Austen Alexander, a former US Navy sailor, regularly guides athletes and influencers through military-inspired fitness challenges on his YouTube channel.

In this video, he takes the diving test used to screen personnel with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), an intense underwater examination which is as fraught with psychological difficulty as physical.

The SOCOM dive screener consists of:

5 minutes of bobbing underwater, 2 minutes of floating, traveling 100 meters, a front flip, a back flip, retrieving a mask from the bottom of the pool, and 4 bobs with the mask.

And if that didn’t sound hard enough, Alexander has to do it all with his hands and feet tied.


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