Navy Adventure Challenge
By MID Ricardo De Faria RNZN
HMNZS TE KAHA
The Navy Adventure Challenge (NAC) is designed so that the students who attend it will travel back to their schools and inform their peers as to what our Navy does and what opportunities are available. It is an indirect approach, not focussed just on selling the Navy to only those on the Challenge.
NAC is a five day event held for 40 of New Zealand’s high profile 6th and 7th form students from around the country. They are brought to DNB where they are shown the variety of Navy life. During the recent school holidays our Navy recruiters hosted two separate NAC groups: 20 - 24 April and 28 April - 2 May. A total of 75 students participated from around the country.
The recruiters broke each of the two groups into four watches. Each watch was looked after by a Junior Officer; the watch officers escorted them to all their briefs and activities, as well as dined with them and answered any on the spot questions they had about the Navy. The students were exposed to all branches within our Navy, either in the form of activities such as a navigation exercise in the RHIBs, or by practical demonstrations, as from the Divers and the Bomb Squad. Other branches gave briefings - the Hydrographers, Seaman, Marine Engineering and Weapons Engineering branches, along with a visit by a Seasprite and brief from the aircrew onboard.
The NAC students where also exposed to the more physical side of Navy life: EMAs* formal PT sessions, the tunnels and the confidence course up at Whangaparora training camp.
The two NACs were a success - a resounding majority of the students expressed their utter enjoyment of the week’s activities, while some bright students said they were now very keen on joining the RNZN.
* Early Morning Activities – usually a run, sometimes a swim.