Surface Ice Field Safety (SIFS)

This course is comprehensive training for those who work or travel on ice over lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, or rivers that are completely frozen over. The curriculum includes the formation of ice and the factors that influence its decay, how to determine ice thickness, the identification of hazards, travelling on ice, self rescue and a range of options for the rescue of others – including single rescuer techniques for field personnel that work in pairs. The curriculum also includes the medical complications posed by cold water immersion and hypothermia, and the significant implications for rescue and transport.

Contact Hours

16 hours


Minimum age: 18 years

Qualification valid for

3 years


Surface Ice Awareness (SIRA)
Surface Ice Field Safety (SIFS)

Recerted by

Surface Ice Field Safety (SIFS)

Taught by

Surface Ice Rescue Technician Instructor (SIRTI)
Surface Ice Rescue Specialist Instructor (SIRSI)
Surface Ice Rescue Instructor Trainer (SIRT-IT)