Best Sport for Seals

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  1. Kazakh93

    Kazakh93 Member

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    I'm an incoming Plebe for the Class of 2016 and extremely interested in the SEAL Community. Granted that mids often change their minds on service selections by the time they actually have to make a choice, I was wondering what sport would be looked favorably on by the SEAL Officers selecting candidates for BUD/S.

    Some follow up questions....Are most SEAL Candidates selected for BUD/S varsity athletes? Or, is there a pretty even split between those who do intramurals and varsity athletics?
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Swimming, wrestling, SEAL PT
     
  3. BDHuff09

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    Water Polo....

    I believe the SEALs recently established partnership with USA Water Polo to expose the unit to high school players because they believe the sport develops the necessary skills helpful in to the service.

    with that said, navy is a top 25 program in water polo so it would be difficult to get on the team with no prior experience
     
  4. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/03/ap_water_polo_seals_031510/

    Check out this article. And yes, they did partner with USA water polo. Look at sealswcc.com -- they mention it there.

    To sum up this article, water polo tops the list according to a Gallup study commissioned by the Navy as the best sport for an aspiring Navy SEAL. Swimming, wrestling, cross country, and lacrosse are also up there. Those choosing to do more common sports in America, such as basketball, baseball, or football don't have as good of a chance of succeeding.
     
  5. usnarunner

    usnarunner durr

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    If you are an athlete I believe there is a program called VAST designed to prep them for SPECWAR.
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    This very topic was discussed just a couple of weeks ago - with virtually the same title - check the forum archives and you will find two or three pages of responses, including some from midshipmen who know the existing situations - which are much better than conjecture. Best wishes.
     
  7. osdad

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    Being comfortable in the water was a factor in getting my DS a BUD/S contract - he's completing a commercial diver certification program. He played football and soccer in HS and FB in college. So while waterpolo may be the "best", the objective can be achieved by following many paths.

    Do the sport in which you have the most passion (and can devote the time and energy to be outstanding) not the one you think will look the best.
     
  8. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    I'd say triathlon club would certainly help. A couple of the guys on the USNA team that I met were going to BUD/S
     
  9. Let'sGoFlying

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    I'm not a Seal but...

    Some beneficial things to excel is swimming, water polo, wrestling, running long distance to build endurance, yoga(makes you faster, stronger, and more flexible), and if you can, definitely do P90X.

    Best of Luck,
    Let's Go Flying
     
  10. Kazakh93

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    Thanks everyone for your input.

    Would you say though that most SEAL Candidates selected for BUD/S are varsity athletes? Or, is there a pretty even split between those selected to do BUD/S who do intramurals and varsity athletics?
     
  11. nman

    nman Commissioning Week Man

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    I'll second the suggestion of triathlon ... for obvious reasons, you can't go wrong there.
     

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