Survival Systems USA Courses

The Reference Guide provides a side by side course comparison to quickly find a course that fits your organization’s needs. Course names are organized across the top and course topics down the left side of the Guide. Below the Guide is a more detailed look at the topics comprising our courses.


Course durations range from a half day long to multiple days.



Classroom based lecture and discussion covering the knowledge needed to perform the skills associated with a selected course.


Shallow Water Egress Trainer (SWET)

Equipment used in the shallow end of the pool to learn basic underwater escape procedures dealing with seat belts, brace positions, reference points, and exits.


Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS®)

Escape a sinking helicopter.

Equipment used in the deep end of the pool to build upon basic egress principals, induce disorientation, and simulate real life emergency aircraft escape conditions.


Emergency Breathing Device (EBD)

Equipment used to assist crew members or passengers with breathing as they escape a sinking helicopter. Training includes avoiding barotrauma injuries, effects of pressure on human body and equipment, EBD preflight inspection, clearing and breathing with EBD in the SWET or METS®.



Procedures aircraft occupants should follow prior to impact and when ditching is imminent. Training includes stowage of loose articles, life vest preparation, seat belt check, reaffirming exit, and brace positions.


Smoke & Fire Control

Equipment and procedures used to evacuate smoke and extinguish fires. Training includes selecting personal protective equipment, emergency communication, and use portable fire extinguishers on a live fire.


Surface Evacuation

Procedures for disembarking an aircraft after it has stopped moving, but before submerging. Training includes identifying hazards, crewmember duties, responsibilities, and emergency coordination.


Hover Evacuation

Procedures for evacuating a helicopter while still in flight. Training includes identifying hazards of evacuating from a height and body positioning during free fall.


Surface Water Survival (SWS)

Procedures for surviving the hazards associated with an open water environment. Training includes use of life vests, immersion suits, travel formations, life raft, and survival pattern to mitigate the effects of hypothermia.


Live Pyrotechnics

Equipment use by survivors to signal nearby aircraft or boaters. Training includes use of live pyrotechnics in open water environment.


Search & Rescue

Equipment deployed by helicopters to rescue survivors from an open water environment. Training includes recognition of commonly used rescues devices, hazards, and procedures to follow while being rescued.


AHA First Aid

American Heart Association First Aid Course



American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course & use of Automated External Defibrillator.


High Altitude

Procedures for in-flight emergencies at higher altitudes (above 25,000 feet). The training covers respiration, hypoxia, emergency breathing systems and oxygen delivery systems, gas expansion, gas bubble formation, and incidents of decompression.



Procedures for responding to a hijacking scenario.


Abnormal or Unusual Circumstances

Procedures for dealing with pregnancy and emergency delivery onboard an aircraft.


Shelter, Fire, Nutrition, Survival Pattern

Equipment and procedures used by survivors in the wild. Training includes survival psychology, survival patterns, hypothermia mitigation, hyperthermia mitigation, topography and basic seas ice descriptions, equipment and clothing requirements, first aid, construction of shelter, rescue signaling, fire construction techniques, food and water procurement, map and compass use, and land navigation.


Conducted Outdoors/Open Water

Courses are conducted outdoors where students are subject to New England seasons or in our temperature controlled training environment. Immersion suits are provided for open water courses.


Can be conducted Near Client Location

Courses can be conducted near client location as a cost-effective solution to organizations who neither have the available travel funds nor the ability to lose team member for travel due to training.


Equivalency and Regulatory

Course equivalency and regulatory requirements.


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