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Survival in the Water.
Meet the PETS.
A sea-air survival course stresses the philosophy that survivors must participate in their own rescue. The curriculum teaches how to cope with the physical and psychological stress of a sea ditching. The half a day basic helicopter-ditching course provides the training needed to safely evacuate the helicopter, inflate & board a life raft and assist others in the process of being rescued by a boat or helicopter.
Pratap's extensive involvement in aircraft ditching and sea survival training started over 25 years ago when he was a Seaking (later Kamov-25) helicopter crew commander flying for the Indian Navy. He was one of the crew of first helicopter that landed on board Sagar Samrat in 1975-76. As a designated 'Flight Safety Officer', he took part in preparing and delivering this type of training to naval flight crew. He is also a trained anti-submarine, search and rescue (SAR) operator from Seaking (British) and Kamov-25 (Russian) type helicopters.
Pratap is an empanelled Master Trainer for DG Shipping (India) approved Training for Trainers and Assessors (TOTA) course. He is a Post Graduate in defense studies, graduate of Defense Services Staff College and honors diploma in Human Resource Management.
Pratap carried out the study of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) project in the USA. The world-class programme has been designed and developed exclusively by him keeping in mind the requirement for such training in offshore oil industry in South Asia and Middle East. In addition to his CRM skills, Pratap has a detailed knowledge of over water flight operations, which is complemented by his experience in aircraft ditching, sea and land survival training.
"Fatalities in seaplane accidents terminating in the water are frequently the result of post-impact drowning. Most drowning occurs inside the cabin of the aircraft. However, those who survived often found difficulty in exiting the aircraft. Over two-thirds of the fatalities occurred when occupants who were not incapacitated during the impact drowned". A Safety Study of Survivability in Seaplane Accidents Report Number SA9401 conducted by the Transportation Safety Board, USA.
Data from the Canadian military suggest that 92% of the time, pilots have less than one minute between recognizing the problem and touchdown. In 78% of the cases, the time is less than 15 seconds. That doesn't give the pilot or passenger much time to prepare. A nimble passenger who has been properly briefed might be able to brace up and recollect emergency exit locations.
Very little emphasis is placed on aircraft ditching and survival techniques even though many people die each year as a result.
Must Do it.
With our expert instructors and safety divers, providing escort services and constant monitoring, trainees are given the chance to actually experience both physical and psychological stresses of underwater egress situations. The trainees can safely and effectively learn the skills that may one day save their lives.
This is a proven system, in both the military and civil aviation industry, of saving lives by training personnel in egress procedures and instilling confidence for a successful underwater evacuation.