RFA Swimming tests??

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Hey All, What are the swimming requirements to join the RFA? I have received a lot of mixed information in regards to this. On one hand I have heard it is grueling and punishing. You have to jump in a pool from high above wearing clothes. On the other hand. I have heard the RFA don't have any swimming tests at all. So, I am just hoping to get some clarification. Thanks
 

Seadog

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#3
There is no swimming test.
...except the Personal Sea Survival module of BSSC / ISSC when you jump into cold water, from a high board, wearing clothes.

Not the Naval Swimming Test but you'll need to be able to propel yourself - YOURSELF- through the water to pass. Sounds like a swimming test but that's just me.
 

exJenny

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#4
Oh yeah, forgot about that bit.

You do jump into a freezing cold jellyfish infested "lake", whilst wearing a life jacket, and then "propel" yourself on your back to a life raft. You get 2 goes at it.
 
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You'll do a swim test at BRNC also if you're coming in as an officer. It's not to difficult at all.

It's indoors (much warmer than bssc) but you'll need a wee bit of upper body strength to haul yourself out of the pool in order to pass. Not 100% sure on the drop between the poolside & the water but it is a fair bit steeper than a standard, olympic jobby.
 

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#10
This is handy for me to know.....swimming isn't something I'm good at.
Flipper would struggle wearing clothes, survival suit and life jacket having jumped from the high board. Being a good swimmer doesn't help. It's fecking horrible.


Not as horrible as doing the same thing in the dark, in really cold water, with your ship ablaze and sinking behind you, your injured shipmates screaming for help....and you've left your iPod behind and your fags are wet.
 
#11
You'll do a swim test at BRNC also if you're coming in as an officer. It's not to difficult at all.

It's indoors (much warmer than bssc) but you'll need a wee bit of upper body strength to haul yourself out of the pool in order to pass. Not 100% sure on the drop between the poolside & the water but it is a fair bit steeper than a standard, olympic jobby.
Have you done the test at BRNC EightSixteen?
Are you supposed to use a certain stroke for the swim, or is it up to you? I was just thinking that backstroke would be a bit of a cheat, and I hate front crawl!
Just want to know what to expect.

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#12
At BRNC it's any stroke for the swim test. most folk in my class did either breast stroke or front crawl. The only difficult bit seemed to be pulling yourself out the water at the end. 4minutes to swim 55 meters is ages, just try to relax as much as possible during the tread water phase so you don't tire yourself out.

the height of the pool side is 18 inches.
 
#13
At BRNC it's any stroke for the swim test. most folk in my class did either breast stroke or front crawl. The only difficult bit seemed to be pulling yourself out the water at the end. 4minutes to swim 55 meters is ages, just try to relax as much as possible during the tread water phase so you don't tire yourself out.

the height of the pool side is 18 inches.
Thanks for the answer! Breast stroke it is then. Are the overalls much of an impairment? I'm just aware that there's really no way to practice for swimming in clothes.

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#14
If you're planning on doing breast or back stroke you'll not find any noticable impairment with the overalls. The vast majority of our division done it comfortably with 2/3 minutes to spare.

The treading water part can actually just be you floating on your back which might help you (if your worried about it) to conserve energy for getting back out of the pool.

If you can float & then do a leisurely length & back without touching the sides; then all you have to worry about is heaving yourself back out of the pool.
 
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