Normally the training starts at the base itself. Here we get to refresh ourselves on all our emergency packs and actually feel its contents including eating the super high energy glucose. Flares are provided for us to fire. Since I am a sailor as well I take this training very seriously.
After the fireworks we adjourn to the Terengganu Safety Training Centre. Normally we have some ground lectures to update ourselves with the latest procedures etc. For this trip we were introduced to the STASS..Short Time Air Supply system which actually provides us with air for an extra minutes should we go underwater. By then the helicopter simulator is ready.
There are three compulsory exercises to be done in the pool. The exercises are( a)...to escape through a hatch nearest to where you are seated,( b)..Escape through only one available hatch assuming the other exits are blocked and damaged and the most interesting exercise (c) ... is to escape with the helicopter rolled upside down.Exiting is one thing but to exit applying the CORRECT technique is another thing. You will be surprised that many people declare themselves as non swimmers hoping for some discount but normally that is not available!
It is actually quite good fun for me but the inverted exercise normally has a lot of water going into the nose!
We finally spend some time inflating and boarding a dinghy similar to the type that we carry all the time. In the olden days we had an additional exercise ie uprighting a capsized dinghy but nowadays the modern dinghy can be use on either side so there is no requirement for this strenuous exercise.
I am actually paid to do these fun things! So it is a good life after all.