S-V84-A; Course Information
Underwater Egress Training, 1 day, Fairchild AFB, WA.
This course teaches how to safely escape from an aircraft that has ditched in the water. Instruction includes principles, procedures, and techniques necessary to get out of a sinking aircraft. Training requires personnel to actually experience water entry in a training device and perform underwater egress. This course is usually co-scheduled with S-V80-A Survival School for those that need both (reference Note to MPFs/TQRIs in below ETCA message).
One day class held on Wednesdays with academic, laboratory and operational training.
Note to MPFs and TRQI Managers:
1. Due to limited availability of class seats, MPFs and TRQI managers must ensure training is allocated to First Priority personnel IAW AFI 16-1301 prior to requesting or assigning a Training Line Number for this course.
2. Individuals required to attend S-V86-A, Water Survival, Parachuting (those aircrew members whose primary means of egress is the emergency parachute) who have not successfully completed S-V80-A prior to 31 Dec 06 will be required to attend S-V80-B, Emergency Parachute Training at Fairchild AFB, WA. S-V80-B should be attended in conjunction with S-V80-A.
- Effective immediately, for ALL SERE Courses on FAFB:
- TDY students WILL NOT be able to receive any packages or mail that must be signed for (i.e. certified mail) while attending any SERE courses at Fairchild AFB.
- Any such items will be returned to sender as undeliverable…NO EXCEPTIONS.
- In addition: Pipeline Students WILL NOT forward mail to Fairchild AFB. If forwarding mail is required by the student, it must be to their IQT or permanent base. Forwarded mail will be returned to sender.
1. IAW AETC Syllabus S-V84-A, Underwater Egress Training, dated February 2014:
a. Units/activities selecting candidates to attend Underwater Egress Training (UET) will certify (by letter, signed by their commander or designated representative, i.e., physical training leader [PTL]) that candidates understand and can meet the entry prerequisites for course attendance listed in number
2. Letter will be provided to Registrar Office during in-processing.
Water flight and registrar office already demand documentation specified above when a student returns to re-attempt course after being removed for difficulties during USA and HEEDS training.
ETCA REPORTING INFORMATION
COURSE ID: S-V84-A
TITLE: USAF Underwater Egress Training (UET)
DATE ADDED: 1/21/1999
DATE UPDATED: 5/10/2017
LOCATION: Fairchild AFB (Flying)
LENGTH: 1 calendar day
ORG/PGM: Air Education and Training Command / SERE Training
ETCA Link https://etca.randolph.af.mil/showcourse.asp?as_course_id=S-V84-A 10/12/2017
336 TRSS/OSFA / 657-5422
Course is designed to train Air Force helicopter aircrew members and other designated personnel in the principles, procedures, and techniques necessary to successfully egress from a sinking aircraft. Training requires personnel to actually experience water entry in a Modular Egress Training System (METS) device or 9D5A device and perform underwater egress.
A. Orders Preparation.
1. Content. Specify in orders: title and duration of course, class number, reporting date, fund citation, and security clearance.
2. Distribution. Mail 2 copies of student’s orders to 336 TRSS/MTF, Fairchild AFB WA 99011-8645, to arrive NLT 14 days before class start date. Student should hand-carry 10 copies of orders. In all cases where AETC operations training funds are cited, a copy of the orders must be sent to:
550 C Street West Suite 49
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4751.
For SERE training, submit a copy of orders to AETC/A3FS. In addition, send a copy of all orders to
29 Main Circle, Suite 01,
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4442.
3. For updated status of training for all SERE courses, call the 336 TRG Student Administration office’s 24-hour call-in number at DSN 657-5819 or Commercial (509) 247-5819.
B. Medical Requirements:
1. It is not required to hand-carry any medical documentation for this course. However, the following criteria must be met before a person can be slotted for class.
2. Member must be World Wide Qualified IAW AFI 48-123. It is the responsibility of the student’s home station to ensure that all requirements are met.
3. Absolute disqualifiers are pregnancy, current or pending enrollment in ADAPT, Duty Limited Conditions/Profiles, and current Family Advocacy/Mental Health issues are potentially disqualifying. Contact DSN 657-8938 for further guidance. The following medical issues require pre-clearance through the SERE Medical Flight Surgeon: Any/all phychotropie medications, fear of water, inability to swim, history of pneumothorax, and/or sinus or ear problems.
4. Any student that does not meet the above standards will be returned to home station.
5. Students will complete a medical questionnaire during medical in-processing upon arrival at training location.
6. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the SERE Medical Flight at DSN 657-5414, or Comm (509) 247-5414.
1. School does not provide flight suits, ABU, or shoes. Students must bring their own flight suits/ABU/BDUs (minimum 2 uniforms – 1 uniform for duty, 1 uniform for pool), shoes (athletic shoes, dive booties, or aqua shoes), Nomex flight gloves, swimsuit, towel, plastic bag, gas mask inserts (if needed), and padlock.
2. All students graduating from S-V84-A will adhere to the 336 TRG/CC policy when traveling via POV. Students who perform 4 or more hours of duty, or cannot depart prior to 1300 hours on the day of course completion, will not depart Fairchild AFB WA until 0600 hours the next calendar day.
3. Class graduates on Wednesday; students attending S-V84-A (Underwater Egress) WILL NOT schedule airline tickets within 24 hours of course completion. IAW AFI 10-3501, para 5.1.1; Aircrew members will not fly within 24 hours of compressed gas diving (including SCUBA/Helicopter Emergency Egress Deployment System (HEEDS) training); surface supplied diving or hyperbaric (compression) chamber exposure and aircraft pressurization checks that exceed 10 minutes in duration.
4. All students attending S-V84-A will use the HEEDS/HABD (Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Device).
5. Students WILL NOT be able to receive any packages or mail that must be signed for (i.e. certified mail) while attending any SERE courses at Fairchild AFB. Any such items will be returned to sender as undeliverable..NO EXCEPTIONS.
All students must have the following items with them prior to boarding the bus to the pool area:
-1 extra full uniform for pool operations (flight suit or ABU). Note: AF PT gear is NOT acceptable
-Shoes for pool operations (closed toe)
For a complete list of items required for SERE courses view the SERE Course Equipment List located
on the SERE School Web Page
Select “S-V84-A, Course Information” and press “Course Equipment List”.
Office of Primary Responsibility:
HQ AETC/A3ZS DSN 487-9631 Comm (210) 652-9631. For specific school questions, contact the SERE School Student Administrative Section, DSN 657-5422, Commercial, 509-247-5422.
1. IAW AETC Syllabus S-V84-A, Underwater Egress Training, dated Feb 2013; Units/activities selecting candidates to attend Underwater Egress Training (UET) will certify (by letter, signed by the unit commander or designated representative, i.e., physical training leader [PTL]) that candidates understand and can meet the entry prerequisites for course attendance listed in para 2 below. Letter will be provided to the Registrar Office during in-processing. Water flight and registrar office already require documentation specified above when a student returns to re-attempt the course after being removed for difficulties during USA and HEEDS training.
2. Underwater Screening Assessment (USA) – Participants will be required to complete the following assessment in the appropriate flight gear: keep their head above water while remaining afloat for 1 minute and after a 10 minute break and without the helmet, enter the pool feet first and swim 15 yards, while keeping their face submerged and/or not taking a breath. Lack of adequate ability of the student to pass the USA will result in the student not being enrolled in training. Prior to removal for USA failure, the student will be given the opportunity to meet the USA requirement with a 15-yard rope test, instead of a 15-yard swim. This assessment will consist of the student using a hand-over-hand method, utilizing an anchored rope, to cross 15-yards in the pool. The student must complete this
while they keep their face submerged and/or not taking a breath.
3. AETC/A3F is prerequisite waiver authority.
DSN 487-9551 or 487-9588
Commercial: (210) 652-9551 or (210) 652-9588
Note to MPFs and TRQI Managers:
When possible, students attending both S-V84-A and S-V80-A should schedule S-V84-A the Wednesday before S-V80-A starts (Monday).
Reporting Instructions (Supplemental):
Effective the week of 31 Mar 08, S-V84-A will be conducted beginning at 0800 on Wednesdays.
1. Students report to SERE School Complex, Bldg 1252, Fairchild AFB WA, NET 1200 and NLT 2400, on Tuesday before Wednesday class start date.
2. Students are attached to the 336 TRG, Fairchild AFB, WA 99011.
3. Students pick up school informaiton handout in Student Administration Lobby.
4. In accordance with PFT, class enters weekly on Wednesday.
5. Stars and Stripes Shuttle service is available to and from the Spokane International Airport. Call 509-244-0730 to use the shuttle service, or use available taxi service to and from the Spokane International Airport. Travelers should be prepared to defray cost of commercial taxi to and from airport. Cost is approximately $35 each way. Travelers should read updated information in airport travel plaza area.
6. Government messing and billeting are available.
7. Student Administration makes billeting reservations for students. Automated teller machines and checking facilties are available. It is highly suggested that students bring enough funds to cover per diem, billeting, taxi, etcl, as well as other personal and unexpected costs.
8. Students will report with the mandatory clothing and equipment allowances. The list of all mandatory clothing and equipment items can be found in the 336 Training Group Homepage:
Weather conditions. Courses are subject to cancellation or delay due to adverse weather. Students
can obtain current updates on the status of training by calling the 336 TRG Student Administration
office’s 24-hour call-in number at DSN 657-5819 or Commercial (509) 247-5819.
Select personnel for training according to AFI 36-2209. Training is a mandatory one-time requirement for all primary Air Force helicopter aircrew members (includes pilots, flight engineers, pararescue/recovery specialists/technicians, and general gunners) and as required for frequent flyers (individuals other than primary helicopter aircrew members who perform frequent duties on overwater helicopter missions).
Training is one day.
Fairchild AFB (Flying) USAF
Spokane, WA 99011
POC: 336 TRSS/OSFA