PILOT SPECIFIC SURVIVAL & COLD WATER TRAINING

A key focus of the Logan Lore Survival School is tailoring our courses, knowledge and strategies to specialist groups and individuals to better help develop and compliment their current level of training and systems.

 

Our Pilot Specific Survival and Cold Water training Course is designed to equip helicopter pilots with the mindsets, skills and knowledge to thrive in a range of different environments and scenarios if a crash was to happen. 

 

The HUET system is an integral part of any underwater crash but when looking at the overall survival picture we feel there are key elements left out of the equation which could leave the pilot and passengers vulnerable. This course is not designed to replace underwater egress training but to complement it and to add an extension to HUET, furthering to develop the pilot's skillsets, optimising their chances of survival.

 

This course has two specific applications, the first is to provide a range of functional and applicable survival skills that a pilot may need to conduct to prolong life for themselves and passengers in the event of crashing in remote areas between the time of impact and the time of rescue. The second is to equip pilots with both the psychological and physiological skills and strategies needed to maintain a state of homeostasis if a helicopter was to impact in an alpine lake or cold climate environment, allowing the pilot to work through the immediate cold climate threat and move on the necessary survival tasks until the time of rescue. 

Cold water training is a concept we have been working heavily on for the last 6 years and have applied its benefits in areas such as health and wellness, human performance, rescue and military. It is an area that has been subject to many scientific studies, particularly in the last 5 years. We have combined this science and field testing in a way that very few people have done which has provided us with a full spectrum of knowledge which we apply to this course component. The cold has the ability to make people panic, make poor, irrational decisions worsening an already life threating situation. The cold water training focuses on teaching mindsets, understanding the effects of cold water and physical adaptation. To achieve this the cold water training covers:

 

Mindset training and preparedness:

 

A pilot who has experienced the cold and well understands the effects from a psychological level leading into a cold water crash situation has a far greater chance of thinking logically under duress and will have the ability to execute the survival tasks needed in a far more calm and calculated manner than a pilot who has not. In this element, we provide the mental framework needed so pilots know what to expects and can mentally stay in control of a cold water/climate situation.

 

Physical cold water exposure:

 

We place a heavy focus on the physical aspect of the training. Pilots need to know not only what to expect mentally but also physically. In this training component, we conduct safe, well-controlled cold water immersion sessions so the pilots get a full spectrum understanding of what to expect and how to react in a cold water scenario.

 

Cold water adaptation training:

 

Building one's thermoregulatory response, resilience and adaptation to the cold is another key component of this training. This element is a training based programme pilots can take away to further their cold water/cold climate training if they choose to do so. We have the above cold water exposure simulation but this post course programme is designed to gradually and sustainably build pilots psychological and physiological response to the cold, building resilience whilst providing a range other health benefits as well. 

Our survival training focuses on the key fundamentals of sustaining life after a helicopter crash such as medical, regulation of core body temp and minimising exposure, hydration and food. To achieve this the survival training covers:

Mindset strategies and priorities in a survival situation:

 

This element of the course covers the mindset strategies designed to help pilots maintain a logical train of thought instead of an emotional viewpoint under stress. From experience, we feel the logical response training is the foundational framework that supports the other physical applications. An emotional mindset will only lead to irrational decisions and poor judgment, our job is to provide scientifically based mindset strategies that help pilots stay in a logical frame of mind.

 

Gear preparedness:

 

The question we ask here is if a crash was to occur, does the pilot and craft contain the vital equipment to fulfill the needed survival tasks until the time of rescue? This gear and equipment are designed to support the above life-sustaining needs. An area that is often overlooked is the idea of everyday carry or in a pilots case, every flight carry. It is the understanding that event of a crash the pilot may be separated from or may not be able to reach their emergency survival gear which is where the concept of carrying certain items on the pilot's person provides tremendous benefits such as ankle medical kits, survival blankets and tools etc.

Bushcraft and survival skills:

 

This course element focuses on functional bushcraft and survival skills including emergency shelter construction and fire craft.

 

All of our courses and training are designed to be highly individual and tailored to your pilots and their specific needs. This training is fully customisable and we can develop a programme that you feel best fits your team, their needs and also works in with your overall schedule and operations.

To find out more about our pilot specific training concepts please get in touch via the form below or alternatively, email info@loganlore.co.nz. 

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