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Ice Safety and Rescue (ISR) 2-day Certification

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-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.

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.

  • 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
    Mackenzie Fulton Avatar

    Great course and knowledgeable instructors. Having never swam in swift river water before it was a brand new experience and... read more

    Mackenzie Fulton 02 Nov 2020
    Louis-Philippe Champagne Avatar

    The team at Boreal River is an outstanding group of exceptional individuals who are not only passionate about what they... read more

    Louis-Philippe Champagne 27 Nov 2016
  • Tamara Tarasoff Avatar

    positive review  Three of us who are « bubbled », my husband, me and our dear friend, took the 2-day Wilderness First... read more

    Tamara Tarasoff 09 Nov 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
    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
  • John Pinkerton Avatar

    positive review  The 2 day Wilderness First Aid course presented a very good combination of theory and practical knowledge. We learned... read more

    John Pinkerton 10 Nov 2020
    Peter Kasurak Avatar

    Recerted both my WRT and WFR with Boreal this fall and both courses were both challenging and enjoyable. In... read more

    Peter Kasurak 05 Nov 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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Jose Atienza Avatar

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

    Jose Atienza 08 Apr 2019
    Félix-Antoine Courtemanche Avatar

    positive review  Super cours avec de supers moniteurs! J'ai passé un excellent 4 jours.

    Félix-Antoine Courtemanche 24 Sep 2020
    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
  • 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
    Taleah Schulte Avatar

    positive review  Amazing instructors, teaching and the course was a blast! I highly recommend.

    Taleah Schulte 15 Oct 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
  • 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
    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
    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
  • Matt Price Avatar

    I took the 5-day WFR course in December 2015. Both the course material and the instruction were terrific. ... read more

    Matt Price 05 Jan 2016
    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
    Kathleen Miln Avatar

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

    Kathleen Miln 19 Mar 2019
  • Lynette Chubb Avatar

    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
    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
    Nicholas Anderson Avatar

    awesome course! really enjoyed the whole experience:)

    Nicholas Anderson 09 Sep 2019
  • 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
    Em Beirnes Avatar

    Wonderful Course - took the 2 day Whitewater Rescue Course

    Em Beirnes 13 Sep 2017
    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
  • 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
    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
    Véro Gratton Avatar

    positive review  This is the second time I am taking the WFA course and every time it is on point! Danny explains... read more

    Véro Gratton 10 Nov 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 09 Aug 2020
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Olivia Perryman Avatar

    Took the two day Whitewater Rescue Certification course and had a phenomenal experience. Instructors were very professional and approachable. The... read more

    Olivia Perryman 13 Sep 2017
  • Emily Edwards Avatar

    positive review  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
    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
    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