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Water Rescue Technician Course



  • May 4, 2019
  • June 1, 2019
  • September 7, 2019
  • September 21, 2019

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.


Rescuers practice shore-based rescue using ropes from pier to rescue victim

The Water Rescue Technician (WRT) Course is a fast-paced, comprehensive 9-hour training and educational program specifically designed for Public Safety and Rescue Professionals, including Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, EMS and Lifeguard Personnel.

The Awareness and Operational levels are designed as a foundational course for all public safety and rescue professionals, regardless of their swimming ability or experience in, on or around the water. Technician level course participants must be in good physical condition, and be comfortable and able to propel themselves in deep water while wearing a lifejacket.

The Awareness level classroom consists of a 4.5 hour classroom session. The Operations and Technician levels also include a 4.5 hour practical session.

The focus of this one-day training program is on the prevention, recognition and management of drowning and aquatic injuries, surface water rescue and survival principles and procedures. It is designed to provide public safety and rescue professional with the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery incidents in, on, and around the water.

Subjects and/or practical evolutions include the following:

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

Course Schedule

The 9-hour Water Rescue Technician Course is scheduled from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 7:30 AM. A classroom session is conducted from 08:00 – 12:30 hrs., followed by 4.5-hour in-water practical session. 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.

This video clip represents skill evolutions demonstrated and practiced as part of the Water Rescue Technician Course. Watch Now  firefighter_movie (QuickTime 26Mb)

The WRT Candidate must be in good physical condition and must be able to effectively propel themselves in the water and be comfortable in deep water while wearing a Lifejacket.

All practical evolutions, with the exception of some shallow water skills and the Firefighter Survival evolutions, are performed while wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). No other prerequisites are required.

Required Equipment:
Participants must wear a wetsuit or swift water rescue dry suit, gloves, and rigid-sole wetsuit booties, water shoes or tennis shoes.  Wetsuits can be rented from Aquaholics in Kennebunk or from a SCUBA dive shop.  All participants must also wear a lifejacket and helmet, both provided by Lifesaving Resources, during the practical sessions.

Course Completion:
Individuals who participate in a Water Rescue Technician Course and who successfully complete the classroom session and the final written examination, but who cannot participate or successfully complete the practical session, will be awarded a Water Rescue Awareness certificate.

Continuing Education Credit:
9-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 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 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.

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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, 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]