Physical Assessments

FWC Selection Process Physical Fitness Procedures 

Swim Test

  1. Participant will start in the pool touching the wall.  Participants are allowed to push off the walls to start the test and when making turns.  Stopping, touching the bottom or resting on the sides or lane lines is prohibited and will be counted as a failure.
  2. Participant will swim 300 yards for time. 
  3. 10 minutes or less is considered a pass.

Physical Abilities Test

A passing score is 8 minutes, 27 seconds or lower


  1. Begin the course while seated on ground facing away from the course. When instructed, the officer will stand upright, turn and begin to RUN.

  2. RUN. Sprint/run 500 feet to the HURDLE

  3. HURDLE. Jump over four hurdles of various heights (12, 18, 12 and 24 inches) each spaced six feet apart without knocking the hurdle off its stand. If hurdle is knocked over the officer must restart from the beginning of this event. Run 50 feet to SERPINTINE.

  4. SERPENTINE. Run a serpentine route, which consists of 10 poles (cones). Two rows of five each placed approximately 10 feet apart (front to back) with one row beginning five feet staggered (between) from the other row. The officer must complete the serpentine in the proper sequence. Each pole will be clearly marked to indicate whether pole should kept to right or left side as they move through the event. If a pole is passed incorrectly the officer will be told to stop and begin this event again from the start. Run 100 feet to WALL.

  5. WALL. Climb over four foot wall. In the event the officer cannot clear the wall a chair will be placed a distance of 50 feet from the wall. After one failed attempt to get over the wall the officer may opt to retrieve the chair (with time running) and carry it to the WALL for use to clear the wall. Run 50 feet to BUCKET CARRY.

  6. BUCKET CARRY. Pick up buckets (5 gallon, plastic) each weighing 35 pounds and carry 100 feet to the STAIRS. The officer may opt to carrying one bucket at a time in which case time will continue to record as they return to pick up and carry the second bucket to the STAIRS component. At the STAIRS component the officer will place each bucket on a raised platform 32 inches in height (platform: W=32”, L=32”, H=32”). Once both buckets have been placed on the platform the officer will begin to climb the STAIRS.

  7. STAIRS. Climb flights of stairs to a simulated height of three stories. At a self-paced cadence the officer will complete 70 steps (first foot up, second foot up, first foot down, second foot down = one step). Steps (up, up/down, down = one step) will be counted by a test administrator. (Stair box: W=32”, L=18”, H=8”) Run 50 feet to DUMMY DRAG.

  8. DUMMY DRAG. Drag a dummy or weighted sled (150 pounds) a distance of 100 feet. Dummy is to be pulled by a strap attached to the dummy. Run 50 feet to CRAWL.

  9. CRAWL. Crawl (low crawl) under three markers placed approximately 30 inches from the ground at equal distances apart and spread of a distance of 15 feet without knocking the markers from their upright position. If marker is knocked over the officer must restart this event from its beginning. Run 100 feet to DITCH.

  10. DITCH. Jump over and clear a marked area (DITCH) of 48 inches in length (simulated ditch/pit). Run 50 feet to BALANCE BEAM. If officer’s foot touches either line marking beginning or end of ditch it is considered a failure to cross the ditch and the officer will be expected to return to the start of this event and attempt one additional time only after which they may continue the course.

  11. BALANCE BEAM. Cross balance beam (16 feet in length, six inches wide and 6 inches off ground). If officer falls off at any point before completing the officer must restart this event until successful. Run 50 ft to SCHUFFLE.

  12. SCUFFLE. A sled weighing 180 lbs. is pushed forward 20 feet and pulled/dragged/walked backward 20 feet to the starting point. This process is repeated three times. Run 100 feet to WEAPON FIRE.

  13. WEAPON FIRE. Place handgun held only by one hand through the metal ring (12 INCH CIRCUMFERENCE) without touching the side of the ring. “Dry fire” a training handgun six times with each hand while holding the weapon with one hand and arm fully extended. Remove from and re-insert through the ring when changing hands. If weapon touches ring this single event must be repeated from start (either right or left hand depending on which hand is holding the weapon when it touches. Upon completion of WEAPON FIRE run 100 feet to FINISH.

  14. FINISH. The officer will sit on ground facing the course and verbally state that the PAT course has been completed. 

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