Potential Divers Assessment (PDA)
Given the additional physical and mental demands of being in the Royal Navy Diver Branch, all candidates must attend the Potential Divers Assessment (PDA).
The two-and-a-half-day course tests the stamina and strength required by the operational environment, so it’s imperative that you’re in peak physical condition.
The PDA takes place at the Defence Diving School, the home of military diver training, in Horsea Island on the north shore of Portsmouth Harbour. It is made up of:
- The Diver Personal Fitness Test (DPFT)
- Water based physical activities and assessments
- Two try dives to assess suitability
The PDA is a Pass/Fail Course before you commence diving training. If you do not achieve a pass you can not progress as a Clearance Diver until a satisfactory pass is achieved.