Cobra medics take on combat water survival training

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photos by 1st Lt. Bryan Pruitt, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team  Waterlogged warriors from Co. C, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, work as a team. From left, they learn to use their combat uniforms as floation devices while performing first aid and CPR on a simulated dive casualty, they learn to correctly administer CPR and use an AED ashore, and  they conduct combat water survival training, Oct. 1.

Photos by 1st Lt. Bryan Pruitt, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Waterlogged warriors from Co. C, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, work as a team to conduct combat water survival training, Oct. 1.

1st Lt. Jeanine Robinson
225th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

25th Infantry Division

 

 

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — Soldiers from Company C, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently conducted combat water survival training while simultaneously implementing their Medic Table VI and basic life support skills with an automated external defibrillator, here.

The principle of the training was not to teach Soldiers how to swim, but to teach them how to survive, an essential tool being stationed on a Pacific island.

Soldiers trained on the two types of water entry, correctly exiting the pool, treading water, using their uniform as a flotation device and applying basic life support fundamentals using the defibrillator, and correctly performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a dive casualty.

To accommodate swimmers of all levels, trained instructors supervised all previously identified weak swimmers and non-swimmers at the shallow end of the pool.

Photos by 1st Lt. Bryan Pruitt, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team  Waterlogged warriors from Co. C, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, work as a team. From left, they learn to use their combat uniforms as floation devices while performing first aid and CPR on a simulated dive casualty, they learn to correctly administer CPR and use an AED ashore, and  they conduct combat water survival training, Oct. 1.

Photos by 1st Lt. Bryan Pruitt, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers from Co. C, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, 25th  learn to correctly administer CPR and use an AED ashore, Oct. 1.

“The training was a success,” said Spc. Ashanti Rhabb, health care specialist. “As a non-swimmer, I felt that the training was extremely beneficial. I felt safe and included during all phases of the training.”

Upon completion of the training, Rhabb stated that she would be willing to complete the training again once she had taken swimming lessons.

“As an experienced swimmer, I felt like this training was very realistic. The training was a must-have, being stationed, here, in Hawaii, as a Soldier in the 25th Infantry Division in the Pacific Command,” said Pfc. Robert Vasilescu, also a Charlie Co. health care specialist.

“I’ve conducted water rescue training in the past and found this training to be comparably important and essential,” Vasilescu continued. “As medics, we need to know how to perform our job in an aquatic environment as potential first responders in the field. “

It’s important for Soldiers to learn basic survival skills, especially when living on an island. For most of Co. C, the water survival training was their first experience highlighting the importance and necessity of this potential perishable skill.

Following the training, health care specialist Sgt. Edward Dean was already preparing to take the training to the next level: CWST in the ocean.

“Novice swimmers can survive in water,” said Dean. “Water survival is possible if correct standards and training are implemented.”

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