Full Mission Profile
Somewhere in Alaska, 50 miles offshore a vessel capsized in heavy seas with 3 persons on board. Before going over, the captain sent out a mayday message that was received by the US Coast Guard.
Immediately board a rescue helicopter and transit to the scene. Deploy Rescue Swimmers via free fall to location outside of floating debris. Rescue Swimmers will approach victims and assist them, in order of priority, into Rescue Basket for recovery.
Get to the Helo –
- Run 400 meters with EMT kit (approx 35lb ruck).
- Swim 200 Yards/Meters with gear (fins + mask & snorkel).
Pick up survivors –
3 rounds of:
- Swim 75 Yards/Meters
- Hypoxic Swim 25 Yards/Meters (see notes on hypoxic swim)
- In-Water Buddy Tow 100 Yards/Meters
The last round is done without mask / fins / snorkel.
CPR in Transport –
Time Line Penalty-
If “Insertion” and ”Pick up survivors” takes longer than 20 minutes (due to time on scene for helo fuel) then:
4 rounds of:
- Swim 25 Yards/Meters without fins
- Hypoxic Swim 25 Yards/Meters without fins
- Rest 30 Seconds
Due to the danger associated to Shallow Water Black Out, Hypoxic Swims will be used to simulate underwater breath holding.
Instructions for Hypoxic Swims –
- Utilize the crawl or free-style swim stroke. Attempt to swim the entire 25 Yards/Meters taking as few breaths as possible.
- If you feel that you need to breath, then by all means do.
- Do Not Submerge / Do Not Hyperventilate
Special Thanks to the Creators of OPERATION: MAYDAY
- AST3 Wes Price USCG Rescue Swimmer
- AST3 Tyler Holt USCG Rescue Swimmer