Combat Swim & Water Confidence Training for US Special Operations


If you are applying for a position in a US Military Special Operations Unit such as US Navy SEAL/s, USAF PJ’s or others that includes a swim test and has a demanding water confidence program, there is a lot to learn.  Taking the position that “I’ll just figure it all out once I get there” is setting yourself up for failure.  Instead, go into the water when its for real knowing that you’ve done it many times before, and with the confidence that you know how to do it well.

I do have a water confidence background, am listed as a trainer on Stew Smith’s website/

The candidates I am working with as of this writing have all won contracts and are typically swimming low 8’s and mid 7’s on the 500Y CSS.

Analyzing swimmers with CSS and water con and helping them improve is the only goal.  I have worked with candidates in this regard who are preparing for BUD/s and USAF PJ/Indoc with very positive results on both the PST/PAST entrance test, and helped them with the specific water con elements of either of those programs as I am able to.  I train in the NJ/Eastern PA area.

Training Elements:

CSS (Combat Swimmer’s Stroke):  Learning the stroke, fine-tuning it, and all the tricks required for turning a competitive time on the PST test.  Form, timing and kick variations are important, and need to be practiced and adjusted until they are right.  I have helped some candidates get from a failing time over 12:00 to a very competitive time in the 8’s.

Freestyle: For tests that allow freestyle, I can help you improve your time with this stroke.  Performance off the wall, turns, timing, kick are all important elements.  We combine competitive race technique with elements also emphasized in the the Total Immersion system (which we also recommend highly) to get you into a good swim time.

Fin Swimming:  From how to adjust the fins on your foot, to maintaining proper body position and mechanics to maximize energy.  CSS with fins and the USAF fin swim technique are covered.  You can hurt yourself with this if you don’t know what you are doing, and this isn’t visited until you are already turning competitive times on your particular test unless being used as a training device for certain issues.

Water Confidence:   Everyone can tread water but being able to do it efficiently and to conserve energy are nice improvements.   A good eggbeater kick is the only way to go.  Drownproofing, Traveling, Bobbing, buddy tow rescues, water treading without hands and holding weights, etc.  Nobody should ever practice WATER CON elements on their own, but these wind up being the cause of so many failures during advanced military training schools. Know what the standards are and be able to exceed them before you walk in the door.  (We do not practice long distance breath hold swimming.)

Training Strategy:  Ace your test first!   Whatever the requirements for your test are, you should be turning a competitive time before you are working on other elements.   That’s the focus, and what all the workouts are constructed to accomplish.  The right kind of workouts are needed to help you reach your goals.   Using the wrong workout strategy will not only be a complete waste of time, but it could expose you to injury.   Learn how to structure a swim workout to match your goals, keep good training records, quantify your progress, and be able to measure the effectiveness of your training.

FEE:   Expenses only.  I do not collect a fee for this training.   

I donate my time doing this out of respect as a public service.  There is no fee of any kind.

Required gear:

  • Jammer type swim suit
  • Scubapro jet fins or Rocket fins (don’t buy the giant size ones)
  • Fin socks or booties
  • Mask
  • Good competition style swim goggles

Contact via the regular avenues if you are interested.