Navy SEAL ‘Hell Week,’ now available in civilian strength
Think you have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL – for a week?
Thrill-seekers are shelling out thousands to embark on a hellish week of training that mirrors what only the military’s most elite fighters are forced to endure.
In the Extreme SEAL experience, sleep-deprived civilians are berated as they suffer through countless sprints and push-ups. They dive from helicopters, fire sniper rifles at paper terrorists and struggle to free themselves when they’re thrown into swimming pools with their hands and feet tightly bound.
“Most of these guys have never been pushed this hard before,” Don Shipley, a former Navy SEAL who runs the program, told ABC’s “Nightline.”
Shipley says the program gives participants “a little taste” of what it’s really like to be a Navy SEAL.
“It’s education,” he said. “You want to be a pro quarterback, you go to football camp, you hang out with those guys. It’s the same thing here.”
The courses, held in Chesapeake, Va., even include a “Hell Night,” a condensed version of Navy Seal’s “Hell Week.”
“Your most vivid memories are from hardship, they’re from suffering,” Shipley told “Nightline.” “The easy stuff you just forget.”
Some people enlist in the program for a challenge — both mental and physical. For others, it’s actually a step toward becoming a Navy SEAL.
Jeff Shecterle told “Nightline” he’s wanted to be a SEAL since the fifth grade.
Courtesy Extreme SEAL Experience
For the adventurous, SEAL training makes for the ultimate vacation.
“I didn’t want to just be in the military,” he said. “I wanted to be at the top of the food chain.”
Shecterle is preparing to go through BUDS training, the rigorous six-month course that members of the elite team must complete. The training has an 80 percent dropout rate.
“Nightline” reports Shipley’s courses have become more popular since Osama Bin Laden was assasinated at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALS.
According to the company’s website, prices for the week-long advanced course or sniper course start at $1,890.
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