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Ice Safety and Rescue (ISR) 2-day Certificate Course

Hands-on training to rescue yourself and others from icy water

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-19 Adapted

All courses are 100% outside with physical distancing. Read the COVID update.


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. You’ll be through the ice on both days.

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.

  • Paimei Lew Avatar

    Very useful course if your an outdoor person and or work outside. The course was well prepared, the instructor take... read more

    Paimei Lew 06 Mar 2021
    Jose Atienza Avatar

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

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 2019
    Kate McKerlie Avatar

    positive review  Enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors who will teach and challenge you to apply and practice skills in various scenarios - highly recommended!

    Kate McKerlie 21 Jan 2019
  • Clare Elsie Avatar

    Wow, what an experience. Educational, exciting, and professional. From sign-up, through pre-course material, to assessments, this course has it all.... read more

    Clare Elsie 28 May 2021
    Paul Dunn Avatar

    I recently completed the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, it was nothing short of fabulous. I would honestly say... read more

    Paul Dunn 22 Dec 2019
    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 09 Aug 2020
  • Félix Leblanc Avatar

    positive review  Une super expérience d’apprentissage autant utile qu’intéressant! Raph et Francis savent de quoi ils parlent et partagent leur connaissances dans... read more

    Félix Leblanc 20 Jul 2020
    Natalie Gauvin Avatar

    positive review  Amazing weekend course. Two full days. Would recommend!

    Natalie Gauvin 15 Sep 2019
    Bill Gadzos Avatar

    Just finished the whitewater rescue technician course. This is the third course I have done with Boreal River Rescue and... read more

    Bill Gadzos 21 May 2021
  • 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
    Grant Bowles Conover Avatar

    Took my WRT recert this past weekend on the Magnetewan river and it lived up to everything Boreal is known... read more

    Grant Bowles Conover 30 May 2019
    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
  • Nicholas Castel Avatar

    The 4-day WFA course was of great value. I would recommend anyone who takes this course do the full 8-day... read more

    Nicholas Castel 18 Jun 2021
    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
    Paul Mason Avatar

    I was fortunate to join a wilderness first responder first aid course last winter and was so impressed with the... read more

    Paul Mason 13 Sep 2018
  • 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
    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
    Mike Thaler Avatar

    positive review  Boreal River Rescue provides a great program. Having just recertified my whitewater rescue technician, the course met and surpassed expectations.... read more

    Mike Thaler 29 May 2019
  • Les Flavoureux Avatar

    Awesome class!! We had Julian has an instructor and he made our time at Boreal a a great learning opportunity.... read more

    Les Flavoureux 01 Jul 2020
    Gareth Hamilton Avatar

    I took the WFR Bridge course and it was awesome. The instructor Sam really knew her stuff. I would definitely... read more

    Gareth Hamilton 23 Mar 2019
    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
  • Ana Inés Tellería Avatar

    positive review  Todo!!!! su forma de trabajar con seriedad y seguridad para los clientes!!!!!!!

    Ana Inés Tellería 14 Apr 2019
    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
    Colin Bunge Avatar

    positive review  Solid. I have now taken a WFR and a River rescue course with Boreal and they are excellent. Professional, amazing... read more

    Colin Bunge 05 Jun 2019
  • 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
    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
    Trenton Spence Avatar

    I have now completed swift water rescue and ice rescue training with Boreal River. Both courses were completely hands... read more

    Trenton Spence 25 Mar 2021
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Elyse Quann Avatar

    positive review  5 day WFR course in La Peche (Wakefield) was TOP NOTCH. Incredibly knowledgeable and personable instructor, Danny, made this intensive... read more

    Elyse Quann 21 Dec 2018
    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
    Tim Irvin Avatar

    I have taken several courses with Boreal River Rescue including Wilderness First Responder and Ice Safety. The instructors and... read more

    Tim Irvin 13 Jan 2021
  • Morgan L Avatar

    I just completed an Ice Safety Workshop with BRR and have previously completed a whitewater rescue course with them as... read more

    Morgan L 06 Jan 2021
    Marty Laforest Avatar

    positive review  The Barn was an ideal location to stage the WAFA training. Comfort, logistics and outdoor spaces were perfect for this... read more

    Marty Laforest 04 Dec 2019
    Christine Lamothe Avatar

    I literally only have great things to say about my training and what my keen entrepreneurial eye observed about this... read more

    Christine Lamothe 04 May 2021
  • Bill Mitchell Avatar

    Ten years in and Boreal River is the industry leader. Whether you are looking for first aid training, whitewater rescue... read more

    Bill Mitchell 12 Jun 2019
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Mark Brophy Avatar

    3 day WFR recert with Danny & Trev.
    Excellent course, very hands on, and hit all the important stuff home hard.
    Thanks guys

    Mark Brophy 07 Nov 2018
  • 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
    Ben Gunn Avatar

    positive review  Just wrapped up a WFR-Bridge course run by Boreal River Rescue at the beautiful "Barn" near Wakefield, Quebec.
    Led by Danny...
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    Ben Gunn 10 Dec 2018
    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