Offshore HUET Training

I took Offshore HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress Training), or as it should be called HCST ( helicopter crash survival training), training about 2 years ago and got a certificate and a RigPass but now they are asking whether it was a METS (Modular Egress Training Simulator) trainer. WTF?

I took the training with McMillan on a float constructed of PVC that looked like the red neck version of this:

But I assume I need to take something that looks like this?

Anyone know the details on this? Is a “METS” simulator really required by IADC or is the training guy blowing smoke up… ?? I’m drowing in acronyms here!

Who is “they”? Who’s asking the question after two years? If someone is questioning your certification then I suspect a bunch of other folks are being asked the same question.

In this case the “THEY” is my company’s HS&E department.

That simulator is a wild ride! I little scary at first, but a blast once you get into it! I just did it a couple weeks ago.

Maybe it is worth re-doing if I can match a date with my crew change schedule.

I think it’s probably pretty good training for anybody that straps a helicopter to their ass and flies over water! Personally, I think flying in helicopters is an unnatural act:p. A bunch of parts flying in formation…

All kidding aside, they are very safe conveyance. But every once in a while: kerplunk. And you need to know what to do. I sort of subscribe to the Marine Corps. philosophy on training. If doing something 20 times is good, then doing it 40 times must be twice as good.

Nemo

I just took a job with J Ray McD so it looks like I will be enjoying Huet training next week. It should be fun but alot different than taking small arms and having some navy prick pick at you about your shooting style.

Hey Jeff, Who in the gulf coast offers that course and what do they charge, it looks like fun. I did the original redneck one in 2001 and after my eighth run thru they made me stop so someone else could have fun. I really enjoyed being strapped down upside down in the water with my eyes closed. What I didn’t enjoy was the gumby suit thing, couldn’t get upright.

Steve - Check out Alford Services in Houma. They offer that class with all the statistical stuff they can dish out in the pool. Great for a nasal douche…Did the class back in June 2007. Good luck!

Steve,
I had the pleasure :smiley: of doing this twice last year. Once at Alford in Houma and once at Unniversity of LA, Lafayette Marine Survival Training Center. I personally preferred MSTC in Lafayette. http://mstc.louisiana.edu/index.shtml

Complete Safety Works in Mobile, Alabama has started offering SWET / HUET using a mobile unit that travels to different cities. It isn’t the large METS cabin type, but meets most requirements. They have a retired Coast Guard swimmer that does a great job of preparing you for a ditching. 251-479-6788

I also took my most recent HUET at MSTC. I’d previously used the aluminum tubing and plastic chair with a seatbelt version. The METS simulator is much more realistic and they can even configure the windows and doors to match the type of chopper that you fly in. Honestly I think that any training without the METS is a waste of time and money.

I agree that, when available, the METS is probably the best option. The small simulators and trainers do prepare you for what to do prior to meeting the water and how to maintain your sense of direction once upside-down. That is what I did just recently and was good for the guys who didn’t swim or spend much time around water.

Some companies, BHP for one, will not except the “SWET Chair”, only the full METS course. Given a choice I would go with the METS training to cover your bases and usually, depending on other training you already have, take only one day. GIS in Galliano, LA. offers a good course and I believe it is weekly so scheduling is easy.

Ive taken the course with the PVC set up. What a joke.
But its “Opito Standard” so its good enough to fly offshore in here in the Gulf!
S.

METS or HMETS is the acronym for: Helicopter Modular Emergency Training Simulator. They come in all types (PVC…to Heavy gauge metal with winches and items that are not necessary for the trining.

We have a HUET training progam in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche Mexico and the 2 progam ncludes HUET and Sea survival, psychological evaluation, swiiming for those not able to swim and panic control and is deliverd in English, or Spanish
http://connect.jems.com/events/huet-helicopter-underwater

We also can provide hotels and meals and the program is listed in the ICAO Training directory.
For more information…info@aeromedicina.org

In june, a Heliservicios helicopter went down in th PEMEX petroleum area. 13 on board, survived because of the training they had received a few weeks before.

[QUOTE=cmjeff;13482]I took Offshore HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress [I]Training[/I]), or as it should be called HCST ( helicopter crash survival training), training about 2 years ago and got a certificate and a RigPass but now they are asking whether it was a METS (Modular Egress Training Simulator) trainer. WTF?

I took the training with McMillan on a float constructed of PVC that looked like the red neck version of this:

But I assume I need to take something that looks like this?

Anyone know the details on this? Is a “METS” simulator really required by IADC or is the training guy blowing smoke up… ?? I’m drowing in acronyms here![/QUOTE]

I’m wondering if anyone has an idea about HUET and BOSIET training facilities in Canada? I have a few days off before returning to work and I’d like to obtain these if there’s a spot open somewhere. Thanks for the help!