Maritime Search and Rescue

MAR203 – 16.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This Maritime Search and Rescue (MSAR) course offers the necessary knowledge for preforming initial action by first responders that may involve missing Person(s) in Water (PIW). The training consist of classroom discussion, multimedia presentations, and hands-on training, with most operations being on the water. Students will receive training in legal aspects, mission planning, MSAR communications and on water search patterns.


There are no prerequisites for this course, but basic chart familiarity is beneficial.

Course Completion Requirements

Course Attire/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

  • For field exercises, TEEX will provide participants hard-hats, cloth working gloves, life jackets and disposable ear protection.
  • For classroom activities, participants must wear full length pants, closed-toe shoes, and short sleeve / long sleeve shirts (no sleeveless shirts).
  • Participants should bring foul weather gear if inclement weather is possible. 

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

Physical Recommendation

Due to the strenuous nature of class activities, you should secure a professional evaluation of your physical condition prior to enrolling in this course.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Legal Aspects
  • Open-water versus in-shore rescue concepts
  • Search and Rescue (SAR) planning
  • Major search patterns
  • Items to consider when selecting a SAR pattern
  • Determining set and drift of a person in water (PIW)
  • How to utilize an electronic navigation package in a search
  • Night Search operations
  • When to call off a search

Suggested Audience

  • First responders
  • Government employees
  • Individuals who may be tasked with responding to person in water (PIW) rescues

Other Information

Class Location and Travel Information

Classes are conducted at

8609 Teichman Rd.
Galveston, Texas

The Galveston Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of local hotels.

Contact Information

Kirk Richardson

Training Director
Phone: (979) 845-1158 | (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]

Payment Info

  • Credit Card – Complete online registration or call (979) 845-2130.
  • Purchase Order – Complete online registration and send a copy of PO documentation within 48 hours.