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What are the physical requirements?

What are the physical requirements?

Physical Requirements Pre Entry Tests

(1) Fitness Test

(2) Physical Competence Test

 

Fitness Test

There are three parts to the fitness assessment;

(a) Progressive shuttle run,

(b) sit-up test (one minute time limit)

(c) press-up test (no time limit)

 

The objective of the progressive shuttle run test is to run as long as possible there and back along a 20m track, keeping to the speed indicated by the bleeps on the CD.  The student will hear these bleeps at regular intervals. The test is maximal and progressive.  At first the speed is slow, but the speed will increase at the end of each minute.  The applicant should stop running when they can no longer keep up with the rhythm of the bleeps. You are advised to access/download the ‘Loughborough 20 Meter Shuttle Run – Fitness Assessment’.

 

Each applicant must attain the level of fitness indicated on the marking guidelines below.

 

Minimum Standards for the Shuttle Test

Age

Males

Females

18-25yrs

Level 8.8

Level 7.6

26-35yrs

Level 8.1

Level 6.6

36-45yrs

Level 6.6

Level 5.4

Minimum Standards for the ‘Sit Up’ Test (one minute)

Age

Males

Females

18-25yrs

35

30

26-35yrs

32

27

36-45yrs

29

25

 

Minimum Standards for the Press Up Test (no time restriction)

Age

Males

Females

18-25yrs

25

20

26-35yrs

22

18

 

Physical Competence Test

 The test consists of the following:

(a) a competency-based timed circuit (3 laps)

(b) a push/pull machine assessment.

 

(A)  Physical Competence Test

Sprint start

  1. Weave through cones
  2. Walk along a balance beam
  3. Lift a car wheel and carry it 3 metres
  4. Go underneath  a barrier
  5. Jump over a mat (one metre wide)
  6. Drag a 45kg mannequin 2 metres
  7. Run up and down a stairs
  8. Climb over a gate
  9. Sprint 10 metres
  10. Complete circuit 3 times in fastest time possible Pass standard is 3 mins and 20 secs

 

(B)  Push/Pull Machine Test

The objective of the test taken is to measure the maximal force you are capable of exerting in pushing and pulling. This test is intended to relate to the physical strength requirements of a Garda in a range of typical situations

 

  1. Stand on platform
  2. Grip handlebars (simulates chest height of average height of a person)
  3. Feet apart one foot in front of the other
  4. Push and pull the handlebars through the required stroke continuously (indicated by bleeps at the start and end of each stroke) for 20 secs
  5. If three bleeps are missed the test is invalid and the candidate must repeat the 20 sec test again, immediately
  6. During the test the force you are exerting will be continually measured and recorded on the computer system
  7. In order to achieve your maximal force you will need to use your entire body and concentrate on pushing and pulling hard throughout the entire stroke
     

 

A video detailing the Physical Competence Test can be found here.