Undecided need help !


Lantern Swinger
Hi guys,

Im new to RumRation, i was one of those people that lurked around reading about heaps of info on roles and careers hehe.

Anyways, i went to the AFCO and i stated about which role i was interested in, which was the Mine Clearance Diving branch, yeah i know i need to have good fitness!, but Im currently working on it at the moment doing 3 mile runs 3 times a week and the rest upper body strength, and eating healthy.

Thing is im undecided im preparing with the fitness no matter what, as it will help in any of my training, but i have three roles in mind they are;

Aircraft Handling
Seaman Specialist
Mine Clearance Diving.

What im after is a job where i get stuck in with practical, be hands on, i would like to use the small inflatable boats, i would like to defend and use alot of the weapons on board rifle or mounted guns or what ever. I would like to work outside too, be in the open air so i get to see alot of scenery ehe :)

My question is, which of these three you think be best suited to me? and whats the recent life like in each of them?

Many thanks
im joining up on 17th feb as an AET and from what you're saying there it sounds like seaman specialist is the one your after. i was gona do that but i didnt fancy the 18 month wait period at the time. it seems to either go from 18 month waits to longer or less time. but at the end of the day i would look at all the jobs available to you and make up your own mind of what you fancy doing.


Lantern Swinger
Ok cheers thanks for your comment and congratulations on your joining date :) btw whats AET?

Yeah i will, just i find a role see something interesting then look at another then i find something else interesting aha

Like i liked the dive branch cause i would love gettin in the water and having the fitness side of things. Down side i heard its tough.

I also liked seaman Specialist cause i heard its a varied job and sounds really enjoyable, but i dont want to be painting all the time aha :S.

And with the Aircraft Handler, i would enjoy the fitness side of bein mentally and physically active, and all the skills you will attain fire fighting etc.

Hmm so hard for which to choose, i feel rushed on decisions at my local AFCO lol . Suppose i got time to think it through.

Thanks anyways, im still open to any more suggestions,
So please please do give me your opinions :)

Thanks again
air engineering technichian= AET its basically an aircraft mechanic. have you thought about the marines then they're superfit and outside. you should really look into your options at your afco
your guy at the office will give you the info its your descision at the end of the day and if you feel rushed ask for some time to decide. 18yrs is a long time (or til your 40)of course though your not initially signing up for that amount of time but they hope that you stay the full 18 year service


Lantern Swinger
Oh yeah, im defo wanting to stay with the Navy for at least 18 years, i considered the Marines but my parents dont like the idea with me being on front line etc, they prefer me in the Navy.

I will consider the Seaman specialist though. What made you decide initially of joining as a SS?
i just liked the idea of learning how to handle the boats and learning how to protect the ship. in general i just wanted to go to sea and kick ass! but i had another look at my options after i was told bout the waitin period and i got high enough scores so i went for my other choice. with this job i get qualifications that i can use if idecide to leave the navy which prob wont happen unless i want a family or sumtin.


War Hero
Hi Kyle,

A bit more info on the Diving selection process for you:

The next step on your career path to becoming a Royal Navy Diver, after passing the Recruiting Test, Interview, Medical & Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) is to attend the Pre Entry Diving acquaint (PEDA) held at the Defence Diving School, Horsea Island, Portsmouth. The course is run over 2 days and will ask a lot of you, but if you are mentally determined, physically prepared and made of the right material you will be successful. Equally important, the course allows you to have a look at the role of the RN Diver, find out more about the career opportunities available to you and see what the 20 weeks of Diver training will be like.

To be successful on PEDA you must prepare yourself, both physically and mentally, for what will be a hard and challenging day. They do not expect ‘supermen’ to turn up for PEDA but they will be looking for whether you have the qualities to make a Diver; determination, a good level of physical fitness, stamina, mental ability and the ability to rise to a challenge.


Mental Preparation. It is important that you prepare yourself mentally for the challenge ahead. You will be away from home for 2 days living in a 10 man room, with up to 10 other candidates on the course. Depending on your background this may seem daunting. But do not worry, others will be feeling the same way. On arrival you will meet other candidates and have time to sort yourself out ready for the next day. You may be nervous about the physical aspects of the course so talk with your roommates to see how they are coping. The key is to remain in a positive frame of mind, all that remains is to give a good account of yourself.

The day will be tough. However fit you are you will be pushed to your physical limits and will be working outside of your ‘comfort zone’. Prepare yourself mentally for the challenge – you can do this! You must maintain your motivation over the whole acquaint. Do not judge yourself; leave that to the Diving team. If you feel that you are not performing to your full potential, dig deeper, remember all that they are looking for is potential and not the finished product. However you will be expected to give 100% at all times.

Physical Preparation. The PEDA may be one of the toughest days of your life. Do not underestimate the requirements of the course; if you have not prepared yourself you will find the going very tough. Your training in preparation must be specific to enable you to gain a pass grade at PEDA.


Warm Up/Cool down Stretching. Always warm up correctly before and after exercise. This is an essential part of any workout. Start with the smaller muscles when stretching for a warm up and work up to the larger muscle groups. For a cooling down stretch, start with the larger muscles and work down to the smaller muscle groups, as they have a greater blood flow to assist in the stretching process.

Cardiovascular Fitness. To increase CV fitness, the following is recommended for at least 3-6 weeks prior to the course. Run 3 to 4 times per week, maintaining a steady pace of 7-7.5 min mile pace throughout over the following distances:
1 x 3 mile run - 1 x 4 mile run - 1 x 5/6 mile run
Swimming 20 lengths a week will also improve CV fitness and overall body strength.

Strength Work/General Circuit Training. For overall body strength, body weight exercises are recommended. The following programme details exercises, which should be conducted in numerical order for a period of 20 secs. Three circuits are to be conducted with a 2-min rest in between each complete circuit. This strengthening programme should be done on non-running days.







Pull ups to maximum x 2 (Reverse and forward grip)
Parallel dips to maximum x 2

Food and Fluids. Always ensure that the body is kept well hydrated during any physical exercise, and that a balanced diet is maintained. During intense training period high levels of carbohydrate intake is required ie. pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables.

Rest. With the correct resting periods incorporated into the training programme, the body has time to rebuild and re-vitalise worked muscle groups and should therefore not be ignored.

It is imperative your training routine is spread over each week with consecutive training days that will help build stamina. After hard sessions allow rest days, these are important in allowing the body to re-adjust. Ideally your training must be conducted in a variety of weather conditions in order to build up your willpower and stamina. Variety is important so include swimming, gym work and possibly circuits to give variety in your training. Whatever training regime you decide to use look at what is required on PEDA and gear your training accordingly.

If you have an Injury. If you have an injury or illness then attending PEDA will probably make it worse; and your chances of passing PEDA will be greatly reduced. So if you are injured then tell your AFCO, and your PEDA date can be re-scheduled. This is just common sense – it will not in any way reflect on how you are viewed.

On arrival at Horsea Island, usually by 1700, you will be met and taken to the PEDA accommodation. You can settle in that evening while meeting all the other course members. These may be the people that you will eventually go through training with! You will also be fed, remember though - eat sensibly and drink lots of water. After a good night’s rest it is an early start.


There are four main physical assessments on the PEDA, spread throughout the day and conducted by Diving Staff and an RN PTI. These include:

1. The Royal Naval Fitness Test and Upper Body Assessment (Listed Below)

2. Water jumps from a 3m and 6m board, which also encompass a swim and short run.

3. Organised aerobic workout (Approx 1 hour duration)

4. Lock Gate swim encompassing a 1k Squad run followed by a 1K swim in diving suit with fins.


During the day you will receive lectures on various aspects of the Royal Navy Diver and the equipment currently in service, as well as career opportunities and you will have the chance to talk candidly with some of the people currently undergoing training. Please ask as many questions as you like, it is important that you understand the commitment you will be taking on.


You will be briefed at the start of the day that you can withdraw yourself from the course at any time, and there will be times that you feel like quitting – don’t. Whatever activity you are doing will soon finish and you will recover and feel better for achieving success. It is only by continuing with the course for the full day that you can make an honest judgement if it is for you. Very few candidates actually fail the course, the majority withdraw saying they feel physically unprepared, so remember – train hard, race easy.

Candidates who ‘withdraw at own request’ before the course ends may be given the opportunity to return to PEDA for a second attempt, based on their performance up to the point of withdrawal. The team will advise you on how better to prepare yourself and give a set time before you can return for your next shot.

All candidates who remain at PEDA for the full course should remember that it does not necessarily matter how well you do, as long as it is your very best effort. You will then be given one of two possible results depending on PEDA grade:

Achieved a grade of SATISFACTORY or above – you have the potential to complete diving course and should contact your AFCO for a joining date.

Achieved a grade of JUST SATISFACTORY or BELOW SATISFACTORY. This means that it is judged that you are not yet ready to commence diving course and need to improve on your physical fitness in order to retake the PEDA to achieve a "SATISFACTORY" grade or above

Your Career Advisors will make all the necessary arrangements on your return home so please get in touch with them at the earliest opportunity.


The PEDA is a tough assessment, which you would expect before joining an elite Branch like the Royal Navy Diver. Thorough physical and mental preparation will give you the best chance of success. Your ability to pass or fail lies squarely with you; if you prepare sensibly and thoroughly and heed the advice given to you, there should be no reason why you should not be successful. The PEDA team is positive in outlook, will encourage you to perform to the best of your ability and they want you to pass. You simply need to do your very best and give 100% throughout your time at Horsea. If you’ve prepared properly then you should thoroughly enjoy the PEDA.

Good luck, whatever you choose.


Lantern Swinger
Wow thanks alot for that ninja, !! i thought the PEDA lasted 2 weeks at horsea island?, So is it 4 days then?

Do you think ill be prepared if i ran 3 miles every 3 weeks and did push up and sit ups routines on my non running days?

Many thanks again
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