Swimming at the USNA

HMCoF2021

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Hello. I was just curious about the importance of being a proficient swimmer at the academy. I ask because I am not a strong swimmer and I want to prepare the best way I can for Plebe Summer (assuming that I get appointed to the academy).
 

GoArmy22

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Very important. Take as many swimming lessons as you can now. Work on treading and holding your breath beneath the water for long periods of time. There's also the 40-year swim which you can find online (I'm not the best source for that info). Hope this helps.
 

Capt MJ

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Hello. I was just curious about the importance of being a proficient swimmer at the academy. I ask because I am not a strong swimmer and I want to prepare the best way I can for Plebe Summer (assuming that I get appointed to the academy).

If you have the opportunity to regularly spend time in a pool to build confidence, comfort and basic stroke skills, do it. Your time as a plebe is precious, and if you end up in remedial swim, that's time away from other things. You do NOT have to be Michael Phelps, and there will be help available. Mids arrive with different levels of swim ability. Not all have had access to pools and lessons.

Read more here:
https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Military-Preparation/Physical-Education.php

https://www.usna.edu/Commandant/Dir...L EDUCATION REMEDIATION ATTENDANCE POLICY.pdf

Meeting physical standards and passing required PE tests is just as much a part of USNA life as academic tests and military performance requirements.

Good for you, looking ahead and taking steps to put yourself in better form. Just do it, add swimming workouts into your regular routine, and you will pat yourself on the back for putting yourself in good position.
 

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Then there is the 10 Meter jump unless it has been discontinued?
 

ktnatalk

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It's the 10 meter feet first "fall", not "jump". It's to prepare for "abandon ship" if caught in that situation. Just don't look down and you will be fine.
 

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10 meter jump is only scary before you do it, once done you realize its no big deal. Many things are like that, its part of the learning as much, if not more, than the learning to jump from 10 meters high.
 

Capt MJ

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Blank your brain, get to the head of the line and keep going. Agreed, do not look down, focus on entering water vertically. I always made sure I was the first or second one in line. Otherwise, your thinking brain starts churning.
 
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