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Fitness Training Fleet Gymnasium, Devonport

If you enjoy sports and recreational activities you’ll love the Navy. 

The Navy actively supports physical fitness, sports and recreational activities for all military and civilian personnel.  On the base there is a swimming pool, gymnasiums, tennis, netball and basketball courts, and playing fields.  The Navy also supports a large number of clubs that organise team and individual sports and other outdoor recreational activities. 

Right: Fitness Training Fleet Gymnasium, Devonport

Fit For Operational Service

Every sailor needs to be healthy and physically fit to do his or her job.  Before any sailor can go to sea they must achieve at least a minimum fitness level in order to be Fit For Operational Service (FFOS). The current fitness test is the Multi stage Fitness Test (Beep test), which is run to a minimum of Level 7.1 followed by 10 press ups.

As well as providing top quality facilities the Navy also employs PTIs (Physical Training Instructors) who work with personnel on their fitness as well as organising regular sports tournaments and competitions between different ships and units.   There are also regular sports tournaments between the Army, Navy and Air Force, and when deployed overseas our ships often compete in tournaments with personnel from other Navies.

The Navy’s focus on sport and recreation means we have strong links with professional sportsmen and women.  Former All Black Captain Buck Shelford was a Navy PTI, and professional teams like the Blues and Northern Mystics regularly visit or train at the Base. 


Devonport Naval Base has a range of excellent sports and recreation facilities, including:

  • Fleet Swimming Pool
  • Courts
  • Gymnasiums
  • Ngataringa Sports Complex
  • Sports Fields

Sports Clubs

A wide range of sport and recreational clubs operate for Navy personnel, including:

  • Sailing
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Touch
  • Cricket
  • Alpine and Ski Club
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Motorcycle Club
  • Golf
  • Pistol
  • Pipes and Drums
  • League
  • Squash
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