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 Post subject: Thinking of joining
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:37 am 
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Hi there folks, thinking of joining the reg. I did 3 and a bit years as a raf techie (2012-16) but left because of family issues and far too much time in cosford learning trade bits that bored me in a job I hated for a trade I didn't want. I did that thing where I picked a trade that sounded useful once I left and ended up in job I hated.

Since I left I have realised I actually quite miss parts of service life and it was the field time and playing soldiers that I enjoyed. I am thinking of rejoining and being an actual soldier and not just pretending. RAF REG makes the most sense as I have previous time in the RAF.

When I was in as a techie we saw the rocks on station and obv we had the guys through training and I know roughly what you all do on ops but I was wondering though what daily life on squadron in the UK was like.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:52 am 
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Welcome to RockNet...

Rush around to hang around springs to mind. Followed closely by attempting to wear the paint off hangar floors with a broom.

But that was a good few years ago. We have a few more modern Rocks that drop in from time to time that will be able to give you a more up to date view.

While you wait I'd start working on your fitness... :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:57 am 
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Cheers for the quick response there :)

Fitness wise I am working on that, tbh I never stopped. I am a PT in civvie world, ran my first marathon this year, compete as a powerlifter and run a few times a week (usually 5 km but up to 1/2 marathons depending how I feel and how much free time I have). I am starting to tailor what I do phys wise to the standards the reg want but the only thing I will struggle with is the swimming. I know exactly what I will be told there and yes I will be getting soggy on a regular basis in prep for that :)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:24 pm 
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The most important thing to learn about swimming is to learn to float. Once you have done that swimming no longer seems to be a struggle to stay on the surface but rather a method of ambulation because you know that if you stop you can float. It takes away they "fear factor".

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Floating is something I have never managed to do. I can move forwards ok in the water but I struggle to stay above the surface so I tend to move forwards and downwards at the same speed. You got any tips on learning how to float ?

The last swim test I did when I was in resulted in the tiny 7 stone anorexic female PTI having to pull me out, worth it for the giggles but NOT what I'm aiming for next time !


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You're a natural sinker... That's unusual... Most people tend to float... Try standing in the shallow end, taking a full breath and lying gently backwards. Lift your feet up to the surface and push your hips up too. With full lungs your face should stay above water. If it doesn't then you truly are a sinker - though this isn't the end of the world. Forgetting butterfly because it's so difficult all the other common strokes except crawl lend themselves to "swimming with an upward component".

Using the breast stroke as an example you kick backwards with your legs as you bring your arms backwards from their position extended forward. During this action a "sinker" can sacrifice some of the forward motion by "digging" the arms downwards into the water to cause some upthrust. You have to accept that as you reposition your arms and legs for the next stroke that you are going to let most if not all your face to submerge. It is important that you breath out through your mouth mostly but if you fear water in your nose direct some of the air through your nose to maintain a positive pressure from the nose to the outside. It's important to have completed your exhale before you begin the next stroke so that you are not hurried into getting your next breath as your face comes out of the water on the next stroke. The secret is to find a rhythm that never leaves you worried about the amount of air you are getting. Forward speed is irrelevant until you get the hang of this and, unless your test is a timed swim, it shouldn't be a factor in any test. Once you have the rhythm down and you gain confidence then you should be able to swim quite long distances without fear or panic - the two enemies of water survival.

Hope that helps... Now go and get wet...

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