WhiteCap Courses


Ice Safety - Basic Survival & Rescue

Duration: 2.5 hours
Con-Ed: 1.5 credits

This course is designed to train emergency services personnel who respond to Ice related incidents and recreational enthusiast. First Responders who arrive on the scene of a water incident must recognize the risks and dangers associated with Ice Emergencies and take appropriate actions to insure their safety. This course will address Ice Characteristics, Ice Formation, Ice Strengths, Ice Types, Cold Weather Clothing/Layering, PFDs, Medical Considerations, Drowning and Ice Safety Equipment.



Water Rescue for the
First Responder


Duration: 3.0 hours
Con-Ed: 1.5 credits

This classroom course is for anyone who may respond to a water emergency. Topics include scene assessment, activation of the Emergency Response System, evaluation of potential and existing water hazards, scene management, rescue vs. recovery, and personal safety measures. This course meets NFPA 1670 awareness level guidelines.

Water Rescue and Emergency Response

Duration: 16.0 hours
Con-Ed:   6.0 credits

This course includes many valuable swiftwater rescue techniques. Using both classroom and practical hands-on training, Water Rescue & Emergency Response covers planning, medical considerations, rescue equipment, self-rescue and shore-based rescue techniques. This course meets or exceeds NFPA 1670 operator level guidelines.

Emergency Boat Operation and Rescue


Duration: 16.0 hours
Con-Ed: 14.0 credits

This course is a must-have for any rescue unit involved in on-the-water operations. Emergency Boat Operation & Rescue includes both classroom and practical hands-on training in boat selection, recommended equipment, boat-handling, moving-water tactics, and boat-rescue techniques. This course meets NFPA 1670 technician level guidelines,

Prerequisites: Water Rescue & Emergency Response



Advanced Line Systems Rescue


Duration: 16.0 hours
Con-Ed: 14.0 credits

This course includes classroom and practical hands-on training in line-systems rescues such as Moveable Control Point, Z-drag, Zip Line, and dynamic ferry. Tethered rescue techniques using Type V PFDs are also addressed. This course meets NFPA 1670 technician level guidelines.

Prerequisites: Water Rescue & Emergency Response

Ice Rescue and Emergency Response


Duration: 16.0 hours
Con-Ed:   6.0 credits

This course prepares rescue personnel to evaluate and respond to ice related emergencies. Students learn how to identify ice conditions, use ice rescue equipment and practice shore, boat, and direct contact ice rescue techniques. This course meets NFPA 1670 technician level guidelines.

Prerequisites: Water Rescue & Emergency Response

PA Basic Boating

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's PA Basic Boating Course was developed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors provide students with information to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Boating Safety Education Certificates are required for all operators of personal watercraft, and for boat operators born after January 1, 1982 that operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower.


Water Rescue Refresher

This refresher course is designed for personnel already certified at Water Rescue & Emergency Response (WRER – PFBC). Participants will be provided an initial safety briefing before proceeding with moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. All students attending shall provide a copy of their WRER Certificate. This training session is not affiliated with the PFBC. WhiteCap may assist with equipment. Please converse with us.

Time frame 6-8 hours.

Students will need:
  • A surface dry suit
  • Type III or Type V PFD (whistle attached)
  • Water Rescue Helmet
  • Water Boots
  • Water Rescue Gloves
  • Strobe or Headlamp
Equipment needed:
  • Throwbags
  • Ring Buoy
  • Paddles or Wooden Poles
  • Software (Rope/webbing)


Rescue Boat Refresher

This refresher course is designed for personnel already certified at Emergency Boat Operations & Rescue (EBOR – PFBC). Participants will be provided an initial safety briefing before proceeding with moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. All students attending shall provide a copy of their EBOR Certificate. This training session is not affiliated with the PFBC. WhiteCap may assist with equipment. Please converse with us.

Time frame 6-8 hours.

Students will need:
  • A surface dry suit
  • Type III or Type V PFD (whistle attached)
  • Water Rescue Helmet
  • Water Boots
  • Water Rescue Gloves
  • Strobe or Headlamp
  • Rescue Boat
Equipment needed:
  • Inflatable Boat with motor, Hard Bottom Rescue Boat with motor
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Webbing/Throwbags
  • Rescue Cargo Net
  • Software (Rope/webbing)
  • Ring Buoy


Swiftwater Rescue Refresher

This refresher course is designed for personnel already certified at Advance Line Systems Rescue (ALSR – PFBC). Participants will be provided an initial safety briefing before proceeding with moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. All students attending shall provide a copy of their ALSR Certificate. This training session is not affiliated with the PFBC. WhiteCap may assist with equipment. Please converse with us.

Time frame 6-8 hours.

Students will need:
  • A surface dry suit
  • Type V PFD (whistle attached)
  • Water Rescue Helmet
  • Water Boots
  • Water Rescue/Rope Gloves
  • Strobe or Headlamp
Equipment needed:
  • Software (Rope/webbing/Prussiks)
  • Hardware (Rigging equipment)
  • Inflatable Boat


Ice Rescue Refresher

This refresher course is designed for personnel already certified at Ice Rescue & Emergency Response (IRER – PFBC). Participants will be provided an initial safety briefing before proceeding with moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills. All students attending shall provide a copy of their EBOR Certificate. This training session is not affiliated with the PFBC. WhiteCap may assist with equipment. Please converse with us.

Time frame 6-8 hours.

Students will need:
  • Surface Dry Suit or Ice Rescue Suit
  • Type III or Type V PFD (whistle attached)
  • Water Rescue Helmet
  • Water Boots
  • Water Rescue Gloves
Equipment needed:
  • Software (Rope/webbing)
  • Hardware (Carabiners)
  • Inflatable Boat, Ice Rescue Sled
  • Ring Buoy
  • Ice Awls
  • Ice Staff
  • Chain Saw


Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission

Led by certified Red Cross instructors, Bloodborne Pathogens Training helps your organization comply with the training component of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, including OSHA's Needlestick Standard. In about two hours, employees learn vital information about managing a potential exposure to an infectious disease in the workplace, including:

How bloodborne pathogens are spread
How to prevent exposures
What to do if exposed to infectious materials


Continuing Education Sponsor (EMS)