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Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course


Dates: September 29-30, 2018
Host: York County Fire Chiefs
Location: Village Fire Station (Kennebunkport, Maine)
The classroom session on Saturday morning, for both the Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Technician courses will be conducted at the Village Fire Station (32 North Street) in Kennebunkport, Maine from 08:00 – 12:30 PM. Lunch will be provided from 12:30 PM – 13:00, at which time we will transfer to Colony Beach in Kennebunkport for the afternoon practical session in the ocean.

For those participating in the Swiftwater Rescue Technician course, participants will continue on the second day for the swift water skills practical to be conducted from 09:00 – 18:00 hrs. in the Saco River, off Water Street in Saco. Lunch will be provided.

This 2-day, 18-hour course is designed specifically for Public Safety and Rescue personnel and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively respond to incidents in and around moving water.

On day 1, candidates will participate in 4.5-hours classroom & 4.5-hours practical session focusing on Water Rescue Technician training, with the practical session conducted in a static water environment.

On day 2, candidates will participate in 9-hours practical session focusing on Swiftwater Rescue, with the practical session conducted in a moving water environment.

This course meets and/or exceeds NFPA 1670 Standard for Technical Rescue.

Participants must be:

  • strong swimmers
  • comfortable in both static and moving water environments
  • good physical condition

Swiftwater Rescue course candidates must pass a swimming prerequisite consisting of the following:

  • 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

Classes are scheduled both days from 08:00 – 18:00 hrs. with sign-in from 07:30 – 07:50 hrs. On day 1, the classroom session is conducted from 08:00 – 12:30 hrs. with the in-water practical session from 13:30 – 17:30 hrs. The prerequisite swim test will be administered at the completion of day 1 from 17:00 – 17:30 hrs. On day 2, the entire day will be dedicated to moving water evolutions and will be conducted in, on and around the water.

Required Equipment:
PFDs and helmets will be provided by Lifesaving Resources. To participate in this program, participants must provide:

  • their own wetsuit or drysuit
  • tennis shoes or wetsuit booties
  • water gloves

Participants are also encouraged to bring:

  • fins (short)
  • boogey board (if available)

Course Completion:
Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a Course Completion Certificate and Insignia. Successful completion is based on successfully completing all course objectives including participation in all classroom sessions and all practical skill evolutions.

Continuing Education Units

CEUs are typically available through state and/or national professional associations for participation in this course. If CEUs are desired, please bring the appropriate form to class. Meanwhile, the course completion certificate will indicate the number of hours of participation for each class.


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 the “Lifeguard Competition Guidebook”, the “Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar Guidebook”, the “Water Rescue Course Guidebook”, and the “Ice Rescue Course Guidebook” (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 300 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as either a Plaintiff or Defense 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.


The fee for the 2-day training program is $395 per person.

Fees include:

  • all books and materials
  • insignia
  • certificates
  • lunch each day

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, Fax 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]