Surf/Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course


2 Day Surf / Swiftwater Course On The Following Dates:

  • Saturday September 28 – Sunday September 29, 2024


Kennebunkport, Maine

Course Summary:

The focus of this two-day training program is on the prevention, recognition and emergency management of drowning and aquatic injuries, surface water rescue and survival principles and procedures. It is designed to provide First Responders with the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery incidents in, on, and around the static and dynamic water (swiftwater) environments.

Additional Course Information:

The Surf/Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course is a fast-paced, comprehensive 2-day training and educational program specifically designed for First Responders, including Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, EMS and Lifeguard Personnel.

Course Day Schedule:

Day 1: Water Rescue Technician Training scheduled from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM. A classroom session is conducted from 8:00 AM- 12:30 PM, followed by 4.5-hour in-water practical session. Lunch will be provided.

Day 2:  The Surf / Swiftwater portion of the course. It will be conducted entirely in a dynamic water environment.  Lunch will be provided.

Certificates are awarded to those who successfully meet all educational course objectives including: (A) participation in classroom session, and (B) completion of all practical evolutions.

Subjects and/or practical evolutions include the following in both static and dynamic water (swiftwater) environments:

  • Physiology/Mechanisms of Drowning
  • Principles of Water Rescue and Survival
  • Threat Analysis and Pre-Incident Planning
  • Types and Uses of Personal Flotation Devices
  • Shore-based Non-swimming Rescues
  • Basic Contact and Swimming Rescues
  • Cold Water Rescue and Survival
  • Ice Rescue and Survival
  • Swiftwater Rescue and Survival
  • Firefighter Survival in the Water
  • Management of Aquatic Spinal Injuries
  • Personal Defense and Survival Maneuvers
  • Incident Command
  • Rescue from Submerged Vehicles

In addition:

  • Paddling Skills
  • Boat Handling Skills
  • Rope Management Skills


Firefighter Survival In The Water Video

This video clip represents skill evolutions demonstrated and practiced as part of the Water Rescue Technician Course.


Surf / Swiftwater Technician level course participants must be in good physical condition, and be strong competent swimmers and be able to pass the following prerequisite swim test:

  • Swim continuously 100 yards while wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • While in deep water, remove the PFD, surface dive to a depth of 9′, and recover a 10 lbs. brick and bring it to the surface
  • Support a 10 lbs. brick at the surface of the water for 1 minute
  • Surface dive and swim a distance of 35 feet underwater

Required Equipment:

Required equipment includes

  • Bathing suit
  • Long pants and
  • T-shirt to be worn in the water (polypropylene recommended)
  • Gloves
  • Wet suit or dry suit
  • foot gear (water shoes, wet suit booties or tennis shoes)

All participants must also wear a lifejacket and helmet, both provided by Lifesaving Resources, during the practical sessions.

Course Completion:

Those who complete will be awarded a course completion certificate and insignia valid for five years from course completion date.

Continuing Education Credit:

17-hours of continuing education units are typically awarded by state and/or national professional associations such as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for completion of this training course, should you wish to arrange this in advance.

This curriculum meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 & NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue.


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 500 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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