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Blog: Emergency training - 12 February

Today our emergency training activity was focused on learning how to get in and out of our immersion suits, in under 2 minutes. These bulky large suits significantly prolong the time a person can stay out in subzero temperatures, and are key to enduring the cold if we were to abandon ship. The exercise also provides significant entertainment, as these suits are much harder to get on than your typical onesie! But out there in the cold water they would be our best chance for survival.

Assistant mate Daniel Hayward shows how to wear a full immersion suit.

Moira Decima, NIWA

First mate Ian Popenhagen shows the features of the immersion suit, including a light that activates with water.

Moira Decima, NIWA

Daniel Hayward and Ian Popenhagen.

Moira Decima, NIWA

Team Whale poses for a picture in their immersion suits (Amelia Connell, Leena Riekkola, Pippa Low and Rochelle Constantine).

Sadie Mills, NIWA

Pablo Escobar and Sarah Searson in their immersion suits.

Sadie Mills, NIWA

Steward Yvonne O'Neill models an immersion suit.

Sadie Mills, NIWA

Research subject: Antarctica