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Survival Swimming (PE320) 


Course Director: Mr. John McVan 

 

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
A cadet's water entry with combat gear
A cadet jumping off the high dive
Cadets in survival swimming
Cadets in the waves
A cadet entering the pool with rifle
 




The Survival Swimming Program is a 19 lesson required course offering, designed to develop theatre specific survival swimming proficiency. Offered as part of five different progressive delivery systems based on entry level ability (PE109, PE320, PE321, PE322, PE323); the course syllabus is divided into two curriculum tracks: basic stroke development and combat survival swimming.  Emphasis is universally focused on elements of conditional acclimatization (both flat water and surf), breath control, basic locomotion, buoyancy positions, stroke instruction/refinement, and the development of sound “real world” analysis and decision making when faced with operational water survival implications.

 

Lesson
Subject Matter
 
 
1
Orientation, 150yd Swim Validation, Rudimentary Skills Introduction
2
Sculling/Finning, Buoyancy Progressions, Survival Floating, Treading Water
3
Survival Gate # 1, Elementary Backstroke Intro, Skill Conditioning
4
Elementary Backstroke Benchmark, Freestyle Breathing/Balance Drills
5
Freestyle Full Stroke Reps, Stroke Specific Conditioning
6
Freestyle Benchmark, Breastroke Intro, Stroke Specific Conditioning
7
Breastroke Benchmark, Intro Sidestroke, Underwater Swimming Intro
8
Sidestroke Benchmark, ACU Swimming, Bob & Travel Intro
9
Stroke Continuation Option, Equipment Intro: Bottom/Surface Options
10
Bob & Travel, Wet Carry Progressions, Skill Combo Iterations
11
Survival Gate # 2, Clothing Inflation Progressions, Tower Intro
12
Wave Pool Introduction, ACU Swimming, Equipment Options, Wave Combo's
13
14
Survival Gate # 3, 10 meter optional entry, ACU specific conditioning
15
Tactical Swim Training, Mask/Snorkel/Fins, Catch-Up Option
16
Personal Water Safety, Active/Passive Options, Defenses/Escapes, Tows/Carries
17
5 Minute ACU Survival Swim, Survival Gate # 4 Lead-Ups
18
19
10 Minute Swim, Benchmark Finalization, Course Summation
 

PE320-322 Course Syllabi S14.docPE320-322 Course Syllabi S15.doc

Combat Water Survival Swimming Lab Overview .docxCombat Water Survival Swimming Lab Overview .docx