08 Jun The swimming test. Should cabin crew know how to swim?
Yes, cabin crew be able to swim.
Cabin crew do not have to demonstrate extraordinary abilities for swimming, but must be able to swim for up to 50 meters, across a pool about 2 meters deep.
I cannot swim, but I want to be cabin crew.
There is no swimming test during the recruitment phase, but you must learn how to swim before you board on the plane. During the cabin crew licensing training, you must prove that you are not afraid of water and, if needed, you can swim.
So, if you cannot swim at the moment of your recruitment, you have some extra time to take swimming lessons before your employment.
Is there a swimming test at the recruitment interview?
Currently there is no swimming test at the time of the recruiting. Arab companies trust candidates to have this ability, but the academy training programme has a ditching test where future cabin crew must prove their ability to swim.
How do you prove you are able to swim?
The courses for future cabin crew, whether insured by the employing company or an independent aviation school, have a ditching module. The ditching module involves putting your life-jacket on, swimming across a pool, climbing into a lifeboat and rescuing a drowning passenger.
In the videos below you can watch two versions of ditching training
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