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Aviation Rescue Swimmer

US Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmer jumps from Navy helicopter into water.

Aviation Rescue Swimmer

Jumping out of a helicopter to pluck crewmembers out of frigid waters. Rappelling to reach survivors at a remote crash site. Coming to the aid of civilians stranded by a hurricane. The motto of the Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) community is "So Others May Live."

Jumping out of a helicopter to pluck crewmembers out of frigid waters. Rappelling to reach survivors at a remote crash site. Coming to the aid of civilians stranded by a hurricane. The motto of the Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) community is "So Others May Live."

Earn an $8,000 enlistment bonus.
And make a living rescuing those in need.
US Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmers (AIRR) train with diving equipment.

About This Job

When lives are on the line, Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmers (AIRRs) are exceptionally adept at answering the call. These brave men and women embody the courage of America’s Navy – readily going into harm’s way to complete their rescue missions in some of the most extreme environments imaginable.

Aviation Rescue Swimmers are a tightly knit group, dedicated to being the top emergency response unit in the world. They routinely put the lives of others before their own – applying intense physical and mental training to challenging real-world situations where there’s often no margin for error.

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Get a Head Start on Your Training.

To become an Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations community, you must first go through what is widely considered to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding military training programs in existence. Get started on your physical training now by learning about the minimum Navy Physical Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.

NOTE:If you're pursuing an NSW/NSO position, much better PST scoring is expected.
Minimum PST

Physical Screening Test
SEAL SWCC EOD Diver AIRR
Swim 500 yards
(450 M) - breaststroke or sidestroke
[in minutes]
12:30 13:00 12:30 12:30 12:00*
REST: 10 MINUTES
Push-ups
[in 2 minutes]
50 50 50 50 42
REST: 2 MINUTES
Sit-ups
[in 2 minutes]
50 50 50 50 50
REST: 2 MINUTES
Pull-ups
[in 2 minutes]
10 6 6 6 4
REST: 10 MINUTES
Run 1.5 miles
[in minutes]
10:30 12:00 12:30 12:30 12:00

* AIRRmay use sidestroke or breaststroke and utilize American crawl/freestyle or a combination of all.

NOTE: You should consult your physician or other health-care professional before starting any exercise regime or other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of medical illnesses or ailments that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start a fitness program if your physician or health-care provider advises against it.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.