finished WFR with Boreal River Rescue. The course exceeded my expectations in all respects. Absolutely amazing coverage and discussion... read more

    Emily Edwards 27 Aug 2020
    Heather Gough Avatar

    positive review  Completed my WFR recertification with Boreal River this month. They did an excellent job with Covid-19 precautions and it still... read more

    Heather Gough 22 Jun 2020
    Klade Kerr Avatar

    The Whitewater Rescue 4 day Course will blow your mind, you learn SO much!! Julian was my instructor, he is... read more

    Klade Kerr 17 Jul 2020
  • Nicholas Anderson Avatar

    awesome course! really enjoyed the whole experience:)

    Nicholas Anderson 09 Sep 2019
    Vadim Belotserkovsky Avatar

    Excellent all around. Danny was very knowledgeable, organized, caring and dedicated. And we had a great time. Thank you Boreal!

    Vadim Belotserkovsky 20 Jun 2018
    Olivier Boutin Avatar

    My friend and I took this course in preparation for a climbing expedition next year and I can't believe I... read more

    Olivier Boutin 03 Sep 2020
  • Jordan Kent Avatar

    positive review  Incredible training. I have since had to use my WFA training and was able to stay cool-headed and provide great... read more

    Jordan Kent 12 Oct 2019
    Jose Atienza Avatar

    I really enjoyed the course and the outdoor hands-on exercises were useful.

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 2019
    Eein Pi Avatar

    I took the WAFA course in Wakefield with Danny. Great course run by an excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable and progressed... read more

    Eein Pi 03 Apr 2018
  • Cameron MacPhail Avatar

    positive review  Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable instructor and tons of hands-on training. Huge confidence booster for anyone working in whitewater.

    Cameron MacPhail 25 Jun 2020
    Robyn Stevens Avatar

    Took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue course and was thoroughly impressed! High quality instructor and training - I learned a lot... read more

    Robyn Stevens 16 Jul 2018
    Sean Musclow Avatar

    Last weekend, a group of us took the 2-day Whitewater Rescue Course at Gatineau River, and we absolutely loved it!... read more

    Sean Musclow 14 Sep 2018
  • Peter Kasurak Avatar

    positive review  Training designed not only to build base skills, but to challenge and increase confidence in ability to deliver.

    Peter Kasurak 05 Nov 2019
    Natacha Labonte Avatar

    Amazing course and instructor. Thanks Danny! Will be back soon to complete the technician level.

    Natacha Labonte 13 Jul 2015
    Joseph Zebrowski Avatar

    positive review  Instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Learned way more useful information and tools than in basic first aid courses!

    Joseph Zebrowski 09 Dec 2019
  • Shaughn McArthur Avatar

    positive review  these guys know their stuff, and maintain lots of energy throughout their courses. definitely recommend to anyone looking to build... read more

    Shaughn McArthur 02 Jul 2020
    Sheba Dowlatshahi Avatar

    Excellent WRT course! 4 days were packed with hands on training. Julian is an outstanding and knowledge instructor that knows... read more

    Sheba Dowlatshahi 10 Aug 2020
    Stephane McDermott Avatar

    I recently finished the 5 day WFR course with Danny and Kelly as instructors. What an unbelievable experience. Extremely engaging... read more

    Stephane McDermott 01 Dec 2016
  • Felicia Feather Avatar

    Great instructors-Ben & Ian are fantastic educators. It was a steep learning curve (for me) and they were patient with... read more

    Felicia Feather 05 Jul 2018
    Marc Auger Avatar

    positive review  attended the WMA WFR course and was impressed by the quality of instruction and instructors

    Marc Auger 20 Dec 2019
    Olivia Perryman Avatar

    Incredibly thorough and practical rescue course. Instructors are knowledgeable and very hands-on. I always come away with more confidence and... read more

    Olivia Perryman 04 Sep 2020
  • Natasha GOLD Avatar

    I loved this course! It's certainly challenging and the instructors take their job seriously but also make it fun and... read more

    Natasha GOLD 20 Dec 2019
    Don Booker Avatar

    I recently took the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course for the second time, re-certifying, with instructors from Boreal River Rescue.... read more

    Don Booker 19 Dec 2019
    Lynette Chubb Avatar

    positive review  Re: Boreal's Wilderness First Responder 3-day recert course: Danny & Trevor did an AMAZING job... TRULY. Hard... read more

    Lynette Chubb 07 Nov 2018
  • Megan Norland Avatar

    Excellent training that combined theory and hands-on learning better than any other First Aid course I have taken. I feel... read more

    Megan Norland 04 Dec 2019
    R. J. Wall Avatar

    I cant say enough positive things about this course, and the company. They are engaging, and highly knowledgeable. ... read more

    R. J. Wall 05 Aug 2020
    Shane Snowboy Avatar

    positive review  me and my crew had fun while learning about new things and meetings new people

    Shane Snowboy 21 Jan 2020
  • Susan L'Heureux Avatar

    Danny was a great instructor. I learned so much during the WFR course and I now feel confident that I... read more

    Susan L'Heureux 17 Dec 2019
    Curtis Mark-Stewart Avatar

    Real good instruction, they respected people's limitations/comfort zone, offered other ways and individual short instruction for who are not so... read more

    Curtis Mark-Stewart 19 Sep 2015
    Calder Patterson Avatar

    positive review  I took the two day ice rescue safety course, the instructors where friendly and knowledgeable and the experience was invaluable... read more

    Calder Patterson 20 Jan 2020
  • Kevin Morton Avatar

    Impressive Team. Danny and Julio were extremely professional and knowledgeable. Appreciated their responsible handling of the Covid-19 reality, creatively adjusting... read more

    Kevin Morton 22 Jun 2020
    Kate Brennan Avatar

    positive review  The instruction was top notch. They created a great learning environment and realistic scenarios that helped me imagine myself in... read more

    Kate Brennan 05 Dec 2018
    max finkelstein Avatar

    Mike was a great instructor, a nice combination of experience and knowledge. this was by far the best WFA course... read more

    max finkelstein 10 Apr 2019
  • Cameron MacPhail Avatar

    Super experienced, knowledgeable instructor and the course offers tons of hands-on experience. The time spent in the water and in... read more

    Cameron MacPhail 25 Jun 2020
    Adam Potts Avatar

    positive review  Great team of highly trained staff that made it such a fun and rewarding course

    Adam Potts 27 May 2019
    Dan Wong Avatar

    Danny always delivers a high quality course. I've taken two. Honestly the best outdoor courses I have ever taken - consistently.

    Dan Wong 25 May 2018