Aircraft Ditching, Underwater Egress & Sea Survival Training

AFC members and other pilots in the area regularly fly over open water.  Many of us have enjoyed the views of the ocean while flying for a quick hop over to Victoria or Nanaimo, or the rivers or lakes below us while flying inland.  However, how many of us are really prepared if something goes wrong over the water?

“Underwater egress training is invaluable for any pilot who flies regularly over water, regardless of the type of aircraft flown. As a matter of fact, passengers or non pilot crews who also fly regularly over water should consider underwater escape training”.

Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter, Issue 2/98

“Given that the physical impediments associated with escaping from a submerged seaplane are often not insurmountable, it is likely that many people do not escape because they are not adequately prepared to do so.”

Damien Lawson, Transportation Safety Board

In order to help support safe flying, the Abbotsford Flying Club, in conjunction with Pro Aviation of Langley, is pleased to arrange for group training in Aircraft Ditching , Underwater, and Sea Survival Egress training.  

The intent of this course is to prepare you for a water landing, using a realistic, but safe and controlled, simulated environment.  Note that this training is not just of benefit to pilots – if you are a passenger in a small aircraft that flies over water, we encourage you to attend! 

Course Content: 

Morning – Classroom Lecture

– Ditching scenarios, controlled / uncontrolled

– Ditching procedures and techniques

– Aircraft egress, dry and wet

– Survival equipment (aircraft and personal)

– Sea survival techniques

– Passenger safety

– Escape trainer briefing


Afternoon – Pool Exercises

– Life vest demo             – inflation          


– Life raft drill                  -inflation             


-equipment and use       

-righting from inverted position 

– Underwater escape trainer – inverted scenarios:

-normal egress, door removed

-normal egress, door installed

-one exit inoperable       

 -night ditching



We currently have sessions booked for April 7th and 14th.  Depending on the demand from members and others, there may be additional sessions added. 



The tuition is $270 + H.S.T. per person. 



All sessions will be held in Langley. The morning classroom session will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Murrayville Community Room, located at 100-22071 48 Avenue, between the Murrayville Library and liquor store. The afternoon pool session will be held one block away, at the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre located at 22200 Fraser Highway in Langley. 


Note for pilots – For private pilots, the classroom presentation is approved by Transport Canada to satisfy the Canadian Aviation Regulations CARs 401.05 (2)(a) Recency Requirement for recurrent training. 


Session Notes:

Participants MUST be in good health and physically capable to participate in pool exercises.

During the pool exercises, participants are asked to wear what they would normally wear in the aircraft. They should bring either a flight suit or jeans and a sweatshirt, clean footwear, a towel and plastic bag to store the clothes in afterwards. The pool session starts after lunch so there is no need to bring pool clothes to the morning session.

There is an approximately one hour break for lunch. Participants are responsible for their own lunch and there are numerous restaurants close by (one block away) like A & W, Quiznos, Panago Pizza, Ricky’s, and a deli at the IGA Marketplace.



A video from Discovery Channel, covering the course, is available here:


More information on the course is available here


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