HMAS Kuttabul is driving a team sport and physical fitness focus with the introduction of dragon boating, gladiator games, sea kayaking and lunch-time fitness classes at the Sydney Navy base.
The push to reinvigorate participation levels was aimed at securing a ready resource of resilient, fit-to-fight crews for the navy fleet according to National Sport and Recreation Manager Lieutenant Ian Rushton.
He said he had created the new fitness program in consultation with Navy physical training instructors to cater for all capability levels and interests to improve teamwork skills.
“The response from Navy personnel has been extremely positive and a sound base line has been established,” Lieutenant Rushton said.
“We are now transitioning into Fit to Fight - Fleet Resilience Plan with more challenging activities that positively contribute to teamwork and resilience.”
Lieutenant Rushton said he "would not take the foot off the pedal" when it came to motivating more Navy personnel to improve their fitness.
He said more demanding activities would develop and improve individual resilience and confidence.
“We have moved ahead in a positive direction but there is still plenty of room for expansion with these activities.
“The key is to undertake challenging activities on our doorstep to alleviate travel time and to ensure the assets we hold, such as the dragon boats and kayaks, are used to their full potential.”
The Gladiator Games are on 21 September at Fleet Base East Gym and open to all Navy personnel.
Sea kayaking occurs each Wednesday, cycling each Friday from 0830 to 1130 and dragon boating is conducted each Tuesday and Thursday from 0730 to 0830 at Garden Island Boat Pound.
Personnel should see the Kuttabul Sports Program on the base's intranet site for timings of walking and running groups, the dragon boat tug-of-war challenge and all fitness classes.
Physical Training Instructors are responsible for the physical health of all Navy members and are a critical element in assisting a ship’s command with the maintenance of a motivated crew while at sea.
Physical and mental fitness are important parts of the Royal Australian Navy mission ‘to fight and win at sea’.