Coast Guard Search And Rescue Swimmer Careers

There are several missions that the United States Coast Guard is responsible for. Drug Interdiction, Vessel inspection, Aids to Navigation are examples of a few of the missions that the US Coast Guard is responsible for. But the most important one is search and rescue operations, in support of both national and local authorities. Coast Guard personnel are used to perform search and rescue for boaters, fisherman, and others who venture onto the oceans and waterways, and then who run into emergency situations or danger and need rescue.

Rescue Swimmer Training?

Training for a Aviation Survivalist technician or Coast Guard Rescue swimmer begins with 9 weeks of boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. After the basic training experience, training for individual advanced specialty training takes place in a 16 week Class A technical school. It is a very stressful and severe training that many people do not make it through, in this way it is similar to Special Operations type training. Each Coast Guard Rescue swimmer must pass an aircrew physical and also they have to be able to pass the security clearance for a secret level clearance. Serving in the Coast Guard is a lot like joining a select family, the Coast Guard is the smallest of the five military services and so you find that personnel join in and are often cross trained to help out in other positions. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, or Aviation Survival Technicians are professionals, and experts in rescue operations.

They are trained in not only water rescues but in situations such as severe storms, hurricanes and cliff type rescues, it’s all in a days work for the Coast Guard Aviation Survival technician. While at technical school training, Coast Guard AST’s work in simulated field conditions and classroom training to learn how to inspect, maintain and service aerial cargo delivery systems, dewatering equipment, survival at sea equipment, special purpose clothing and emergency gear, and other general aviation equipment. One of the most challenging Careers in the Coast Guard is the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. The Rescue Swimmer is the Aviation survival technician, and is trained in Emergency Medical procedures such as EMT basic.

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Coast Guard survival techs also work to administer survival lectures and water egress training to Coast Guard Aviators. AST personnel also perform ground servicing of aircraft and routine aircraft safety inspections, and assist in the general aviation administration duties.

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military dot image Molly    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a 17 year old high school student and I have dreamed of becoming a Rescue Swimmer since the very first time that I was rescued by just a lifeguard in Grand Haven Mi in lake michigan. All of you who have the strength, the bravery, the courage, the love, and the faith will always be my heroes and I hope when I am 19 and go in that I can be one of the best female swimmers in history I’ve been training to be a swimmer since I was 7 years old and when my time comes, I know in my heart that I’ll make it. All of you women out there who have made it, give me a hope that is too sensational to describe with words. So thank you and I hope I can be just like you!


military dot image Maritere    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Molly i can believe you and me have almost the same stories!!!! I’m a 17 year old female and i too want to be a rescue swimmer i just love the water and i would do anything to save a life!!


military dot image jae    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 20 yrs old and was previously enlisted in the navy, I was given a RE-4 discharge code. I want nothing more than to be a rescue swimmer, if there is a way for me to do so, I ask that you please contact me. I’ve been out for over a year and for over a year now have been led to dead end after dead end and could use a light at the end of this tunnel.


military dot image Mike    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’ve been considering my future in the coast guard for a while and I think a rescue swimmer is just for me, but what are the schooling requirements for it?


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