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Common Training enjoyed by Phys Ed graduates

(L-R) CPL Eades, CPL Landers, LPTI De Beer, CPL Blair, LPTI Thomas, LCPL Nicholls
Pictured, (L-R) CPL Eades, CPL Landers, LPTI De Beer, CPL Blair, LPTI Thomas, LCPL Nicholls

8 August 2011

The NZ Defence Force now has ten fully qualified Physical Fitness Instructors (PTI s) following the first graduation at the New Zealand Defence Force Physical Education and Recreational Training School at Woodbourne recently.

The students attended the tri-Service residential course for 13 weeks, studying exercise physiology, fitness testing, biomechanics, risk analysis, and training programme design. They also completed a major research project as part of their course.

This was the first course conducted under the new organisational structure of the Defence Training Institute, home to common training in the Training and Education Directorate (TED).

Naval graduate Leading PTI Leroy de Beer said the course was hard, but graduating had been the highlight of his career. “The course deprived us of sleep but we needed every hour possible to prepare for exams and complete assignments. Time management was a big factor and it was important to balance out the class work and studying with some physical training to blow off some steam!”

Graduate Corporal O’Shea Maihi of Waiouru says camaraderie on the tri-service course was high, and that “we gelled well”. He says he will use his new skills to improve close quarter battle skills for Army personnel.
“The other skill I’ve come away with is better time management. I had to balance the workload to keep on top of things,” he added.

Instructor Sergeant Ray Boardman said the advanced course standards are high. “This is a significant achievement for each of these students and they are now key assets within the Defence Force’s Physical Training trade,” Ray says.

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