The Potential Diver Assessment

The Potential Diver Assessment’s (PDA) aim is to assess the potential diver’s attitude and aptitude to undertake military diver training, as well as test his or her physical fitness against a strict criteria set by the Institute of Naval Medicine.

Under the watchful eye of a Leading Physical Trainer (LPT) and RN Diving Instructors, the 2 and a half day programme begins with the Diver Personal Fitness Test (DPFT) which must be successfully passed to gain a recommendation to enter the Royal Navy as a Clearance Diver. Please note it tests to the minimum standard required.

Further physical assessments include a 1000 metre lake swim in a dry-suit and fins and a team-building challenge based on a 30 minute mud-flat crossing exercise. Trial self-contained breathing apparatus dives to a maximum depth of 5 metres will take place in an enclosed dive tank and Horsea Island Lake, the home of military diver training. The potential diver will also receive briefings on the RN Diving Branch.  Full details of what can be expected in the PDA are in the booklet below:

Mine Clearance Diver - Get Fit to Apply

Royal Navy Careers Role Finder - Mine Clearance Diver