In a previous post, we shared with you the results of a study commissioned by the United States Navy last fall which sought to determine the ideal recruit who can successfully hurdle the challenges of being one of the elite Navy SEALs.
Athletes have long been known to have the most potential of becoming a SEAL, but among athletes, the study determined that water polo players have the most potential. It is therefore not all that surprising the SEAL recruitment is taking an interest in the water polo players of various county schools.
Recruiting directorate operations officer Robert Rohrbach confirms: “We identify them as high potential,” referring to water polo athletes, as shared in a feature on the North County Times.
Water polo coach Nick Naiman of the Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch gave the following observation: “They <water polo players> do a lot of things in the water, and they have to create that mental toughness,” qualities that, indeed, are requisite of a SEAL.
Del Norte High School is but one of several that the Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate in Coronado is working with in order to encourage these “high potential” athletes to think about using their skills towards a career with the Navy SEALs. Rohrbach shared that these schools are being offered a SEALs fitness program and have activities lined up with the Navy SEALs.
At Del Norte High School, for instance, there will be a SEALs fitness challenge scheduled for May 8. Come Sept. 3rd, the Navy SEALs will be parachuting into the football field for its first varsity football game.