Anyone who flies over water in small aircrafts should be prepared for the worst, and many people are surprised to learn that drowning is a leading cause of death in plane and helicopter crashes. Taking an underwater escape training class can raise your odds of surviving any plane or helicopter crash that happens over water – sometimes by as much as triple.
In an article, Air & Space Magazine profiles one underwater escape class at Survival Systems USA. Pupils complete several ultra-realistic underwater escape problems which gradually ratchet up in difficulty. By the end of a one-day course, participants should be able to hold their breath and escape from a flooded aircraft. More in-depth courses also teach students how to survive once out of the aircraft and use emergency SCUBA sets.
Classes are available to people who take private planes, business jets, air taxis or helicopters but are primarily designed for professionals, including offshore oil workers, law enforcement and military personnel, and those who operate air-ambulances. At least a quarter-million people have passed through underwater escape schools worldwide. Singer Jimmy Buffett credits his survival in a floatplane accident to underwater escape training he received at a Navy base.
Practicing for emergency situations can make all the difference in a real-life crash. As the executive director of Survival Systems explains:
“We want to avoid chaotic responses. Two or three seconds of panic can kill, but one or two seconds of thinking can save you.”
At Survival Systems, 98% of participants graduate from the program, and some of those graduates cannot swim or have a fear of open water at the beginning of the class. In a real plane or helicopter accident, any of these graduates will be able to hold panic at bay and move with skill and confidence to escape the crash.
Humans have natural survival instincts, and when they are honed, chances of survival increase dramatically.
For many, surviving an aviation accident is only one piece of the puzzle. After a plane or helicopter crash, you may face serious injuries, including psychological injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even people who take a survival crash must sometimes come back another day to mitigate emotional duress of nearly drowning.
Once you’ve survived a plane or helicopter accident, you should pursue the damages you are entitled to via workers’ compensation or a personal injury lawsuit.
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