Length/Scope: WIC-R is an eight-week advanced training course that provides graduates of the Patrol Craft Officer Riverine Course (MASL P145909) or those personnel who are able to verify that they are an experienced riverine craft coxswain with the basic skills to deliver classroom lessons and to conduct high-risk training in the riverine environment. Course topics include human rights, patrol craft familiarization, patrolling/formation techniques, instructor/high-risk instructor development, high-risk evolution safety, crew-served weapons, static and dynamic range operations, immediate action/threat response while on patrol and insertion/extraction of ground forces. Students will be required to pass an entrance examination which is used to verify they possess the essential skills necessary to provide effective small craft instruction to trainees. Students may be removed from the course if they do not meet the prerequisite requirements or fail to meet any of the course objectives.
Special information: At a minimum, students should be in good health with normal vision (20/20 with or without glasses), normal hearing and manual dexterity. Additionally, students should be able to read and comprehend basic writing and mathematical skills in the course session language (English or Spanish) and possess basic computer skills. Country Teams and/or Security Assistance Officers must provide written certification that each student selected was screened to attend the Waterborne Instructor Course Coastal and is able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds (18.2 kilograms) and perform strenuous physical exercise. (This can be done via the ITOs).
Students will be required to successfully perform the following physical fitness tests during the first week: Perform a minimum of 42 push-ups in two minutes followed by a two-minute rest; perform a minimum of 50 sit-ups in two minutes, followed by a two-minute rest; perform a minimum of six pull-ups (no time limit), followed by a 10-minute rest; and run 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometers) wearing running shoes in less than 15 minutes. Students must also be able to perform a 500-yard (457.2 meter) swim test using breast and/or side strokes in less than 13 minutes. Students may push off the pool sides during turns. Following this demonstration of stroke proficiency, students must be able to float in a prone position while maintaining a stable position for five minutes. They must then be able to transition to a back float prior to exiting the pool. Students must also demonstrate the ability to float wearing all combat gear while using required flotation equipment. This course is an attrition based course. Failure to demonstrate patrol craft knowledge, skills, physical fitness and swimming requirements will result in an immediate academic drop during the first week and a return to the student's country of origin.