Surface Rescue Swimmer

Surface Rescue Swimmer Program


To provide for rescue operations at sea, MSC has a surface rescue swimmer program which trains civil service mariner volunteers to assist in the rescue of individuals from the sea. In addition to routine onboard duties, qualified surface rescue swimmers respond to and evaluate the condition of survivors in the water, and provide immediate assistance to help ensure their safe, successful recovery.

All participants must pass a US Navy Surface Rescue Swimmer course of instruction. MSC funds SRS training for qualified CIVMARs. MSC is looking for those individuals who have served in a Surface and Rescue position, swam competitively, been involved in water sports (water polo) or worked as public lifeguards. While it is a collateral duty, those interested in pursuing will have opportunity for additional earning potential and career advancement.

To be hired into this position, the applicant must pass the U.S. Navy’s Medical Screening to determine fit for duty status. An applicant who accepts the position must successfully pass the SRS Medical Screening, and successfully complete the below.

  • 4 Pull-ups (minimum) in 2 minutes
  • 50 Sit-ups (minimum) in 2 minutes
  • 42 Pushups (minimum) in 2 minutes
  • 1.5 mile run under 12 minutes
  • 400m swim under 11 minutes

Incentives are offered to MSC Surface Rescue Swimmers.

Examples are:

  • $750 Cash Award upon graduation from SRS School and a $2,000 Cash Award if selected as the class Honor Graduate
  • Annual award that can grow as high as $5,000 per year for maintaining SRS Qualifications and for satisfactory performance of SRS duties
  • Premium hourly pay for hours earned while engaged in SRS activities in addition to normal pay
  • Paid physical training and paid equipment maintenance time
  • On-the-spot monetary awards and time off awards based on aspects of service

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Prospective CIVMARs interested in applying for the SRS program should contact the CIVMAR Support Center at (866) 562-7672.