Information on 3 day navy diving test (PDA)

I'm sure I can get fit enough for circuits, runs ect. However my swimming is nothing exceptional, i can swim 1000 meters no problem but my technique and speed isn't great. Iv seen on the PDA itinerary 'water circuits' are these swimming based? Will my swimming have to be at a very high standard to pass selection?
Yes. You climb to the top of a high board and jump off it each time with your fins clamped under your arm before putting them back on in the water. After you've swum across the lake, you run around the top and do it again.

Horsea Island Top Board.jpg

(They've removed the top board now. Bloody Health & Safety!)
ok so to reiterate... its 3 x 1000 meter swims with a run back to the jumping points, how far is the run back?
Do you know if it is noticeably easier to swim with fins?
I was using the 3rd board about 3 weeks ago for my PEDA during circuts and mini's.
It might have felt like it but I assure you that you weren't. :)

I've just called a mate at Horsea to ask whether the third board had been re-instated since my last visit a fortnight ago and he told me it hasn't. The demise of ships' divers c.2000 means that the capability to jump from big ships' flight decks, etc., is no longer a requirement.

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