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Applying for mine clearence diver

Hi all,

Apologises if this has been covered a thousand times before, I'm just trying to do as much research as possible.

I have applied to be a mine clearance diver. I have my first test/meet next month at the navy office in London.

I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer.

I'm 34 years old. This will be my first military role. Would my age go against me? (I do not mean fitness, that's a separate issue).

With regards to fitness, I'm cycling and running and generally in shape, but wouldn't say I'm mega fit. How fit do you have to be? I've seen online the requirements and feel with time I will pass but just wanted to get someone opinion on the fitness.

I'm an open water instructor so I have many dives under my belt. Not saying I'm an expert but would this help my chances of getting in? One of the reason for me applying for this role is to further my knowledge under water and do a lot more that your average diver.

Thanks

Ricky
 

Biker Buster

Lantern Swinger
Hi all,

Apologises if this has been covered a thousand times before, I'm just trying to do as much research as possible.

I have applied to be a mine clearance diver. I have my first test/meet next month at the navy office in London.

I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer.

I'm 34 years old. This will be my first military role. Would my age go against me? (I do not mean fitness, that's a separate issue).

With regards to fitness, I'm cycling and running and generally in shape, but wouldn't say I'm mega fit. How fit do you have to be? I've seen online the requirements and feel with time I will pass but just wanted to get someone opinion on the fitness.

I'm an open water instructor so I have many dives under my belt. Not saying I'm an expert but would this help my chances of getting in? One of the reason for me applying for this role is to further my knowledge under water and do a lot more that your average diver.

Thanks

Ricky
I know you do have more stringent fitness levels as a CD but no matter what, I hope it goes well for you.

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fishhead

War Hero
@Rickyplunk The last I read(on this forum) on this subject was that there was a very long waiting line to enter this speciality. There was also a period when all recruitment was suspended. It might be a good idea to ask your AFCO what the current status is.
 
its all going ahead now. I got told last month that it was all on hold for new recruits as they was waiting on equipment and didn't know when it would arrive due to covid.
But I got a call last week saying its all going ahead now and have a meeting next month.
 

Biker Buster

Lantern Swinger
its all going ahead now. I got told last month that it was all on hold for new recruits as they was waiting on equipment and didn't know when it would arrive due to covid.
But I got a call last week saying its all going ahead now and have a meeting next month.
Good for you.

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SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
OK- this:
I'm an open water instructor so I have many dives under my belt. Not saying I'm an expert but would this help my chances of getting in? One of the reason for me applying for this role is to further my knowledge under water and do a lot more that your average diver.

For your own safety and sanity, keep as quiet as possible about this. Really. Being a scooby-doo is taken as putting a target on your back. You will have initial advantages in terms of water confidence and ability and possibly control of your breathing (not an air guzzler). This will make it obvious that you have diving experience. But you must resist the temptation to point out 'errors' or differences - if you get in - it is a TOTALLY different beast. Zero vis, cold water, tired etc.

I was your age when I did my Ship's Diver, and it was tough and I was very fit. CD is a whole different animal.
 

Waspie

War Hero
OK- this:
I'm an open water instructor so I have many dives under my belt. Not saying I'm an expert but would this help my chances of getting in? One of the reason for me applying for this role is to further my knowledge under water and do a lot more that your average diver.

For your own safety and sanity, keep as quiet as possible about this. Really. Being a scooby-doo is taken as putting a target on your back. You will have initial advantages in terms of water confidence and ability and possibly control of your breathing (not an air guzzler). This will make it obvious that you have diving experience. But you must resist the temptation to point out 'errors' or differences - if you get in - it is a TOTALLY different beast. Zero vis, cold water, tired etc.

I was your age when I did my Ship's Diver, and it was tough and I was very fit. CD is a whole different animal.
Sound advice. I made the mistake of incorrectly referring to fins As flippers!!! Cost me a visit to sick bay! As punishment for my faux pas I had to jump off the top board at Whale Island!!! Passed out when I hit the water!!! Bloody high that board!!
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Flippers, tanks, bottles - 50p in the jar for the end of course run - that's piss up,after the final run of the course!
 
OK- this:
I'm an open water instructor so I have many dives under my belt. Not saying I'm an expert but would this help my chances of getting in? One of the reason for me applying for this role is to further my knowledge under water and do a lot more that your average diver.

For your own safety and sanity, keep as quiet as possible about this. Really. Being a scooby-doo is taken as putting a target on your back. You will have initial advantages in terms of water confidence and ability and possibly control of your breathing (not an air guzzler). This will make it obvious that you have diving experience. But you must resist the temptation to point out 'errors' or differences - if you get in - it is a TOTALLY different beast. Zero vis, cold water, tired etc.

I was your age when I did my Ship's Diver, and it was tough and I was very fit. CD is a whole different animal.

Yeah totally agree with you. I'm not a know it all and wouldn't argue with whats being taught. Mostly doing it to further my diving knowledge and career in the water, see and do things normal divers wouodnt get the chance to do.
Fitness is what I'm gonna have to work in over the next few months.
Thanks for your reply
 

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
Sound advice. I made the mistake of incorrectly referring to fins As flippers!!! Cost me a visit to sick bay! As punishment for my faux pas I had to jump off the top board at Whale Island!!! Passed out when I hit the water!!! Bloody high that board!!
How high is that board, I went off the top board at Penang swimming pool ONCE and I thought that was high!!!
Having climbed up I wasn't game to climb down again but took a while to 'get my breath' so to speak:oops:
 

Waspie

War Hero
How high is that board, I went off the top board at Penang swimming pool ONCE and I thought that was high!!!
Having climbed up I wasn't game to climb down again but took a while to 'get my breath' so to speak:oops:
All I can say is "fukcing HIGH". It was roped off but the instructor told me to climb over and stop being a wuss. Or words to that effect!!!!!!! We all know how kind and thoughtful Old and bold Chief CD's were!!!!!
 

Waspie

War Hero
The board at horsea lake was 10 metres high the last time I jumped off it - I doubt it’s shrunk much over the years
I'm going back to early 70's!! 72 ish +/- a year!!! The water wasn't deep enough for the height of the board!!! Evidently folk were jumping off the top board and hitting the bottom of the 'lake'!!
 
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