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Do you have what it takes to be a rescue swimmer?


Today is what we call multis, at the end of
training right before they graduate. It’s where they take everything they’ve learned
from day 1 and put together a scenario. Today you saw a three man sinking vessel multi.
It’s to simulate a vessel that’s taking on water and there’s a pump on board that they’re
unable to get it to run. After five minutes, the lead instructor will blow the horn. That’s
when the vessel sinks and everyone gets in the water. At that point we’re looking for
them to be able to re-prioritize to find out who is drowning, who is not drowning and save
all the survivors. Usually we’ll have one person who is an active survivor that is non-compliant.
They’re scared, they can’t swim and we’re looking to see if they’re able to compose
themselves and keep control of that survivor. If that survivor becomes panicked and turns
on them, are they able to utilize the tools we give them to either escape and get away
from that survivor or do a release, which is where you turn them around and regain control.
The mask really is a big help when you’re dealing with the rotor wash. It’s almost the
main reason we have it. With rotor wash coming at you, it stings and makes it hard to see.
They’re able to think on their toes in a chaotic situation and their ability to take everything
they’ve learned in their training and put it all together for a scenario. So that when
they’re in the real world, it’s not their first time seeing a situation. Versus just
putting one person in the water and putting them in the basket. It’s a confidence builder
for them to utilize the knowledge.

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