The word “vacation” usually conjures up images of lazy mornings sitting on a porch overlooking the beach, or waking up in luxurious hotel rooms and enjoying wonderful meals.
There will be none of that, however, for those who sign up for a SEAL Vacation.
A feature on The Huffington Post shared details regarding how a few brave souls chose to spend their days off — by signing up to spend a few days training like a Navy SEAL. Just like the real thing, these week-long training camps are certainly not for everyone.
The Extreme SEAL Experience, which we shared with you in another post almost three years ago, is run by Don Shipley, a former Navy SEAL. It is based on BUD/S, the initial training that every aspiring Navy SEAL has to undergo. The Extreme SEAL Experience hosts week-long training camps in Chesapeake, Florida, with retired Navy SEALs as instructors.
ABC’s Nightline attended one such session, getting a glimpse into what SEAL training is. In the report, ABC shared that the program “allows civilians to test their metal in the cauldron of the military’s toughest training regime.”
While getting into BUD/S may be an ordeal in itself, getting into the Extreme SEAL Experience is relatively easy. There are no real requirements other than being in average physical condition; some of the attendees are as young as 16, but at the same time, ordinarily desk-bound executives in their 30s and 40s also sign up for a taste of SEAL action.
There are two training courses available: The SEAL Advanced Training (basic entry level) and SEAL Sniper/Breecher Training (advanced level). Each seven-day session costs $1,890; a 14-day combination costs $3,590.