Coast Guard Basic PFT

by Stew Smith

The Coast Guard physical fitness program is designed to ensure that all Coast Guard members have the strength and stamina to safely perform their jobs and to emphasize lifelong health and fitness.

The best way to succeed in our physical fitness program is to start preparing for training early. Start a swimming training program if you are a not a strong swimmer or a non-swimmer. This will help you meet the fitness qualifications for graduation. 

The Training Center has an expert staff that will help prepare you to meet the physical fitness qualifications. There is CYBEXO equipment as well as bikes to help you with your fitness needs. There are also remedial swim classes for those who need assistance in meeting the swim qualification.

The following chart explains the Coast Guard PFT standards:

Event Male Female
Push-ups (60 sec) 29 15
Sit-ups (60 sec) 38 32
Run (1.5 mile) 12:51  15.26"
Sit and Reach* 16.50 " 19.29"
Complete Swim Circuit Test Tread water 5 minutes
Jump off 5ft platform into pool, swim 100 meters

*Sit and Reach is a flexibility test that requires you to sit with your feet and legs together as you reach toward your feet. The measurement is taken by placing a measuring stick between your legs from your knees to your feet. To pass you must be able to reach 16.5 (for males) or 19.29 (for females) inches past your knees.

If you want to excel on the Coast Guard physical fitness assessment, check out Stew Smith’s article titled, "Preparing for Boot Camp of Any Service."

Other Stew Smith PT programs to help you prepare for the Coast Guard PFT can be found in the following Military.com links:

- Pullups / Flexed Arm Hang
- Pushups and Sit-ups
- Running
- Swimming

Other related Coast Guard Fitness Articles:

- The Coast Guard Physical Fitness Program
- Coast Boot Special Missions and Law Enforcement Fitness Standards
- Coast Rescue Swimmer PFT Standards
- Performing for the Special Forces
- Physical Fitness Test Anxiety

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at stew@stewsmith.com.


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