Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Sgt. Marcus Kister uses the collar tow to bring a simulated victim to safety during the GSDF Water Survival Course, Smyrna, Ga., June 24, 2023. The GSDF Water Survival course strictly follows the U.S. Army’s water survival training curriculum and is designed to allow the student an opportunity to learn basic water survival techniques in a controlled environment while building self-confidence for operations around bodies of water. This training will allow the GSDF to safe

Georgia State Defense Force Soldiers Master Water Survival Skills in Intensive Training Course

In a recent training exercise, The Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) had their soldiers undergo a
Water Survival Course. The exercise took place in Smyrna, Georgia, on June 24, 2023. The course adheres to the rigorous water survival training curriculum of the U.S. Army, ensuring that GSDF soldiers are well-prepared to operate safely in and around water while carrying out their responsibilities in support of the state of Georgia.

The GSDF Water Survival Course aims to enhance the abilities of GSDF soldiers to navigate water-based environments confidently. By following the U.S. Army’s curriculum, the course covers a comprehensive range of skills, including swimming techniques and water safety measures. As Georgia is a state with abundant water resources and a coastline, it is crucial for GSDF soldiers to be prepared for situations where they may need to assist in water-related emergencies or perform duties in aquatic environments. The course equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate safely and effectively, ensuring they can carry out their responsibilities to the best of their abilities while ensuring their own well-being and the safety of others.

A Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Soldier swims during a two-rucksack exercise that is part of the GSDF Water Survival Course, Smyrna, Ga., June 24, 2023.
The GSDF Water Survival Course strictly follows the U.S. Army’s water survival training curriculum. This training prepares GSDF Soldiers to safely operate in or near bodies of water as they perform duties that assist the state of Georgia.
The GSDF is a component of the Georgia Department of Defense.
(Georgia State Defense Force photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alexander Davidson)
Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Staff Sgt. Burt Weller swims lengths of the pool during the GSDF Water Survival Course two rucksack exercise, Smyrna, Ga., June 24, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Soldier demonstrates the collar-tow technique during the GSDF Water Survival Course, Smyrna, Ga., June 24, 2023.
The GSDF Water Survival Course strictly follows the U.S. Army’s water survival training curriculum. This training prepares GSDF Soldiers to safely operate in or near bodies of water as they perform duties that assist the state of Georgia.
The GSDF is a component of the Georgia Department of Defense, along with the Georgia Air National Guard and Georgia Army National Guard.
(Georgia State Defense Force Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alexander Davidson)
Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Sgt. Marcus Kister uses the collar tow to bring a simulated victim to safety during the GSDF Water Survival Course, Smyrna, Ga., June 24, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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