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Cold Water Survival

by Danielle Connelly on 10. Apr, 2019

Like everything else in boating, thinking through a plan will make a world of difference in an emergency situation. If you fall overboard into cold water, you need to be prepared for the shock of it and ways to maximize your survival time for a rescue. Falling into cold water is a lot different than in warm water, affecting your body within minutes; severely limiting your time in cold water.

Spring clean your life vest?

by Danielle Connelly on 04. Apr, 2019

It’s been a long winter and it’s time you get your safety gear out of storage. Before you get back on your plane, make sure your vest is fit to fly.

CAP1034 Testing

by Danielle Connelly on 27. Mar, 2019

Drowning is the primary cause of death in helicopter water impact accidents.  In recent years, the UK Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) has passed regulation to improve the ability to keep helicopters afloat and to improve the crashworthiness. Now, when operated over water, helicopters are required to meet set ditching requirements to allow passengers long enough to exit the aircraft under probable water conditions.

Prepping for a man overboard

by Danielle Connelly on 19. Mar, 2019

A few weeks ago, at the Blakely Rock Race in the Puget Sound, a crew member fell overboard but was quickly rescued with the aid of a few other boats. Marek Omilian, skipper of the Sonic, saw the man overboard and his crew started preparing their MOM. The Sonic dropped their MOM to the victim, who was able to grab it and another boat pulled the victim on-board. This quick rescue is credited to the preparedness of the crew on the two boats. Omilian has prepped his crew with “safety procedures ad nauseum” and they immediately responded when they saw the man overboard.

The SWITLIK Difference: The one for all

by Danielle Connelly on 14. Mar, 2019

When you’re outfitting your plane with life vests, you need to consider who your passengers will be. Will you be flying your family around and possibly bringing children with you? Life vest requirements do vary for size so you’ll want to make sure you have vests that will fit and offer the most safety for everyone on board. Of course, we know storage can be limited so you’ll want to get the max use out of the life vests you have on hand. Additionally, in a light plane, donning a life vest might be a tight squeeze and a constant-wear vest,  might be a better fit.

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