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5/9/09 2:34 P

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Hi Alan, good to see you back and looks like you have been pretty busy!

Good luck with the Divermaster cert!

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5/9/09 12:40 P

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Ok, after almost of month i'm back on SP. Life got really hectic for awhile.

I've started working on my Divemaster course work and I am persuing a job as a personal trainer at a fitness facility being built in my town. Once i graduate from school my BS in Kinesiology will act as my Certification and i can start working as a Trainer. so i think the Navy idea has been pushed to the side, though i'm still gonna attempt to train for the fitness exam for the fun of it, HA HA.

Even without the spark i've managed to keep my fitness goals pretty well between school, two jobs, and working on my Divemaster qualifications.

How's everyone else doing?

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,246
3/24/09 9:34 A

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emoticon Alan!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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3/20/09 4:17 P

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So after a couple attempts i was able to run my 1.5 mile run in 15:41 for the Navy SPECOPS fitness screen. I still need to get that time to at least 10:00. but now that I've accomplished the distance, my concentration will go towards speed training.

Soon I'm going to implement my BOOT CAMP training regiment. this is how it goes

run 1/4 mile, do as many push-ups i can.
then run 1/4 mile, do as many sit-ups i can.
then run 1/4 mile, do as many pull-ups as i can.
repeat.

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
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You are never a loser until you quit trying.
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2/9/09 8:29 P

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i was on a track in the university gym. Running is my kryptonite. i've never been able to go very fast for very long. i'm forcing myself to do it 3 days a week now using the navy specops prep plan.

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
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You are never a loser until you quit trying.
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2/9/09 1:43 P

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Alan - where did you try your mile and a half? Because that sounds like too long for 1.5 miles (the average walking pace for one mile is 20 minutes). I would recommend using a high school or college running track if there is one nearby. 6 laps of a standard 400m track is 1.5 miles. A good way to work up speed is to practice sprinting one lap, then walking or jogging one, then sprinting, etc.., until you have reached 1.5 miles. I would only do a speedwork session like that once a week. You should also work on just slowly and steadily building up mileage (you will definitely be doing longer runs in basic training and in dive school). And make sure you also do some whole-body workouts, as dips and chinups are big at Panama City (as are burpies, which I personally hate with a passion).

If you can go into it in really good shape, you will find it easier (not easy) to get through. If someone showed up only able to do the minimum, they would likely struggle (I think on my Clearance Diver Officer Selection, our "minimum" for the mile and a half was 11:30, but I don't think we had an officer slower than 9:45, and I ran it in 7:45 - of course, I was 26 years old!)

Rob

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TIMBER_WOLF85's Photo TIMBER_WOLF85 Posts: 49
2/5/09 11:58 A

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i saw that test when i talked with a recruiter a few weeks ago. i've been set back the first week or two in my training because of the campus gym being closed due to bad weather and getting over a cold.

i did a 1.5 mile test run today to see where i'm at. i completed it in 22 minutes... far behind what i need it to be. but i'm planning on running 3 days a week. the only thing in swimming that gets me is the distance. i got a good sidestroke but my endurance needs some work.

sit-ups i'm 1/2 way there, push-ups and pull-ups i need work. thankfully i'm back in the gym 6 days/week.

each month i'm gonna attempt the screen test to see how much better i do. I'll try to keep my results up on my exercise notes for anyone who wants to check in.

P.S. I appreciate the help and encouragment. Thanks y'all.

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You are never a loser until you quit trying.
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2/4/09 11:12 P

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In fact, the USN does provide the physical standards on the official Navy Diving website, which is really good:

http://www.necc.navy.mil/diver/requireme
nts.htm

Keep in mind, those are the MINIMUM standards, and if you want to do well and have a good chance of passing, you want to be capable of well above that standard

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2/4/09 11:09 P

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Sounds like a good start. You should also give some thought to whether you would prefer the Fleet Diver or EOD Diver route. Fleet Divers do salvage and repair work, generally using surface supplied equipment and helmets, as well as exotic stuff like saturation diving to deep depths. EOD divers do rebreather diving to defuse underwater ordnance such as mines, and also do land-based bomb-disposal work.

In any event, being in top shape is paramount. If you can't do the PT, they will hold you back on course until you can (there were guys doing remedial PT awaiting course when I was going through). I remember chinups and dips being a big thing that people failed on (I suspect the USN provides the standards online, and may even provide a training plan for reaching the standard, as they do for people considering BUDS/SEAL training). Although I think I read that the USN is now doing a pre-training course for navy divers somewhere on the Great Lakes to get them prepared for Panama City.

Rob

Edited by: BIGDIVER at: 2/4/2009 (23:10)
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2/4/09 11:03 P

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I'm not enlisted yet. i'm still saving it as a plan for when i finish school... but i've already started training for the screening test. i'll restart my training as my cold subsides and can finally breathe again.

I do realize that i will have to put in some before i can start training other divers within the military. i'm trying to give myself a good start. I've got a copy of the USN Diver's manual and am reading pieces of it between study sessions

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
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You are never a loser until you quit trying.
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You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
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Energy and persistence conquer all things.
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2/4/09 10:44 P

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What stage are you at in your entry? I have been in the Forces 23 years, 16 as a Diving Officer. Although I am in Canada, I went through the U.S. Navy Diving School (at Panama City) as well as the UK Defence Diving School (at Horsea Island) (and our own year-long course here in Canada). I think it is a great career, but make sure you go into it with your eyes open and realistic expectations (for instance, you can't join to be a "navy dive instructor" - the instructors are seasoned divers who have put in years as divers with the fleet or EOD units.) Having said that, there are some amazing opportunities in the Navy, and I know the USN also provide some great benefits.

If there is any advice I can offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. The Navy, and the Diving Branch in particular, have provided me with an amazing life and career.

Rob

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2/4/09 1:42 P

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Yay! Congrats!

I looked into joining the Coast Guard this year... it's the last year --age-wise-- I can join a professional Officers program. But after reading about the procedures, rules, and regulations, I got turned off. I like the "idea" of it very much... bet when it gets to the details, not as much the actual practice.

Now put this 50-lb weight belt, drop, give me 100, and then jump in the pool and tread water for 2 minutes with your hands above water, recruit! ;)

Seriously, I commend you for your initiative and service, sir.

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,246
2/4/09 1:16 P

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That is great Good luck to you!

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Wow, that's quite a step. Congratulations and all the best to you. Be safe. Cheers.
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That sounds cool. I grew up with a stepdad who was in the Air Force my whole childhood, and then I went into the Air Force for a four year enlistment. I loved being in the service! I also would like to get my Dive Master rating and am working towards it by taking my Rescue Diver course in May, then maybe starting the Dive Master stuff after that. Depends on how much money I have to put towards it at that time.

Good luck to you, I hope you fulfill your wishes and goals!

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2/4/09 8:31 A

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I always planned on getting my Divemaster certification when i could... but i might be going pro along a different route, the U.S. Navy.

I really miss the military lifestyle. I grew up in the Army while my dad served. I hope to combine my knowledge in Kinesiology and my love for diving and become a Navy Diver Instructor and Trainer.

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
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You are never a loser until you quit trying.
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You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
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Energy and persistence conquer all things.
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