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Immersion Suit

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[MARITIME TRAINING SERVICES INC.] [In case of any conflict between the requirements shown in the movie] [and the company's safety management system (SMS), please follow the company's SMS requirements] [IMMERSION SUIT TRAINING, It could save your life!] An immersion suit is a special type of waterproof dry suit that protects the wearer from hypothermia during an abandon ship emergency. How fast can you get into an immersion suit? The amount of time it takes can be the difference between life and death. Properly donning, maintaining, and inspecting your immersion suit is equally important. It doesn't matter if you can get into the suit quickly, if you aren't wearing and maintaining it properly. [THE EFFECTS OF HYPOTHERMIA] In this video, you will learn the effects of hypothermia, [PROPERLY DONNING AN IMMERSION SUIT] how to properly don an immersion suit, [TRAINING PROCEDURES] training procedures involving immersion suits, [MAINTENANCE & STORAGE] maintaining and storing immersion suits, [4 DRILL TIPS] and four drill tips. Hypothermia occurs when your body's control mechanisms failed to maintain a normal body temperature. Signs and symptoms that may develop include shivering, slurred speech, shallow breathing, drowsiness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Severe hypothermia can lead to death. By definition, hypothermia is a rapid progress of mental and physical collapse that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it produces heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. The human body is fairly well-adapted to survive in very cold air for many hours, but not cold water. The thermal conductivity of water is 25 times greater than air. This means that the survival of an unprotected person in water that is below 10 degrees centigrade, 50 degrees Fahrenheit for more than an hour is very unlikely. This is reduced to just minutes as the water temperature approaches freezing, which is quite common in extreme northern and southern latitudes. Immersion suits are the best means available to protect yourself. In a new insulated suit, a person should be able to survive at least six hours. However, many factors can affect your survival time, such as, physical conditions and clothing worn under the suit. You know one of the things that we find when people are dealing with stress [CAPT. DAVE SHOEMAKER. INSTRUCTOR] and they're dealing with panic and fear, there's a lot of things that happen muscle memory, sometimes you lose, they forget how to do it properly. If they don't get it donned fully and accurately the first time around, they may not have a second chance. [PROPERLY DONNING AN IMMERSION SUIT] Immersion suits are wonderful lifesaving devices, but you must operate with the proper procedures to ensure everyone's safety. Having instruction for putting on your immersion suit and conducting a monthly immersion suit drill is required. Let's take a step by step look at the correct way to get into an immersion suit. [UNROLL THE SUIT] First, shake the suit from its storage bag and roll it out on deck, your suit should be stored with a zipper zipped up two inches from the bottom. This will ensure that in the event you jam the zipper in a hurried attempt to zip it up, you will be able to clear the jam by pulling the zipper down quickly and clearing the fouled zipper, then sit on the hood of the suit, reach under your legs, and open the chest cavity of the suit. A good tip is to keep plastic bags and shoulders of the suit. Place the plastic bags over your shoes or boots and insert your legs into the suit with the bags on your feet. The bags make it easier to slide your feet in. Ideally, leave on boots and other clothing for insulation and protection when in the water, but if you do not have access to plastic bags, remove boots and/or footwear, then use the flutter kick method with your legs until your feet are completely inserted to the tip of the toe area. Once accomplished, secure the ankle straps. Do not wait and secure the ankle straps after a complete donning. Once the legs are fully inserted to the toe area using both arms, pull the suit to remove any bulk and bring the suit up to your waist. At this point, roll left or right on your knees. Next, put your non-dominant arm into the suit first. For example, if you are left-handed, place your right arm in first. If you are right-handed, your left goes in first, then pull the hood up over your head with your free hand. Put your dominant arm in next. Carefully pull the zipper up and secure the flap over your face. Now you can stand up. Never stand up until the suit is donned completely. Make sure that all straps and hoses are secure. To avoid being snagged or injured, don't inflate the air bladder until you are in the water. Remember that you may also need to put on an approved life jacket with your immersion suit. It is important to be able to get into your immersion suit in many different conditions. Try putting your suit on while in the water. It is a skill you may need to know in an emergency. You will get water into the suit, but your body temperature should warm the water inside the suit. [TRAINING PROCEDURES] STCW and US Coast Guard regulations require training with immersion suit every 30 days. In the early stages of training, you will learn about the several different makes and styles of immersion suits. It is common practice to train in a pool environment before ever going into open water. First, you will learn how to enter the water safely, then practice some team maneuvering and lifesaving techniques. These skills are very useful if a number of crew members are forced to abandon ship together, whether in a pool or during a drill at sea. Practice in as realistic conditions as possible. After training with the immersion suits in the pool, you'll then move outside to open water. Once outside, your practice entering the water, maneuvering as a team, writing a capsized raft, boarding the raft, and getting an injured crew member on board a rescue ship. [MAINTENANCE & STORAGE] Most ships already have a plan in place for where crewmembers lifesaving appliances, such as, life jackets are stored. Your immersion suit should be stored in the same place, which is usually in the accommodation or near the lifeboats. However, the new regulations also say that if a ship has work or watch stations away from where immersion suits are normally stowed, extra suits need to be provided in those locations for the number of crewmen normally working or on watch at those locations. Always understand where the suits are stowed, how they're stowed, and be very mindful of the sizing of the circuits. If you happen to be a smaller individual on boat to boat, make sure that you get properly fitted with the suit that fits you best. Just as all operations and equipment on board are tested regularly. You should regularly check your immersion suits. If not properly stored and maintained, they may suffer from dry rot, leaky seams, or zippers that do not work. Use wax. Bees wax or candle wax to lubricate the zipper if not functioning properly. As we said before, your suit should be stored with the zipper open to two inches from the bottom and if you have an older suit, make sure it has a handle connected to the zipper so you can grasp it with your hands inside the immersion suit. You should inspect your suit for any ripped stitching. Open seams or loose padding. Your suit should be inspected every year and pressure tested every three years by a qualified individual or company. Once suits have been labeled or condemned. Make sure you remove all tags and Coast Guard approved labels. [4 DRILL TIPS] Here are a few things to practice for Immersion Suit Training. Put on your immersion suit from the bag in two minutes or less. Checking for proper operation of zippers, whistle and light. Your suit should be fully zippered closed and the face flap secured. Jump from a height of one meter or greater into the water, then inflate your suit's air bladder and swim for a distance of 50 feet. While in the water, safely board a life raft from a height of not more than one meter. Correctly clean, inspect, and store your immersion suit. Immersion suits are an important lifesaving device that when properly maintained and used, will help provide the best chances of survival in an emergency.

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Duration: 9 minutes and 43 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Posted by: maritimetraining on Aug 31, 2018

Immersion Suit

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