SES provide wet drill training for individual pilots ensuring that in the eventuality of an emergency, crew are fully prepared for survival in water. Whilst not mandatory, wet drill training is highly recommended by the General Aviation Safety Council.

Wet Drill Training

Under the expert instruction of our ex-military staff, the course focuses on both the practical and theoretical knowledge to ensure water safety with consideration to global and climatic conditions. It has been designed to provide the participant with experience in how to operate and use survival equipment in an aircraft ditching or abandonment situation.

Whilst not certified, SES wish to provide all of our participants with the life saving knowledge and experience that we hope you will never have to use.


Starting in the class room our 1-day course focuses on the theoretical aspects of water safety and survival including:

  • Types of life saving appliances that should be carried on aircraft
  • Location of personal life saving appliances within the aircraft
  • Principles concerning survival
  • Timing and sequence of actions minimising potential dangers and threats to survival
  • Use of survival packs and survival aids

Followed by a 2 -hour practical session in the lakes at nearby South Cerney, the course will focus on a number of practical elements.


Actions to be taken in an emergency:

  • Donning the appropriate equipment
  • Boarding a liferaft
  • Jumping safely from a ditched aircraft into the water
  • Swim with/without a life preserver

Actions to take on boarding the liferaft to enhance chances of survival:

  • Streaming a drogue or sea anchor
  • Operating survival aids correctly
  • Operating location devices including personal beacons

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