The WSS Introduction to Ice Safety course is a one day workshop that provides an introduction to the skills needed to safely recreate and travel on a freshwater floating ice cover.
The day starts with 3 informative mini workshops designed to introduce students to: Ice Hazards, Hypothermia, and an Introduction to Ice safety procedures. After a short break for lunch, the class heads outside for half an afternoon of dry land training and half on some local ice cover. Afternoon workshops include: The treatment of severe hypothermia, Throwing and Towing with rescue ropes, Ice sampling and quality, Slushed -in equipment, and a brief demonstration of throw-bag and live bait rescue techniques. The afternoon culminates in an optional tethered immersion experience where participants can choose to self-rescue from the practice hole with WSS paramedic/instructors to help them out and warm them up.
All WSS courses are taught by working Ontario paramedics with a full complement of EMS tools on sight. There is NO swiftwater component to this course. This is an ice safety & injury prevention workshop not a technical rescue course. Participants receive a proof of participation card upon completion of this workshop. For those interested in complete technical ice rescue training and certification we strongly recommend consulting our technical rescue courses provided through Raven Rescue, or visiting Raven Rescue directly @ www.ravenrescue.com
Sample Workshop Outline:
Morning (Classroom)Hazard Analysis Workshop (2hrs)
OFF THE ICE BY 4:00 (Or 1 hr before Sunset) ALL WINTER