Before you start Royal Navy Basic Training all recruits must attend the Pre-Royal Navy Course

Day 1 at Pre-Royal Navy Course

PRNC takes place in one of the two Royal Navy Acquaint Centre’s; either at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire or MOD Caldeonia in Rosyth.

Firstly, lets mention the dress code when you arrive:

  • For men – Trousers, shirt and a tie
  • For women – Skirt/trousers and a blouse

If your Pre-Royal Navy Course is at HMS Collingwood then you may choose to travel by rail to Fareham station.

If your Pre-Royal Navy Course is at MOD Caledonia then you nearest train service stops at Inverkeithing railway station

There are likely to be a number of recruits at the station waiting for the bus to travel to both HMS Collingwood in Hampshire or MOD Caldeonia.

Please don’t throw away your train tickets as the PRNC staff will need to see them before you get into the bus. Both drives will take less than 10 minutes. Take this opportunity to say hello to the recruits sitting near you on the bus (and try to remember their names!)

When you arrive at Collingwood MOD Caledonia, you will be given a, Health and Safety brief, your ID card and your water bottle (which you should label and keep filled up)

Next, you will be given a locker key and the opportunity to try on your kit which consists of:

  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 1 Jumper
  • 1 Pair of trousers
  • 1 Pair of boots

If this kit does not fit then please ask for a different size right there and then.

You will then be given a brief on what was going to happen over the next 4 four days.

Your first training will include the basic drills like Standing at Ease” and “Marching”. Do not get too worried by these drills as you will not be alone in feeling uneasy, as most of the other recruits will have no experience in doing drills either.

After basic drill you can have the chance to try the Pre-Royal Navy Course Training food. The menu is free, and includes: Soup, bread, main course, dessert and either tea/ coffee or juice.

After dinner you may have more drill or get the chance to learn how to make your beds “properly” with “hospital corners”

Day 2 at Pre-Royal Navy Course

Be prepared to wake up at 5.30 or 6am and make your bed, shower and shave. Everyone should be wearing the same clothing, so if everyone has a jumper on please wear your jumper!

After breakfast,  there will be series of team activities, and then a presentation on life in the Royal Navy.

Eat plenty at lunch, as in the afternoon you will have to take the swimming test, as to join the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, you must be able to swim.

The Naval Swimming Test is conducted in a swimming pool, where you will need to display your ability to operate in water.  To pass the Naval Swimming Test you must be able to jump into deep water wearing overalls and tread water for 2 minutes.  On completion, you must be able to swim 50 metres (2 lengths) in a further 4 minutes – again in overalls – without touching the side or bottom, before climbing out unaided from the deep-end.

In addition, you are expected to jump off a 3m diving board to simulate falling overboard.  Non-swimmers will not be eligible to progress forward in to basic training.

After the swiming test, you will march to the a Pay and Promotions brief followed by dinner. After dinner you will trained on how to iron and fold your uniform and how to polish your boots.

Day 3 at Pre-Royal Navy Course

There will be another early start and you should prepare yourself for the fitness test with a sensible breakfast.

The fitness test will consist of assessed gym tests, including sit ups and push ups and an assessed group run. Remember to run everywhere during this part of the course.

After lunch you will have the Ships Visit which will give you a good insight on life onboard. After the Ships Visit, you receive a presentation about the submarine service.

After dinner, you will prepare your kit for OIC rounds and be issued your combat boots, which you can take home.

Day 4 at Pre-Royal Navy Course

After breakfast there will be circuit training which will consist of around 12 stations where you will be instructed to do star jumps, sit ups, push ups, trunk curls and a rope climb.

Then there will be OIC rounds, and a final check of kit and room. change into your Civvies, and have a 1 to 1 debrief. Before travelling back bus will take you back to the train station

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