Dozens of U.S. Army Rangers jumped into Lake Lanier from 1500 feet on Wednesday.
Blackhawk helicopters ferried the soldiers from Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, where they get the mountain phase of their training.
They jumped out over the Chestatee side of Lake Lanier as authorities from Forsyth, Dawson, and Hall counties kept boaters away from the landing zone.
The elite troops landed with full packs in 63 degree water.
Ranger School is a grueling two-month combat leadership course, most of which happens at Fort Benning in Georgia.