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Moms of Aviation Rescue Swimmers

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Moms of Aviation Rescue Swimmers

Members: 264
Latest Activity: May 22

This group is for family members and friends of Aviation Rescue Swimmers, or sailors in training to be Aviation Rescue Swimmers

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Confused

Started by Seahawk May 20. 0 Replies

Draft

Started by polomom. Last reply by SusanL May 6. 5 Replies

The Path of a Rescue Swimmer

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours). Last reply by Jodi-alumni Ship 4 Apr 26, 2016. 49 Replies

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Comment by Seahawk on May 19, 2017 at 9:29pm
Hello everyone, I'm still new to this and I'm very confused. My son is still at home trying to get a contract for air rescue swimmer. He passed his first test this week. They offered him diver already but nothing on rescue swimmer. His recruiter said they are looking at his scores etc. I thought he can sign a contract as soon as he passes and then needs to train to become competitive? What am I not understanding?
Comment by bats27 on May 3, 2017 at 10:48am

Hi SusanL, My son just left Pensacola few weeks ago. He purchased his own wifi and we had no issues with face timing,calls. Don't send care packages yet. They can't have anything in their rooms as far as food and drinks, if I remember correctly till after RSS. My son was sick with a virus in bed and they weren't to have anything which is ridiculous but water. They do get their mail so I would just sent to his address there never had a issue. He's going to love it there, it's a beautiful base and once he phases up he'll love the beaches/area. Good luck to your son in RSS.

Comment by SusanL on May 3, 2017 at 10:15am

Our SR is doing well at BC, he broke his nose in a flip turn, swimming. He ran into the head of the guy behind him. He just kept swimming because the only thing he was thinking about was to do well in the PST. He didn't go to Medical, he didn't realize it was broken until later. 

Now that I got that call I'm starting to think about his time in Pensacola. I asked about the Wifi in another group in hopes to gain some insight on how to enhance our SR connectivity. I really want to be able to communicate with him and not rely on spotty wifi. Any tips?

Any tips on sending him care packages at the base? We have a cousin that lives in Pensacola. Is it easier to send stuff to him and let him take it to our SR or have packages sent to our SR at the base?

Thank you in advance for any information you can share.

Comment by Melissa on March 7, 2017 at 7:02pm
Welcome to the group SusanL and lsb - and welcome to your Sailor Recruits.

My son also commented that the mental part of Boot Camp and then further into the pipeline was by far the hardest part. Just keep encouraging them to stay strong and be safe, and to know that you are proud of them regardless of the outcome.
While at Boot Camp SEND MAIL, as soon and as often as you can, and get their friends and family members to as well. Local Scout and Civic groups are great for sending cards and letters. I hit up the local Dollar Store and Target for their cheap cards and bought all the blank funny ones I could find and mailed one almost daily - even if it's just a note that says I love you, having something in their hand helps. The recruits look forward to mail and my son commented that there were people at BC with him who never received a single piece of mail.
For parents, I would recommend finding your BC group on this site, and chatting with other parents at the same stage as you are. Often times (especially with SpecOps recruits) they don't get to call as often as others. So even if you can't talk to your child, you can talk to parents who have a child there and will know what stage they are in. And remember - no news is good news. If you haven't received a call, your child is not injured, not flunking out, not in trouble, just working hard, and sleeping hard.
Everyone here is happy to answer any questions we can, and will add your child to our thoughts and prayers.

Bravo Zulu to your Sailor Recruits and to you!
Comment by SMW729 on January 25, 2017 at 2:24pm

Hey there Marianne, I feel for you. One of my son's good friends is on the Bush and gave him a send off on Saturday. I will be praying for you.

SusanL, my son did fine in basic with the exception of the first couple of weeks from the shots and just mentally being broken down. The first call is heartbreaking but mine quickly bounced back. The only thing he really needed to work on was clearing the mask once he got to RSS. If you son has access to a pool and equipment I would suggest work on some of the pool things to get ahead of the curve. Good luck to your son, please keep us updated.

Comment by SusanL on January 25, 2017 at 2:10pm

My sailor isn't even at BC yet and retired sailors are telling me that he will do fine physically it will be the mental duress that is hard and that I should be there for support. So I turn to all of you with for words of wisdom. Are there any words of encouragement you would share ahead of time?

Comment by Marianne on January 24, 2017 at 11:40pm
I hope everyone is doing well! Is there anyone with someone on the Bush? My son's first deployment, having a tough time. He was so excited to go!
Comment by SMW729 on January 24, 2017 at 9:03pm
My sailor was down there for a few weeks before he phased up and was able to go out with us in the afternoons and spend the weekend away from base. This is a very exciting pipeline. Where is your son in his journey? Mine is currently in FRS.
Comment by SusanL on January 24, 2017 at 8:57pm

Hello, Our son just signed his contract for AIRR today. We are so excited. I've been trolling all the information I can. The info "The Path of a Rescue Swimmer" is amazing info Thank you for posting it. We have a cousin that lives in Pensacola, literally minutes from the base so we plan to visit as soon as our sailor has time. Can anyone give me an estimate on how many weeks after arriving in Pensacola he will start to have a little extra time and can see us?

Comment by Melissa on December 12, 2016 at 11:26am

Yeah Jodi!  I am glad to hear that your son is home and that you get to see him soon. 

Mine has been out for the past month but returns next week and then flies here shortly thereafter - I don't get him for very long, but even a couple of days is worth it, as he will be gone for most of the next 18 + months. 

Congratulations to everyone who has swimmers graduating/advancing, and all who get to visit with their swimmers over the holidays.  Enjoy them!

 

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