This Veterans Day Weekend! The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is proud to open a new exhibition!

As a former United States Coast Guard Station, the museum has always shared many facets of USCG history. This time around, we are excited to share the story of the Coast Guard’s Rescue Swimmer Program. Most of us take the sight of a swimmer being lowered from a helicopter for granted, but this very special part of the service has only been with us since the 1980’s.

Visitors will discover how the program was born, and how it has grown to be an elite part of the US Military. The training is incredibly difficult, with only about half of Rescue Swimmer candidates actually graduating the program.

Our special thanks goes to the service men and women at nearby USCG Air Station Elizabeth City, NC, for their assistance with photos and equipment. We’re thankful to now display modern rescue equipment beside some of the vintage hardware.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, no worries. The Swimmer will be on display in the museum’s main gallery through this winter. We’ll see you soon!

An aviation survival technician deploys from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, durring high-seas hoist training off the coast of La Push, Wash., Feb. 10, 2017.
Aircrews train eveyday to become more proficient in their craft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Field Officer Port Angeles.