Rescue Swimmers Endure Tough Training



Portland Press Herald: Brian Cundiff, a high school swimmer and lifeguard, wanted to see what it would be like to take his water skills to the next level.

So on a humid June day, the 18-year-old Sandwich High School graduate took to the pool at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay with several aviation survival technicians, better known as rescue swimmers, from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

Evan Staph, a rescue swimmer, showed Cundiff what it would be like to handle a victim who might be uncooperative after spending a prolonged period in the water—spoiler alert, they’re not always happy to see rescuers and have a tendency to initially fight them off.


Read more about what Coast Guard rescue swimmers must endure in training.