Get dunked for charity

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Leading industrial trainer, AIS is helping the Great North Air Ambulance service by offering people the chance to try out an upside-down underwater dunking experience in a mock helicopter in return for cash for the charity.


The event will take place on Saturday 5th December in the survival pool at AIS’s state-of-the-art, 12 acre industrial training village in North Shields.


Willing victims will be kitted out in a survival suit, taken into a mock helicopter rig and raised to the roof of the offshore survival centre before being lowered into the pool. As part of the experience the helicopter will then flip over and anyone taking part will need to escape by climbing out of the windows underwater. This activity mirrors part of the training that every worker in the oil and gas industry needs to undertake before going offshore as it prepares them for an emergency such as a helicopter crash.


Grahame Pickering, chief executive of GNAAS, said: "We'd like to thank AIS for thinking of us and offering up their facilities to make this possible. As unusual fundraising events go, this is right up there. The money raised will go to supporting the air ambulance's work throughout the region, so we hope plenty of people get behind it."


AIS is aiming to raise at least £5,000 and anyone taking part will be expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Places are limited so if you’re interested please email with your name and contact details.


AIS is holding an open day event at the same time and anyone looking for a career in energy, construction, engineering and heavy industry is invited to come along, see the world-class facilities and find out about the wide range of training available.   

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