Swimming yet again

Is there a particular stroke you have to do at Raleigh? My front crawl isn't so strong. Do you have to do one stroke all the way down the pool, or can you get to the end any which way?

Swimming isn't my strong point, despite lessons, and the photos of the swimming pool are scaring me :sad:

I'm sure all flaws will be pointed out at Cally!
 

delpower

Badgeman
Any stroke will do, they give you swimmong lessons if you struggle. it is really easy. A cat could do it.
It seems a silly question, but dont you think you should be confident in the water if you want to join the navy?
the sea survival course you do before joining a ship is harder.
 

kingoftwigs

War Hero
Del makes a good point, however the sea survival is done with life jackets and once only suits so there nothing to worry about. I remember doing the doggy paddle for bits of my test a Raleigh! You should worry more about the stagnant pool you will have to jump in on the assault course!
 
I'm not under-confident as such- i can tread water and keep afloat and swim any length on my back, but my front crawl isn't very good. I took lessons and did well really, was just concerned i'd be made to do it front crawl, which wouldn't be what i'd do in a situation where i'd need to swim any distance.
 

delpower

Badgeman
at the end of the day the staff want you to pass out, unless you are a complete tool and it wont be the swimming that they will then pick up. when in life-jackets you will swim on your back - so you are fine
 
So pretty much, as long as i can get across the pool without stopping, i'll be ok? I'm alright doing backstroke and doing a silly little back floaty thing.
 
hi
when you treading water knock your head back as far as possible it will help keep you afloat!
thats what my divemaster use to say when i was training to be a civi diver.
ship_rat

ps it does work, I tried it!
 

kingoftwigs

War Hero
Also, when you jump with the overalls on try to stay straight and feet first, that way air will be caught in the back around your shoulders making it easier to stay afloat!
 
Of course I would imagine that the clubswingers are still there with their long pole to 'encourage' you to swim on your own ?
:wink:
 
Ship_rat, i'm glad i'll be allowed to do that one! Saves a load of energy.

Kingoftwigs, i will definitely give that one a go! Thanks!
 

danny

War Hero
i passed last july. tread water for 3 minuites then swim to the top and back any stroke (i did it on my back cos im shit).
you have to do it in under 6 minuites which is do able for everyone who can swim.
If you cant do it try and sort it before you go to raleigh. You have enough to do at night without having to do remedial training. The same goes for the running, press ups and sit ups. You just dont need the hastle.
 
delpower said:
Any stroke will do, they give you swimmong lessons if you struggle. it is really easy. A cat could do it.
It seems a silly question, but dont you think you should be confident in the water if you want to join the navy?
the sea survival course you do before joining a ship is harder.
Traditionally seamen did not swim, being able to swim ony delayed the innevitable if your ship sank. The navy took a different view in that most RN ships sank when there were other ships around so rescue was possible and also particularly in the days of sail trained men were always wanted. So the navy did encourage swimming and eventually made it compulsory
 
I'm alright with push ups and all that. Running is something i hate but can get along. I think i'll be alright. Will use the time at HMS Caledonia to assess whether i need to be upping the swimming training, or whether it's just a psychological thing i've got into! I can do it all at my pool, but never swum in overalls before.
 

McHammock

Lantern Swinger
Front crawl wearing ovies is quite difficult. Even more difficult in sea survival wearing lifejacket/once only
Easier to use breast stroke.
However, as pointed out, any stroke including doggy paddle/backstroke etc will do as long as you do the 40m (?) in time allocated. Also, treading water includes just floating.
 
McHammock said:
Front crawl wearing ovies is quite difficult. Even more difficult in sea survival wearing lifejacket/once only
Easier to use breast stroke.
However, as pointed out, any stroke including doggy paddle/backstroke etc will do as long as you do the 40m (?) in time allocated. Also, treading water includes just floating.
Any tips, Mchammock, I failed a trail test last week, I can swim I thinks its cos of a mental barrier and I broke my shoulder a few months ago.

It would be very helpful
 
The big thing, especially with the ovies on is not to try to move to fast, you have got a whole lot of water to drag around especially with your arms and legs, a slow steady breast stroke is usually best, get a rythm going and take it easy. Try to get some more practice in and start nice and slow, speeding up till you reach a comfortable strke rate, remebering to get as much as you can out of the glide, as starting the nest stroke too soom just wastes the effort you have made and make you have to take even more strokes. If you can watch some one else swimming who can do it it will help you get the idea.
 
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