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Physical Training Instructor
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Physical Training Instructor

You will be the person responsible for organising and delivering sporting, fitness and adventurous training opportunities.

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  • £18,500 - £56,000
  • No qualifications
  • Surface Fleet
  • Warfare
  • Rating level

At a glance

As a Royal Navy Physical Trainer, you will be the person responsible for organising and delivering sporting, fitness and adventurous training opportunities, and for ensuring our people remain injury free and healthy.
By joining as a direct entry Physical Training Instructor, it enabled me to join as a leader, empowering me to utilise my already established leadership qualifications.


Physical Training Specialisation Direct Entry

Role details

What you’ll do

Throughout your career as a Physical Trainer you could be employed at Naval Bases, training establishments, Naval Air Stations and onboard Ships.  You might be delivering a Royal Navy Fitness Test one day and organising a sporting event in an overseas national stadium the next.  You’ll work alongside like minded people all committed to making a recognised contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of RN personnel, providing professional exercise and evidence-based lifestyle information as well as taking on vital executive duties in the process.

Your role

  • Promote and deliver fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Lead and manage sport and sports teams
  • Lead and manage Adventurous Training

Pay & benefits

  • A salary that rises to £23,496 after initial training
  • Earn in excess of £56,383 as your career progresses
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free access to outstanding sport and recreation facilities
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain industry recognised fitness qualifications
  • Gain industry recognised Adventurous Training qualifications
  • Gain national governing body sports coaching and officiating qualifications

Skills you'll develop

  • Sports and exercise coaching
  • Class taking/ Physical training Instruction for recruits and trained strength personnel
  • Exercise physiology
  • Administration
  • Organising events
  • Organising and delivering Adventurous Training expeditions
  • Health behaviour change


  • GCSE English Language and Maths Grade 4 and above - functional skills pass in these subjects are also acceptable
  • Minimum colour perception standard of CP4
  • Free from any criminal convictions
  • You must be aged between 18 to 35
  • A full UK Driving Licence covering manual vehicles must be held when you apply
  • You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
  • Direct Entry PTI must pass a PT suitability board prior to entry, which is held during RN Candidate Course
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

  • Team player and independent thinker
  • A passion for sport, fitness and outdoor activities
  • Dedicated to helping people achieve their goals
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Good organiser
  • Strong communicator
  • Willingness to continually develop yourself


Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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