Sailing Through the Storm

Sailing Through the Storm


Speaker 1: Heavy weather surfmen are boat
drivers that operate in adverse conditions. It’s kind of the pinnacle of the boat driving
profession within the Coast Guard. It’s the highest degree of certification you can attain.
You have to go into a surf zone, find and locate and then recover persons in the water. There’s a difference between what you can
do with this boat and what you should do with this boat, and what makes you, as a surfman,
is understanding the difference. The most important piece of equipment that you have
on the boat is the crew that’s riding with you. And in adverse conditions, you’re to
drive the boat in such a manner that you don’t beat them up. One of the most important things in regards
to surfman is the way that it’s passed down. The only way that you can get things signed
off as far as for certification for surfman is by another surfman. There’s not that many
of them around. It’s been passed down for close to 200 years. The only way that I got
to where I’m at is not by particularly any great talent or skill that I have. It’s just
by the people that took the time to train me. It’s extremely humbling, and it’s extremely
rewarding. I hate staying away from it all. I like to be in the mix. I love doing what
we do, and I like to be around it.

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