Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 08:00 - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 18:00
University of New England
University of New England - Biddeford, Maine

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course

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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:

  1. strong swimmers
  2. comfortable in both static and moving water environments
  3. good physical condition

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

  1. Swim continuously 100 yards while wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  2. 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
  3. Support a 10 lbs. brick at the surface of the water for 1 minute
  4. 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:

  1. their own wetsuit or drysuit
  2. tennis shoes or wetsuit booties
  3. water gloves

Participants are also encouraged to bring:

  1. fins (short)
  2. 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.


Gerald 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 (NDPA.org) 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.

Greg LeBlanc

Greg is a 2003 graduate of the Ice Rescue Train-the-Trainer Program and is the newest member of our Ice Rescue Training Programs Faculty. Greg is a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician with the Northwood Fire and Rescue Department in Northwood, New Hampshire.

Robert Shields

Bob is a Captain for the Cumberland Rescue Service in Cumberland, Rhode Island with 20 years experience as a Paramedic and Firefighter. He is the team coordinator for the Cumberland Water Rescue Team and co-coordinator for the Blackstone Valley Regional Dive Team. Bob is a graduate of the Lifesaving Resources' 2006 Water Rescue Train-the-Trainer Academy and the 2008 Ice Rescue Instructor Train-the-Trainer Academy, and also assists Lifesaving Resources in the conduct of Lifeguard In-service Training Programs.


Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course Tuition

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

Fees include:

  1. all books and materials
  2. insignia
  3. certificates
  4. lunch each day
Price: $395.00
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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: gerald@lifesaving.com.