2025 International Ice Rescue Instructor Academy


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4 Day Course, Thursday, February 20, 2025 – Sunday, February 23, 2025


Portland, Maine

Course Summary:

The International Ice Rescue Instructor Academy is an intensive and comprehensive 4-day program designed for training public safety and rescue personnel for cold water and ice incidents, certifying participants to conduct nationally/internationally recognized and standardized Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses on behalf of their own department/agency.

This course prepares 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. The course meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 and 1006 Standards for Technical Rescue.

Additional Course Information:

The Lifesaving Resources Ice Rescue Instructors Academy trains representatives of Public Safety and Rescue organizations as Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Instructors.

Lifesaving Resources’ Ice and Water Rescue training curriculums have developed and evolved over the past 30 years to produce comprehensive and internationally-recognized training curriculums for Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel.

Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Instructor candidates are trained based upon best practices and internationally-recognized standards. Policies, procedures and systems are in place to insure excellent training with limited predictable risk to course participants, faculty and staff. Furthermore, a system of trust and verify exists to ensure the outcome of well-trained Instructors lead by highly qualified and well-trained faculty, instructors, and supervisors.

This course meets/exceeds NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 Standards for Technical Rescue. Awareness, Operations and Technician level certifications are valid for five (5) years from the course completion date, although annual skill review is advocated and necessary in order to maintain critical lifesaving and survival skills and to maintain a high degree of response readiness.

This course includes over 45 contact hours of classroom and practical instruction. Instructor candidates will participate in numerous practical sessions conducted on and through the ice, including a Night Operations session.

Course Completion:

Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates are authorized as Lifesaving Resources Ice Rescue Instructors for 3 years and will be authorized to conduct Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician-level courses on behalf of their own Public Safety and Rescue agency. In order to be eligible for re-authorization, instructors are required to conduct a minimum of 2 courses (Awareness, Operations, or Technician level), one of which must be a Technician-level course, within the 3 years.

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 4-day International Ice Rescue Instructor 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 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.

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:

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


Course Schedule:

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. The Ice Rescue Instructor Academy is a very comprehensive and intensive training Academy. Instructor candidates must be well-rested and prepared to participate in this very rigorous and fast-paced 4-day schedule as follows:

Day 1  (Thursday)
03:00 PM – 05:30 PM Classroom
06:00 PM – 06:45 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom

Day 2  (Friday)
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 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 – 06:15 PM Dinner
06:45 PM – 10:00 PM Practical Session: Night Ops

Day 3  (Saturday)
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 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 – 06:15 PM Dinner
06:45 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom: Practice Teaching

Day 4  (Sunday)
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Session: Emergency Operations Drill
12:15 PM – 01:15 PM Lunch
01:30 PM – 03:00 PM Classroom (Administration & Graduation)


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

Instructor Candidates and Faculty are lodged at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Portland, Maine and are provided single-occupancy rooms for rest and comfort.  Lodging and meals meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch) are provided and included with the Academy tuition.


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.


Instructor Candidates will be required to sign an Instructor Agreement and their department/agency will be required to complete an Authorized Provider Agreement. As an authorized provider of Lifesaving Resources’ Water Rescue Courses, the Instructor candidate and the department’s chief or training officer must agree to the following:

  • The curriculum must be conducted as defined in the Lifesaving Resources’ curriculum materials;
  • 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 are available to authorized Instructors, free of charge, through the Instructor Portal;
  • 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;
  • Ice Rescue Instructors must order Ice Rescue Course Guidebooks at least two (2) weeks prior to the course starting date;
  • 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;
  • Instructors are required to submit a Record of Course Completion to Lifesaving Resources within two (2) weeks from the course completion date; and
  • Instructor must award their course graduates with a Lifesaving Resources Course Completion Certificate (available within the Lifesaving Resources’ Instructor Portal at www.lifesaving.com).



dworkin-smallGerald M. Dworkin

Gerald M. Dworkin (Gerry) is a professional Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources, LLC and is the author of publications including “Lifeguard Competition Guidebook” and “Ice Rescue Course Guidebook” (published by Lifesaving Resources).

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 350 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as a Forensics Expert.

Gerry has appeared as an expert on such national media broadcasts as CNN; MSNBC; CBS’ Early Show; ABC’s Good Morning America; NBC’s Today Show; and The Weather Channel. 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.

A Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for over 40 years, Gerry 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.

Course Cancellation and Refunds:

Please visit our cancellations and refunds page for our complete policy.

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].


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If registering multiple candidates please send an email listing all names and email addresses to [email protected].


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