Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer

"So Others May Live"

About Rescue Swimming

Members of the Coast Guard are specifically chosen to become rescue swimmers. As a rescue swimmer they are responsible for knowing how to swim with lots of extra weight on them to support not only another person, but the weight of all the gear they may have to carry.

Working Conditions

The working conditions you have to endeavor are outside in (usually) frigid, rough water.

Skills Required

Personal Qualities Necessary

Rescue Swimming Job Details

Salary: $59,160 - $88,740

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.

Education

Navy training in the NSW/NSO is required.

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.)

Hours

Remember, this is a full-time job and the hours vary depending on season (weather and fishing seasons).
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Image Citations

"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.