Ice Rescue “Train the Trainer”

White Bear RescueTraining Center

Dunbar, WI














The trainer certification class is designed for 20 hours of instruction, beginning on Friday evening and running through Sunday afternoon.  Specifically, the schedule is:


                        Friday evening         Session 1                  7:00 pm -   9:30 pm

                        Saturday                    Session 2                  8:00 am -   5:00 pm

                        Saturday evening    Session 3                  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

                        Sunday                      Session 4                  8:00 am –   2:00 pm


Instructors receive a copy of our textbook “The Ice Rescue Handbook”, the instructor binder and DVD of videos used in class.


Session 1 - Focuses on developing a philosophy for teaching and specific teaching skills.  Even though we will be working with experienced instructors, we feel that this is the best way to begin any in-depth training session.  It helps all of us function together on a higher level, and it provides a model for effective, proven instruction techniques that they may find useful in their own classes.


Some of the topics we cover include:

·         How physically challenging rescue work promotes personal and group growth.

·         What are the different types of leaders and leadership styles.

·         Ways of identifying personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader and group member.

·         How perceptions affect problem-solving on the job.

·         How to conduct debriefing sessions following training and critical incidents.


Session 2 – We will be presenting the standard Practical Ice Rescue class for both trainers and regular students.  The morning session is conducted in the classroom. It is conducted using modules that build on each one.  We also use archival videotapes to help analyze actual ice rescues for techniques.  Modules covered include:

·         An overview of Ice Rescue

·         Ice and frigid water Environment

·         The Victim and Hypothermia

·         Emotional Environment of Rescue work

·         Equipment for Ice Rescue

·         Pre-Planning for Ice Rescue

·         Ice Rescue Techniques


After lunch, we go on-site to practice ice rescue skills.  Basic skills include self rescue, throw bag rescues, “Row” rescues with an inflatable Rapid Deployment Craft, and “Go” rescues using a floating victim sling.  If the participants are experienced, or the class is sufficiently small, we practice additional versions of the “Go” and “Row” rescues.


This session ends in the classroom with one last videotape for critique and the wrap-up final exam.


Session Three – This review session "dissects" the Practical Ice Rescue course, examining effective ways of teaching each of the modules, while role modeling the interactions of instructor and student.  We will work through all of the classroom modules, and discuss the on-site practical exercises.


Session Four  - Sunday morning, we finish classroom discussion, review equipment maintenance and then have an additional in-water session for advanced ice rescue techniques.


Follow-up - Each student will receive a tech level and instructor certificate for Practical Ice Rescue.  If there is a serious question about an individual’s ability as an instructor, we will telephone the individual first, and subsequently discuss our concerns with his/her department head.


Instructor PrivilegesIndividuals who receive certification as Practical Ice Rescue instructors, may train their own or mutual aid departments in this ice rescue course.  Materials (manual, certificate and patch) can be purchased from White Bear Rescue Training Center.  Instructors should be covered by their own department’s insurance umbrella.  Certification is good for three years.


Instructor Recertification  - Recertification will be granted when the individual attends a Practical Ice Rescue class conducted by a White Bear Rescue Training instructor.  Recertification is good for three years,


Exceptions – Instructors certified for Practical Ice Rescue are not employees of White Bear Rescue Training Center.  They are not protected for liability under the insurance umbrella of White Bear.

Housekeeping Details:  The fee is $700 and covers materials, breakfast, lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

All equipment is supplied including suits

Scholarships available.


Dates: 2017 TBA

Lodging:  Comfortable guest rooms are available at the Training Center for $15 per night. 

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