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2019 Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy


Dates: Thursday, February 21 – February 24, 2019
Host: Lifesaving Resources
Location: Portland, Maine

The International Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy is a very intensive and comprehensive 4-day training program (3:00 PM on Thursday through 3:00 PM on Sunday) that includes over 45 contact hours of classroom and practical instruction. Six (6) 3-hour practical sessions are included within the Academy’s schedule with 1 session conducted in the evening (Night Ops).

The Academy is designed to train representatives of Public Safety and Rescue organizations as Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Instructors. Graduates from this Academy are authorized to conduct nationally/internationally recognized and standardized Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses within their own department/agency. These courses prepare participants to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery incidents on and through the ice, as well as in, on and around cold water. These courses meet and exceed NFPA 1670 and 1006 Standards for Technical Rescue.

Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates are authorized as Ice Rescue Instructors for 3 years. In order to be eligible for re-authorization, instructors are required to conduct a minimum of 2 courses within their authorization period, of which at least one course must be conducted at the Technician level.

The 4-day Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy is a very intense and comprehensive training program and instructor candidates must be dedicated and committed to participate fully with classes conducted daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Instructor candidates must be in good physical condition, must have the endorsement to participate from their department/agency Chief or Training Officer, should have prior teaching/leadership experience, and must be comfortable in deep water while wearing an approved Ice Rescue Suit.

The Academy will be conducted in a fast-paced, boot-camp style, and Instructor Candidates must be prepared to put in 110% effort to successfully complete the Academy. Instructor Candidates will be provided with a confirmation packet prior to their arrival that contains pre-requisite reading assignments that must be completed prior to the start of the Academy.

Instructor Candidates and Faculty are lodged at the Courtyard by Marriott in South Portland, Maine and are provided individual rooms for rest and comfort.  Lodging and meals meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch) are provided and included with the Academy tuition.

Instructor Candidates may fly into Portland Airport (PWM) in Maine and transportation will be provided from the airport to the hotel.

Ice Rescue Instructor candidates must:

  • be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • be in good physical condition
  • be an active member of a Fire, Rescue, EMS, or Law Enforcement agency
  • be designated and approved to participate in this training by their department/agency chief or training officer
  • be comfortable in deep water while wearing a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit
  • be capable of crawling on the ice, propelling oneself through the water while at the surface, and self-extricating oneself out of the water and onto the ice shelf

Required Equipment:

Ice Rescue Instructor candidates must have:

  1. a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit for use during the weekend training program (rental and loaner suits will be available)
  2. a set of Ice Awls/Picks for use during the weekend training program


As an authorized Lifesaving Resources Ice Rescue Instructor, you and your department’s chief or training officer must agree to the following:

The curriculum must be conducted as defined in the Lifesaving Resources’ curriculum materials;

  1. All safety, rescue, educational, and operational procedures and protocols must be adhered to during the conduct of all Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses;
  2. Ice Rescue Instructors must order Ice Rescue Course Guidebooks ($18.00 each) at least two (2) weeks prior to the course starting date;
  3. An Ice Rescue Course Guidebook is required to be issued to each student participating in an Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and/or Technician level course;
  4. Instructors are required to submit a Record of Course Completion to Lifesaving Resources within two (2) weeks from the course completion date; and
  5. Instructor must award their course graduates with a Lifesaving Resources Course Completion Certificate (available within the Lifesaving Resources’ Instructor Portal at

Lifesaving Resources Instructors are authorized for 3-years and must conduct at least 2 courses (Awareness, Operations, or Technician level), one of which must be a Technician-level course, within the 3-years in order to be eligible for re-authorization for an additional 3-years. Instructors are required to use the most current version of the instructional Powerpoint/Keynote and Instructor’s SOP Manual (available within the Instructor Portal).  Current versions, along with Administrative forms and materials, course completion certificates, etc. are available to authorized Instructors, free of charge, through the Instructor Portal.

Course Completion:

Upon successful completion of the Academy, instructors will be authorized to conduct Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician-level courses on behalf of their own Public Safety and Rescue agency.


Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24

03:00 PM – 05:30 PM Classroom
06:00 PM – 06:45 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Session (on and through the ice)
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Practical Session
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Practical Session: Night Ops

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Session: Practice Teaching
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Practical Session: Practice Teaching
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom: Practice Teaching

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 11:00 AM Practical Session: Emergency Operations Drill
12:15 PM – 01:15 PM Lunch
01:30 PM – 03:00 PM Classroom (Administration & Graduation)


Gerald M. Dworkin

dworkin-smallGerry is a professional Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources, LLC and is the author of the “Lifeguard Competition Guidebook”, the “Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar Guidebook”, the “Water Rescue Course Guidebook”, and the “Ice Rescue Course Guidebook” (each published by Lifesaving Resources) and “CPR for Infants and Children” (published by the Child Welfare League of America).

Gerry has an extensive background in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, EMS, and Public Safety and Rescue. Along with his textbooks, he has written and published over 40 articles, and has consulted in over 359 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as a Forensics Expert.

A graduate from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Gerry has over 40 years experience as a Professional and/or Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and has worked and consulted for the American Red Cross as a Health and Safety Services Professional/Consultant. As a frequent guest speaker and trainer in the Lifeguard and Aquatics Safety and Recreation sector, as well as the Public Safety and Rescue sector, Gerry is considered an expert and qualified educator throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

In 2010, Gerry was named by Aquatics International Magazine as one of the Power 25 Aquatic Professionals in the U.S. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance ( from 2009 – 2015; a Sounding Board for the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Curriculums; and currently on an 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; ABC’s Good Morning America; NBC’s Today Show; The Weather Channel; The Discovery Channel; and the Fire Emergency Training Network (FETN), and The History Channel, and he is frequently contacted for interviews by publications throughout the U.S. on matters pertaining to submersion incidents; Lifeguard operations and management; submerged vehicle incidents; aquatics safety; water rescue; and ice rescue.

Gerry has been a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for over 40 years, and was a career Firefighter/EMT with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. He is currently a Firefighter/EMT with the Kennebunkport Fire Department in Maine.  Over his career, he has been a Firefighter and EMT licensed within a number of states including Connecticut, New York, Texas, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine.


Tuition for each Instructor candidate must be paid at the time of registration. Agency purchase orders are accepted.

Tuition includes:

  • 3 nights lodging; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • 9 meals including:
    • 1 meal on Thursday (dinner)
    • 3 meals on Friday (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • 3 meals on Saturday (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • 2 meals on Sunday (breakfast and lunch)
  • Access to the Lifesaving Resources Instructor Portal upon successful completion of the Academy
  • Other course and graduation materials

Upon receipt of registration and payment, a confirmation packet will be sent to the instructor candidate that contains directions and additional information, including local motel information for participants requiring lodging prior to or after the conclusion of the training Academy.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Space is limited in all Lifesaving Resources’ sponsored training programs. Therefore, payment for tuition (via check or credit card, or an agency purchase order) is required prior to participation. Your fee is refundable – less a 15% administrative processing fee if you cancel more than 14 days prior to the scheduled course or seminar date. Notice of cancellation must be provided in writing via Mail or E-mail. Please be sure you receive a confirmation of cancellation in return. Cancellation notifications less than 14 days prior to the course or seminar date will result in forfeiture of the entire tuition. Substitutes are welcome. Lifesaving Resources, LLC reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course or seminar due to insufficient registrations.

Course Host and Sponsorship Opportunities
Any agency, organization, company, or association may host or sponsor any of our training programs. For details, contact Lifesaving Resources at 207/967-8614 or E-mail: [email protected]