The focus of this one-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 static water environments.
The Water Rescue Technician (WRT) Course is a fast-paced, comprehensive 9-hour training and educational program specifically designed for First Responders, including Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, EMS and Lifeguard Personnel.
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 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 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, followed by 4.5-hour in-water practical session. 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:
The classroom session on Saturday morning will be conducted in Kennebunkport, Maine from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Lunch will be provided from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM, at which time we will transfer to the afternoon practical session.
This video clip represents skill evolutions demonstrated and practiced as part of the Water Rescue Technician Course.
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 includes
All participants must also wear a lifejacket and helmet, both provided by Lifesaving Resources, during the practical sessions.
Those who complete will be awarded a course completion certificate and insignia valid for five years from course completion date.
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.
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 & NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue.
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.
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