Navy Divers

LIVING CHANNEL – Sundays from 11 January, 8.30pm

Follow 27 young Australian men as they begin their quest to become members of the navy’s elite clearance diver branch. At the RAN’s diving training school in Sydney they launch into the week-long clearance diver assessment test (CDAT). Overseen by a team of experienced navy divers, they will be taken into a physical and mental ‘hell’ specifically designed to test strength and endurance and weed out the weak. Only 14 will make it. As soon as the candidates put on their numbered vests, their ordeal begins. With marathon runs, gruelling weight sessions, late night swims across Sydney Harbour, relentless diving drills and hours of marching through steep bush, the candidates must be able to work effectively under extreme pressure. If their bodies fail, or their minds snap and they can’t handle it, then ‘Hell Week’ will claim another victim. They’ll be removed from the test – swiftly and irrevocably! For those who make it there is the immense satisfaction of passing one of the toughest selection tests in the Australian Defence Force. But it’s a satisfaction that is short-lived. CDAT is just a test. Now their actual clearance diver training can begin. Some of it will make CDAT look like a picnic.

Sunday 11 January at 8.30pm on the Living Channel

Follow 27 young Australian men as they begin their quest to become members of the navy’s elite clearance diver branch. At the RAN’s diving training school in Sydney they launch into the week-long clearance diver assessment test (CDAT). Overseen by a team of experienced navy divers, they will be taken into a physical and mental ‘hell’ specifically designed to test strength and endurance and weed out the weak. Only 14 will make it. As soon as the candidates put on their numbered vests, their ordeal begins. With marathon runs, gruelling weight sessions, late night swims across Sydney Harbour, relentless diving drills and hours of marching through steep bush, the candidates must be able to work effectively under extreme pressure. If their bodies fail, or their minds snap and they can’t handle it, then ‘Hell Week’ will claim another victim. They’ll be removed from the test – swiftly and irrevocably! For those who make it there is the immense satisfaction of passing one of the toughest selection tests in the Australian Defence Force. But it’s a satisfaction that is short-lived. CDAT is just a test. Now their actual clearance diver training can begin. Some of it will make CDAT look like a picnic.