4 Day Course, Thursday, September 15, 2022 – Sunday, September 18, 2022
The International Water Rescue Instructor Academy is an intensive and comprehensive 4-day (boot-camp-style) program designed for training and certifying public safety and rescue personnel as surface water, surf, and swiftwater rescue instructors.
The Lifesaving Resources Water Rescue Instructors Academy trains representatives of Public Safety and Rescue organizations as Lifesaving Resources’ Surface Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue Instructors. Participants are taught to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery incidents in swimming pools, flat-water beaches, lakes, oceans, waterparks, etc., as well as in moving or swift water environments.
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 and Water 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.
Graduates from this Academy are authorized to conduct nationally/internationally standardized Surface Water Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses, as well as Swiftwater Water Rescue Technician courses within their individual department/agency.
These courses meet/exceed 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 38 contact hours of classroom and practical instruction. Practical session venues include indoor swimming pools, the Presumpscot River (Westbrook, Maine), and the Atlantic Ocean (Kennebunkport, Maine).
Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates are certified as Water Rescue, Surf Rescue, and Swiftwater Rescue Technicians. Water Rescue Instructors and will be authorized to conduct Water Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses, and Surf/Swiftwater Rescue Technician courses on behalf of their own Public Safety and/or Rescue agency 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.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: All instructor candidates and faculty must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their participation. And, they must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the start of the Academy.
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 proficient swimmers, comfortable swimming in pools, rivers, and the ocean.
The 4-day Water 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 prerequisite reading assignments that must be completed prior to the start of the Academy.
Water Rescue Instructor candidates must:
In addition, the Water Rescue Instructor candidate must demonstrate his/her proficiency in the water by passing the following pre-requisite swim test:
Most equipment will be provided by Lifesaving Resources for the practical sessions, including helmets and Personal Flotation Devices. Instructor candidates must provide their own:
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 Water 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:
03:00 PM – 05:30 PM Classroom
05:45 PM – 06:15 PM Dinner
06:30 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 11:45 AM Practical Pool Session
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 04:30 PM Practical Pool Session
05:00 PM – 05:45 PM Dinner
06:00 PM – 09:00 PM Practical Pool Session
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 12:00 AM Practical River Session
01:00 PM – 01:45 PM Lunch
02:00 PM – 05:00 PM Practical Ocean Session
06:00 PM – 06:30 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Lake Session
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch
01:45 PM – 03:00 PM Classroom Administration & Graduation
Instructor Candidates may fly into Portland Airport (PWM) in Maine and take a taxi or Uber to the hotel.
Instructor Candidates and Faculty are lodged in a local hotel 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.
Tuition for each Instructor candidate must be paid at the time of registration. Agency purchase orders are accepted.
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 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:
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.
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