• New trends in rope access
  • Innovative ideas
  • Advanced training
  • Extreme vertical access
  • Achieve New Heights
  • Optimal performance

Institute for Vertical Access Operations

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Welcome to the I.V.A.N. initiative!

The next I.V.A.N. project is to build an Institute for Vertical Access operatioNs in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Dubai, UAE.

See new concepts for Aerial Rescue

The upcoming VR Innovation Forum will bring innovative concept for the high altitude rope and air rescue, helicopter operations and aviation safety

The Institute will develop the next generation of leaders in multiple rope access disciplines, who exemplify excellence both in and outside the field of vertical operations.

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Our mission is to develop rope access technicians in a supportive training environment through goal-setting and excellent coaching.

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We empower rope access techs to reach their full potential and provide them with tools that support them in all aspects of their tasks..

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We carefully select professional instructors who can provide exceptional training to athletes in our programmes.

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The Projects



The Highrise Emergency and Air Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.) is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the rope access methodology and promoting safer procedures in vertical and aerial operations. In the late 90’s of last century,  Ivan initiated the concept of the Team in Canada through a wide media and public demonstrations, discussion panels with members of the Toronto and Ontario Emergency Services personnel, and various SAR conferences, such as the SAR-Scene 97 and 98. In 2005, he established a Special Operations Service  (SOS) team in Bulgaria, a mirror/copy of H.E.A.R.T.

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Two Emergency Air Men (T.E.A.M.) is a new concept for rapid rope access aerial emergency response. When such air men have a job to do on the exterior of super highrise building, they have to get there ASAP. From the experience of Ivan Kristoff on the world’s tallest tower and building in 2003, it was concluded that a two-men working unit is the most efficient way of conducting high risk rope access at extreme heights.  It is a way for small rescue team go get quick and respond in a rapid deployment from a helicopter. Read more…


M.A.R.S. is a pioneering project for the aerospace safety and high-rise industry. The project is initiated by Ivan Kristoff after the completion of the very first rope access work on the Antenna Mast of CN Tower (553m.), the world’s tallest structure in 2003.  For this job Ivan had to create innovative high rise Emergency Rescue Plan and rewrite the rules for conventional air rescue from super high rise buildings. The plan includes aerial extraction of Ivan’s team from the top of the Skypod Observation deck and the vertical wall of the 100 meters tall Antenna mast.  The approximate height for this job was at the elevation of 500m. Read more…


The A.I.R.F.O.R.C.E. project is the abbreviation for a new air rescue concept fort AIRcrafFire, recORescue for Civilian Emergency teams. Imagine if lives can be saved in midair emergency situations. It sounds like science fiction, but it is not! This is a new air rescue concept, developed by Ivan Kristoff. This concept and specialized equipment will enable to conduct air to air rescue to every emergency crisis in the air and the full range of aerial rescue all over the planet. It may be called the ultimate air rescue challenge. Read more…


At the Dubai Helishow 2012, Ivan Kristoff officially announced a new concept that can open a new chapter in the aviation, helicopter safety and aerial rescue history. In the history of aviation no one has conducted the way of Air Rescue that Ivan Kristoff proposes… He and a team of civilian, air police, air fire  and air force pilots are gathering together to work on finding and implementing solution for worst case scenarios of Air rescue. Read more…


The Academic Research TeleVision (A.R.T. Vision) is a new project that will be run along the Aerial Rescue TeleVision. At the Dubai Helishow 2016 Ivan Kristoff will present the ultimate challenge for the world of rope access and air rescue: M.A.R.S.  With students, he started filming the development of this concept and how emergency responders will train to achieve their goal. Read more…


A few years ago, Ivan Kristoff and his friends registered in Bulgaria a volunteer “Special Operations Services” – (S.O.S.) team. This non-profit organization initiated a series of tests with innovative technology and mobile computing in the air. The main objective of the SOS organization is to enhance public safety through rescue and safety education, provide emergency response, and assist in accident assessment in inaccessible places. The primary function of the team is to minimize loss of life, injuries, and maximize rescue efficiency through innovation for work at heights. Read more…


For the 65th Anniversary of the climb of Mt. Everest, Ivan Kristoff is gearing up for a new project – E.V.E.R.E.S.T. – wirEless Video confErence for Rope accEss and reScue Technicians

We can train specialized units and volunteer rescuers so hard that they can perform rope rescue on the slopes of mt. Everest. We plan to go film a socumentary for innovative Information Technology (IT) during an expedition on Mt. Everest in 2018. It wiill be interesting to do a short film on sherpa’s work and their spiritual life. Such a film can be showcased in various film festivals around the world and the new media channels. Read more…


The Bulgarian Ministry of Interior and Ivan Kristoff  started working on a short film  for the S.A.S. Specialized Air Surveillance) squad and documentaries for the stunning and extraordinary work of air emergency services around the world. This is a teamwork of air crew men, who would like to create an action-packed and informative visual presentation of their profession. Read more…


Ivan Kristoff has created CLUB EXTREME ( E.X.T.R.E.M.E. – studEnt’s eXtreme Team for Rescue, aErial and Maritime Emergеncy) – a new way to participate in extreme rope access and motor sports. He sponsors and supports the initiatives of young and prominent students, who dare to enter the vertical world. The Club develops specialized training for aerial and vertical operations, work at extreme heights and sports. See the visual perspective for the camera man of “E.X.T.R.E.M.E.” TV Series  Read more…


The International Vertical/Aerial Access Network (I.V.A.N.) is a network of companies and professionals who are joining forces together to work on mutual projects in the field of vertical and aerial operations. Ivan Kristoff is consistently searching for innovative ways to make rope access vertical and aerial operations more efficient and safe. In 1997, Ivan completed an unprecedented world record for ascending and rappelling from a helicopter over Lake Ontario, Canada – with one goal in mind- to help his friends form the Toronto Emergency Services to promote the 1st Annual Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Appreciation Day Read more…

Dubai Rope Access Workshop 2018: D.R.A.W. THE FUTURE

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln

One of our goals is to organize a Rope Access Workshop for Dubai Helishow 2016. The Workshop will be held in November, at the Grand Stand, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE. It will be a round-table event with not more than 20-30 experts who will exchange ideas on rescuing people from high-rise buildings and will aim definite practical benefits. Read more…

International Vertical Access Network (I.V.A.N.)

Ivan Kristoff is consistently searching for innovative ways to make rope access vertical and aerial operations more efficient and safe. In 1997, Ivan completed an unprecedented world record for ascending and rappelling from a helicopter over Lake Ontario, Canada – with one goal in mind- to help his friends from the Toronto Emergency Services to promote the 1st Annual Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Appreciation Day. Subsequently, he helped his friends for Metro Toronto Police, Fire Department and Ambulance with the 2nd and 3td Annual Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Appreciation Day. Here are some of the upcoming projects:

  • Creating a Highrise Emergency Aerial Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.).
  • Organizing Dubai Rope Access Workshop (D.R.A.W.)  
  • Organizing World’ First VR Innovation Forum
  • Filming the E.X.T.R.E.M.E. TV Series.
  • Making  documentaries  for high profile projects.
  • Presenting the M.A.R.S.project at Airshows around the world
The driving force of the I.V.A.N. management team is not only to complete quickly  and cost effectively our tasks, but also to help our professional and emergency community Read More

Canadian Spiderman in Toronto

Our World's First

Now we are reparing for the World's First VR Innovation Forum

World Record for Heli Rappeling

World Record for Helli Ascending

Highest Rope Access Work

Heli Live Broadcast via 3G & 4G


Our strong side is to see behind the corners and predict the future in our field of work

The Institute for Vertical Access operatioNs (I.V.A.N.) is opening training bases in Bulgaria (Sofia and Belchin) and Dubai. Its facilities will have a training tower with the elevation for rappelling on a minimum of three storey buildings -the minimum height to be considered a high-rise building. This new initiative will provide the faculty for rope access companies, IRATA and SPRAT certified trainers to train their personnel and students all aspects of safety procedures, rope access and industrial work, extreme operations on ropes and in the air. In addition to that, they will have available the necessary equipment, transp9ortation on Sea-Air-Land to train in the versatile environment of rope access. In the class rooms, training facilities and on the field, they will learn the fundamental of business ethics, professional conduct, personal best performance, physical endurance, safety procedures, technical development, technological advancement and all necessary skills, tolls and means to became ta better and more effective rope access technicians and rescuers. Through Advanced Rope Access Performance Clinics, we will work on specialize fitness programs for rope access workers and emergency responders.

The Rope Access Athletic Programs are offered outside the day-to-day operation of the International Vertical Access Network (I.V.A. N.) The Institute was conceived by Ivan Kristoff, to support the development within the suspended and rope access community. It will operate soon in Bulgaria and Dubai. The Extreme Rope Access programS will be run by professional instructors and will develop an [professional skills, abilities and character that go beyond the ordinary rope access techs.

The programs  are designed to improve anaerobic conditioning and increase cardiovascular fitness:

Agility Superior agility gives you a step up in all performance. Students will get to the ball faster, stop faster and accelerate rapidly.

Speed – 360º Our training protocols maximize speed potential. Students may start their sprint from a standstill, get off the ground to a full sprint, run backwards then turn and sprint.

Power Having a strong core is vital to reduce injury and enhance performance. Every athletic movement enhance performance. Every athletic movement.

Skill Builder Skill Builder is for student who are building the Fundamentals related to Rope Access Long Term Training Development. Technical skills and confidence building are the focus of the program, with each student getting specialized training session. They are expected to be committed and exhibit a strong work ethic that allows everyone in the group to progress and reach their full potential.n the whole student, while providing training, guidance, experience and focus in all vital aspects of athletic, work specific, mental and physical development.

Fundamental Player Development Our FUNdamentals sessions focus on maximizing personal best achievements, teamwork and dedication. Each session is balanced and is a great opportunity for to develop team spirit.

Training Stages Designed for students who have a good level of fundamental skills and who would like to pursue students as one of their main jobs. The application of technical skills in extreme situations at this stage of development is critical. Students learn to understand how to be prepared for worst case scenarios and extreme situations. Learning in an enjoyable yet challenging environment develops leadership, self-confidence and problem solving along with essential technical skills and decision making. Students are asked questions throughout sessions, engaging them in their own education.

The Development Process Throughout the course of this process, the fundamentals of rope access work will be emphasized and basic rope work techniques tactics will be introduced to the students. There will be sessions focused on what is not written in the books for High Angle Rescue and Rope Access, but history is full of precedents and situations in which there are a lot of lesson that can prevent accidents and lives could have been saved if people have learned form the mistakes others. Students will learn form the know how and the  experience of world recognized experts in the vertical/aerial field and become more efficient in their work. This knowledge might even safe their lives.

High Performance Academy Using high volume, high repetition customized drills and individual feedback, these sessions will help players improve their skill execution and consistency. A concentrated student-to-instructor ratio allows instructors to provide instruction and correction to help each participant improve their level of performance.

Complete Training Development This advanced development opportunity is designed to assist students in developing to their full potential and guiding them toward reaching training specific goals. This unique and comprehensive program promotes a focus on the whole student, while providing training, guidance, experience and focus in all vital aspects of athletic, work specific, mental and physical development.

Fundamental Technician Development Our FUNdamentals sessions focus on maximizing personal best achievements, teamwork and dedication. Each session is balanced and is a great opportunity for to develop team spirit.

The International Vertical Access Network Management is boutique marketing and project sponsorship team, with specialist skills in major event management, television & digital content production and athlete endorsement programs. We pride ourselves on delivering cost effective solutions for our partners to maximize return on sponsorships, deliver memorable brand experiences and develop comprehensive brand strategies.   Our Values: • Strong personal relationships • Fresh ideas and innovation • Honesty, openness and trust • Always exceeding expectations • Reliability and accountability • Passion and perfectionism

The Facilities

Our goal is to create a multi-disciplinary centers for knowledge, creative thinking and discussion for solutions for the vertical and aerial world  

The Institute for Vertical Access Operations is a unique initiative founded by partners of the International Vertical Access Network in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind programs aimed at building the capacity of new and expert rope access workers, pilots, ER personnel, Search and Rescue technicians from all over the world. The new for 2015 facilities will be focused on three areas:

► Specialized Training for Mountain Search and Rescue

► Specialized Training for Rope Rescue and Suspended Access operations

► Specialized Training for Aerial operations for Industrial Rope Access/Rescue

The organization is focused on solving and overcoming problems for individuals and institutions who are involved in vertical and high-angle environments.

The Institute will offer unique global verticality perspectives.

Training Centers for firefighters

Firefighters who want to learn how to access hard to reach area and to rescue someone off the side of a building or tall structure, he can use our specialized training centers in Bulgaria. One of them is in the Bularian Ministry of the Interior Faculty of “Firefighting and civilian protection”. Our experienced staff will introduce you to the most current techniques and will propel your training to new levels!

The Institute for Vertical Access Operations will have three full-time, training centers that operate year round. Our original facility will operates at the bottom of Vistosha Mountain in Sofia on the beginning of 2015, and we have used the Firefighter’s Training Tower at the heart of the Sofia City since year 2005.

The new training facility will be fully operational and equipped for SPRAT and IRATA rope access training. We are designing custom structures and climbing walls, including a 2 story scaffold rappel tower on top our 7 story building that will give students a true high-rise exposure. Also, we will use when needed a 6 story elevator shaft and confined space training area.

From the 4th to the 6th story of the Institute, students will take advantage of the vertical and traversing indoor climbing walls and controlled environment in which students will be able to safely practice rope access work, IRATA, SPRAT, Ontario by-laws rope access, fall protection and technical rope rescue techniques. A team of experienced technicians and firefighter will supervise their work all the time.

The Mountain Training Centers will be opened in 2017 at the base of Verila Mountain, Bulgaria.

The difference

Ivan Kristoff Enterprise Inc. has been the leading Canadian rope access company since the begging of the New Millennium. The company and his founder Ivan Kristoff has always strived to explore new heights and advanced techniques for rope access, such as extreme helicopter operations, so we will strive now to transfer that quest to perfection to our students to master not only all of the necessary skills, but the necessary attitude to achieve their personal best.

We have studied the other worldwide facilities and we are looking to set up the cutting edge of technology and upgrade on what is thought all over the world. That is why we are not in a hurry, but rather take our time for preparing the most advanced training in year 2017. We have studied the causes of most accidents in the industry and have a special approach to training that will prepare even experienced trope access technicians to a new level in the vertical and aerial environment.