Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Question about the Agility tests and swim...

Collapse

300x250 Mobile

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Mike S.
    replied
    Previous OH2FL boy here

    I've been AWAY too long from the board.

    The Florida LEO experience is amazing. I came from Ohio LEO and it's an eye opener. Every day is - a blessing.


    Don't LIMIT yourself to one county. and I wouldn't wait on one department IF you're in any sort of hurry to do it.

    As some others have found - as I have in my trek from 2003 - 2006, 'the more stuff you throw against the wall, the better something is bound to stick'.

    If you get onto a department down here, give it an honest 2, 3 - 4 years. You will really start to gather intel and decide what is best for you and family.

    I made the move to work as a Security Officer in a detail that paid as much any northern Forida PD (not southern). Fiancee worked, making more than I for a time (closer now, but she still noses ahead ... for another 11 days).

    I applied to a few PD's at first, then I filed one with anyone who'd take the paper.
    I was rejected by the best and the worse. Didn't matter. Made for a nice portfolio to remind me of the dedication.
    I became proficient with the PAT tests, CJBAT was good at BCC and more.

    I was hired by a small department in northern Palm Beach County (09/2006). It's the best thing that has happened in my life.

    I'm beginning my 3rd year this week, making more than I did with 15 years on in Ohio.

    What I've been blessed with is meeting some members of other departments and having support as I applied to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

    I am through the selection process, now in the hiring pool. (IT TOOK 7 MONTHS and really, it's STILL NOT DONE)
    The next hire cycle is in October.
    My co-workers all know of my intentions of taking the deputy position once it comes around. They are all supportive - well, most.

    Starting with an agency like PBSO, at 48 years of age, is great.
    After the first years probation, there are SO MANY divisions to consider and apply to. Motors, Traffic, DUI - even an I-95 Aggressive Driving squad - Hemi Chargers and more. SWAT, Street Teams, Gangs, Mounted, Air, Marine with Scuba.... Then in the later years, Parks, Wildlife, Court Services, Airport....

    Now that is an agency to die for and live in!!

    Don't WAIT for anything!

    In YOUR favor ~ Being from Jersey and applying on the east coast. It has the most concentration of New Yorkers, Philly, Jersey ..... It's a hard place to be as an Ohioan. ... ah, FORMER Ohioan.


    Be cool. Be patient. Be serious. You have only ONE TIME to make an impression.

    Consider how many applications an agency gets when they advertise for 5 openings.... you are black ink on white paper until the first time they meet you.

    Be sure your suit is fitted and pressed.
    Keep the funny remarks and jokes at your friends house or motel.
    If you have someone in the area who you know, ask if you can stay THERE while HERE to test and apply. It's easier, and more comforting to have a peaceful, restful place to be in your down time. Good or bad.

    I've had a lot of guys come through our home while here, to stay, shower, shave and prep. So, plan ahead.
    Last edited by Mike S.; 09-19-2008, 11:18 AM. Reason: Clarify

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    Originally posted by enisei View Post
    Congratz! Have you decided where you want to apply yet?
    I'm sticking with Broward County since Miami and Dade aren't taking applications anymore. As soon as I have my scores in hand, I'll make my final call on who's going to get it. Being that I am in NJ, I decided on a specific strategy. I'm only sending an application initially to my number one department. Reason being that if I send to more than one, and my number 3 agency responds BEFORE my number 1, I'm going to have to travel down there and take time off work possibly twice, which could be a problem for me both vacation wise and financially.

    On the other hand, if I send to my number 1 and work through the process, only 2 things can happen:

    a. I pass everything and get in
    b. I fail something, which will serve as a learning experience, I'll correct whatever the issue is, and then I'll try again with my number 2 (or maybe even number 1 again.)

    Thoughts?

    Leave a comment:


  • ChRdy21799
    replied
    Originally posted by IvanTheTerrible View Post
    You have 2 minutes to swim 1 lap with pants and a shirt on
    It's timed? I wonder if they have always timed it. When I took it last year I don't remember the Instructors stating a time frame.

    Congrats on your scores!

    Leave a comment:


  • enisei
    replied
    Congratz! Have you decided where you want to apply yet?

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    92% on the CJBAT! Woo hoo!!

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    You have 2 minutes to swim 1 lap with pants and a shirt on. 1 lap is two lengths... so you go from point a to point b, then back to point a. It's not so bad, but the instructer told me stories about people who barely made it, and some who didnt... if you can swim, you'll be okay.

    If I were you, I would definately jump in a pool with clothes on so you can get a feel for the difference in weight. You're in FL, so that souldnt be a problem.

    Leave a comment:


  • Hopefull101
    replied
    Originally posted by IvanTheTerrible View Post
    Thanks for all the help, everyone.

    :53 seconds on the swim, 3:34 on the 1/2 mile run, and 1:25 on the course. I get my CJBAT scores Thursday morning, so I'll let you guys know how it goes.

    -I
    how was the swim test? is it timed? To be honest Im not a great swimmer but I can swim, thats the only think I'm kind of worring about. Let me know how was it thanks.

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    Thanks for all the help, everyone.

    :53 seconds on the swim, 3:34 on the 1/2 mile run, and 1:25 on the course. I get my CJBAT scores Thursday morning, so I'll let you guys know how it goes.

    -I

    Leave a comment:


  • italyn
    replied
    swim

    if you have a tight t-shirt wear that and some light wind pants.. it is easier then jeans and heavy clothing. same as above take your time on the two laps around the track.. there is no one there timing you and keeping track of your time.. if you wanna impress anyone do it on the course.. you can jog through it and get 1:25 it is not that big a deal i do not think.. good luck man

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    Thanks... I'm not too worried, just want to get the logistics in my head so I know what I'm in for. I'm wearing a tshirt and khakis. Swam some laps in the same clothes so I know what to expect.

    Some people here advise against paying the extra $15 for the CJBAT study guide. I know it's pretty easy, but I bought it, and knowing the format of the test and the styles of the questions is a sure confidence booster, know what I mean?

    -I

    Leave a comment:


  • Lawseeker
    replied
    When I took the test it was a lap (there and back).

    It is NOT a big deal if you know how to swim. I swam the test in a pants and a polo shirt...

    If I remember correctly it was from the width to width not the length of the pool.

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    Last question... is the pool 50M long, or 25? In other words, do you have to do a lap (back and forth) or is it one length?

    I'll be on a plane at 8:30 tonight... cant wait to get this over with.

    Leave a comment:


  • enisei
    replied
    Run = Pass/Fail. Nobody cares about the time so just pace yourself and finish. You dont want burn yourself out finishing in 1 min and then be dead tired on the obstacle course.

    Swim = Pass/Fail as well. Same advice as above. If you kick it into high gear you may wear yourself out quickly. If you swim often you'll be much better off, but for those who don't swim that often, trying to do it in pants can take a toll.

    Leave a comment:


  • ChRdy21799
    replied
    On the Swim Test your feet cannot touch the bottom of the pool or you'll be DQ.

    Come on down....just a bit windy out here.

    Leave a comment:


  • IvanTheTerrible
    replied
    Good to know... thanks!

    Leave a comment:

MR300x250 Tablet

Collapse

What's Going On

Collapse

There are currently 5410 users online. 327 members and 5083 guests.

Most users ever online was 26,947 at 08:36 PM on 12-29-2019.

Welcome Ad

Collapse
Working...
X