Do you have what it takes?

To prepare for whatever may come their way, rescue swimmers, or aviation survival technicians, train at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., the Coast Guard’s technical training provider for enlisted aviation forces. Take a look at this training exercise where rescue swimmers use what they learn from day one in a simulated emergency.

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One of the Coast Guard’s most visible duties is that of the helicopter rescue swimmer. Alongside fellow aircrew, rescue swimmers deploy into a myriad of challenging rescues ranging from hurricanes and cliff rescues, to emergency medical evacuations from ships at sea.

To prepare for whatever may come their way, rescue swimmers, or aviation survival technicians, train at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., the Coast Guard’s technical training provider for enlisted aviation forces.

Take a look at this training exercise where rescue swimmers use what they learn from day one in a simulated emergency. The instructors simulated a boat taking on water with three people aboard. The swimmer had to troubleshoot a pump for five minutes before the boat sank and three people were in the water. The next task was to get the people into a life raft and transfer the people one-by-one to the hoist platform where the victims were placed into a rescue basket and hoisted to safety.

Do you have what it takes?

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  1. As a young boy of only 5 years old, I was thrilled when my parents announced they were putting in a swimming pool in our back yard. Soon afterwards it was decided that our pool was one of those best suited to host the YMCA Swimming Safety Course because of it’s large size and traditional rectangular shape. So I just naturally took to swimming as lessons were being taught right at my home most days of the week. I nevertheless learned all I could during the YMCA swimming classes and living on Mission Bay and so near to the beach, I soon graduated to open ocean swims, surfing, snorkeling, and while it was available Platform High Diving at the Hilton’s pool on East Mission Bay Drive in the early 1970’s. I later wanted to be a rescue swimmer, but never actually got any formal training but nevertheless I was able to save someone from drowning…and also saved myself on a reckless swim across a large lake in the Sierra Tahoe area where I miscalculated the distance and barely made it to the other side alive after hours in the water praying I would make it. David Hotchkiss.

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