An accepted norm is that a submariner should be of average height and weight to reduce risk exposure due to the confines in space and access to life saving systems.

Entry Level Requirements. To be considered as a Submariner an applicant must meet the following Entry Level Requirements:

  • Be a volunteer.
  • Be a South African Citizen
  • Be between 18 and 22 years
  • Preferably be single
  • Not be area bound
  • Have no serious criminal record. (Police certificate required)
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements of the SANDF
  •  Be free from physical disabilities and not suffer from claustrophobia or a fear of heights
  • Be able to pass a navy swim test consisting of;
    • A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls;
    • 10m underwater swim in overalls;
    • 50m swim using three safety strokes; and
    • Tread water or float for 15 minutes (removal of overalls optional)

Successful candidates will be appointed as part of the Military Skills Development programme prior to the commencement of functional training as a submariner. Only members that are successful in completing the functional training will be appointed as SA Navy Submariners.


Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swim test if you undertake swimming training before you join.



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