• New trends in rope access
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  • Extreme vertical access
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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.

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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

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…

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