It’s 11 p.m. Sunday night and under a star-filled sky four Zodiac boats slip silently through the calm dark waters of the inland channels along the Virginia coast. The mission for the men on board: Make their way to a location about a mile down river, hump it down a mile of railroad tracks and at pre-planned intersection rescue two hostages taken by enemy forces.
It’s Hell Night at the Extreme SEAL Experience. Run by former Navy SEAL Don Shipley, Extreme SEAL allows civilians to test their metal in the cauldron of the military’s toughest training regime. Located in Chesapeake, Va., the week-long “Advanced Training Courses” start at $1,890, according to the program’s website.