Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy

Dates: Thursday, February 21, 2019 – Sunday, February 24, 2019
Host: Lifesaving Resources
Location: Portland, Maine

The International Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy is an intensive, comprehensive, boot-camp style 4-day training program designed to train Public Safety and Rescue agency personnel as Ice Rescue Instructors.  Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates are authorized to conduct Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses and to certify their personnel upon completion of these programs.

The Academy includes over 30 contact hours of instruction consisting of over 18 hours of practical instruction conducted on and through the ice, and 12 hours of classroom instruction.

The Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations and Technician level programs are designed to provide Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel with the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery incidents on, through, and around the ice and cold water.  These courses meet/exceed NFPA 1670 & NFPA 1006 Standards for Technical Rescue, and certification is valid for 5 years from the course completion date.

Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates are authorized as Ice Rescue Instructors for 3 years. In order to be eligible for re-authorization, instructors are required to conduct a minimum of 2 courses within their 3-year authorization period, of which at least one course must be conducted at the Technician level.

Instructor candidates participating in the Academy must be dedicated and committed to participate fully during the classroom and practical sessions.  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 comfortable in deep water while wearing an approved Ice Rescue Suit.

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. Instructor Candidates will be provided with a confirmation packet prior to their arrival that contains pre-requisite reading assignments that must be completed prior to the start of the Academy.

Tuition includes single-occupancy lodging (Thursday through Sunday), meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch), and all books and materials.

Instructor Candidates may fly into Portland Airport (PWM) in Maine and transportation will be provided from the airport to the hotel.

Ice Rescue Instructor candidates must:

  • be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • be in good physical condition
  • be an active member of a Fire, Rescue, EMS, or Law Enforcement agency
  • be designated and approved to participate in this training by their department/agency chief or training officer
  • be comfortable in deep water while wearing a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit
  • be capable of crawling on the ice, propelling oneself through the water while at the surface, and self-extricating oneself out of the water and onto the ice shelf

Required Equipment:

Ice Rescue Instructor candidates must have:

  • a Cold Water/Ice Rescue Suit for use during the weekend training program
  • a set of Ice Awls/Picks for use during the weekend training program

As an authorized Instructor of Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Courses, the Instructor candidate and the department chief or training officer must agree to the following:

The curriculum must be conducted as defined in the Lifesaving Resources’ curriculum materials;

  • All safety and rescue procedures must be adhered to during the conduct of all Lifesaving Resources’ Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician level courses;
  • Ice Rescue Instructors must notify Lifesaving Resources of the course date and location at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course in order to obtain course guidebooks and other materials.
  • Ice Rescue Course Guidebooks ($18.95 ea.) must be obtained from Lifesaving Resources for each participant prior to the course start date.
  • Upon completion of the course Ice Rescue Instructors must submit course completion paperwork to Lifesaving Resources within the two weeks of the completion of the course and must award Course Completion Certificates to their course graduates.
  • Instructors are authorized for 3-years and must conduct at least 2 courses (Awareness, Operations, or Technician level), one of which must be a Technician-level course, within the 3-years in order to be eligible for re-authorization for an additional 3-years.
  • Instructors must obtain a current copy of the Powerpoint presentation and Instructor’s SOP Manual ($35) every 3 years, although an updated version of each will be available annually.

Course Completion:
Upon successful completion of the Academy, instructors will be authorized to conduct Ice Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician-level courses on behalf of their own Public Safety and Rescue agency.

Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24

03:00 PM – 05:30 PM Classroom
06:00 PM – 06:45 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Session (on and through the ice)
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Practical Session
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Practical Session (Night Ops)

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM Practical Session
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Practical Session
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Dinner
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classroom

07:00 AM – 07:45 AM Breakfast
08:00 AM – 11:00 AM Practical Session
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM Classroom
03:00 PM – 03:30 PM Graduation


Gerry 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.  He has also consulted as a subject matter expert for NBC’s Today Show; CBS’ Early Show; ABC’s Good Morning America; MSNBC News; CNN; The Weather Channel; The Discovery Channel; and The History Channel.  Gerry 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 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) for multiple departments in Connecticut, New York, Texas, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Maine.  He was a career Firefighter/EMT for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia, and is currently a Firefighter/EMT for the Kennebunkport Fire Department in Maine.

Gerry has worked for 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 serves on an Advisory Committee for the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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.

Tuition is based on single-occupancy hotel lodging, as well as all meals.