Mine clearance diving?

mikey_no1

Newbie
When I was 18 (10 years ago) I got medically discharged from the Parachute regiment depot with a knee injury. I've recently joined the TA RGJ and have just come back from a tour of afghanistan. I'm now keen to rejoin the forces full-time and am looking at MC diving. (have advanced PADI qualifications) I've gone into the recruiting office and have set the ball rolling but just want to find out as much as I can.

I'm pretty fit with an 8.40 mile and a half but just concerned that my knee probably wouldn't take more than 2 x 5 milers a week. Whats the phys like during training?

I've heard that the job is more like the Navy's bomb disposal. Could I spend a lot of time working on land then (like next time a commando brigade goes to Afghan) and not see much diving? (as with the signallers I met who havn't touched their trade in a few years).

Aside from that, whats it like? can you tell me anymore?

Much appreciated
 

jungle_jim

Lantern Swinger
as far as i am aware the CD course if very physically demanding (or at least it used to be) they CD branch do do mine/bomb clearence at sea but like every other job in the RN they are getting more roles added everyday. they are now responsible for all ship underwater searches (thanks to the withdrawl of the ships diver) all aroung the globe i am sure that only a few members of the branch are currently employed as bomb/mine clearence. have you had a look at any recruting websites
 

Obelix

Badgeman
Hey Mikey

The course is apparently very demanding in a physical sense, and there are far higher fitness levels required by divers even when finished with the course and on active service, with a lot of CDs saying they have to train afterhours to maintain it.

Having said that, get some professional advice from a physio or doc who's involved specifically in sports injuries. I'd recommend going to a local professional rugby club and asking to see their doc.

I've got friends who've really messed their knees up (torn ACL ligaments, etc) but have gone on to play pro rugby for years to follow. Your average ER and hospital docs are far too eager to say "that's it, you're done" to knee injuries, when that shouldn't be the case.

A case in point: Tim Horan, centre for Australia, and arguably the best inside centre of the nineties (rugby union). Tore his ACL and stuffed all his cartilege up prior to 95 World Cup. Had complete knee reconstruction, went on to be part of an immensely successful Wallabie side in the late nineties, culminating in a World Cup win in 99. Many other examples like his.

My security clearance should be coming through shortly, hoping to start diver training by the end of the year. Maybe see you in there!
 

Bergen

ADC
Obelix said:
Hey Mikey

The course is apparently very demanding in a physical sense, and there are far higher fitness levels required by divers even when finished with the course and on active service, with a lot of CDs saying they have to train afterhours to maintain it.

Having said that, get some professional advice from a physio or doc who's involved specifically in sports injuries. I'd recommend going to a local professional rugby club and asking to see their doc.

I've got friends who've really messed their knees up (torn ACL ligaments, etc) but have gone on to play pro rugby for years to follow. Your average ER and hospital docs are far too eager to say "that's it, you're done" to knee injuries, when that shouldn't be the case.

A case in point: Tim Horan, centre for Australia, and arguably the best inside centre of the nineties (rugby union). Tore his ACL and stuffed all his cartilege up prior to 95 World Cup. Had complete knee reconstruction, went on to be part of an immensely successful Wallabie side in the late nineties, culminating in a World Cup win in 99. Many other examples like his.

My security clearance should be coming through shortly, hoping to start diver training by the end of the year. Maybe see you in there!


Your fitness will probably not be your major problem. Previous joint trauma is one of the major predispositions towards decompression incidents and your pre-diving medical will likely concentrate on that.

RM
 

mikey_no1

Newbie
Ok cheers folks,

Bergen, can you elaborate anymore? basically i'd be culled at the specialist medical for having had ops on my knee?

much appreciated
 

Bergen

ADC
mikey_no1 said:
Ok cheers folks,

Bergen, can you elaborate anymore? basically i'd be culled at the specialist medical for having had ops on my knee?

much appreciated
Mikey

Not necessarily; it depends on what type of damage you did to your knee originally. There are several things that would predispose anyone to decompression injury and this is just one of them. I was just trying to warn you not to concentrate too much on fitness when there are other factors in play here.

Type 1 decompression symptoms are almost always seen in the major joints but if you are already pretty fit and the knee damage wasn't too bad then you should be OK. Just don't be surprised if your pre-diving medical dwells on this a little. Good luck.

Regards

RM
 
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