THEY are tasked with keeping the Royal Navy’s sailors fit to fight – and now the latest fitness instructors to join the service have marked the end of their training in style.
Nine physical trainers marked their passing out at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth, which is home to the navy’s school of physical training.
In front of 200 guests, they put on a 70-minute display of traditional skills taught on their six-month course, including club swinging, rope climbing and gymnastics.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Wayne Okell, Temeraire’s training officer, said: ‘It was pleasing that so many guests were able to see the display which represents such an important day in the career of navy physical trainers.
‘It is a small, select specialisation within the navy but it is rich in quality and its standards are of the highest order.
‘We firmly believe that the nine qualifiers have demonstrated all the necessary attributes that are needed to join this unique specialisation.’
To pass the course, the trainers are taught circuit and weight training, strength and conditioning, fitness testing, sports science and diet and nutrition.
Students cover basic coaching in a variety of sports including football, hockey, volleyball and boxing plus topics such as event management and income generation.
The Open University recognises the quality of training by awarding all students a foundation degree in sport and fitness.
Seven of the physical trainers will now go on to posts at shore bases across the area including HMS Sultan in Gosport, HMS Collingwood in Fareham and Portsmouth Naval Base.
They are LPT Jordan Bate, 22, LPT Charlotte Mason, 21, LPT Jo-Anne Nightingale, 31, LPT Fraser Bricknall, 24, LPT Joel Kirby, 26, LPT Adam Scott, 28, and LPT Mark Wright, 26.