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Aircrew NAWS Search and Rescue Fundamentals
Search and Rescue Fundamentals

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Discuss the Chief of Naval Operations Rescue Swimmer Mission Statement
  • Execute SAR operations from rotary wing aircraft.
  • Physically conditioned.
  • Rescue swimmer’s expertise shall provide fleet commanders the ability to assist Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian personnel in distress.


Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  1. Day deployments
  2. Night deployments
  1. 4-day (10/10 or 15/0) Two shall be rescues of a simulated survivor.
  2. 2-night (hoist) Both shall be rescues of a simulated survivor.


Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  • Day and Night water direct deployment


  • 2-day 2-night



Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  • Direct deployment counted as conventional deployments
  • Day direct deployment requirement can be counted as 2 of their conventional day deployments.
  • However, the night direct deployment requirement is in addition to their 2 conventional night deployments for a total of 4-day and 4-night deployments.

Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  1. Night/IMC open ocean rescue swimmer deployment
  2. Day/VMC open ocean rescue swimmer deployment training
  1. Permitted only during actual SAR/mission essential evolutions.
  2. Permitted for proficiency and qualification. The aircraft carrier (CV) or parent vessel shall be in close proximity.

Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  1. Safety Boat
  2. Substitute for the safety boat
  1. Fully Manned (coxswain, one safety assistant(CPR), one rescue swimmer). Required equipment (NTTP 3-50.1, rescue litter assembly with floatation, trail line, V-strap, gloves, lifting slings, chemical lights with straps, one operable two-way radio and one level “A” medical kit.)
  2. Second airborne SAR capable helicopter equipped per the NTTP 3-50.1 with dressed swimmer.

Discuss the requirements for the following Rescue Swimmer deployment training:

  1. Sea state
  2. Ceiling/visibility
  3. Tea bagging
  4. Live practice rescue litter operations from helicopter
  1. 2 or less
  2. 500/1
  3. Shall not be continued as fulfilling night deployment requirements.
  4. Simulated survivor is clear of the water by approximately 10 to 15 feet. Survivor shall then be lowered and removed prior to recovery of the litter.

Discuss the currency requirements of the following rescue swimmer practical training:

  1. Swimmer fitness tests
  2. CPR
  3. Mock trauma scenario
  1. Semi-annual, TYCOM SFT. (3 total a year)
  2. Annually
  3. Annually, TYCOM eval does not count as regular annual.
State the safety observer requirements during the Swimmer Fitness Tests
  • Qualified in adult CPR and trained in first aid procedures level “A” medical kit.
  • Safety observers may not perform the fitness test while performing safety observer responsibilities.
List the requirements for the Swimmer fitness test
  • OPNAVINST 3130.6, Series Naval Search and Rescue Standardization Program
  • Flight suit and steel toe boots.
  • 4 pull ups in 2 min. (max rest 5 min.)
  • Dumbell carry (50 lbs.) 100 yds over two obsticals 12-14" in 1 min. 25 sec. (max rest 5 min.)
  • Litter walk 1 mile in 16 min. 30 sec. Back pack weighing 39 lbs may be substituted for actual litter. (max rest 20 min.)
  • 500/400 swim/buddy tow 27 min. or less
State the currency requirements for the Rescue Swimmer training lectures on the Navy SAR training CD ROM

Every 12 months and a minimum of three lectures shall be completed each quarter.

State what comprises the annually rescue swimmer evaluation

1.    Closed book examination (40 questions, minimum grade 3.4)

2.    Practical evaluation

3.    Mock trauma scenario

4.    SAR Fitness Test

Explain rescue swimmer proficiency and evaluation waivers requirements
CO's may grant waivers for long cruise. Shall not exceed 90 days from the evaluation expiration date or return from operational commitment.

Discuss the following rescue swimmer practical training/evaluations safety standards:

  1. Safety equipment 
  2. Training Time Out (TTO) Procedures 
  3. Break/Release Hold Procedures 
  4. Safety Observer 
  5. Whistle Blasts 
  6. Safety Swimmer 
  7. Chemlights used to set up the pool area for night pool training
  1. Level “A” medical kit and a rescue litter or backboard.
  2. Uncertainty about requirements or procedures to be performed in the water. May be called if procedure is incorrect or unsafe.
  3. Release hold when "BREAK" command is given. Pinch under water indicates "BREAK" command.
  4. Qualified rescue swimmer, remain out of pool with whistle.
  5. 1-individuals attention 2-everyones attention 3-exit asap
  6. Qualified rescue swimmer.
  7. RED-exits BLUE-light switches or flashlights GREEN-swimmer/apex on parachute 
Discuss Rescue Crewman common core ground training requirements and currency
  • OPNAVINST 3130/3 Rescue Crewman Common Core Ground Training Form.
  • Oonce every 12 months; minimum 4 lectures per quarter.




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