POTD: Advanced Water Survival

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    Water Survival Advanced, or WSA for short, is the highest swim qualification Marines and sailors can obtain before moving onto the next echelon of becoming a Marine Corps Instructor of Water Survival. That’s the topic for our Photo Of The Day. The week-long course kicks off with a water survival pre-screening event, and the remainder of the course consists of numerous endurance swims, life-saving techniques and applications, physical and mental conditioning, and countless swimming drills to ensure students have the confidence to not only maintain themselves but others’ lives while in the water.

    Keep the gun and gunpowder dry at all cost! Below is Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Walters, a hospital corpsman with 3d Medical Battalion, 3d Marine Logistics Group, as he conducts a rifle swim during the water survival advanced (WSA) course on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, June 17, 2021.

    Tread till you die, with a smile.

    How good are you at swimming?

    As you probably figured, the firearms look like dummies.

    Did you try anything similar, apart from that recent boating accident? How was it?

    All photos by the U.S. Marine Corps, taken by Lance Cpl. Alex Fairchild.