Channel 4’s new documentary series SAS are you tough enough exposes volunteer members of the public to Special Forces style selection process. The show promises to test not only the physical endurance of its contestants but also the mental aptitude as well.
Volunteers are put under extreme stress and pressure from the word go, being exposed to real life selection exercises used by the SAS, the world’s most elite special forces unit. The SAS selection process is so gruelling that often only 10 out of 125 applicants pass the process. On occasion no candidates pass at all and in extreme cases the selection process has been known to hospitalize its candidates and very rarely cause fatalities.
Will these everyday volunteers have what it takes to pass selection or will the savage selection process send them packing?
Our seasoned engineer Simon Tomkinson set off to Ecuador to follow the Special Air Service and the 29 candidates into the Ecuadorian jungle, where the majority of the selection process took place.
Simon not only assisted in moving kit through the jungle he also used his expertise and vast knowledge of networking and kit management to assemble Hyperactive Broadcasts top of the line equipment under difficult conditions within the jungle.
Simon watched over several edits while making sure the live record of the show was captured without issue.