Post-Incident Survival: Ditching and Egress Training
Wednesday, March 6 | | 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261
Safety Management Track
This presentation will cover the effect of sudden immersion in the water and factors that affect disorientation and will discuss underwater egress procedures. The presentation will also cover the value of training with respect to egress procedures, best practices, and where the helicopter aviation industry stands as a whole regarding ditching and egress training.
- Human physiology and sudden immersion in cold water: What people experience upon sudden immersion in cold water
- Factors affecting disorientation: Why people sometimes experience overwhelming disorientation after aircraft ditching
- Underwater egress: The basics of underwater egress procedures
- The value of training: The implications of high-fidelity and realistic training
- Who requires (and desires) egress training, who doesn’t, and why: The current state of the industry, and why it is the way that it is.
Jon Ehm began working as an underwater egress instructor for Survival Systems USA in 2003 at its military training facility in Hawaii. In addition to quality and safety responsibilities as chief instructor at Survival Systems’ commercial training facility, Ehm has traveled both domestically and internationally working as a consultant, instructor trainer, and instructor. When he is not working, Ehm enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, scuba diving, running, and reading.