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NOTE: DUE TO THE NUMBER OF COURSES THAT EMPHASIZE WATER OPERATIONS IN THE PIPELINE, THE WATER SURVIVAL COURSE IS NO LONGER A REQUIREMENT FOR PARARESCUE. SOME STUDENTS GET IT, SOME DON'T. THE UNDERWATER EGRESS COURSE IS NOW A REQUIREMENT. GO TO THE UNDERWATER EGRESS PAGE.

USAF Water Survival School. NAS Pensacola.

NOTE: NAS Pensacola is located approximately 13 miles from the airport. Be prepared for a $25 to $30 cab fare. There is a discount cab available through the airport USO which charges a flat fee of $17. If the USO is closed, you should contact Airport Express direct at 934-3000--the more riders you have the lower the fare for each.

  1. BILLETING:
  2. REPORTING PROCEDURES:
  3. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:
  4. UNIFORMS AND AFCAT 36-2223 REQUIREMENTS:
  5. TRANSPORTATION:
  6. SAFETY:
  7. OFF-LIMITS ESTABLISHMENTS:
  8. COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION:
  9. TRAINING SCHEDULE:



1. BILLETING:

a. Billeting on-base is generally available; however, due to the limited facilities, reservations for water survival students are normally limited to five nights. Billeting directives permit accommodating TDY families on a space available basis only. TDY personnel who bring their families should be prepared to arrange and pay for commercial, off-station quarters.

b. If you have any problems with your on-base quarters, immediately notify the Billeting Desk: BOQ 452-2756, BEQ 452-3438 or relay your problem through the Survival School Student Administration Office 452-5961. We will make every attempt to correct problems quickly in order to ensure that your stay will be as comfortable as possible.


2. REPORTING PROCEDURES:

Bldg 75 is the site of the classroom lessons, it is also the initial location where you will practice post egress, raft boarding, and hoist procedures. Port Operations, Bldg 146, is where you will board the watercraft for your open water training.



a. Report in uniform to Bldg 75 NLT 0725, on the first day of class. Class starts on Tuesday and normally graduates on Friday. On the first day of training you will need to bring your medical records and a copy of your orders. Days two, three and four, bring all required clothing (listed later). You must comply with AFI 36-2903 or appropriate dress and appearance regulations while on-base (hats, footgear, haircut, etc.). Tennis shoes may be worn with flight suits, battle dress uniforms, or fatigues only during training at Bldg 75 and open-water training. A small gym bag or other similar device for transporting clothing is beneficial



while going to and from training sites. CARRY NO VALUABLES WITH YOU TO BLDG 75. You will need enough money in bills and change for your lunch. On days one, two and four, you will have the opportunity to eat lunch on base. Day three of training, meals will be either ground support meals ($6.85), or staff prepared lunches available for $5.00. Students not wanting to purchase lunches may bring their own. Money for lunch meals will be collected on the first day of training, exact change is appreciated.

b. Students arriving early will be entered into the first available class. If you have any questions call the Student Administration Office at DSN 922-5961 or Commercial (904) 452-5961.


3. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

If you are sick or otherwise need medical attention prior to course entry, report to the NASP Clinic, Bldg 3400 with your medical records. Inform the 17th TRS Orderly Room at 452-5961 (during duty hours) or NASP Quarter Deck 452-2353 (after duty hours) of your situation and status prior to the beginning of the next duty day.


4. UNIFORMS AND AFCAT 36-2223 REQUIREMENTS:

a. While on base or traveling to and from quarters, all personnel are required to be in compliance with AFI 36-2903 or appropriate dress and appearance regulations. Report to Bldg 75 each day in uniform. Upon arrival at Bldg 75, squadron personnel will inform you when to change into appropriate training gear. Listed below are the mandatory items you are required to have for training:

  1. Flight Suit, Battle Dress Uniform (BDU's) or long sleeve fatigue for use during training.
  2. Boots, jungle or combat
  3. Flight gloves (NOMEX)
  4. Bath towel (Do not use Billeting towels)
  5. Tennis shoes
  6. Medical records
  7. Dry uniform and footwear to return to base (IAW AFI 36-2903)
  8. Fatigue cap (for shade)
  9. Eyeglasses with retainer strap (advise instructor if needed for distance vision problems)

b. Listed below are optional items:

  1. Sunscreen lotion (recommended)
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Small fishing kit and bait (one-man raft training)
  4. Insect repellent (recommended second day of training only)
  5. Gym bag or plastic bag for wet clothing


5. TRANSPORTATION:

a. On Tuesday, the first day of training only, there will be transportation provided by school personnel from BOQ and BEQ to Bldg 75 (Schedule listed later in this document).

b. The senior ranking officer (SRO) of your class will be assigned a government van for the class to use to meet any necessary transportation requirements during your stay.

c. Students billeted in the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ, Bldg 3472) are within walking distance of Bldg 75 and the NASP General Mess-Bayside Galley (Bldg 601).

d. Students billeted in the Bachelor Officer's Quarters (BOQ, Bldg 600) are within walking distance of the NASP General Mess-Bayside Galley (Bldg 601) and Bldg 75 is within walking distance from the Galley.

BUS SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

0700 - BEQ TO BOQ TO BLDG 75

0715 - BOQ TO BLDG 75

**ATTENTION T-44 STUDENTS ONLY:

Report to Bldg 73 Monday, 0830. POC is SSgt Hawkshurst at 452-5962, or MSgt Simmons at 452-5961.


6. SAFETY:

Your safety while attending the Water Survival School can be broken down into two areas: Training Safety and Local Area Safety.

a. Safety During Training - The school has an excellent safety record. Our primary concern is for you to pay strict attention to all precautions given by school personnel. Non or weak swimmers receive special attention and very few have encountered any problems completing training.

b. Local Area Safety - Considering the extended length of the student training day, it would be wise to remain near the immediate vicinity of the base. When driving off-base, wear seat belts and drive defensively.


7. OFF-LIMIT ESTABLISHMENTS:

NASP does not have any off-limit establishments for the local area. Please use your good judgment and common sense when selecting off-base recreational or dining facilities.


8. COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION:

NASP's Commissary and Main NEX are located at Corry Station. There is a commercial bus route 14 that services that area. Bus fare is 75 cents.

NOTE: The USAF Water Survival School does not endorse any commercial transportation agencies, but would like to provide the information to you.

  • Veteran's Taxi 434-1616
  • Air Brown and White Taxi 477-8119
  • All American Taxi 455-8506
  • Airport Express 934-3000
  • Car Rental on NASP (Bldg 470) 456-1666


9. TRAINING SCHEDULE

This training schedule is an aid for planning and coordinating with appropriate agencies and personnel. It is intended to outline instructional activities and to plan operational training support. Variations to this schedule will be made based on class size, training requirements, weather conditions, and local flying schedule and airspace restrictions.

TUESDAY (DAY 1)

  • AA-1 Processing and Orientation 0730-0830
  • WPA-1 Environmental Aspects 0830-0930
  • WPA-4 Medical 0930-1100
  • LUNCH 1100-1200
  • WPA-2 Sea Life 1200-1300
  • WPA-3 Sustenance 1300-1400
  • WPA-5 Combat Considerations 1400-1500
  • AA-1 Preparation for Basin Training 1500-1515

WEDNESDAY (DAY 2)

  • AA-2 Basin Controller Briefing 0730-0745
  • AA-2 Instructor Introduction 0745-0750
  • SA-3 Student Dressing 0750-0805
  • WPL-6 Post Egress and Parachuting 0805-1020
  • AA-2 Descent Tower Briefing 1020-1030
  • WPL-7 Aircrew Flotation & Helicopter 1030-1200
  • Recovery Devices
  • SA-3 Shower / Change 1200-1215
  • LUNCH 1215-1315
  • WPL-8 Survival Living 1315-1445
  • WPL-9 Signal & Communication 1445-1615
  • for Recovery
  • AA-2 Preparation for Day 3 Briefing 1615-1625

THURSDAY (DAY 3)

  • WPO-10 Hook-up Briefing 0630-0700
  • SA-3 Student Dressing (Bldg 75) 0700-0715
  • SA-1,2 Equipment Issue / Travel to Docks 0715-0745
  • AA-2 Boat Safety Briefing 0745-0800
  • SA-2 Travel to Training Area 0800-0830
  • WPO-10 Parachute Demonstration 0830-0900
  • WPO-10 20-Man Exercise & Vectors 0900-1030
  • WPO-10 Drop and Drag Training (2 sets) 1030-1200
  • WPO-10 Parasail #1 1200-1300
  • LUNCH 1300-1330
  • WPO-10 Parasail #2 1330-1430
  • SA-2 Travel to Docks 1430-1500
  • WPO-10 Summarize Day 3 Training
  • SA-2 Travel to Classroom 1500-1510
  • SA-1 Equipment Turn-in 1510-1525
  • SA-3 Shower / Change (Bldg 75) 1525-1540

FRIDAY (DAY 4)

  • EC-1 Test and Test Critique 0730-0830
  • SA-3 Student Dressing 0830-0845
  • SA-1,2 Equipment Issue / Travel to Docks 0845-0910
  • SA-2 Travel to Training Area 0910-0940
  • WPO-10 Hook-up Briefing / Depart Docks
  • WPO-10 Parasail 0940-1040
  • WPO-10 1-Man Raft Exercise 1040-1210
  • WPO-10 Helicopter Hoist Recovery 1210-1310
  • SA-2 Travel to Docks 1310-1340
  • SA-2 Travel to Classroom 1340-1350
  • SA-1 Final Equipment Turn-in 1350-1420
  • SA-3 Shower / Change (Bldg 75) 1420-1435
  • AA-3 Course Critique & Graduation 1435-1505

NOTE: These times are approximate and may be changed due to weather conditions, class size, airspace restrictions, and any conflict with Navy flying schedule. Deviations to the training schedule are coordinated by Tuesday of each week. The launch controller notifies 17 TRS/DOTS of any deviations. DOTS changes any departure times of outbound students, if needed. Every effort is made to have students depart on Friday.