USCG Rescue Swimmer School Badge

The brave men and women of the USCG who have earned the title of Rescue Swimmer are true heroes. When your life is on the line in dangerous seas these are the guys who are going to get your butt to safety. Here is a look at what they must endure to become graduates of the USCG Rescue Swimmer School otherwise known as A-School.

COAST GUARD STATION, Elizabeth City — They are a small group within the U.S. Coast Guard, only about 300 of them servicewide. To join their ranks, candidates must endure physical and mental challenges that rival those facing any potential Army Ranger, Navy SEAL or Air Force pararescueman.

The Coast Guard’s rescue swimmers are the brave young men and women who hoist or free-fall from a helicopter into dangerous seas to perform daring rescues.

The rescue swimmer training school here has one of the highest student attrition rates of any special operations school in the military. Roughly 75 students go through the school each year, and fewer than half make it out.

A quick look into the training required of the guys who are always ready to pluck one of us mariners out of a dangerous sea. usmilitary.about.com

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  • Tim

    That is one crazy F*cking Job…….

  • Tim

    That is one crazy F*cking Job…….

  • http://gcaptain.com/ John

    Victoria,

    Sounds like an fun class!

  • http://conted.mainemaritime.edu Victoria

    Want to take the class? Maine Maritime Academy Continuing Ed offers Ocean Rescue Systems’ USCG Rescue Swimmer and the nearly identical..minus the Cutter…Public Safety Rescue Swimmer courses by arranged contract.. Joe Mokry is the #1 delivery man/author of this course at USCG sites all over the country..

    start acquiring your Continuing Education Units for our Maritime First Responder Certificate Program: – which includes a choice of three from a list of courses..examples:
    1-“Maritime Security for Military, First Responders and Law Enforcement Personnel”
    2- “Tactical BoatOperations”
    3-“Command Strategies and Tactics for Marine Emergencies.” (ship/marine orientation for firefighters)
    4. USCG Public Safety Rescue Swimmer
    5. STCW/USCG Fast Rescue Craft

    (note – 1-3 above are TED approved..ie: if you are a first responder, your state can get free tuition money from FEMA via their State Emergency Management Agency (SAA) offices)

  • http://conted.mainemaritime.edu Victoria

    Want to take the class? Maine Maritime Academy Continuing Ed offers Ocean Rescue Systems’ USCG Rescue Swimmer and the nearly identical..minus the Cutter…Public Safety Rescue Swimmer courses by arranged contract.. Joe Mokry is the #1 delivery man/author of this course at USCG sites all over the country..

    start acquiring your Continuing Education Units for our Maritime First Responder Certificate Program: – which includes a choice of three from a list of courses..examples:
    1-“Maritime Security for Military, First Responders and Law Enforcement Personnel”
    2- “Tactical BoatOperations”
    3-“Command Strategies and Tactics for Marine Emergencies.” (ship/marine orientation for firefighters)
    4. USCG Public Safety Rescue Swimmer
    5. STCW/USCG Fast Rescue Craft

    (note – 1-3 above are TED approved..ie: if you are a first responder, your state can get free tuition money from FEMA via their State Emergency Management Agency (SAA) offices)

  • http://gcaptain.com/ John

    Victoria,

    Sounds like an fun class!

  • Geronimo Quijada

    m… i live in argentina and i'm 17 years old…do anyone know how can i be a uscg rescue swimmer??

  • Geronimo Quijada

    m… i live in argentina and i'm 17 years old…do anyone know how can i be a uscg rescue swimmer??

  • James Nash

    How do i get enlisted into summer program that will get me ready forthis job?

  • James Nash

    How do i get enlisted into summer program that will get me ready forthis job?

  • samantha helm

    this sounds like something i would like to do

  • samantha helm

    this sounds like something i would like to do

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