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What happens if you fail the swim test

Connanfodder

Midshipman
I'm due to start Rayleigh on 11th of January. I think I'm at least fairly fit and strong however my swimming isn't great. I was swimming twice a week but that's a no go with Kent going into tier 4. I know I can pass the military swim test as I was perviously in the army however. I've never swam in a boiler suit and I'm shitting myself about the swim. What happens if you fail the test? I've heard that it could lead to discharge? I'd appreciate what the gen is on this cheers lads
 

Perry

Lantern Swinger
They will give you a ship.
Seriously, in my day you couldnt be promoted to leading hand until you had passed.
 

Chalk_bosun

Lantern Swinger
You are right in thinking test failure can lead to discharge, but only after going through the warning/remedial training process. You'll be briefed on this when you arrive. I've never heard of anyone being discharged due to swim test failure alone.

It sounds like you have done at least some prep - this, along with some grit and determination, will see you through.

It's natural to feel apprehensive in the circumstances, but you'll need to overcome this. Have a chat with your mess mates / divisional staff when you arrive, you may be able to pick up some pointers.
 

Connanfodder

Midshipman
You are right in thinking test failure can lead to discharge, but only after going through the warning/remedial training process. You'll be briefed on this when you arrive. I've never heard of anyone being discharged due to swim test failure alone.

It sounds like you have done at least some prep - this, along with some grit and determination, will see you through.

It's natural to feel apprehensive in the circumstances, but you'll need to overcome this. Have a chat with your mess mates / divisional staff when you arrive, you may be able to pick up some pointers.
Mega cheers mate to be honest I feel like I could probably grizz it out. Just wanted to know if I'd be given a second chance if pile in. Hopefully it won't happen.
 
Relax...unless things have changed dramatically, I joined up early 60s and failed my first swim test in a boiler suit. I worked at it in the pool encouraged by the PTI.....and passed at second attemp. I doubt you will be ditched by failing first attempt and you probably won't be alone. Chill if you can, don't sweat the small stuff....they will help and encourage you to succeed!
 

Connanfodder

Midshipman
Relax...unless things have changed dramatically, I joined up early 60s and failed my first swim test in a boiler suit. I worked at it in the pool encouraged by the PTI.....and passed at second attemp. I doubt you will be ditched by failing first attempt and you probably won't be alone. Chill if you can, don't sweat the small stuff....they will help and encourage you to succeed!
I must of had some bad info the. That's massively put my mind at ease cheers mate
 

crash_evans

War Hero
Relax...unless things have changed dramatically, I joined up early 60s and failed my first swim test in a boiler suit. I worked at it in the pool encouraged by the PTI.....and passed at second attemp. I doubt you will be ditched by failing first attempt and you probably won't be alone. Chill if you can, don't sweat the small stuff....they will help and encourage you to succeed!

This. I failed first time by pumping too hard. Just push slowly. Overalls are buoyant neutral. They used to show you this fact. Just lay back and starfish.


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SeaBiscuit

Badgeman
The treading water bit- just breathe and relax....

swim slowly when you're told to...

then, when it's time to pull yourself out..

wait 30 seconds.

relax

dunk yourself under, pull your chest over the edge, then roll.

Yeah the overalls add weight- you'll feel it- but it's all about technique. Focus on it, do it, endex.
 

SeaBiscuit

Badgeman
I'm due to start Rayleigh on 11th of January. I think I'm at least fairly fit and strong however my swimming isn't great. I was swimming twice a week but that's a no go with Kent going into tier 4. I know I can pass the military swim test as I was perviously in the army however. I've never swam in a boiler suit and I'm shitting myself about the swim. What happens if you fail the test? I've heard that it could lead to discharge? I'd appreciate what the gen is on this cheers lads
Oh and if you don't manage it first time, you just get to try and try again. But just do it the first time,
 

Connanfodder

Midshipman
Thanks for all the advice gents does seem like being relaxed is the to smashing it out first time. I'm gunna keep it all in mind.
 

SeaBiscuit

Badgeman
It can get too much if you think about it too much. It's just a swim, and getting out with wet clothes, that's it.

Basically, if you can't do that, stay at home.

Sounds harsh but it is what it is.


If it was easy, everyone would do it.
 

Connanfodder

Midshipman
It can get too much if you think about it too much. It's just a swim, and getting out with wet clothes, that's it.

Basically, if you can't do that, stay at home.

Sounds harsh but it is what it is.


If it was easy, everyone would do it.
To be honest I completely agree with you. That's why I'm determined to smash it first time
 

Drakey

War Hero
You will be given every oppprtunity to pass it. However there comes a point in training when a decision needs to be made if you can't pass it. People have been discharged for not being able to pass the swimming test‍
 

Taztiff

War Hero
I was a shit swimmer, my lad is a shit swimmer.
We both passed.
Ok, my lad had to do remedial but still got there.
Training staff WANT you to pass.



Unless you are a gobby ex-pongo ;)
 

SeaBiscuit

Badgeman
You will be given every oppprtunity to pass it. However there comes a point in training when a decision needs to be made if you can't pass it. People have been discharged for not being able to pass the swimming test‍
Great encouragement there...


But he's right.

Get out of the f*cking pool.

It's water-this is the Navy.

Imagine if it was pitch black, 20m waves, you're burned, both legs broken, and you are lost, alone... your shipmates dead or in life-rafts that you are too weak to get to.

This isn't a joke. This isn't P&O. This is the Navy. ships get sunk. Sailors have to swim.

Our operating environment is the sea- master it.
 
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