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  • Rescue Swimmer Fitness Standards

    Rescue Swimmer Fitness Standards

    If you have been motivated by the heroics played live on your television set or movie screens to think about becoming a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer - be prepared because when you arrive at Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer School in Elizabeth City N.C., you will be expected to excel in one of the most stressful environments in military training. According to the Rescue Swimmer course syllabus, rescue swimmers must have flexibility, strength, enduranc... more

  • Special Missions and Law Enforcement PFT

    Special Missions and Law Enforcement PFT

    Physical fitness requirements in the Coast Guard are often linked directly specific job requirements. Coast Guard men and women who serve on Law Enforcement, Port Security or Maritime Safety and Security Teams, must comply with specific physical standards. The following chart shows the Coast Guard's Physical Fitness requirements for serving on these elite teams: Men Push-ups Sit & rea... more

  • Swimming Without Water

    Swimming Without Water

    A young Navy airman requested information on working on swimming while not having access to a pool. I get this one often as many people like to do the running and PT sections of my workouts, but lack swimming abilities or facilities. Here is what he writes: "I am deploying in June to Afghanistan. I want to go to BUD/S when I get back. What should I do about swimming? 6-8 months in the desert. I don't think I will be getting in a pool during ... more

  • Cold Water Training

    Navy Seal Cold Water Training

    There is an argument as to whether some people are genetically wired to handle colder temperatures, or whether one must build stamina for lower temperatures by training in colder environments (water or land). I believe it is a little bit of both. When I was attending SEAL Training, the water off San Diego was brutal to new recruits. Typically, water temperatures were (at best) 69 degrees during the warmest part of the summer and dropped to in... more

  • Advantage of Adversity

    Advantage Of Adversity

    Teammates, with all this talk about tough times, I want to discuss the benefits of adversity with you. HUH? Adversity and Benefits -- since when do those two words co-exist!?! Hear me out ... When I use the word adversity I mean it defined as: an overwhelming challenge -- a seemingly insurmountable obstacle -- a wall so thick that you have no idea how you're going to get through it, over it, under it or around it. For most, adversity is not a ... more

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