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USCG STAN Team RWC Program - Columbia River, Astoria Oregon

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The United State Coast Guard has one area where Rescue Water Craft have been used for 17 years as a safety platform during training, it is owned by the STAN Instructors.
National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Instructor and Lead K38 USA Instructor Shawn Alladio created a three part training program combining open water, surf zone and swiftwater training on Rescue Water Craft to assist the STAN instructors.  This program was created by Mr. Darell Gelakoska in 1996. He began his fact checking for the idea as early as 1993. I met him at this time in Seal Beach, California at a Lifeguard training program for his discovery phase to implement enhanced water safety coverage for the upcoming 'Advanced Rescue Swimmer' School.
Video Aircraft:  SA366 G1 Dauphin & EH 101 Canadian SAR Rescue
STAN Team instructors operating Rescue Water Craft (RWC) on the Columbia River Bar as safety support vessels during their Advanced Helicopter Rescue Swimmers school.  
The RWC's are their safety boats that are used in large standing waves with high incidence of open ocean swells during deeper winter months.  October and February when the winter swell patterns hold a more consistent level of dynamic water, the schoolhouse is open for training several weeks in the year.  The STAN instructors (standardization) are stationed in Mobile, Alabama.  The mission of the Rescue Swimmer Stan Team is to provide rescue swimmer standardization to the HH-65 and HH-60 communities.

Video: STAN instructors working on the RWC's on the Columbia River bar during a schoolhouse training session with the Rescue Swimmers and Helicopter Crews: