“He Who Saves A Single Life, Is Said To Have Saved The Entire World”

~ Tractate Sanhedrin



Become a Certified and Qualified Trainer

International Water Rescue Instructor Academy 2024

Instructor candidates must be active members of a Fire, Rescue, EMS or Law Enforcement agency, or in a position to conduct training for First Responders.

September 12 – 15, 2024 in Portland Maine.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Information Session

Watch Gerry Dworkin’s early-season refresher webinar focused on the importance of staying vigilant as well as incident prevention, recognition and response.

This comprehensive discussion is designed for lifeguards, lifeguard instructors/supervisors, aquatic facility operators/managers and First Responders.

Warning: Very graphic video and audio clips of actual drowning incidents are part of this presentation.

Lifesaving Resources
Mission Statement

To prevent and/or reduce the number of drownings and aquatic injuries through the education and training of Public Safety & Rescue Professionals; Lifeguard & Aquatic Recreation Professionals; and the General Public.

Water Rescue by Lifesaving Resources

Featured Courses

Water Rescue Training

September 12 – 15, 2024
Portland, Maine


February 20 – 23, 2025
Portland, Maine

Lifesaving Resources sponsors and conducts annual 4-day Instructor Academies for the purpose of training Water Rescue and Ice Rescue Instructors for Public Safety and Rescue agencies from throughout North America. Upon successful completion of an Academy, graduates are authorized as either Water Rescue or Ice Rescue instructors to conduct courses and certify their personnel at the Awareness, Operations and/or Technician level on behalf of their respective agencies.

These courses meet/exceed NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006, and certification is valid for 5 years from the course completion date.

Customized Academies can be conducted at the request of Fire, Rescue, EMS, and/or Law Enforcement agencies.  Customized Academies require 4 days of instruction and are dependent upon availability of local lodging, facilities, and faculty, with a minimum enrollment of 6 instructor candidates.

Recent Articles

  • Lifesaving Resources warns of the risk of cold water….  Cold water is considered any temperature below 70 degrees F.   The ocean water temperature in Maine is currently 47 degrees F.  Regardless

  • Developing a risk-management program to prevent accidents in aquatic facilities Article originally published in Parks & Rec Business magazine, April 2023. Drowning is a significant health con

  • All ponds in and around residential communities should be required to be fenced in order to prevent unauthorized access, especially by young children.  Regardless of whether or not state/county/city l

The Power of Water

The Power of Water should never be underestimated –
its beauty, strength or force.

Life cannot exist without water –
it empowers us and commands respect.
Be ready for it!

by Donna J. Dworkin

Come Hell or High Water

Instructor Portal

Currently authorized Lifesaving Resources Ice and Water Rescue Instructors have direct access to course instructional materials, administrative forms, etc. within the Instructor Portal. Click below to access using your assigned password. If you need a password, please contact Gerry Dworkin at Lifesaving Resources at [email protected].