At the end of the day we agree (I think) fitness is important. The dive community could assess by running or rowing or bleep test or other measure but then there is nothing in diving with the same movements as diving. If you accept that then swimming is as good as any measure and although very technique dependant it does offer some advantages for an aquatic activity
How does the ECG machine attach while swimming?
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I'd agree a swimming test is as good as anything as a basic fitness test, but consider the two following candidates I've had:
Trainee stuntman with rock climbing, trampolining, horse riding etc as other required disciplines - could do the 400m in 5 mins, but since they were 7 stone wringing wet, could barely put on a tank and getting a person out of the water was 'barely able'.
Tired diver tow - barely scraped the minimum time.
6ft ten man mountain, barely scraped the 400m swim time, yet could lift a diver fully kitted out of the water whilst fully kitted.
Smashed the tired diver times as he had legs like tree trunks.
I know which I'd consider more useful than the swimming test seems to indicate.
Hmm, great idea. I think that instructors also should have such exams, haha. Of course, I think that almost all of them are professionals and do sport every day. I'm trying to do the same. Click here if you want to find the app for sport, that I'm using.