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Ice Technicians

Jet Ice Technician Program

Jet Ice is the title sponsor of the  Jet Ice Technician Program. This program delivers the following courses: Championship Ice Making, Level 1 & Level 2. Level 3 ice making is done through Curling Canada.

Curling centres hosting Jet Ice Technician workshops may receive their choice of a $250 credit toward Jet Ice paint, logos, paint equipment or water treatment rental tanks.

For more details or if your club is interested in hosting a Jet Ice course. Visit our host a workshop page. Alternatively email the Curl BC Education & Camps Coordinator, Kimberly Dennis, or call her at 604-333-3619.

Jet Ice Level 1

This 2-day course provides development on all areas of curling ice maintenance: using a scraper, using a burner, sweeping techniques, pebbling techniques, and Ice maker insights.

Fees

  • Curl BC Member: $315 per individual or $1000 for 4 club representatives
  • Non- Member: $360 per individual or $1300 for 4 club representatives

Register

  • Location: Langley Curling Centre
  • Date: September 7th & 8th 2019 **Registration Deadline August 29, 2019
  • Lead Instructor: Dave Merklinger
  • Assistant Instructor: Norm Scott
  • Register Here: Langley Level 1

*It is not possible to take both Level 1 and Level 2 on the same weekend.

Jet Ice Level 2

This 3-4 day course provides development for practical ice installation techniques, technical training, and refrigeration concepts.

Prerequisites

  • Level 1 Certified + 2 years experience as club ice technician
  • Level 1 Ice Technicians with less than 2 years of experience may take the course, but will not be issued certification until they have 2 years of experience as a club ice technician.

Fees

  • Curl BC Member: $420 per individual or $1350 for 4 club representatives
  • Non- Member: $480 per individual or $1725 for 4 club represntatives

Register

  • Location: Langley Curling Centre
  • Date: September 6th-9th 2019 **Registration Deadline August 29th, 2019
  • Lead Instructor: Mike Merklinger
  • Register Here: Langley Level 2

*It is not possible to take both Level 1 and Level 2 on the same weekend.

Championship Ice Making

Is a course designed by Curl BC to provide instruction to club ice technicians who want to take their ice-making skills to the next level. The course not only deals with making, maintaining, and troubleshooting ice but also new ideas and procedures in ice maintenance including, scrape patterns, pebbling techniques, temperature regulation, humidity, and power points. You do not need to be a Level 1 or Level 2 certified ice technician to participate in the Championship Ice Making courses. Members of curling club Boards of Directors, managers etc are all welcome to attend.

Level 3

Ice makers wanting to move into level 3 should contact the Curl BC office or Curling Canada.

  • Level 3 is a Curling Canada Program
  • Certified Level 2 ice technicians must have an additional three years before taking the Level 3 course (i.e. 5 years total experience as the lead ice tech before being eligible for Level 3).
More information on courses
  • No ice technicians shall be permitted to challenge the Level 1 or 2 courses.
  •  Level 1 certified ice makers must have two years of working as an ice technician before taking the Level 2 course.

To qualify for a refresher or audit of Level 1 or Level 2 course. The ice tech must have completed that level of certification in the past. This will be checked against Curl BC/Curling Canada’s databases.

Ice Tech Mentorship

Curl BC is pleased to offer an additional service to member clubs and centres beyond the traditional ice technician courses.

At the 2015 Business of Curling Symposium we asked delegates “What can Curl BC do for you?” and received several requests for greater guidance and support for ice technicians.

In response to your feedback, we have established an Ice Tech Mentorship program which will see some of the world’s best ice makers sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Our Mentors have made ice for world-class events including Vancouver 2010, the Brier and the Scotties, and have a wealth of experience at club level. The team is:

A club will have an opportunity to request an on-site and in-person one- to three-day mentorship between a Curl BC Ice Team member and their club’s ice technician. This Curl BC Ice Team service is not meant to take away from the courses, as such it is delivered to a maximum of two club specific ice techs. Where more than two ice techs are interested, a course will be delivered in place of the mentorship session.

Topics covered in mentorship sessions include a walk-through of your facility, a review of your club’s history and the philosophy of the ice techs, plant and water testing, discussions about the club’s priorities and a review of the equipment and rocks.

Mentorship costs & details:

Mentorship will cost member clubs $300/day + expenses and Curl BC will subsidize with an additional $100.00/per day. Payment for the sessions should be made to Curl BC. To request a mentorship session please email Kimberly Dennis (kdennis@curlbc.ca).

Non-members can negotiate directly with Curl BC Ice Team member but they will not receive the $100.00 subsidy from Curl BC or registration assistance.

Currently, these mentorship sessions will not act as certification opportunities and are intended to enhance the lessons learned on the Jet Ice qualification program.

Resources

Curl BC and the Ice Technician team will be working to increase the number or resources available to the province’s ice technicians. A dedicated page for documents and FAQs has been set up at Documents & Forms for Ice Techs.