we all saw the movie The Guardian but what is it really like?
a look inside, at the training of Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, or called by their proper name, Aviation Survival Technicians (AVT’s).
“They are trained at the U.S. Coast Guard’s enlisted Aviation Survival Technician/Rescue Swimmer school at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The course is 18 weeks long; more than three times the length of the United States Navyand Marine Corps schools. The course includes instruction on rescue techniques, helicopter deployment techniques, and myriad technical skills from small engine repair to parachute packing and maintenance. Successful completion of this course results in being awarded the Aviation Survival Technician rating, the technical rating for a variety of aircraft and survival equipment maintenance.”