Between 2009 and 2019, 29 Marines drowned during off-duty recreation events. In 62 percent of these incidents, bystanders were present, but unable or unskilled to rescue the victims. This occurs even though the Marine Corps has a swimming qualification program. As a Corps, we can do more.
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Semper Fit and Recreation and Semper Fit at Camp Pendleton developed a program to improve the swimming skills of Marines to avoid accidents such as these. Semper Fit’s Marine Swim Advancement Training (MSAT) provides progressive, foundational level instruction in critical swimming skills that is tailored to Marines. MSAT is designed to increase Marines' familiarity and survivability in the water, improve the swimming qualification rates, and reduce accidental drownings.
Through MSAT, Semper Fit’s aquatics professionals will provide world-class training to Marines of all skill and comfort levels. Throughout 2021 and 2022, MSAT is expanding to installations across the Corps.
Marines have a heritage of being “soldiers of the sea,” capable in every situation, clime, and place. Semper Fit has the expertise and resources to help you increase your aquatics skills and gain the confidence to act in the face of uncertainty.
Contact your local Semper Fit team of professionals today to learn more about MSAT and sign up.
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