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Smartie tubes

#1 Post by bungyned » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 4:43 pm

Does anyone have any accurate info on these and the other tunnels on the Endurance course, i.e length, dimensions and how many of them there are? Also what happens if anyone gets stuck, has this actually happened before? I don't want to sound all PC but is it actually safe? I have my PRMC coming up soon and the only thing that worries me is the tunnels and the smartie tubes in particular. I am quite claustrophobic and quite broad and the thought of getting myself through these tubes is terrifying me. So much so that it is affecting my sleep and I really am shitting myself. All I have ever dreamed of is a career in the Marines and I have worked hard to maintain an excellent standard of fitness. Any help and advice really would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Post by jay999 » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 5:06 pm

You don't do the endurance course on PRMC.

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#3 Post by 100% welsh » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 5:07 pm

Hi mate,......a lad from my uncle's troop was to big to fit in the tubes (he was farkin huge). They made him do press instead of the tubes, if you are worried about getting stuck I hope that helps, lol.

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#4 Post by Brows » Tue 15 Jan, 2008 6:05 pm

Bungy,

As stated previously you don't do the endurance course on PRMC, had you been doing POC then you would have had to tackle them.
I'm not claustrophobic so I didn't have a problem going through them and being quite a small bloke I felt I had ample room. But I can definitely see how some people can see them as an issue.
You do go into complete darkness at some points only to be reminded of the direction you need to be going by a bang on the head or a boot in the face. I couldn't tell you how many/length etc because whilst going through them I was fecked, it was just a keep going at that point. However I’ve heard the longest one is 50ft/meters. There is water in most of them and reasonably sharp gravel there to fook your arms up.
They did make us carry around a couple of shovels in case they collapsed along with the key to empty the sheep dip. But I think that was just to try and mess with our heads and to give us something else to carry more than anything else. Good old Mr. Armstrong (who I very much hope is in YO training right now) ended carrying two things at one point, quite glad he passed since I had to carry his arse for the fireman’s carry.
They are safe since they are made of concrete.

If/when you get to training you will have to go through them, like I say I didn't have a problem with them but it may become a small personal war you will have to face. Look at it this way; if you did get stuck etc (it won't happen) you'll have the instructing team and a bunch of your best mates doing everything they can to get you out.
Relax, they're not as bad as they look.

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#5 Post by degrees of passion » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 9:29 am

bungyned wrote:I am quite claustrophobic
Not speaking from experience here but from what I've read,RM training will soon sort out your clausrophobia.Im thinking of the water tunnel and the simulated helicopter crash in water,upside down then in the dark.After these you should learn to be much more comfortable in confined spaces etc
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#6 Post by Rhyno13 » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 10:31 am

I actually did the Endurance course at the weekend as part of my RMR training.
There is nothing really to worry about. There was not that much water in the tunnels and thats in the middle of winter after alot of rain! You'll be hanging out of your hoop and adrealine will be kicking in so the last thing on your mind will be "ooo these tunnels are quite tight". And what's more likely is there will be someone right up your ar$e shouting at you to get a move on!
Now the run back to camp afterwards is what you should be worried about!

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#7 Post by TomClarke » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 5:38 pm

jay999 wrote:You don't do the endurance course on PRMC.
Why would that matter ? You will eventually do them and if the thought is keeping you up at night this could be a problem as far as having a career. If I was you try and put yourself in the same position see how you cope might be you imagination?

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Re: Smartie tubes

#8 Post by surfingdream » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 5:54 pm

bungyned wrote:Doe anyone have any accurate info on these and the other tunnels on the endurance course, i.e length, dimensions and how many of them there are? Also what happens if anyone gets stuck, has this actually happened before? I don't want to sound all PC but is it actually safe? I have my PRMC coming up soon and the only thing that worries me is the tunnels and the smartie tubes in particular. I am quite claustrophobic and quite broad and the thought of getting myself through these tubes is terrifying me. So much so that it is affecting my sleep and I really am shitting myself. All I have ever dreamed of is a career in the Marines and I have worked hard to maintain an excellent standard of fitness. Any help and advice really would be greatly appreciated.
You wana be a Bootneck and you can't crawl through a wet and muddy tunnel?? Come on it's not the Air cadets is it!!!.

You will be fine mate.

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#9 Post by karlbfc » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 6:41 pm

Mate, you are going to be a boot neck you are going to be in one of the best armed forces in the world the best in my opinion if you are going to make it into it you can't let a bit of mud and concrete scare you.

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#10 Post by bungyned » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 8:22 pm

Cheers for all the support, I half expected to have the piss taken out of me and be told to just get on with it. Is ther any videos on sites like youtube that I may find of help.

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#11 Post by fodd » Wed 16 Jan, 2008 11:05 pm

bungyned wrote:Cheers for all the support, I half expected to have the piss taken out of me and be told to just get on with it. Is ther any videos on sites like youtube that I may find of help.
Mate you have got to pass your PRMC then at least 24 weeks of RM training before you even worry about smartie tubes etc worry more on getting in first! :roll: :roll: :roll:
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#12 Post by Artist » Thu 17 Jan, 2008 12:51 am

Dunna worry about them tubes sunshine. When you get to that phase of training you would crawl though a Chinkys Jock Strap with a dose of CLAP if your Section Cpl told you to do it!!! :D :D :D

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#13 Post by Sully » Thu 17 Jan, 2008 8:52 am

That's about it - in a nutshell 8)

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#14 Post by Doc » Thu 17 Jan, 2008 9:59 am

You no longer do the endurance on PRC?????? Sorry PRMC!

You still do the Assault course and USMC test I take it?

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#15 Post by Sully » Thu 17 Jan, 2008 10:17 am

Showing your age there opps :-?

I remember on ours one of the DS screaming "Stop 'kin shivering" :roll: Thing is.......you can!
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