Completely different. You can not compare SF selection to lifeguard standards.
And it's most certainly not about being a sculpted god. Yea fair one lads carrying a few pounds in a professional fighting force but some of the life guards I have seen were horrendous. And quite honestly this aren't high standards.
Now that doesn't mean I am saying they need SF swimming tests.
Beach life guard is slightly different granted but still pretty low standards. And level 1,2 and 3 water rescue is again a different kettle of fish.
Mental toughness, resilience and determination is a completely different topic and I would more than happy to debate or talk about how science can not measure the will to succeed or motivation, or how the mind can push the body beyond its limits.
But the basic standards for the RAF are low. We as a society need to strive to get the young people more educated and interested in taking their fitness seriously, instead of allowing these festering health at every size pseudoscience poison our kids. There's a statistic that predicts by a certain year in the future that 50% population of the U.K. will have diabetes. And We are in an obesity epidemic.
You shouldn't be reading the RAF standards and think they are hard. (Nor if you want to be a life guard) I wasn't saying CFAVs need to do the fitness test but personal fitness should be encouraged and as it's an aviation theme, why not get the kids involved.
Maybe if we had more cadets doing RAF fitness tests, we could maybe start good habits and maybe bring down the national average for obesity by a tiny margin.
And when they grow up they will talk to their kids and encroached healthy attitudes to fitness, etc. The cycle goes on.
And yes the female standards need to be brought up to equal standards as blokes.
Why would it be acceptable for a woman to do it at a different standard to a bloke? If they want to do the job, they should reach the same standard. Simple.
strong post Angus. Strong.