Submariner Training

The Navy's world-class training will equip you with all the skills and resources you need to work with a close-knit team on a submarine. The skills you learn are transferable and will set you up for life.

Benefit from expert training

Learn to work with advanced weaponry

Train in world class facilities

The route to your 'dolphins'

All Submariners, whether Officers or Sailors, undertake standard Navy training. Once you've been identified as having the mental and physical resources to become a Submariner, you'll then undergo specialist training in Victoria and Western Australia.

1. Basic Training

Officer's basic training

For aspiring officers, the New Entry Officer Course takes place at the Royal Australian Naval College. The training curriculum is challenging, exciting and designed to shape you into a Navy leader. You'll complete several training courses covering everything from boat work and small arms, to management and leadership skills.


Sailor's basic training

Just like all other new sailor entrants to the Navy, Submariners' first point of contact will be the RAN Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. Here, you'll spend 11 weeks learning the basic skills that will prepare you for a career in the Navy. You'll live in communal accommodation and learn about teamwork, first aid and how to use the advanced technology you will be working with as a Submariner.

2. Basic Seamanship Training

Basic Seamanship Training

This four-week course is completed by all sailors, and covers important areas of basic seamanship. You'll learn things like boat work (crew, maintenance and navigation of powerboats), rigging (working all types of cordage, wire ropes, slips and shackles) and helmsmanship (how to steer a ship). After completing this course you will be posted to the Submarine Training and Systems Centre to undertake your Submarine Selection Course.

3. Submariner Selection Course

Submariner Selection Course

The Submarine Selection Course (SSC) is a three-day course conducted at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. The Submarine Recruiting Team conducts this course with the support of Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit West and our Psychology Unit. It's designed to provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions as a Submariner, and confirm that you are medically and psychologically suitable to be a Submariner.

4. Employment Training

Employment Training

After the Submarine Selection Course, prospective Submariners will complete training relevant to their job. For example, an Electronics Technician Submariner will spend 40 weeks at HMAS Cerberus completing their Electronics Technician Initial Technical Training.

5. Initial Collins Class Course (ICCC)

Initial Collins Class Course

This course runs for four weeks and will introduce you to the construction, systems and inter-relationships that make up the submarine. You'll complete a series of computer-based and instructor-based modules as well as undertaking Submarine Fire-Fighting and Submarine Escape modules.

6. Submarine Escape Training

Submarine Escape Training

The practical part of the Escape Training Course takes place in the facility's six-storey high submarine escape simulator, which replicates the escape compartments found inside a submarine. This five-day course culminates in each Submariner having to perform a successful escape from the simulator.

7. Further Training

Further Training

Further employment training specific to submarines can vary: from three weeks for a Communication and Information Systems Submariner, to up to 5 months for an Electronics Technician Submariner.

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After you have successfully completed all of your Submariner training, you will be awarded your dolphins.

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Fitness Training

Fitness training will form part of your Navy and Submariner training, and most recruits really enjoy the challenge. PT instructors will guide you through activities such as obstacle courses, boxing classes, circuits and other exercises; and their priority is to help you succeed in tests and maintain a good level of fitness.