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.
A pity that the Oil & Gas world dont adopt the same argument.
You get to a rig by helicopter, over water. If you crash you have to escape the helo and swim to the raft.
On the helo dunk in the pool there are some nice and friendly trainers waiting to pull non swimmers out and to the side. Where the **** are they if your helo decides to throw a main bearing? Complete joke.
Back to the point for OP benefit. The harder you kick when treading water, the quicker you will knacker yourself out. Take it easy and be calm. It really isnt that hard a test, more a check that you are ok being in the water.