Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
"So Others May Live"
Push ups are used in training to develop upper body strength and a sense of a stronger core.
Swimming is used because rescue swimmers must be excellent swimmers and be able to support themselves, and the weight of others.
Rescue swimmers safely secure the "victim" and place them inside a hanging basket attached to the helicopter. They then hang onto the basket, so that they can be raised into the helicopter.
Personal Qualities Necessary
Rescue Swimming Job Details
Qualifications: "You must have an aptitude for mechanics. School courses in algebra, geometry, and machinery are very helpful. Candidates must pass an aircrew-candidate physical and qualify for a "secret" security clearance. All ASTs must be in superior physical shape with no chronic orthopedic problems, possess a high level of mental acuity and outstanding military bearing. Training is extremely stressful and is designed to identify those candidates who possess the physical and mental skills to handle the rigors of being a helicopter rescue swimmer."
Citation: "Aviation Survival Technician (AST)." USCG Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC). Web. 5 Apr. 2016.
2 years training. Water and land survival and flight safety (4 weeks at Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.)
Search and Rescue Swimming Skills (5 weeks at Rescue Swimmer School in Pensacola, Fla.)
Basic skills in Naval aviation (18 weeks on average at Class “A” Technical School in Pensacola, Fla.)
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) techniques (2 weeks at SERE School in North Island, Calif., or Brunswick, Maine)
Aircraft systems (24 weeks on average at a Naval Air Station)
Additional Training: Service members Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Citation: ("Please Check That Your Current Browser Is Up-to-date." Navy Air Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) : Navy.com. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.)
"Please Check That Your Current Browser Is Up-to-date." Navy Air Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) : Navy.com. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.
"Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)." Rescue Swimmers : Capabilities : CG-711. Web. 5 Apr. 2016.
"Aviation Survival Technician (AST)." USCG Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC). Web. 5 Apr. 2016.