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Company offers specialized training in aviation, offshore-wind, and wilderness survival, with a focus on safety and preparedness.

Groton, Connecticut–based Survival Systems USA provides a wide range of water survival training and leadership development courses designed to help people save their own lives when an emergency strikes. The company offers a variety of aviation survival and egress, sea survival, land survival, and Global Wind Organization (GWO) basic safety training courses.

Survival and Egress Training
Survival Systems designed its signature aviation survival and egress training (ASET) courses for people who work on or travel via boats, helicopters, and airplanes. Course environments range from shallow water to fully immersive experiences.

The shortest ASET course, a four-hour offering, includes classroom education and egress training. Students receive instruction in an underwater-escape shallow-water egress trainer as well as a full-disorientation underwater-escape modular egress training simulator (dunker training). The instructor also conducts surface-water survival via group and personal hypothermia mitigation using a life vest and a life raft.

Additional ASET courses include 8- and 16-hour classes that offer attendees additional time to learn and practice egress and survival skills and add elements such as search-and-rescue devices and procedures and emergency breathing–device use during escape. All courses can be used for FAA WINGS credit, and two of the courses can be taken to comply with US Army regulation AR 95-1.

Offshore Wind Training
Survival Systems offers offshore wind courses in partnership with ENSA North America, a work-at-height safety rescue training and support company. The courses include HUET (helicopter underwater escape training) for offshore wind for those who travel by helicopter with a compressed-air emergency breathing system. This one-day, seven-hour course covers pre-ditching procedures and landing considerations; hazards, equipment, and procedures associated with ditching; compressed-air physics and physiology, procedures for use, and associated risks; experience in the full-disorientation underwater-escape modular egress training simulator; and surface evacuation and survival, including first aid, signals, and endurance training.

Survival Systems also offers half- and full-day open-water sea survival courses in the Long Island Sound. The courses cover person-overboard situations, recovery of people in the water, use of live pyrotechnics, surface-water survival, and more.

Wilderness Survival Training
Water isn’t the only ecosystem for which Survival Systems prepares customers. The company offers a daylong outdoor and wilderness survival course that covers lifesaving knowledge familiar to most any Eagle Scout: equipment and clothing requirements, first aid administration, possible medical scenarios, how to locate ideal spots for and construct shelter, rescue signaling, fire construction techniques, water procurement, hyper- and hypothermia recognition and mitigation, and survival psychology.

Survival Systems operates training centers in Groton, Connecticut; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), Alabama, and can offer many of its courses anywhere. The Groton facility is currently undergoing an expansion to increase its training space and enable the company to offer more courses. Its facilities can also simulate environmental conditions including wind, rain, nighttime, and lightning and thunder.

Survival Systems has offered its shallow-water egress training and participated in the Rotor Safety Challenge program at HAI HELI-EXPO® for several years.

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Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.