What to expect at Summer Seminar?

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  1. Riv-Rod

    Riv-Rod Member

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    Hi im new on here, i got my notification that i have been accepted to the summer seminar, i have a rough idea about it but i guess i'd just like to know what to expect and to be ready for. thanks.
     
  2. azncreazion

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    Come with tons of questions and don't overpack. Leave room for at least twice what you brought, because you'll end up bringing back a lot of clothing they gave you.. and possibly some souvenirs from the mid store. Also, get plenty of sleep before you go.. you'll be up some nights participating in spirit missions.
     
  3. Riv-Rod

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    thanks, also how much swimming is involvedin the swim trials, im not worried about em im pretty comfortable in the water im a scuba diver but still, also is their a slottes time for Mass on sunday?
     
  4. TWinter

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    There is time for Mass, if you don't go it's just free time in your room. I found the so-called Swim PT to be the hardest part of our taste of Sea Trials. If you're comfortable in the water I wouldn't worry about it. There are no timed swims or anything... so long as you can tread water for ages and swim decently quickly you're good to go.
     
  5. Riv-Rod

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    thanks for the reply, ha i just noticed my assigned seminar starts the day after schools out
     
  6. azncreazion

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    During first session last year the weather was so bad they cancelled sea trials midway.. hopefully it doesn't go the same for you. I went to both the Catholic and Protestant masses just to get a feel on what its like.. I would recommend going to both. The academy culture is quite prevelant in the two masses and it was quite educational.
     
  7. Riv-Rod

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    other than sea trial what did you guys find most difficult?
     
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    Waking up for PT after just 2 hours of sleep. They also had you take two physical tests one of them being the CFA. For me, the CFA was on the second day and I was drained by then.. so I didn't do as well as I should have. So essentially, don't try to hard on PT and that first test they administer (forgot the acronym for it.)
     
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    are you screwed if you cant swim?
     
  10. TWinter

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    Well I mean, it's the Naval Academy... you should probably learn how. If you have a nearby pool I'm sure they offer lessons.

    From what I saw, the people who couldn't swim had their own section off to the side, with floaties and more lifeguards. I can swim so I was busy, and didn't really look over to see what they were doing. Whatever it is, you wont be the only one.
     
  11. Riv-Rod

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    thanks anything else i should know?
     
  12. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    For those who can't swim, during Sea Trials- don't expect to get out of the PT portion of swimming. We were doing different evolutions in the pool and those who couldn't swim were in a section of the pool where the mids were teaching them to swim off of the wall (i.e. holding on) and making them do PT (deck pushups, flutterkicks, etc.) But I highly suggest swim lessons :). But most of all, have fun! Sea Trials was tons of fun and it really brought my squad and platoon together :). I thought NASS was way better than SLS mainly because of that fact :)
     
  13. buffalosoldier92

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    So, if I'm reading this right, we should pack rather lightly, for we're going to be bringing back a lot more, when we get back, we're going to be tired more-so than anything else that we've probably ever experienced, we have two PT tests, one being the CFA, and if I'm thinking right, the other is the Navy PT Test... and Sea Trials, although sounding kinda-scary, seems like a ton of fun.
     
  14. TWinter

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    Physically, it's not the most challenging thing in the world. Remember it is a 'taste' of Naval Academy life, not the real deal. I expect it to be 100x difficult when I go for real, but NASS challenged not destroyed me physically.

    The PT test is alot easier than the CFA, at least for me. Sea Trials is fun as anything! I loved it the most of any event we did. And I brought the list they told me to, and wore nothing.

    I would just bring underwear, socks, shoes, and toiletries (your basics plus alot of sunscreen etc). They give you shorts, shirts, PT shirt, hat, water bottle, ID, paper, pen, folder, and.... anything else NASS veterns? I can't remember off the top of my head.
     
  15. JordanSim

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    I agree with Twinter just bring the basics with maybe an extra pair of shorts. This one kid in my platoon brought all the stuff they said to bring and when we were leaving all his orginal clothes plus the ones NA gave us made his bag overweight at BWI so he had to almost pay the fine. He only got out of it by ripping open his bag and rearanging it on the spot.

    BTW; i was in the first session last year and we had to stop half way through, like someone else said, because of a Tornado or some Bull. It was ridiculous.
     
  16. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    When I went to Session II, we had a heat index that made the corpsman fly the "black flag" :) so we ended up doing tons of things inside but it was hotter inside the gym than outside :)... But overall, it's awesome- show up with some wind but physically it is definitely doable :) Yeah the basics, I would bring a pair of PT shorts and top just in case because I know some people didn't receive their bags for a day or two. But most of all, have a great time and ask tons of questions! :)
     
  17. TWinter

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    On the whole bringing your shorts thing...

    Did the other companies let you wear your own shorts? Alpha didn't... shorts were part of our uniform each day.
     
  18. cotton1

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    What session did u get into?
     
  19. usnahopeful

    usnahopeful USNA Midshipman

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    In Echo, we wore the USNA shorts pretty much all day too except once (maybe twice) we also wore khakis (don't remember what for...).
     

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