We are joined this episode of The Coastal Athlete ProgramPodcast by Jake Sonnier US Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmer, crew chief, fisherman, and all around bad ass to talk about his career as a water rescue professional. Jake talks about his aquaphobia and fear of heights, and how he refused to let them deter him from becoming a Rescue Swimmer. Schep and Jake discuss jet fins vs rocket fins, shark encounters, and Jake shares some of his stories about flying in the Florida Keys.
Water Rescue Professionals are often perceived as fearless superheroes when in reality many of us struggle with phobias and pain just like everyone else. The life also calls us away to stand duty, often times costing us valuable time with the ones we love. We went there in this episode, and we thank Jake for his candor.
Many active duty Rescue Swimmer s never get the opportunity to actually ply their craft in a civilian rescue scenario. In 2017 Petty Officer Sonnier got the chance to do just that, and the story is electrifying. Imagine being afraid of heights swinging from a helicopter in a storm, down onto a shrimp boats, surrounded by hungry sharks. This is an all-timer folks, you won’t want to miss it!
The Coastal Athlete Program Podcast is stepping up to weekly episodes through the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere to provide as much quality content for water rescue professionals as possible during the tourist season.
Joe is getting his mobile recording set up online so we are doubling our range.
Schep & Joe are coming to Mendocino for the Water Rescue Rodeo and will be offering a class on the alternate day of the event.
Episodes dedicated to the true cost of water sports goods, examining the human and natural cost of things like rubber/foam/polyurethane
Summer Special Events! like the 3rd Chum Challenge
CAP CLASS SUMMER TOUR
The guys are ready to hit the road the provide CAP Classes in your area on the Pacific Rim, specifically for water rescue professionals or any group of water sports enthusiasts. Schep and Joe have fins, boards, paddles, and small craft standing at the ready to come to your town! Contact us HERE or via any of our social media channels.
10 students minimum per session
20 students maximum per session
As we begin to offer mobile classes we will talk about them on the podcast, so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss your chance to try out a CAP Class for yourself.
‘Doc’ Joe Jackson and Schep are back, this time to discuss an in-depth analysis of swim fin history their design progression through time. From DaVinci to WWII to Mavericks we outline the evolution of the most well-known name brands and dive, pun intended, into what has made them so successful.
Swim Fin History
Polynesian swimmers w/ hard palm leaves tied to their feet some dried palm leaves were even coated in tar or natural latex (Churchill witness 1930’s)
Leonardo Da Vinci (15th century)
Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (17th century)
Benjamin Franklin (18th century) As a child he loved swimming as fancied himself a sailor. He would affix wood planks to his hands and feet – “artist palette” shaped) documented in the Smithsonian
Louis de Corlieu (1914-1939) In 1914 the 1st prototype were designed by French naval officers, 1924 Corlieu left the Navy to work on his fin, in 1933 he received a patent (767013) for fins and paddle combo, and mass production began in 1939 after selling a Churchill purchased a license from him.
propulseurs de natation et de sauvetage translated as “swimming and rescue propulsion device”
Churchill renamed the design as Swimfins which is still used in English today. He went to the US Navy to demonstrate their value and application which, and the subsequent order allowed the gear to shine in battles of World War 2. Churchill fins left prints on the Normandy beaches attached to the feet of “Naked Warriors” as they cleared landing sites for the invasion.
Fun fact Owen Churchill is a gold medalist, yacht racing 8m, 1932
Open Strap Heel
1946 Skin Divers and Duckfeet and custom duck feet (what we use modern duckfeet wise) (Spearfisherman the fin company was started 1945 by Arthur Brown later sold in 1955 to Swimaster, which became Voit in the early 1960’s 1st to use rails or ribs for stiffness and power
1948 Italian cressi-sub and Luigi Ferraro came up with a closed foot (closed heel) fin design
1949-50 Udt’s, a larger version on the DuckFeet fin (both have duck feet still written on them) in use on record w/ US Navy through Vietnam with the Frogmen (fighting on land as sea)
1964 Georges Beuchat designed and produced the jet fin (Scubapro Jet Fin)
1980’s or 1990’s Dr. Greg Deet rescued the UDT fin mold after production had been moved down to Mexico. Rumor had it they were sitting behind a barn in TJ
Viper Swim Fin History
1st released 1982
I-Beam 7” black no drainage holes
V7/ V5 yellow and orange dots iconic colorway
2014 injection molded rubber fins were made as an update. The new rubber didn’t require the use of paddling, the rubber was smooth enough not to make your feet a bloody mess
Vectors V7/ V5 yellow/ orange
2015 vector V7/v5 blk/ grey
2016 New yellow dots V7’s v’5
*Weird rubber in late 90’s early 00’s in both the v5 and v7*
Andy Cochran, a lifeguard living in Hawaii designed the fins in the mid 90’s
The Swim Fin is a vital part of any waterman’s gear, especially water rescue professional’s, and can be used for a variety of purposes. Surfers, lifeguards, dive and salvage teams, as well as snorkeling guilds, require different levels of stiffness and comfort to do their job. Some use swim fins to train their legs for non-fin events or to increase kinetic awareness. Others use fins to explore deep below the water’s surface and require the perfect combination of performance and efficiency.
Episode 006 – The Great Swim Fin Debate
Joe and Schep recently sat down to try and help you make sense of it all. Below are links to the brands and topics discussed.
Final Categories (as agreed upon at the conclusion)
A good Dive Swim Fin places an emphasis on subsurface propulsion, efficiency, and strength of stroke delivery. These fins tend to be longer, heavier, and require proper leg strength development prior to efficient use.
Can serve for surface and subsurface duties, often the pair of fins you bring if you only can have one in your kit. A good multi-purpose swim fin is like a good multi-tool; durable, easy to use, flexible enough to meet your needs.
The Surf Swim Fin category contains fins designed for comfort and control while playing in the waves. These fins are usually made of high-quality rubber that is both buoyant as well as durable.
Fins that are designed for pool work, and are made of chlorine resistant materials. Typically cover the entire sole of the foot, with an enclosed heel pocket. A Pool Swim Fin is typically not buoyant and is not well suited for ocean use.
One year ago the first CAP Class assembled at Del Monte Beach to brave the overhead plus heavy slab waves and driving north wind. We began this Program in order to prepare a group of recent Naval Academy graduates for their careers in the special operations community. The “First Four” sat down with Schep to talk about the origins of the Coastal Athlete Program, what motivates their desire to serve in the United States Navy, and why they have chosen their paths.
We recorded this interview several months ago before the guys had a chance to class up. They have since all completed Navy Officer Dive School and will continue down the pipeline to being Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians. Rest easy at night knowing brave men and women like this are standing the watch.
We are joined this episode by Fire Captian Andrew Rhoads of the Cal Fire Mendicino detachment. Drew serves as a rescue swimmer, crew chief, salvage/rescue diver, firefighter, and as a member of multiple water rescue training cadres. Drew lays out how he steered his career towards the water, the sacrifices he made early on to gain experience in a marginalized field, and speaks frankly about the challenges first responders face balancing work and family life. For aspiring firefighters, rescue swimmers, divers, and first responders this is an absolute must listen. If you would like to participate in a CAP Class or have any further questions about this interview please click here.
There are many routes to working as a rescue swimmer, but every route requires self sacrifice and discipline to achieve success. We would like to thank Captain Rhoads for taking the time to lay out the path to a rewarding career as a rescue swimmer in Cal Fire.
Jesse Pittman was born and raised in the redwoods of northern California. As a young man, he spent two seasons as a wildland fire fighter with CAL Fire before he joined the United States Navy to become a SEAL commando. After completing his third deployment, Jesse volunteered to do another back-to-back. Jesse had a saying among his teammates, “I don’t run, I charge.” On August 6, 2011, Jesse was one of 31 American heroes lost in a helicopter crash over Afghanistan. Jesse died while living a life dedicated to service and conquering challenges. His next goal was to attend college and earn his bachelor’s degree. Now, Jesse’s wish will carry on with you.
The Jesse Pittman Fund will be hosting the 7th annual Jesse Pittman Memorial 5k Run/Walk on June 17th, 2018 in Ukiah California. more information can be found at www.jessepittmanfund.org (live link)
Sign up for the race HERE(The JPF allows people to virtually participate so you can support this worthy cause without traveling to Ukiah. This is an incredible cause. We urge any of our listeners in the area to participate and post your results for us to share.
This episode of the Podcast features an interview with former W.E.C Lightweight Champion and I.M.T.C. Welterweight Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough. Razor Rob has also coached on two different seasons of the TV show “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF) Season 11 Ortiz vs. Liddell & season 14 Bisping vs. Miller. He has also traveled the world as a striking coach and training partner for Martial Arts legends as Michael Bisping , Ricco Rodriguez, Kevin Randelman, Tito Ortiz, and Rampage Jackson. Rob currently works as the Senior Director of MMA at UFC Gyms, and holds a litany of certifications listed below.
We can not wait for you to hear what he has to say about the Science of Sport, practical application of knowledge and skill, and about how he successfully transitioned from professional cage fighter to loving father & businessman.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal trainer (CPT)
NASM YOUTH EXERCISE SPECIALIST (YES)
NASM MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CONDITIONING SPECIALIST (MMACS)
NASM FITNESS NUTRITION SPECIALIST (FNS)
AMERICAN RED CROSS: FIRST AID/CPR/AED/OXYGEN INSTRUCTOR
We are joined today by California State University Monterey Bay Assitant Professor of Kinesiology Dr. Maria Bellumori. We discuss her journey to academia, her 11 year stay as a Blue Hen at the University of Delaware (Crew, BS/MS/PhD), the research she worked on to earn her PhD, and what she is doing now.
Dr Maria Bellumori
Ph.D. Biomechanics & Movement Science, University of Delaware – 2014
M.S. Exercise Science, University of Delaware – 2009
B.S. Health Behavior Management, University of Delaware – 2007
We are honored to be joined today by Naval Expeditionary Combat Command Force Medical Master Chief Dan Ritch. Schep and Dan go deep discussing ways to identify a shallow water blackout, the need for qualified professionals to be ambassadors of conservation, and geek out on their love for “mother” ocean. Dan shares some sea stories from his work as a Navy Diver in the Arctic and stresses the impact of irresponsible tourism on local ecologies.
Dan shares his passion for the sea, mentorship, and explains how he designed his career to keep him in and around the water.Make sure to like and subscribe to the podcast to get first listen to new episodes, and like and subscribe to us on Facebook. If you listen to us in iTunes please leave us a review and subscribe!
Shallow Water blackouts
I would like to thank Master Chief Ritch for appearing on the podcast and taking the time to teach us about shallow water blackouts.US Navy Diver screening calls for subsurface swims in a pool to be conducted in various states of stress, it is important to develop this skill prior to arrival. The threat is real when training in a subsurface environment; be it in a formal training environment or during personal development.
ALWAYS HAVE A LIFEGUARD PRESENT PRIOR TO CONDUCTING SUBSURFACE TRAINING EVOLUTIONS
NEVER TRAIN ALONE, ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN.
We will discuss this topic further on a future podcast, but this is a quick and dirty breakdown of what to look for. If you have specific questions about shallow water blackouts please submit them HERE.
Welcome to Day 4 Week 2 Year 1 (D4W2Y1) of the free online Coastal Athlete Program. These daily workouts are designed to augment coastal athletes preexisting training protocols for the purposes of increasing range and ability. The Program is amphibious so there is a great deal of run/swim/paddle in your future.
Make sure to LikeSubscribe and Follow us on all our platforms to get the complete picture of what it takes to be ready to respond when the moment is greatest. Sometimes the life you save is your own. If you ever have a question about the program, please feel free to contact us for clarification.