Diving into a new career

A biting wind whistled across Portsmouth Harbour as six Royal Naval Reservists plunged into the dark waters of the diving training lake at the Navy’s Horsea Island training site.

They swam across the lake, completing a timed set of circuits and leaping several times from the highest platform (over 30 feet) into the water, clutching their fins to their chests.

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Royal Navy Reservists training at Horsea Island Credit: Royal Navy

The reservists were conducting pre-joining aptitude and acquaint tests on a wintry Saturday morning in late November.

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Royal Navy Reservists training at Horsea Island Credit: Royal Navy

These determined men have one collective ambition: to join the Royal Naval Reserve Diving Branch, a specialist cadre of the Maritime Reserves that supports the Fleet Diving Squadron of the Royal Navy.

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Royal Navy Reservists training at Horsea Island Credit: Royal Navy

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