Participants swim breast stroke or comabat swimmer side
stroke during the 500 yard swim test.
Participants moved through the event in waves denoted by
color codes much the same as SEAL Team platoons are sometimes
Electronic event timing insured accuracy of results.
Participants were awarded white, desert tan or the coveted
blue t-shirt depending on qualification levels.
Team "Royal Blue 2" gets ready to begin the swim
Nearly 630 registered participants demonstrated a high degree
of physical readiness and motivation at the third stop on
the national U.S. Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge Tour in Dearborn
Michigan on Saturday, May 10 at the Ford Community Center.
The U.S. Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge is a free event promoting
exercise and fitness while challenging athletes to maximize
their performance in individual tests of strength and endurance.
The SEAL Fitness Challenge is similar to the initial physical
screening test given to applicants attempting to become
a Navy SEAL, an elite unit of special operations soldiers
who operate on Land SEa and Air. The event consists of swimming,
push ups, sit ups, pull-ups and running.
Registration for the event is free and provides participants
with a competitive standard to test themselves against each
other via P.S.T. Score and three levels of physical readiness:
“Participant”, “SEAL Standard” and
the difficult “SEAL Competitive Standard”. Participants
are awarded T-Shirts color coded to denote their level of
test standard- white for participant, tan for SEAL Standard
and the coveted Navy SEAL blue and yellow for the SEAL Competitive
To achieve the SEAL Standard and earn the desert tan T-Shirt
award participants must complete a 500 yard pool swim under
12:30 using either breaststroke of the unusual Navy SEAL
“combat swimmer side stroke”, they must do 42
push-ups in under 2:00 and 50 sit-ups in under 2:00 followed
by at least 6 overhand grip, straight-leg pull-ups (no time
limit) and then complete a 1.5 mile run in under 11:00.
Participants attempting to win the blue and yellow colors
worn by U.S. Navy SEAL instructors at the Basic Underwater
Demolition School (B.U.D.S.)in Coronado, California will
need to complete the 500 yard swim in under 10 minutes,
do at least 80 push-ups in 2:00, 80 sit-ups in 2:00, a minimum
of 11 pull-ups with correct technique and then run 1.5 miles
at a sub-6:40 pace to finish the run in under 10:00.
According to the event production company the Dearborn
stop on the U.S. Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge Tour was the
“best attended with the most community support”.
This was impressive since the single day Dearborn event
even eclipsed the two-day Los Angeles event held in February
close to a number of Navy military installations and a larger
Navy SEAL Duncan Smith and David Goggins were both on hand
to assist with and direct the event in Dearborn with Smith
acting as emcee, press liaison and awards presenter while
Dave Goggins lead athlete teams through their competitive
waves along with other Navy SEALs and members of the Navy’s
elite Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman (S.W.C.C.).
Smith and Goggins have been instrumental in the development,
growth and promotion of the U.S. Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge
along with SEAL and Ironman veteran Mitch Hall. Smith, Goggins
and Hall were featured in Outside magazine last year for
a report on the Navy’s initiative to attract endurance
athletes to demanding Navy training programs such as Basic
Underwater Demolition School, the primary training and screening
school for SEAL candidates. Drop out rates for the difficult
SEAL program usually exceed 70% before a candidate completes
the entire course of training to earn the gold Trident Naval
Special Warfare Badge.