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CAP Class

008 – (Update For May) The Coastal Athlete Program

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
  • Product reviews
  • Summer Special Events! like the 3rd Chum Challenge


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.


MAY 19 OR 20



CAP Class

007 – Swim Fin History

Swim Fin History 

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 Duck  Feet 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 
  • Mid-late 80’s 
  •   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* 

DaFin history

Yucca Surf Fin History

In 2016 Sean Straky made an update of one of his favorite fins for bodysurfing the wedge, what he came up with is considered by the hosts of the show to be the best fin on the market.

3 rubber variations 

  • Potato soft 
  • Regular 
  • Stiffs for the grooms that said “bring the stiffest fin you make ol’ man”

Features an open heel design similar to the Viper V5 with updated ventilation holes at the toes on the bottom side of the fin to help drain sand and gravel that ends up in your fins 

When will we see a 7”? Joe is patiently waiting.


Dr Jackson’s collection


Owen Churchill info

A little fin history

UDT fin history

UDT Fin History part 2

Duckfeet history 

The History of: Duck Feet

Spearfisherman company

Swim fin history Swell lines 

Swimming Propellers: History of the Swim Fin

Swim fin history ISHOF

Fin history (snorkeling)

Bodysurf and equipment history 

SwimFin history (wiki)

Swim fin history aqua gear

Ben Franklin fin journal entry

SwimFin Rails 

The Fin Rail

Weird fin designs 

Strange Designs: Swim Fin Artistry

Jet fin history


006 – The Great Swim Fin Debate Part. 1

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.

Scuba Pro - Jet Fins
Scuba Pro – Jet Fins

Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Voigt Duck Feet
Voigt Duck Feet

Voigt Duck Feet

Da Fins
Da Fins

Da Fin 

MS Viper

TYR Cross Blade
TYR Cross Blade

TYR Cross Blades


Viper V5 V7

Yucca Surf Fins (Extra Stiff)

Churchill Swim Fins 

Final Categories (as agreed upon at the conclusion)

Dive Fins

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.

Multi-Purpose Fins

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.

Surf Fins

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.

Training Fins

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.




005 – The “First Four” debrief about the origins…

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.




004 – Cal Fire Captain Drew Rhoads (Rescue Swimmer/Crew…

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.

Drew uses every type of water rescue tool to keep the coastline and inland waterways safe.

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.

Drew’s skill set enables him to reach people in distress from virtually every rescue platform.


Jesse Pittman SO1 1984-2011
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 (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.

Fire Captian Rhodes works above and below the water line to protect the health and safety of the people of California.






Martial Arts

003 – Senior Director Of MMA Training for UFC…

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.

ROB MCCULLOUGH with the W.E.C. Lightweight Championships Belt

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.

Former MMA champion “Razor” Rob McCullough, left, speaks to students Wednesday morning at Anaheim Hills Elementary School about bullying as part of a nationwide anti-bullying campaign sponsored by Santa Ana-based LA Boxing.
/// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 10/3/12 – Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register – n.bully


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal trainer (CPT)
  • TRX Master Trainer
  • ESCAPE -TIYR/Kettlebell/Bulgarian bag- MASTER TRAINER
Tiki Ghosn, Micheal Bisping, and Razor Rob (left to right) enjoying life outside the ring.

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Rob’s fan page can be found HERE














002 – California State University Monterey Bay Assitant Professor…

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

If you would like to reach out to Dr Bellumori, she can be reached at



001 – Naval Expeditionary Combat Command Force Medical Master…

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.
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.

Social Links

Dan can be found on Instagram @deep_sea_doc

Dive the World Over can be reached on Instagram @dive_the_world_over  

You can find Dive the World Over on Facebook HERE


Navy Diver / Hospital Corpsman









Intro to The Coastal Athlete Program

The Coastal Athlete Program is a podcast about the skills, jobs, and lifestyles of water rescue professionals. Swimming, surfing, paddle sports, and diving are regular topics as well as interviews with rescue crews from around the world. Follow along with our free amphibious program on our website