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How can I be competitive for EOD?

ABMD

Bullets don't fly without Supply
Or maybe some ex-team guy at the local VFW/Legion.
Better yet, if he's local to VaBeach I can ask the Team guys at 18 what he needs to do to get into the pool and maybe get a POC for the training I mentioned.
 

Pags

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Better yet, if he's local to VaBeach I can ask the Team guys at 18 what he needs to do to get into the pool and maybe get a POC for the training I mentioned.
Or, if he can't get into a team complex, a guy who'd be willing to train elsewhere.
 

JoeBob1788

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YouTube videos can help a lot. Getting some coaching can definitely help. Like Pags said, this stroke is limited to pretty much just Navy special programs. Any EOD, SEAL, or ND should be able to give good pointers.

watch some videos, and then concentrate on good pulls and glides. The more effortless it is, the faster you’ll go. Practice practice, and get some pointers if you can
 

AllAmerican75

Running the IT Help Desk
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Have some new questions for you all, hope you don't mind. I'm not able to find specific requirements for the events online.
  1. Pushups- Can elbows be out or do they have to be tucked in when doing? Or everything OK as long as I go to 90 degrees?
  2. Situps - Fingers crossed behind the neck or arms crossed in front of body?
  3. Swim- Someone told me that head should always be out of the water for the test but that can't be right right? I've been practicing head underwater, and only bring my head up to breathe.
I haven't been able to find too much info online. The best thing I could get was a video on youtube showing divers and eod doing a prt, but they don't really show too much and don't go into the specifics. Do I figured I would ask here. Just want to make sure I'm practicing all the events properly. Don't want to be told that I need to do it a certain way the day of.
Here's the PST instruction: https://nswmentor.com/staff-form-downloads/1220-410.pdf

I'll second getting in with the bubbas at one of your local EOD or MDSU teams. Also, if you're near a Navy shipyard or Regional Maintenance Center, they also have dive lockers. Dive school is the same for EOD and divers so they can all help you.
 

exNavyOffRec

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I don't know why I didn't think of this before but reach out to the local NRD and talk to the Spec Programs recruiter, it is probably an EOD CPO and they could give you pointers, they might even be able to have you run the PST with the guys trying for EOD and SEAL.
 

goald

Member
Yeah the stroke itself is a weird one since it's not widely used outside of the military (I swam and lifeguarded for years but never heard about combat sidestroke until the USN). A coach could help with general swimming improvement. A good coach should be able to learn a new stroke and work with you on it but you'd be growing together. Not sure if you're near an NSW/Spec Ops location where you could find someone. Or maybe digital coaching?
Are you located on either coast? If so, you can probably reach out to someone at one of the combat pools near the Teams and see when they are hosting practice sessions. I know SEAL/SWCC hopefuls test and train at the pool on JEBLC.
Better yet, if he's local to VaBeach I can ask the Team guys at 18 what he needs to do to get into the pool and maybe get a POC for the training I mentioned.
YouTube videos can help a lot. Getting some coaching can definitely help. Like Pags said, this stroke is limited to pretty much just Navy special programs. Any EOD, SEAL, or ND should be able to give good pointers.

watch some videos, and then concentrate on good pulls and glides. The more effortless it is, the faster you’ll go. Practice practice, and get some pointers if you can

Here's the PST instruction: https://nswmentor.com/staff-form-downloads/1220-410.pdf

I'll second getting in with the bubbas at one of your local EOD or MDSU teams. Also, if you're near a Navy shipyard or Regional Maintenance Center, they also have dive lockers. Dive school is the same for EOD and divers so they can all help you.
Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. Couldn't find this anywhere :)

I don't know why I didn't think of this before but reach out to the local NRD and talk to the Spec Programs recruiter, it is probably an EOD CPO and they could give you pointers, they might even be able to have you run the PST with the guys trying for EOD and SEAL.

Stew Smith routinely posts CSS videos (and critiques) on his Instagram page. Might be worth following and/or reaching out to see if he can take a look at your stroke?

Wow thank you all so much for all the pointers. I was writing this reply out a few days ago and got an urgent phone so I had to run out typing mid-sentence and never actually replied to anyone. Hah. Past week has been crazy but finally calmed down today so I'm finally getting back to everyone now. But honestly you all have given me so many great resources and I haven't even been able to sit down and look through all of them. I do know a few divers and I think I'll start with showing them my videos and asking for their opinions. And then proceed from there. My overall fitness is improving and I'm sure with all the new advice here I'm going to get even better. Cheers to everyone 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊
 
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