Surface Ice Rescue Technician (SIRT)

Because there is no such thing as “safe ice”, Rescue 3’s Surface Ice Rescue Technician course teaches you how to operate as safely as possible in this high-risk environment. This course is especially valuable for those who work on frozen lakes and rivers, or for emergency service personnel who may be called on to respond to an incident where someone has fallen through the ice.

During the course, students will learn the unique properties and problems associated with working around and on ice, as well as self rescue techniques, rescuer safety, preplanning for and size-up of ice rescue incidents, and victim rescue. Students are taught how to determine ice strength, as well as the most common dangers associated with ice. Students learn to recognize and deal with cold stress and hypothermia, as well as participate in self-rescue drills and practice rescuing others using various techniques.

Contact Hours

16 hours


Minimum age: 18 years

Qualification valid for

3 years


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

Recerted by

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

Taught by

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