SWET begins with classroom sessions...
so the pilots can familiarise themselves with the equipment
Then it's pool side for the real thing
Dario Costa gets to grips with the emergency bailout bottle
Then it's time to bailout of the submerged fuselage
The bottle has enough air for the pilot to escape the aircraft and be rescued
Patrick Davidson uses the vision impaired goggles for when the water is murky
Every pilot racing in the Red Bull Air Race has undergone SWET
Davidson will get his first taste of racing over water in Abu Dhabi next month
Ahead of the first round of the 2018 season, the newest members of the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class, South Africa's Patrick Davidson and Italian Dario Costa, were put through their paces with a series of underwater emergency escape techniques, known as "Shallow Water Egress Training" (SWET).
SWET enables the pilots to develop specific safety skills and gain valuable experience by practicing underwater escape techniques in a realistic environment. Under the guidance of a specialist team and using a stripped back fuselage submerged in a pool, the pilots carried out a series of drills designed to familiarise them with breathing apparatus, as well as the correct techniques for exiting a fuselage under water and dealing with disorientation.