Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed with Antipodean Aviation of Australia to offer survival training in emergency water landings for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The course covers pre-flight planning and emergency water landing techniques, as well as escape from a submerged aircraft cabin and sea survival techniques, including life preserver and life raft familiarization, and search-and-rescue operations. In addition to extended flights over water, this training is useful for crew members ditching an aircraft to avoid landing in a residential area or in rough terrain.
The university, through its partnership with Antipodean Aviation, is developing more than 50 courses on advanced aviation topics for pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics and public safety officers.
Once started, participants have 30 days to complete a theory-based online course. They then receive one day of practical training in the pool at the university's Prescott Campus.