Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Training Facility

Elizabeth City, NC


The new U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Training Facility was completed in 2012 and features three bodies of water to be utilized for rough water rescue and survival training.  The 50-meter by 25-meter Rescue Swimmer (RS) Pool is equipped with a six-foot wide moveable bulkhead that has the ability to transverse the length of the pool.  Wave generation equipment is provided to simulate an oscillating wave condition. This system is pneumatically operated to create a wave as high as 3 ft.  The pool is also equipped with rescue and survival training equipment ranging from a hoist tower to acoustical, light and wind generation devices.


Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Training Facility

Project Type


Training Facility

Project Service

Design Services

Design Build


Completed 2018


Kimball Architects

Project Amenities

A second body of water, called the Underwater Modular Egress Training (UMET) Pool, has dimensions of 35 ft. by 6 ft.  The pool has variable water depths ranging from 4 ft. to 12 ft. and includes a UMET Simulator and single Wave Ball for wave generation, as provided by Survival Systems.

In addition to the RS and UMET Pools, a 70 sq. ft. Re-Warming Tank is provided for swimmers to immerse themselves into a warm water environment equipped with hydrotherapy nozzles.  Bench seating within the tank will accommodate six people.

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