Navy Search & Rescue – SAR

Navy Search & Rescue – SAR


As Rescue Swimmers, our job is basically to save lives. Most of the rescue operations at the surface will be open ocean, if somebody actually does have a mishap they’ll be able to react right away, get in their fast rescue boats, or RHIBs, and hopefully get those Sailors out of the water and back to their families. Surface Rescue Swimmer is a collateral duty, so I still have my primary duty that I do every day. With the Navy you can have any kind of rating, we’ve had Culinary Specialists, Fire Controlmen, we’ve had Operations Specialists. When I first came to the Navy, I was not comfortable in the water. Now, it feels like home. Today’s actually a big, big day for us, we’re about to get tested. It consists of 4 different events. We need to do as many pull-ups as possible, walk a mile with 40-pound bag, 500-meter freestyle, 400-meter buddy tow and we actually drag somebody through the water. All that’s done on the side, and it’s after we do our normal job. We’ll come on scene, check out the water, and see what’s going on with it. We’re looking at debris in the water, any kind of fuel, sea predators… Looking at sea state as well, because that’s gonna determine how I’m gonna set him down. For me the most rewarding part of doing Search and Rescue, is when you actually get one done, you know you made a difference in somebody else’s life. Not only theirs, but their children’s and maybe generations to come.

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