Naval College Sport

HMAS Creswell has a fully functioning gymnasium and 25m swimming pool with over water obstacle course. On a weekly basis the Physical Training (PT) staff organise inter-divisional sporting competitions. These may include touch football, soccer or tennis to name a few.

You will also find your divisional mates are usually keen to play a bit of ad-hoc sport when you all have some spare time.

There are also a number of major sporting competitions that are run as part of the various courses here at the College. These include events like, Beach Olympics, Cross-County, kayaking and cycle riding.

Beach Volleyball net on Captains Beach.
Beach volleyball net on Captains Beach.


Jervis Bay has some fantastic beaches, many located right here at the RANC. The main beach used by trainees, known as Captains Beach, also features a beach volleyball net for the hotter months. In summer you will find yourself taking full advantage of this and the other "Defence only" beaches around HMAS Creswell.

If you prefer a surf beach, the nearest is located only five minutes drive from the College.


As the RANC is located near the Booderee National Park, there are many excellent bushwalking tracks available for you to use. This can be an excellent way to relax and get fit at the same time.

HMAS Creswell Gym.
HMAS Creswell Gym.

HMAS Creswell Gym

The Creswell gym has a comprehensive set of quality fitness equipment and a 25m swimming pool. You will spend many hours utilising the bikes, rowing machines, treadmills, cross trainers, the weights machines, the Keiser machines and the free weights. There is also a boxing station, heave beams and an outdoor military circuit. The gym is staffed during working hours by the Physical Training Staff and swimming pool attendant and after hours by the duty sports hand. Various types of sporting equipment are also available for you to loan.

Creswell Tennis Courts.
Creswell Tennis Courts.

Tennis Courts

Just outside the trainees accommodation blocks you will find four full size tennis courts. These are available for use on weekends and off duty hours. For those keen Tennis players who forget to bring their racquets, you can loan racquets and balls from the Creswell Gym.

Footy Goals on the Quarterdeck.
Footy Goals on the Quarterdeck.

The Quarterdeck

The HMAS Creswell Quarterdeck has multiple functions. It is used as a sports field for various games including rugby and touch, it is the RANC Parade ground and it also contains the masts where the Australian White Ensign and the Australian National Flag are flown.