My nephew, Craig Powers, graduated from the Coast Guard rescue swimmer program on Friday. If you click through and read more about it, you'll learn about how demanding this program is. There is a combination of both grueling physical training and simulated rescues at sea. Craig was one of only 3 graduates from his class of 11. And, there are only about 330 rescue swimmers active right now. These people save lives when there are accidents at sea. Thousands of people have been saved to date. If you are ever unlucky enough to be in distress at sea, you'd be lucky to have someone like Craig there to rescue you.
Here's an article on Craig's graduation from The Daily Advance.
There's an article featuring Craig in the August 2007 issue of Motor Boating magazine. This is available for sale now, but the articles aren't yet on their Web site. This article has some awesome photos Craig in action during his rescue swimmer training. When the article is online, I'll post an update.