Western Cape hopefuls can now join the Navy – here’s what you need to know

Two fit-looking young men holding snorkels prepare for a snorkel swim, part of the selection process for the South African Navy.

The recruitment took place across the country. Picture: SANDF

Published May 23, 2023


If you live in the Western Cape and have always wanted to join the SANDF, now is your chance to do so.

The South African Navy embarked on a National Recruitment Drive of Divers from April 24 till May 30. The Western Cape recruitment takes place at the SA Navy Dive School in Simon’s Town on May 29 and 30.

The South African Navy have criss-crossed the country in search of potential divers and the Western Cape is your last chance if you have missed all the other provinces.

Potential candidates are required to bring swimming costumes and physical training attire (vest/T-shirt, shorts and running shoes) as they will be put through a selection process that will include physical training and water activities.

For water activities, they will be required to conduct a 300 meter freestyle swim, 50 meter snorkel swim, 50m swim with a diving mask full of water, 25m under-water swim and 50m weight-belt swim.

For physical activities, they will be required to do a 2.4km run in under 13 minutes, 40 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and 7 pull-ups. Successful candidates will be subjected to the HR recruitment process and will form part of the 2024 Military Skills Development Skills Intake.

Sub-Lieutenant Ilse Solomons said they would encourage the youth to grab this opportunity with both hands.

“The diving fraternity is an elite branch within the SA Navy and we are looking to recruit candidates that are brave at heart and want to serve our country with pride and honour,” she said.

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