Marine Corps Water Survival School
Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools

The Marine Corps Water Survival School (MCWSS) serves to train Marines and Sailors to perform duties as Marine Corps Instructors of Water Survival (MCIWS). MCWSS also acts as the center for resolution of all water survival training issues and the management of the water survival training program.

Telephone numbers

Comm: 910-450-XXXX

Director - 910-450-1836
Deputy Director - 910-450-1954
Chief Instructor / Course Chief - 910-450-0095
Instructor - 910-450-0063/1953


Use of government quarters and messing is directed, if available. Travel claims including full per diem or commercial billeting will be rejected without a letter of non-availability.

Billeting arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Students should attend the school on funded orders.

E-6 and above contact the BOQ 910-451-2146/1835 for room availability.

E-5 and below should contact the school at 910-450-0061/0909 for room availability. If checking in on the weekend or after regular business hours, report to the CDO Bldg M130 for BEQ room issue.

Gear List: Gear List.doc

Reporting for class:

  • Report to Bldg M139 (Training Tank) at 0600 on the convening date of the class.

  • Bring: Prescreening Checklist (NAVMC 11627), TAD orders, ID card, goggles, and swim trunks for males or one-piece swim suit for females.

  • The first training event is a confirmation of the prescreening requirements.

Military PT clothing will be worn for periods of classroom instruction; however, appropriate uniforms should be available in case it becomes necessary to go to other areas of the base.

Personnel who do not meet ALL prerequisites will not be enrolled in the course and will be returned to their parent command.

MCO 1500.52D Marine Corps Water Survival Training Program


NAVMC 3500.41C Training Military Occupational Specialties T&R Manual (Note: Ch 6 MCWSTP)


MCRP 8-10B.6 Marine Corps Water Survival (Requires CAC for access)


American Red Cross


NAVMC 11209 Instructor’s Course Record


NAVMC 11627 MCIWS Prerequisites/Prescreening Checklist


NAVMC 11628 MCIWS Recertification Requirements


NAVMC 11629 Emergency Response Guidelines Checklist


NAVMC 11630 Water Survival Incident Report


NAVMC 11632 Emergency Response Drill


Swim School Prep Guide

swim guide

  Click here to download the Swim School Prep Guide - Note, this guide contains video and must be downloaded to work. Right click and save the target file to your computer.

From I-40

Take exit 364 (Hwy 24 East) towards Kenansville
Follow Hwy 24 into Jacksonville to Camp Johnson

From I-95

Exit on Hwy 70 East in Selma, NC
In Kinston, NC, take Hwy 258 East towards Jacksonville, NC
Hwy 58 will merge with Hwy 24 East which leads to Camp Johnson

From Hwy 17

Follow to Jacksonville, NC, where you will pick up Hwy 24 East which leads to Camp Johnson

Marine Corps Water Survival School
An interview-lead documentary showcasing the training of Marines at Marine Corps Water Survival School aboard Camp Johnson, N.C. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. James R. Skelton)
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