NRD Richmond Warrior Challenge
SEAL - SWCC - EOD - Diver -
Aviation Rescue Swimmer Candidates
PSTs are being conducted at limited sites in the NRD area that covers VA DC Metro and parts of Maryland due to the COVID-19.
**MASKS are required for check-in per state guidelines**

Public health rules are in affect YMCAs or MWR pools that we use!
We are adjusting and there are "new normal” routines in practice now. Be patient. 
Contact the Mentor website and consult this website for updates. 
Naval Recruiting District Richmond 
 in Virginia - D.C. Metro - Outer Banks North Carolina - Eastern Shore Ocean City and Eastern Shore Virginia 
Contact info below.

Welcome to the NRD Richmond
Warrior Challenge Program

Mark Negele                                                                                                                                   
NDCS (RET) Mark Negele 
(757) 641-3549

Attention candidates. 

I created this website to help the U.S. Navy and candidates that pursue hard to fill high risk occupations. You need to consult me (the Mentor/Coach) about training etc. but even if you do not qualify for for Warrior Challenge screening, I implore you to please take heed of the Safety Notes below on Shallow Water Blackout before reading through the website content! 

Jump Team
U.S. Navy Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Thomas Kinn, with the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Fogs, flies an 800-square-foot American flag during the opening ceremony of the Sound of Speed Air Show over the Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo., May 5, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by James Woods/Released)

In order to be familiar with the training following Recruit Training the Center for EOD and Diving is requiring that all candidates view a video to understand what takes place prior to dive training at NDSTC (aka Dive School). Due to the high attrition they produced an informative and brief overview that should orient you to the vigor required immediately after RTC (boot camp). You must view this before shipping to boot camp. You can find it easily since I placed it Right at the top!

Many young men and women try breath hold swimming, often paired with hyperventilation, to foolishly test their underwater endurance and underwater swimming distance readiness. When you undertake this risk, you expose yourself to conditions beyond the reasonable limits of safety since oversight through stringent controls do not exist at any pool outside the scope of the U.S. Navy training sites like the NSWC Coronado, CA  or NDSTC, Panama City, FL. 

What you do not realize is that if you engage in this High Risk Training you are unable to determine when you are in danger of fainting or passing out underwater. If this occurs you will drown and without an immediate response team at the ready, this situation can lead to a life changing brain injury or a fatality. It has happened to experienced and unexperienced watermen and waterwomen, alike. It is imperative that NO ONE emulate Navy SEAL training nor practice breath hold swimming. Pushing the limits can lead to loss of consciousness without warning and dire results.


AWR1 (NAC) Tyler Brock 

(804) 338-1051


Scout for the areas listed below 

Chief Petty Officer NDC McCullough

VA Beach - Lynnhaven - Elizabeth City - Williamsburg -Newport News - Hampton - Yorktown

Scouts for the areas listed below 

Petty Officer Joshua Buchanon

Suffolk - Portsmouth - Chesapeake - Norfolk

Scout for the areas listed below 

Petty Officer Roark

Lynchburg - Roanoke 

Richmond - Charlottesville

Scouts for the areas listed below 

Chief Petty Officer Dapenavazqu

Fairfax - Winchester - Manassas

Annapolis - Gaithersburg - Upper Marlboro

Scouts for the areas listed below 

DC Metro - Silver Spring - Alexandria - Lexington Park - Waldorf

Petty Officer Ailsworth

© Mark Negele 2016