HUET featured on brain doco

Published on LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): Training, Helicopters

Todd Sampson performs escape drills in the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) facility at HMAS Albatross during filming for the documentary 'Redesign My Brain'. (photo: Leading Seaman Yuri Ramsey)
Todd Sampson performs escape drills in the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) facility at HMAS Albatross during filming for the documentary 'Redesign My Brain'.

Television personality Todd Sampson conducted Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training (HUET) at HMAS Albatross in May this year as part of a documentary testing brain plasticity.

The documentary titled ‘Redesign My Brain’, features Todd undergoing a radical brain makeover on the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity. The cutting edge science has found that anyone can become smarter, improve their memory and reverse mental ageing with the right brain training. It can turn an ordinary brain into a super brain in just three months.

The HUET evaluation formed the final brain challenge for the documentary with Todd undergoing the same briefings, training and evaluation as ADF personnel.

Director Training Authority - Aviation Commander Tim Standen said the Naval Aviation Sea Survival Centre, responsible for running HUET “is all about training a range of people, from aircrew who continually fly over water, to passengers who have never flown in a helicopter before let alone over water.

“The instructors are highly experienced in the art of helicopter escape training, and the state-of the art facilities also provide a very realistic and challenging training experience in a safe, very controlled, environment,” CMDR Standen said.

“Escaping from a submerged, inverted helicopter involves the teaching of simple, carefully rehearsed and practiced techniques to orientate oneself, find and open an exit and then reach the surface, all without panicking and wasting valuable time and air.

“This training focuses as much on the ability of a person to control their anxiety and fear, as it does on the physical ability to move through a submerged aircraft and manipulate exit latches and seat harnesses.”

HUET lead instructor, LS Jan Gilmour who was involved in the training and filming on the day said Todd did well at the training and subsequent evaluation.

“He was really well prepared mentally and passed easily. HUET is about 90 per cent in your head. Todd was very calm and I think the mind training well and truly prepared him for HUET,” LS Gilmour said.

The three part series begins on Thursday 10 October on ABC and runs for three weeks. The HUET component will air on the final episode on Thursday 24 October.

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