Divers: Stages and standards

So, you’ve decided to join the Royal Navy as a Mine Clearance Diver, but before you can start your career, you need to pass a series of physical tests. Get through these and you can begin your Royal Navy journey. To help you prepare, here are the three stages that you will have to complete.  

To help you prepare, here are the four stages that you will have to complete:

  1. Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
  2. Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)
  3. Potential Divers Assessment (PDA)
  4. Basic Training

As a Mine Clearance Diver, your fitness standards are required to be better than some others within the Naval service, therefore you’ll need to meet to prove you’re up to the physical demands to be successful in this role. Many of these tests will directly influence whether your are successful in your application and are pass or fail, so it’s vital that you’re in as good physical condition as possible.

'Get fit to join' is here to help you get ready for each stage. You can navigate through the process, see exactly what is required to pass, and find out how you can give yourself an edge.


Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

For the PJFT you will be expected to push yourself to produce your best effort. If you’re going to excel at the PJFT (and in your initial training), it’s critical that you get in the best possible physical condition.

What?

For the PJFT, you’ll need to complete a 2.4km run on a treadmill, where the required time, for both males and females, regardless of your age, is 10 minutes 30 seconds.


Where?

The test takes place at a Nuffield fitness centre. They’re all over the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you


When?

Typically, the PJFT will be required to be booked post your Recruiting Test.