NAVY SWCC TRAINING STAGES OVERVIEW
Before being designated as a Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman, a candidate is tested and prepared throughout SWCC instruction. The goal of instruction is to produce the highest quality maritime warrior who can adapt to missions in any environment. Historically, SWCC operators have worked mostly in coastal and river areas, but their missions at times may include non-maritime environments.
STAGE 1: AWAITING INSTRUCTION PHASE ( AIP )
Awaiting Instruction Phase is for SWCC candidates who are waiting to begin instruction. SWCC candidates may have the opportunity to take part in this six-week revolving schedule, with an overall objective of improving the candidates mental toughness and physical conditioning.
Candidates new to the SWCC program benefit from the opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for the rigors of their intense follow-on instruction by developing and improving running and swimming techniques, as well as increasing overall cardio-vascular conditioning.
AIP also allows those candidates who were set back in previous instruction to improve on their deficiencies before resuming. Each candidate in AIP will take a Physical Screening Test to serve as his baseline from which to improve upon during follow-on instruction. Some candidates in AIP may also have the opportunity to assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the Naval Special Warfare craft used to support the course instruction objectives.
STAGE 2: BASIC ORIENTATION - AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC CREWMAN TRAINING ( BCT )
SWCC Orientation formally introduces candidates to Naval Special Warfare and the Basic Crewman Training lifestyle. During orientation, SWCC instructors familiarize candidates with all aspects of physical training including running, swimming, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and the obstacle course. Candidates learn SWCC history and basic skills that they will be required to hone throughout the remaining courses.
STAGE 3: BASIC CREWMAN TRAINING ( BCT )
During Basic Crewman Training, candidates are trained, developed and assessed. The focus of this course is on physical conditioning, water competency, teamwork and mental tenacity. Candidates run, swim and do calisthenics. They will participate in weekly timed runs, obstacle course evolutions, and swims in the pool, bay, and ocean. The intensity of candidate performance increases each week.
SWCC candidates learn basic navigation and small boat seamanship. The ultimate test of the candidates’ physical and mental fortitude comes during “The Tour” - a three-day training period during which students apply skills, teamwork, and mental tenacity in various weather conditions all with limited sleep. This course develops intelligent and highly motivated candidates who will perform under the most demanding conditions. Candidates advance to Crewmen Qualification Training upon completion of BCT.
STAGE 4: CREWMAN QUALIFICATION TRAINING ( CQT)
In this phase candidates advance to intermediate levels of seamanship and navigation and are introduced to various weapons and communications systems. Candidates become proficient in marksmanship, seamanship, maritime navigation, communications, engineering, waterborne patrolling, mobility and combat casualty care. They also receive an introduction into the Naval Special Warfare Mission Planning Cycle, where they prepare, plan, brief, and execute an NSW mission. Candidates also attend the NSW Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course. Physical training during CQT continues to increase in preparation for the requirements of the operational Special Boat Teams, which they will join once they complete the course.
CONTACT THE SEAL + SWCC SCOUT TEAM
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San Diego, CA 92155