Ship­shape life­style

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BE­ING in the Navy is not just about de­fend­ing Aus­tralia’s coastal waters.

Per­son­nel help Aus­tralians and res­i­dents over­seas in times of cri­sis and are de­ployed on United Na­tions op­er­a­tions.

The Navy has a range of jobs avail­able which match the skills, in­ter­ests and ed­u­ca­tion of any re­cruit. Lead­ing Sea­man Luke Et­tridge is one re­cruit who has mixed his pas­sions for the sea and sport.

He joined the Navy in 2004 and has spe­cialised as a phys­i­cal trainer. Aboard An­zac Class frigate HMAS Par­ra­matta, he is re­spon­si­ble for fit­ness classes, test­ing and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and keep­ing watch on the bridge.

‘‘I love that my job is based around sport and fit­ness,’’ he says. ‘‘I am the only phys­i­cal trainer on board and, be­cause of that, I have a lot of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with the crew.’’

He first joined the Navy as a bo­sun’s mate, which means on-deck sea­man­ship and small arms skills. He trans­ferred to be a phys­i­cal trainer in 2007 af­ter show­ing ini­tia­tive to lead sport and ac­tiv­i­ties. ‘‘My PT ses­sions on the deck are a lot of fun as I try to mix up all kinds of train­ing and cater to the needs of the guys and girls who turn up for train­ing,’’ he says.

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