Lifesaving Resources, LLC is an internationally-recognized private firm providing training and consulting services in the field of Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Ice Rescue, and EMS for the Public Safety & Rescue Sector; the Lifeguard & Aquatic Recreation Sector; and the General Public.
The firm provides expert consulting services in drowning and aquatic injury litigation, and also evaluates, designs, develops, and/or distributes quality rescue and training equipment for use in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, EMS, and Technical Rescue operations and training.
Donna serves as the firm’s President, and directs the business
development, marketing, administration and customer service
departments including the coordination of all training and
educational curriculums. As Executive Director of Educational
Programs, she manages the logistical planning, contract negotiations,
administrative details and general registration processes, working
with the staff, instructors, students and clients. Coordinating course
registrations with municipalities, fire and police departments, as well
as the first responders themselves, from throughout the U.S. and
Canada, Donna provides assistance with their preparation to attend
water and ice rescue training. The firm’s branding, educational,
marketing, and promotional materials are also designed under
It was a natural transition to join her husband, Gerry, and ‘grow the
business’ as the firm expanded. With 25 years experience in
the corporate world of newspaper publishing with Gannett Co., Inc.
and USA TODAY, she is seasoned in all facets of advertising,
production, circulation, customer service management and human
resources administration. The concept of developing specialized
curriculums in water rescue and aquatic safety began in Houston, TX
in 1984, followed by subsequent moves to Northern Virginia, New
Hampshire, then to Maine in 2011. Happy to have traded traffic for
a more peaceful coastal life, Lifesaving Resources found its true
home in Kennebunkport.
Donna’s creativity and penchant for interior design, lent itself well to
the completed restoration project of the corporate HQ building,
c. 1847, located on Sampson Cove in Cape Porpoise, ME.
Gerry serves as the Technical Consultant for Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue and is responsible for the development of our educational programs; the conduct of all Lifesaving Resources’ training programs; and for technical consulting. Gerry is a professional Aquatics Safety and Water Rescue Consultant, and is the author of “The Lifeguard Competition Guidebook”, the “Ice Rescue Course Guidebook”, the “Water Rescue Course Guidebook” and the “Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar (PASS) Guidebook” all published by Lifesaving Resources, LLC. He is also the author of “CPR for Infants and Children”, published by the Child Welfare League of America. Gerry has been a volunteer, paid-on-call, and professional Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over 40 years and has an extensive background in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Ice Rescue, and EMS. Gerry has served as a Firefighter and/or EMT in Connecticut, New York, Texas, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Maine, including his work as a professional Firefighter/EMT for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. He is currently a Firefighter/EMT for the Kennebunkport Fire Department in Maine. While in New York, Texas, and Virginia, Gerry was also an EMS Instructor conducting numerous EMT courses. While with the American Red Cross, he developed and supervised Aquatics Safety, First Aid, and CPR training programs in Westchester County, NY and Houston, TX resulting in over 30,000 certifications a year.
Gerry has written and published over 40 articles and has consulted on over 300 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as both a Plaintiff and Defense Forensics Expert. Gerry is a graduate from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and has worked for and consulted for the American Red Cross as a Health and Safety Services Professional, and for the Association for Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP). As a frequent guest speaker and trainer in the Lifeguard, Aquatic Recreation, EMS, and Fire and Rescue fields, Gerry Dworkin is considered an expert and qualified educator throughout the United States as well as Internationally.
In 2010 Gerry was named by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the Power 25 Aquatic Professionals. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (ndpa.org); the Sounding Board for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Curriculums; and the Advisory Committee for the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Gerry has appeared as a subject matter expert on such national media broadcasts as CNN; MSNBC News; CBS’ Early Show; NBC’s Today Show; ABC’s Good Morning America; The Weather Channel; The Discovery Channel; The History Channel; and the Fire Emergency Training Network (FETN). In 2014, he received the Ripple Award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance for his work in drowning and aquatic injury prevention, water rescue and ice rescue.