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Rescue Swimmers
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Coast Guard Swimmers Test Boundaries of Courage
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.-- You've seen them on TV and the big screen -- jumping from helicopters into frigid waters to rescue people.Coast Guard rescue swimmers have an extremely important job. If they're not trained properly, it can mean the difference between life and death."This is your first one-man rescue scenario," an instructor tells a rescue swimmer candidate.
​"You have 10 minutes to compete the evolution; you need to signal for your rescue device."

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​         U. S. Coast Guard
     Rescue Swimmer Program
               ​        ​ by

​​​LCDR Richard M. Wright, USCG                       (Ret.)

On the evening of 10 February 1983, the M/V MARINE ELECTRIC sailed out of Norfolk, VA, en-route to Brayton Point, MA, with a 25,000 ton cargo of pulverized coal. Seas were rough, the skies were laden with a heavy overcast and the wind was cold and blowing in excess of 40 knots. The crew of 34 officers and men were experienced and had sailed in such weather on numerous occasions.  Read More:
Coast Guard rededicates Savannah hangar to rescue swimmer
Click onto image below to read about, James g. Caines​

Do you have what it takes to be a rescue swimmer?
Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer A School - Preview
No. 1                                                                                                                                 No. 2
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US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Training
​ or Jumping from a helicopter

U.S.C.G. Rescue Swimmer on youtube
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U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
A Day in the Life: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
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 for Rescue Swimmer Fitness Standards.
The Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
​ (RS) Program, established after the renowned MARINE ELECTRIC incident of 1983 (USCG Historian's article) has evolved tremendously through its history. The program began as a high seas rescue initiative to recover incapacitated persons from the open ocean in a heavy seas environment. Procedures and skill sets originally adopted from the U.S. Navy have been updated and incorporated into today’s program to meet the ever changing operational
​climate and environmental conditions that the CG encounters daily.
Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)
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RESCUE SWIMMER MANUAL, Click here to read in a PDF format

Aviation Rescue Swimmer Badge
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Rescue swimmers learn how to jump from helicopters
​ as part of their ​training, 
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Training Suggestions
The Coast Guard suggests candidates perform a variety of static exercises to ensure the body is ready for the movements of the training. The training manual suggests a variety of warm-ups and stretches including arm-and-leg swings, land crawls, squats, ankle rotations and lower back twists. Some program graduates recommend combining swimming with endurance strength training by pulling yourself from the pool without using your feet after each 25-yard length, completing several push-ups on deck and re-entering the water feet first. Meanwhile, the training provided to ocean lifeguards, through programs such as those offered by the Red Cross, provide solid swim preparation.  Read More: