Assistants and students shall at all times (underway) wear the following Personal Protective Equipment (with the exception of select skillsets in calm water, example: patient not wearing a lifejacket to simulate no flotation). Attendees must be familiar with their PPE, know how to repair and maintain their PPE and it must fit properly and be in workable condition. They may want to bring extra garments. Each must come prepared to train in the select course environment.
This is a physically demanding and rigorous training course. Preparation is required.. Students will be prepared to maintain loaned K38 gear and return upon completion of course.
Additional PPE or safety items may be required or requested to be used, it is up to the discretion of the wearer to determine their best use and care during training. Gear can be lost, torn or worn. K38 is not responsible for this. Loaned gear may be issued and a rental fee may be charged in mutual agreement of both parties in advance and in writing.
- Water Whistle properly tethered to Lifejacket (no long leashes)
- Water Helmet, properly fitted and sized and affixed with a positive release buckle, 10’ to the waterline at all times
- USCG (Or other – refer to National standards) approved Lifejacket, appropriate ‘type’, properly fitted and sized (no tears, or ‘live bait-swim tethers or O-rings, no long leashes or loose webbing straps). Rash Guards over lifejackets are not permitted. Inflatable Lifejackets are NOT permitted. (Recommended Lifejacket: Type V - Special use lifejackets include work vests, deck suits)
- Full Wetsuit, proper thermal protection (tuck away leashes from zippers or loops in hoods) Neoprene shorts are permitted in warmer climes, board shorts, swim trunks or wetsuits are not permitted
- Drysuits are permitted but not recommended for surf applications; they should be properly fitted and sized. Students should bring a backup wetsuit in case of damage to drysuit. Students should be comfortable in their drysuit and understand its function, features and limitations placed in the training environment. Please bring a field repair kit to maintain your drysuit and bring proper undergarments for thermal layering.
- Water Gloves with non-slip palms properly fitted and sized. They should not bunch up at the grip, and finger tips fitted and not loose on the hand. Wrist and palm closures are preferred such as wakeboarding style gloves.
- Foot Protection (no bare feet) hard soled boots and ankle closers preferred, neoprene socks or liners are suggested as needed. Laces need to be secured and constantly checked from loosening
- Eye Protection, should properly fit inside the helmet face. You can lose goggles so prepare.
Note: All participant (student/instructor) PPE must be personally ’touch/feel’ inspected, checked and managed during training continuously
Recommended PPE: Proper eye protection is recommended that fits snugly within the student helmet frame. If a student wears contacts or eye glasses or sunglasses, they can be lost, broken or damaged. Additional thermal layering as needed per the environmental/exposure conditions. Agency required PPE can be used in training as required by administration but is not required or endorsed by K38.
Knife/sheaths should be secured (not fall out of sheath or removed), same as emergency scissors. Tethers (live-bait/swim harness) should not become entrapment issues (please remove) and loose webbing should be restricted/tied back. Long hair needs to be secured and tied back. Fin belts and fins are not required in training, it is up the students, fins can dislodge the lanyard while underway, take notice of the risk. Fins/Fin belts are not required as a standard for RWC operations.
Students are responsible for sun protection, thermal needs/protection, hydration and snacks for the duration of training.