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 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. 

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.


    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.

    Registration Questions

    If you have trouble registering through the online registration system, contact the Marine Firefighting Program at (979) 845-1152 or

    Contact Information

    Kirk Richardson

    Training Director
    Phone: (979) 845-1158 | Toll-Free: (979) 845-3831

    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 to
  • Policies

    TEEX Policies
    TEEX Participant Handbook

    Participants are required to follow the guidelines in the ESTI Student Safety Manual.

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