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PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 21, 2022) A Sailor assigned to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, exits the water after a training evolution in the Pensacola Bay during Aviation Rescue Swimmer School, July 21, 2022. The training is physically demanding and involves instruction on topics such as aircrew duties and assignments, survival, first aid and water rescue procedures. With these skills, enlisted aviation personnel will eventually be assigned to fleet squadrons as naval aircrewmen rescue swimmers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Melvin)
Combining the efforts of officer, enlisted, and civilian personnel, the Aviation Water Survival department at Naval Air Station Pensacola provides initial aviation water survival training and CPR qualification to all preflight student naval aviators and student naval flight officers; student flight surgeons; naval aircrew candidates; student aviators from other branches of the U.S. armed forces; and international student aviators.

The AWS department also manages satellite swim sites at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia; Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii; and Naval Base San Diego, California. These sites offer a variety of water survival and rescue swimmer training.


DSN: 922

Aviation Water Survival Leading Chief Petty Officer
(850) 452-4212

Navy Swim Programs Manager
(850) 452-2191
(850) 452-5747
Rescue Swimmer Program Manager
(850) 452-2003
Physical Training Skills Program Manager
(850) 452-2191
(850) 452-5744
Naval Aviation Schools Command
181 Chambers Avenue, Suite C
Pensacola, FL 32508
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