Water Survival/HUET (METS)

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite. Delegates that are not able to
swim will be given special attention and instruction as necessary.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks and meals.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor
shall be sixteen (16) in the classroom session and sixteen (16) in the practical session, per pool.

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates with an understanding of general helicopter & boat travel safety.
  • Delegates will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to assist them with survival in an
    offshore environment should an unfortunate event occur.
  • Delegates will be able to demonstrate these necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical Simulations

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 hour

Course Outline
Helicopter Transportation Pre-flight

  • Approaching
  • Boarding

Boat Travel / Personnel Transfer

  • Vessel Operation
  • Personnel Basket Operations
  • Swing Rope Operations

Platform Orientation / Emergency Drills

  • Platform Orientation
  • Station Bill
  • Emergency Drills

Platform Abandonment / T.E.M.P.S.C (Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft)

  • Platform abandonment
  • T.E.M.P.S.C
    • Discuss different types
    • Methods of release
    • Tools / survival equipment / supplies

Life Raft Operations

  • Location / storage
  • Operation / deployment
  • Entering / righting raft
  • Tools / survival equipment / supplies
  • Immediate actions upon boarding

Personal Floatation Devise (PFD)

  • Discuss different types
  • Location / storage
  • PFD donning
  • Entering water from height

Cold Water Physiology

  • Discuss Hypothermia
  • Cold water entry
  • Survival time
  • Cold water survival skills / technique
  • Personal safety equipment

Location Aids

  • Visual
  • Audio
  • Electronic
    • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System)
    • VHF Radio
    • SART (Search And Rescue Radar Transponder)
    • EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon)
    • ELT (Emergency Location Transmitter)
    • ADELT (Automatically Deployable Emergency Location Transmitter)
    • PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)

Helicopter Transportation

  • Pre-flight/boarding operations
  • Onboard safety equipment
  • Aviation PFD
  • Aviation harness
    • Discuss different types
    • Proper position
  • Helicopter Floatation
    • Apical flotation
    • Life raft deployment
    • Life raft location

HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress Training)

  • 3 stages of ditching
    • Controlled
    • Semi-controlled
    • Uncontrolled
  • Review Ditching Statistics
  • Brace Positions/Strike Envelope
    • 2 point
    • 4 point
  • Preparing for Ditching
    • Ditching challenges
    • Tools to increase survival
    • Land ditching
  • METS simulation orientation
  • Physical Locate Position
  • Land Ditching
  • Underwater Disorientation
  • Underwater Escape Procedures
  • Aircraft Model Exits
  • Recovery & Preparation for Rescue

Practical Session (conducted in a swimming pool)
Practical shall verify the following:

  • Properly Don Type I PFD
  • Platform Abandonment/Water Entry
  • Board life raft
  • Demonstrate the HELP & Group HUDDLE positions
  • Demonstrate the Survival Circle and demonstrate use of Chain formation as a group
    swim technique
  • Assist injured swimmer
  • Don Type I PFD in the water
  • Demonstrate how to use clothing to make a PFD / 5 minute survival float
  • Demonstrate underwater egress techniques associated with Helicopter Underwater
    Egress Trainer system

Training Center Provided Material

  • PFDs
  • Coveralls
  • Helmets
  • Water Shoes

Delegate Requirements

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Nose Clips or Ear Plugs
  • Must possess good physical health as the practical training is physical demanding.

Reference Material/Documents
API RP T1, T4, T7
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Boating Programs
International Association Safety & Survival Training
OPITO – HUET Stress Due to Exits Report (Nov 2006)

  • Course ID #: MA092


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