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Naval Pentathlon

The naval pentathlon is an individual and team competition for men and women, made up of five events: obstacle course, life-saving swimming, utility swimming, seamanship, and amphibious cross-country. It is one of the sports at the World Military Championships and Military World Games, and there is also the Naval Pentathlon World Championship.

Obstacle Course — the obstacle course component for men is over 305 meters with 10 obstacles (women do 280 meters and 9 obstacles). The obstacles include a hurdle, balance beam, barrel, Irish table, grenade throwing, climbing net, long jump, tunnel, combination obstacle (Parallel wire, climbing planks, yard and footrope) and sloping wire (males only).

Life-saving swimming — The aim is to rescue and transport a mannequin, simulating a life-saving situation. The men perform part of the competition dressed in a uniform with a minimum weight of four hundred grams. After swimming 50 meters (the first 15 meters underwater), the competitor has to retrieve the mannequin from a depth of 3 meters and transport it to the end of the 75-meter course without letting it go.

climbing a rope net climbing a rope net is one of the obstacles

Utility swimming — There are four obstacles to overcome (though the first does not occur in the women’s version). First the athlete must swim 25 meters while carrying a 3kg rifle replica. Then pass under a obstacle at a depth of three meters, then over the third obstacle. Lastly, they disconnect a fire hose attached three meters underwater and continue to the other end of the pool to the finish.

Seamanship competition — the athlete has to demonstrate skill with the mast, the cable, and the boat and also has to be accurate in throwing a line.

Amphibious cross-country — this event consists of a 2,500m run interspersed with the tasks of shooting, rowing, and grenade throwing.

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