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turneround90

Midshipman
Yeah I passed first time. I think the fact that me having to do my security clearance still might of played a part in it. Have you got a date ?


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apipanippa

Midshipman
No, just waiting for my PDA in October but I Hope my wait isn't as long. My AFCO told me that if I aced the PDA I could be starting 1-2 months after.


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Red Devil

Midshipman
I got told the same, looking at a couple of months max after passing PDA. I hope this is true! Another 9 months after passing PDA seems abit of a p*** take.
 

turneround90

Midshipman
Yeah passed last week mate. It went well to be fair, really enjoyed it. Just make sure you can comfortably meet all the requirements (run, dips, chin ups, weight carry) mentioned on the website before you go. This is the first thing you do when you arrive and is the minimum standard required to go on and take part in the PDA (gets much harder from then on). Otherwise you'll find yourself on the first train home before you've even introduced your name. The staff down there are a good laugh and very informative, don't give up, give 100% and make sure you keep your ears peeled for the word "Awkward"



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OTH21

Newbie
Hi all, I'm currently in another branch of the military.

I'm looking at the possibilities of transferring to the RN as an MCD - something I have looked into before but hadn't done enough reckonable service. Anyway before I begin the transfer process with my chain of command I want to be able to gather as much information about the Job role of an MCD including day to day life etc. The phys side of it should be fine my last Fitness test was 9:06 mile 1/2, 92 press ups and 88 sit ups.

Main reasons for wanting to transfer are: Bored of my current job role - I don't feel I get anything out of it and it isn't particularly challenging to keep me interested, very limited posting opportunities and very low manpower which makes getting posted a massive challenge. 'Phys' is currently relatively easy - something that also gets boring. So the short of it is that I want a role that is challenging in every aspect - something that MCD definitely looks like it could deliver.

If anyone would be able to give me any information via PM or the forum on any of the following; Day to day life of an MCD, life on ship (including secondary tasks, living conditions etc) postings and deployment opportunities, and any other information that you may think could help. ( I know there is a lot of info on here about MCD, I have read through it but just want to make sure that the argument I present to my CoC is up to date)
 

Kiwi33

Midshipman
Read a lot of comments on here regarding phys and what sort of stuff is involved with PEDA.

I recently passed my PEDA in September and have my start date of May. I don't know if you can speed up your process of joining by smashing your PEDA but I wouldn't leave it to chance. During my peda I got food poisoning (my own fault) on the first night and it made my 3 days absolute hell. I threw up twice during my timed run but passed it. I dragged my body through it and literally ate nothing for 3 days. I think I only manged a plate of rice and a couple bowls of cereal in the 3 days. The only reason i got through was because of my phys prep before hand. I was by no stretch the fittest there but it was the only reason i stayed. The Training team regularly reminded me i could be pulled off at any point because i was unwell.

Come the 3rd day i began to love it once i began to feel better. My main tips i took away from it would be:

Run loads + and a bit more
Swim loads + and a bit more
And enjoy it

Looking back on it now I loved every second of my PEDA and cant wait to start course, if you get to the end of it you'll realise if you really want to follow a career as a MCD.

This may help nobody but let me know if you have any questions.
 
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kayaker91

Newbie
That's good to read! I passed medical and also my pjft. Didn't do as well as I wanted but happy with a pass. Just waiting on my PDA date now however can already reach the minimum reqs so pretty psyched to better them.
 

Red Devil

Midshipman
Whats the reason with having to wait another 8 months for a start date? & by swimming do you mean finning or just general front crawl?
 

Kiwi33

Midshipman
I don't know if you can speed up your process of joining by smashing your PEDA but I wouldn't leave it to chance.

Like i said in my post mate I have no idea on the length of time given after your PEDA or if by smashing it you can speed it up. But what i was told a number of times (I hope this is right), is that your basic training will line up with your course start date for Phase 2. That is most likely the reason for having to wait a while after my PEDA for my start date. Then again I could be wrong.

What i would say is that I was by no way the unfittest when doing the course, I regularly came in 2nd or 3rd each time.

It terms of swimming, get in your local pool, and just do lengths upon lengths on your back kicking with straight legs. Its completely different in a dry bag with fins, but you'll get us to that weird sensation of your legs about to fall off or cramp up completely.

Also work hard on running, you run everywhere during your PEDA and I mean everywhere so get us to that. Buy decent shoes and work hard on getting some quality running in. Join a running club and get us to running at a high intensity for long periods of time. Plus little things like running to and from the pool and the gym, all these things will help. If you dont have the mind set to be working absolutely flat out all of the time I would consider working on changing that quick. Its f**king brilliant but its hard.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
One thing that many potential Divers miss & fall foul of is the fitness assessment after completing Initial Naval Training at Raleigh.

The intake at Raleigh usually exceeds the number of places available during the corresponding MCD course, by quite a significant margin.

The pre-course fitness assessment, after completing Raleigh, may well only cream-off the top 50% to continue Diver training, without a significant holdover period. It is worth being aware of this - many are completely oblivious.
 

Kiwi33

Midshipman
Quick question for you Ninja, which I've been struggling to get a solid answer for, do you know if divers get any chance to put in any more phys in phase 1 at Raleigh ? Even like the odd run on the weekend/gym visit.

Really want to keep my phys levels high through basic but I'm assuming they'll keep us pretty busy.....
 

Drakey

War Hero
Divers are encouraged to do extra phys during phase 1. It is not always achievable as you will be kept very busy. If you are on top of everthing and have the "spare time" it is possilbe do to a bit of extra phys at weekends.
 

Hav5

Newbie
Afternoon,

Been following this thread a lot and it was a great prep help. Recently passed my PDA so thought I could hopefully give something back.

If you have any questions in relation to the PDA etc then fire away and I will do my best to answer as best I can. I haven't yet completed a PRNC so any questions in relation to that I won't be able to answer till the end of next week.
 

divingduke

Newbie
Hi,

I'm currently awaiting transfer approval before having my medical so I imagine I won't be looking at a PDA until winter.

My fitness is ok, I can fairly comfortably pass the PDA fitness test requirements so far but I imagine I won't be the fittest there on the day.

If you pass all the tests, do you get passed through, or will they generally only take for example the top scoring 50% successful at the PDA?
 

Boxer96

Newbie
Hi,
I'm thinking of joining the service as a MCD, just a quick question

Does the diving course give me the qualifications and skills to continue my diving in civi life eg oil rigs or just general diving jobs?
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The pre-course fitness assessment, after completing Raleigh, may well only cream-off the top 50% to continue Diver training, without a significant holdover period. It is worth being aware of this - many are completely oblivious.
If you pass all the tests, do you get passed through, or will they generally only take for example the top scoring 50% successful at the PDA?

To be honest, I doubt they have as much as a 50% pass rate on PDA for first time applicants, but all those passing the PDA will usually be allocated a join date the following term. That said it is not uncommon for as many as 50% those completing Initial Naval Training successfully follow this by subsequently failing to make the cut for the next available course due to a poor performance on the pre-course assessment and finding themselves on holdover for the next course whilst they bring their phys up to the required level.

Hi,
I'm thinking of joining the service as a MCD, just a quick question

Does the diving course give me the qualifications and skills to continue my diving in civi life eg oil rigs or just general diving jobs?
You'll need to qualify as a commercial diver at your own expense after serving as an MCD. Most people who have undertaken this course consider it worth the initial expense as it is soon recovered.

Hopefully @Spidiver or another of the Divers that frequent the site can give a more accurate picture - I tend to advise those joining rather than leaving.
 

Hav5

Newbie
So when I went down to DDS there was meant to be a total of 12 on the PDA. Because of no shows there was actually only 9 there. Of that 9, 6 of us passed the PDA. We had a pretty successful course as 100% passed the DPFT. Throughout the couple of days, we slowly began to lose people who just weren't fit enough or just didn't have it in them.

What I will say is that the DPFT is the easiest thing you will do all course. You need to be super super comfortable with everything in the DPFT because it only gets harder. If you're going down there not being able to complete the run (in AT LEAST 10 MINUTES, the guys who did it between 10 - 10:30 may have passed but eventually dropped out over the course of the next few days), pull ups, sit ups and dips then I would defer your place because you will just be wasting yours and the instructors time.

That being said, in answer to your question, I don't believe there is a set percentage of people that they pass and fail. If you go down there with the right level of fitness and the correct attitude, then you are going to pass. The people who have failed to prepare WILL stand out and they WILL fail.
 
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