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Good good, keep up the good work then .
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Hello all,

Just found out im going to OASC on the 1st of November. Yikes. Its my one go cos im gettin on a bit, but ive been before for a Flying Scholarship. It sounds like an expanded version of that, with the second stage on top. Scary stuff, but at least its here!

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Hey Big Dave, I'm off to OASC on 1st November too so I'll see you there! I'm so excited but at the same time starting to panic!!!!
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Yeah, the panic is starting to set in now. So much to do, and im not keen on this swimming in coveralls malarkey! These press up things are novel, aren't they!?
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Who said you have to swim in overalls?
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On page 11 of the light blue booklet it says that part two has a swimming test where you need to wim 3 lengths in RAF issue overalls (denims), tread water for 2 mins in denims then climb out of the pool unaided. I thougth it starnge that it wasn't really mentioned before, and it only applies to certain branches.
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Which branches, I have never heard that before.

As far as I was concerned, the fitness test consists of a maximal bleep test and maximal push-up and press-up tests (timed). I have never heard of a swimming test for any of the branches at OASC. But I could be wrong, which light blue booklet says that?
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I may not be understanding it properly, at least i hope so!
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As far as I am aware, it may only be SNCO Aircrew that do the swimming test, but I could be wrong, and understandably pilots and WSO's will be required to swim, so i'm not sure if both of those Officer branches have to be tested.

I imagine Mole will tell us when he comes back from OASC in a couple of days.
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Its the 'Notes for guidance of candidates attending the RAF OASC' booklet. It says that it has no bearing on the suitability of the candidate and is used to assess the training needs should the candidate be selected for service. It also says it is for all Aircrew applicants plus those for the Operations Support branch RAF Regiment and Physical Education specialisations, and all candidates should bring swimming costumes with them.
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i think its mentioned because on my application form i have applied for Pilot, WSO, and WSOp. Im sure that will spark some questions in the interview!
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Similar to what I had to do for the RN, except it was 2 lengths of a (BIG!) pool, treading water for 3 mins, and getting out unaided.

I didnt think it was at OASC though.

Mark!
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Lets hope not! Hehe
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hi swimming test is 100m of a pool, then 2 mins tred water then climb out of the pool unaided. did it two days ago, it is not difficult so dont worry
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Thats good to hear mole, at least i wasnt making it up!

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(Original post by mole)
hi swimming test is 100m of a pool, then 2 mins tred water then climb out of the pool unaided. did it two days ago, it is not difficult so dont worry
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How was it mate, you think you did the best you could do?

Did you enjoy it? Any hints, tips or advice you can give that has not already been mentioned on this website, or that you think should be refreshed?
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If you've done an RAF intermediate swimming test (and can prove it) can you skip this? Seems a waste of time getting your speedos on if you've done something that i think is harder.

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If you've done an RAF intermediate swimming test (and can prove it) can you skip this? Seems a waste of time getting your speedos on if you've done something that i think is harder.

Mark
Ah! The good ol' banana hammock.

I have just recently done a Lifeguard course, so it would be silly if I couldn't swim 100m and tread water for 2 minutes but you gotta do what you gotta do. Anyway i'll take any excuse to bare my sexy, toned body to the boarding officers...(just kidding)
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If you've done an RAF intermediate swimming test (and can prove it) can you skip this? Seems a waste of time getting your speedos on if you've done something that i think is harder.

Mark
Nope; the test's quite specific, so even something harder doesn't necessarily cover the same points. My mate who swam the channel still needs his annual aircrew swim test.
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cal,
the swimming test is just for those going for aircrew.
OASC was fantastic thanks, a great experience. I think i did as well as I could but it is V nerve wrecking waiting to get reviewe after aptitude, medical etc as any one of the tests done could rule you out of the career you want. Luckily though I passed (one of only two for pilot) there is just a long wait now to see if the rest of my boarding proceedure was good enough to gain a commission. i am extremely nervous!!!!

how are things with you, got a date for OASC yet??

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