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True Blue: State Trooper Water Training


Their mission: to serve and protect the Great Lakes is one that requires a great deal of training in a state that has so much water.

Michigan State Troopers have to know how to swim well. Recruits endure some of the most important, and exhausting, exercises of their 19 week training in the pool.

When rescuing a swimmer in danger, the goal is to make sure those training to be Troopers can handle real life stress, both physical and emotional. The recruits are expected to block out the noise, keep a level head and concentrate on the task at hand: get the swimmer out of the water as quickly as possible realizing the victim may be unconscious, injured or both. To pass the test, you have to take charge and you have to be effective.

The training isn't limited to the water's surface. The front end of a car is lowered into the tank for recruits to practice underwater rescues. After a poolside lecture, the recruits will watch beneath the surface to see how to save a trapped driver.

 As part of their final test, the recruits will have to perform a rescue blindfolded because in the real world, lakes are often murky and it's difficult to see.

In Michigan, it's not always 75 degrees and sunny, either. So it's not enough to be able to function-in luke warm water, troopers also have to endure freezing water.

Cue the ice bath. It is the ultimate test of mind over matter. Their heart rate is measured, their dexterity tested, their pain threshold maxed out. Recruits need to feel first hand how the extreme cold affects their body and their mind. 



On Thursday, 6 News Greg Adaline rides along as recruits are trained to handle high speed and the spin outs.

The MSP is always looking for people who might be a good fit. Just head to the Seen on 6 portion of the website to see if you have what it takes.

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