Water Survival Training Classes
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Offshore Water Survival Training

If You Have Never Climbed Into A Life Raft, You Will Not Know If You Can Do It.

My class will increase your confidence and give you peace of mind when flying over water.


  • Learn the Seven Steps To Survival Plan. To survive, you must have a plan.
  • Learn how to stow your life raft for easy removal.
  • Learn how to remove your life raft from the aircraft and how to ensure all crew members are secured to the life raft lanyard prior to inflation.
  • Learn how to board your life raft from both the aircraft wingtip and from the water.
  • Learn how to approach the life raft for boarding, (alone or in a group), and how to work as a team during this process. (Don't be fooled by the ladder).
  • Learn what survival items are carried in an aviation life raft equipment container and how to operate this equipment.
  • Learn how to operate all the features of the life raft (sea anchor, water procurement, floor inflation, canopy operation, repairs, etc.)


Water Survival Training Class

To schedule a training class, call (251) 639-9354 


Power Point Presentation: WATER SURVIVAL 101 (1.5 hrs.)

The Seven Steps to Survival gives you a comprehensive survival plan that starts even before you climb into your aircraft.

  • Recognition: Admit that your life is in danger. Act!
  • Inventory: Decide what will help and what will hurt. Do first-aid
  • Shelter: Preserve body heat with insulating materials. Get out of the water!
  • Signals: Help rescuers find you. (With or without signals)
  • Water: Procurement, you can only live two or three days without water.
  • Food: After safe and warm, food will sustain
  • Play: Stay busy and maintain a positive mental attitude.

Surviving the Rescue: 

Rescues can be dangerous! Many lives have been lost during sea rescues. You're not safe until you are at home saying, "And there I was".                         

Break (Lunch)


Afternoon Session: Aprox. 1.5 Hrs

Pool Training: WATER SURVIVAL 101 (AST uses Winslow Liferafts for training).

  • How to make a successful water egress.
  • Lifevests: Maintenance, Storage, and Donning. 
  • Survival Float Positions (H.E.L.P. and Huddle) 
  • Lifevest Inflation / Malfunction Procedures, Self Righting, Equipment Attachment
  • Liferaft Egress Procedures (How to get it out of the aircraft)
  • Liferaft Deployment Procedures / Malfunction Procedure
  • Liferaft Righting Procedures
  • Liferaft Entry (Self Boarding / Assisted / Injured) 
  • Liferaft Management (Who's in charge?)
  • Assigning duties to all occupants.
  • Tidiness is paramount!
  • Deploying pyrotechnics from a liferaft
  • Rescue from Liferaft,
  • USCG / Navy Rescue Swimmer rescue (What to expect)

Show the Instructor what you learnedYou will act out a liferaft scenario while incorporating the Seven Steps to Survival Plan.

Call Randy to set up a class for your organization or for private sessions.

(251) 639-9354 email: astboone@mchsi.com 




Comments about my classes -


"George, David, and I, all found it very enlightening.  We now feel much more confident that we will have a fighting chance if we ever have to put our new skills to use".

  I have always been impressed by Randy’s availability to his customer, his willingness to provide advice no matter how small the purchase, the depth of practical knowledge he willingly shares and his commitment to customer service.

I reached out to Randy again recently as I prepared for my biggest trip to date – flying my single engine plane around the world.  He again counseled his thoughts on the equipment needed and went to great pains and additional cost to assure the resulting order was delivered as expected.  Because of the long overwater legs, I and my friends joining me on part of the trip elected to take Randy’s water survival class.  The class was an eye opener.  I had not previously appreciated many of the challenges involved in deploying a raft after ditching, boarding a raft from the water, being found by searchers and surviving a rescue.  Experiencing first-hand getting into the raft (even if only in a pool), and hearing Randy share his very practical suggestions for how to increase the chances of survival, made the investment worthwhile.  My friends and I obtained a measure of confidence that I believe will prove invaluable should we ever need to put those skills and knowledge to use.  Highly recommended!

Adam Broome
Chapel Hill, North Carolina




Thanks again for your presentation of “Survival in Florida” on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Showalter Flying Services in Orlando at our Annual Corporate Safety Seminar. Your stories and examples from 23 years of U.S. Coast Guard experience added great validity to the 7 Steps to Survival: Recognition, Inventory, Shelter, Signals, Water, Food and Play. Your pool demonstration of the proper use of life jackets and raft during a survival situation at the Marriott Courtyard pool reception on Friday evening was outstanding and folks will be talking about it for years. This shows that people can have fun and learn at the same time. You put forth the extra effort with each participant to ensure that.

Thanks for being a team player, a leader, and tremendous positive influence and active supporter of aviation safety. We look forward to working with you on more projects and presentations.

Obie S. Young, President NASF

The National Aviation Safety Foundationis a support group whose objective is to enhance aviation safety through educational programs at designated facilities. During the year we provide extensive support for projects, perform safety seminars, and provide a wide dissemination of safety related information to all interested parties.


Randy is in the business of Rescue and Survival training. However, the MOST impressive part of Randy’s presentation is this: Randy truly cares about the folks he is training. His presentation is not sales pitch oriented...it is 100% oriented towards teaching his students how to stay alive and how to get rescued. This demeanor is readily apparent and allows him to engage his students, get them involved, and get real and meaningful training across.

I have no doubt that somewhere down the road…one of our students that participated in Randy’s training will put some or all of it to use. His training has caused me personally to re-evaluate my emergency procedures and to take some key steps to ensure the safety of myself and my loved ones. I cannot recommend Randy’s training highly enough. This training can/will save your life.

Thank You Randy!

Sean Mulligan


The Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention, Lake Havasu AZ


We discovered that even though we thought we were prepared better than most for a ditching scenario, we had some short fallings that may have prevented a successful outcome. We were also surprised to find how difficult it was to get into the liferaft in the swimming pool. "I can only imagine what it would be like in the open ocean". Randy demonstrated several methods to board the liferaft and even talked about how to stow the liferaft in the aircraft and how to bring it out in a hurry. We even learned a neat trick to keep the a/c door propped open by placing a headset on the following edge of the opened door. Our recommendation to all pilots and significant others that fly with them is to take this course, even if you come away learning only one thing that can save your life or the lives of your passengers.
Bob & Sue Snyder (Both Pilots)

Dear Randy,
We are at the close of the 2005 Treasure Hunt, which again, has been well received. Thank you for bringing a new touch to the meaning of aviation survival. It is amazing that in the period of time that you demonstrated the survival skills and inflated the life-raft, you changed for each of us, the understanding and the perspective of survival at sea following the ditching of a private plane.
Your intimate knowledge of the elements, nature, sea-life, and survival techniques will be greatly appreciated should we ever face the predicament of flying into the water.

Thierry Pouille, Air  Journey LLC.  


I want to Thank you for coming all this way to put on your Survival 101 seminar for us at Admiral's Cove.  It was obvious that your seminar woke a lot of people up as to what needs to be done to survive in a marine environment.  So many boaters really do not have a clue of what needs to be done in a survival situation and your seminar put us on the right track.  You explain the right  type of equipment that is best to have and how to use it.  I think every boater and pilot that flies over water should participate in your course.  We hope we never need to use this information but if we do, it can help save our lives.
Keep up the great work!
Mike Fortun
Admiral's Cove Yacht Club

Dear Randy,

It was a pleasure having you come to Hot Springs, Arkansas and provide Airborne Air Ambulance with your expertise in survival training.  I can’t remember when we’ve had such a great lesson that will ultimately save our lives and the lives of our patients.  You stayed on task and on time.  Your knowledge was exemplary and you provided real life answers to our questions.  I was very impressed with the Winslow liferaft and look forward to acquiring one for our air ambulance operations. Thanks for a great job!!

Respectfully, Terry Hoard, Dir. of Operations       



Randy has been the water survival "guru" for the Cayman Caravan for the past sixteen years. He has conducted seminars for well over 1,000 general aviation pilots who were about to depart Key West for a flight over Cuba to the Cayman Islands.
The combination of his general aviation experience and Coast Guard background make him uniquely qualified as a bona fide expert in light aircraft overwater operations.

Ross Russo


Randy Boone's sage words helped me and my family survive.

Randy knows his stuff when it comes to what you need to have in case of an emergency onboard an airplane. His counsel and advice certainly served me well in the one incident I was involved in. Randy Boone's sage words helped me and my family survive. I carry his equipment on my airplane today. I consider it a good insurance policy that I hope I never have to use.

Amy Laboda, Editor in Chief, Aviation For Women Magazine







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