Your Breaking Point
February, 21 2020
If you purchased my Immersion training a while back, you probably remember this post. What you’re about to read is one of the essential ideas you need to get in your head before heading off to training. If you can remember it, you’ll be able to compartmentalize and move on from those feelings of wanting to quit...
The instructors main goal throughout rescue swimmer school is to break you down physically and mentally to get you to your breaking point. Consider your breaking point to be your perceived limit that you’ve set for yourself. If you entered school with a strong mindset and were physically ready to go, you will likely not reach this point for a couple months. This happens because the instructors are overly focused on candidates who are reaching this point earlier than you. Once the instructors single out individuals getting close to their breaking point, they will up the focus on that individual student to test their resiliency and grit. This can last anywhere from one workout to a week! It usually last somewhere in between.
Let me make one thing clear before you read forward. The instructors don’t have some syllabus or instructions to look for these students. It just naturally occurs. I’m seeking to highlight their true intentions for you to give you the opportunity to take a broader perspective.
As different students are singled out and brought to their limits, they tend to quit or adjust to the added stress and move on with the class. More generally, the instructors sort of give up on trying to get the student to quit and move on to another. It will become somewhat obvious when the instructors have decided to test your breaking point during school. You will feel the eyes on you during PT, they will look for any weaknesses in your form or whether it seems like you’re not giving the workouts your maximum effort. Just realize that no matter how squared away you are and how hard your trying during the workout, they will continually berate you and make it seem like you really aren’t cut out for rescue swimmer school.