A Treading Water Guide for SOF Selection Candidates

By Craig Weller / August 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

Being comfortable in the water is a generalized skill, but treading water efficiently is a very specific essential skill in SOF selection. There’s a right way and a wrong way.  Treading with fins is straightforward and doesn’t require much discussion. It’s more about physical endurance than technique, as long as you have the basics of […]

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Underwater Knot Tying Building the Elite

Underwater Knot Tying

By Craig Weller / July 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Underwater Knot Tying Most maritime special operations programs involve some form of underwater knot tying. This is a way of testing your ability to execute a useful skill (quickly tying a knot) while simultaneously demonstrating another skill (staying calm in the water).  It’s important to learn the knots that are required of you in advance […]

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Water competency training in swimming pool

Water Confidence Training

By Craig Weller / July 6, 2021 / 2 Comments

Water-based events in SOF selection are ruthlessly effective ways to reveal the interaction between mind and body. To a much greater extent than with things like running or doing lots of pushups, you can’t solve problems in the water by just physically trying harder. You have to try better, and this is highly dependent on […]

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