In the left portion of this picture, is a slide which also duplicates as a raft. About 11 pilots and 20 flight attendants all boarded the raft and learned how to set up the canopy. Things got cosy. In the background is a mock up sim where we practised a ditching in the ocean. Yours truly had an acting role. I had to wait behind after everyone evacuated so a flight attendant could find me and rescue me. I could be up for an academy award. :)
We also learned to open the doors to the A320, B767, Embraer, B777.
I treat the doors on my airplane as radioactive. I don't touch them, but then again I don't need to. Having said that, there is a high percentage of blown slides on ferry flights where pilots have to open the door. I learned a white light illuminates when an Airbus door is about to be opened when armed. You last warning prior to blowing a slide.
Today consisted of learning new escape charts over mountainous terrain, low visibility requirements (we now need a law degree to determine if we are legal). We met with the flight attendants to critique specific CRM scenarios. Then it's into the cabin simulator for an evacuation. We were allowed to wear jeans this year because we were told we would be jumping onto a slide. It didn't happen. Apparently people were getting hurt.
I remember years ago a pilot was reluctant to jump down a slide. His reason...he was afraid of heights. True story.
We also reviewed smoke hoods, life jackets, emergency equipment and we had to put out a small fire in a mock up galley.
The afternoon consisted of more classroom talk, review of exams we wrote prior to coming to class and we received new dangerous goods cards. Another pilot prerequisite.
Tomorrow it will be great to get back in the real world. I'll get to take off with both engines working with no surprises or failures. And if there are, Captain Doug is honed up to handle them. Gone flying!