Ditching ditching

Equipped with a life vest and a short term air supply system (STASS) oxygen bottle, I had my first experience of being submerged underwater and learning to escape from the confined space of the helicopter cabin. Known as the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), this is a yearly water survival drill requirement and it helps to embed confidence among helicopter aircrew in the event of water ditching.

Besides HUET, there’s also dinghy drill where we are learn to survival in open water conditions in a life-raft. For the regular swimmers and divers, learning to breath from the oxygen bottle should be a piece of cake but for those who fear being in the water and struggle to escape, you will find the 4-6 minutes of oxygen supply depleting at a faster rate than desire!