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    I'm pretty sure they look for people with the necessary drive and willpower more than for swimming skills. At your age I could swim laps underwater, but anyone can learn to swim and hold their breath. I was living proof. Just get yourself in the best possible shape that you can over there. Swimming can wait.
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    You can condition yourself to hold your breath just by doing it often, but I found I made more progress when I did cross-training and cardio in conjunction with swimming laps underwater. Get yourself a snorkel and mask and go swim in the ocean or a safe river - something where there's a current/waves, obstacles, and interesting things to look at. Get used to flippers but don't come to depend on them. You're probably in pretty good shape already but try to tone down when you start training; you'll learn your fundamentals better if you're a sinker so shedding some bodyfat is a good place to start.
    Cardiopulmonary health is vital, as is good posture and core strength; if you've got a weak back you're going to find yourself having some miserable times if you, say, start to lose your weight belt or have to hustle against the current in a drift dive gone bad. Also work on your manual dexterity - ideally you should be able to put on, remove and operate all of your equipment entirely by rote. When training you'll have your sense of touch to help you, but if you're in an emergency and the water is so cold your hands are going numb, you need to be prepared.
    Diving is a ton of fun and I think someone with your dedication will get a lot from it. Best luck.
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    The styrofoam cup thing was more of a joke, I swim pretty well having never been taught anything.
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    I'm pretty sure they look for people with the necessary drive and willpower more than for swimming skills.
    Well yes they do but eventually I do have to be able to swim 500m in UNDER 14:00. Never having done laps and mostly just horsing around in the pool, I don't know how well I'll do in this event. Eventually this is what I will have to do:

    * Swim 500 yards in under 14 minutes using breaststroke or sidestroke only
    * Ten minute rest
    * 42 Pushups, chest to ground, no sagging or arching to rest
    * Two minute rest
    * 50 Situps, hands across chest, heels within 10 inches of glutes
    * Two minute rest
    * 6 Pullups, starting from dead hang, no swinging or kicking
    * Ten minute rest
    * Run 1.5 miles in under 12:45
    Its called the DPFT or Diver Physical Fitness Test
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    I just did all that except for the running and the swimming, the only fear i would have with doing that (myself) is swimming 500 yards and THEN doing all that. thats killer.
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    You know who Rangers are, right? These guys are essentially Rangers in the Engineer Corps. world but not Sappers.
    So yesterday I found out, based on my vision, I may not be able to even get into the school.. so yea... great news..
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    Did the DPFT or Diver Physical Fitness Test minus the 500meter swim and part of that is a mile and a half run which I did in 10:30! For me that's fast! probably coulda gotten a 13:00 2mile run at that pace! Motivation is AMAZING when you want somethin' badly!
    Also found out I can get in if I can get lasik surgery!
    All fear violence, all are afraid of death.
    Seeing the similarity to oneself, one should not use violence or have it used.
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    Ack, that vision requirement is harsh. I can understand it though... seeing is important down there.
    If you want it, push hard. Commercial deep divers make more in five days than most of us net in a month.
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    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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