Physical fitness of members is important

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As the South African Navy is fighting force, the physical fitness of its members is of the utmost importance. This mustering is responsible for maintaining the fitness levels required for all Uniform South African Navy members.

To be a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) a member is required to pass a PTI selection test (ie fitness test of at least 70%), to be medically fit (G1K1N1) and be a competent swimmer.

PTI training takes place at the Joint Physical Training Sport and Recreation Centre in Pretoria. The duration of this learning opportunity is approximately three months.

The following modules are covered on the Part 1 course:

  • Screening Procedures for Ascertaining the Fitness of Members
  • Leading and Motivating Participation in Physical Exercise
  • Fitness and Exercise Principles
  • Designing Fitness Programmes
  • Motivating Participation in Physical Exercise.

In the practical module the member learns to present Physical Training, Full Kit Training and Endurance Training.

The PTI can be utilised at any unit ashore, onboard a ship or in other services. The qualified PTIs are also expected to know the rules of sports, which will allow them to coach the sailors in the following sports: Rugby, Cross-Country Running, Tug-of-War, Volleyball, Military Pentathlon, Soccer and Orienteering.

Swimming training starts next to the pool



Enquiries can be directed to: SA Navy Recruitment Centre at (012) 339 4252 or (012) 339 4421.

Mail: Navy Headquarters, Department of Defence, Private Bag X 104, Pretoria, 0001, Recruitment Section

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revision date: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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