Jason - Pararescueman. Dedicated his early life to competitive swimming, Beach Rescue and coaching. He received his A.A. Degree from St. Petersburg College and studied Civil Engineering at the University of Central Florida where he spent four seasons on the Crew team. In 1997, Jason earned his USA Swimming Coaches Certification and subsequently entered the physical training profession. Since 1997, he has served as an age group swim coach, high school swim coach, summer league swim coach and personal trainer. Jason is also the founder and coach for a triathlon team, running club, masters swim program and youth Adventure Racing Club.
In 2002, Jason began his military career as a Pararescueman (PJ). During his time on Active Duty, he gained experience in both the special operations and conventional personnel recovery arenas. Throughout his military career, he conducted both civil and combat mission profiles across a multitude of challenging environments such as Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving as a PJ, he earned an exclusive and diversified portfolio of certifications . Jason's portfolio includes the following, as well as numerous other certifications: Paramedic, Mountain Rescue Instructor, Pararescue Instructor, Dive Supervisor, Rotary Wing Team Leader, Confined Space Rescue, NASA Recovery Team Leader, Direct Action Resource Center, AETC Teaching Internship, AETC Instructor Supervisor, AETC Technical Writing, Stress Inoculation Design, and a Degree in Personnel Recovery. For Jason's selfless actions he was bestowed with the honor of the British Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA) 2006.
As an instructor at the PJ/CRO Indoctrination Course, arguably one of the most challenging courses in the DOD, Jason trained countless candidates. He accumulated well over 4000 training hours. At Rescue Athlete, Jason continues to motivate, educate and equip our clients with the necessary tools to meet their personal or professional goals.