The skills test involves a:
- 500 meter forward stroke swim
- 800 meter snorkel / mask swim
- 100 meter inert diver tow
- 15 minutes of treading water
Upon completion of the stamina test, the Divers then complete their annual basic SCUBA skills evaluation, which includes water entry, neutral buoyancy, descent / ascent procedures, buddy breathing and emergency ascent.
Following completion of the Watermanship and SCUBA skills, the training will continue over the next month in our area canals, reviewing search patterns, boat-based operations, line tender operations, and diver-to-surface communications.
All Marco Island Fire Rescue apparatus is equipped with dive rescue equipment and staffed with Firefighters who also perform as Rescue Divers. The Fire Rescue Department wishes to thank the Marco Island YMCA for the use of their facility to complete the training.
City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, 1280 San Marco Rd. 239-389-5040.