Surface Ice Rescue Specialist (SIRS)

For personnel who operate on frozen, large volume rivers with open leads.

This course typically runs 3 days and covers all of the skills taught in Surface Ice Rescue Technician (SIRT), as well as addressing the substantially higher-risk environment encountered when working on large volume rivers with open leads. Also covered are size up, risk analysis, and hazard mitigation, PPE considerations, self-rescue techniques, and throw bagging. Scenario-based training using both standard and improvised ice rescue equipment will be carried out.

This course can also be taught as a 1 day upgrade for students who have already completed the Surface Ice Rescue Technician (SIRT) course.

Contact Hours

  • 24 hours
  • Upgrade from SIRT – 8 hours


Qualification valid for

3 years


Surface Ice Awareness (SIRA)
Surface Ice Rescue Technician (SIRT)
Surface Ice Rescue Specialist (SIRS)

Recerted by

Surface Ice Rescue Specialist (SIRS)

Taught by

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