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What happens if you fail the swim 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.

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.

Good luck
 

Waspie

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!
Me too in 67. After failing my first swimming test I was allocated the swimming pool as a miscellaneous duty to improve my 'swimming'!!! Backward Kippers we were called. I went on to complete 24 odd years and even passed a few water survival training which involved loads of lengths of the pool!!!!

What's the worst that can happen - drown!!!!!
 
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