August 31, 2017
The U.S. Secret Service Rescue Swimmer program is designed to prepare special agents and officers to successfully perform a variety of rescue and emergency medical skills in the open water. Agents who have been awarded the Rescue Swimmer designation are assigned to protective missions involving protectee water activities.
Those agents and officers also take time to have a little fun. Once a year agents assigned to the Bush Protective Division and the Secret Service’s Portland, Maine Resident Office, volunteer their time to work with special needs surfers in Kennebunk, Maine. This August the agents, once again, were present at Gooches Beach to carefully watch the surfing activities of those with special needs.
Above, A USSS Rescue Swimmer works with a surfer in Kennebunk, ME. (Photo Credit: USSS Public Affairs)
Above, A USSS Rescue Swimmer teaches a child how to surf. (Photo Credit: USSS Public Affairs)
The Rescue Swimmers used this opportunity to help those with disabilities partake in fun water activities. During the day, USSS Rescue Swimmers taught the children basic surfing techniques and water safety. The USSS volunteers helped the children experience a day of joy and excitement and provided a sense of community at the same time.