Your objective as a in-the-water survivor is to get out of your survival situation as soon as possible. You are not going to do this unless you are found.
With water survival the game changes. You are stuck with only the items that you have on your person. Because the moving water is wisking your body heat away twenty-five times faster than air, it is imperative that you get rescued as soon as possible. The AST Overwater Survival Pouch is designed to give you the needed (day and nighttime) signals that will get you found quickly.
(*) Items attached to kit with 36 inch piece of nylon line to prevent loss in case of dropping.
Pouch- Because this is a wearable fanny-pack it will be with you during flight and after egress. The top of the pouch holds a 14 function multi-function stainless-steel tool and liquid filled compass, and the side of the pouch carrys a high intensity strobe light that can be activated without removing. There are two pieces of 3M highly retro-reflective tape on the top of the knife case and pouch sides as well.
*MPI High Intensity Strobe Light- Is a lightweight, battery-powered, flashing device creating a powerful beacon of high intensity bright white light visable for up to three miles. It flashes at the rate of 50-60 times per minute for 16 hours, then will continue to flash at a dimminishing rate for up to 40 hours. It is stowed in netting on side of pouch with a 36 inch piece of nylon line to prevent loss if it gets dropped. The strobe can be removed from the pocket and attached to a higher point with the attached pin clip.
*Whistle (2 ea.)- Waterproof and very loud! You won't be heard by overflying aircraft, but you can be heard up to 2000 feet away by passing vessels. Second (Howler) whistle in AMK 1.0 first-aid kit.
*Signal Mirror- Rescue Flash Signal Mirrors are known to be spotted up to 60 miles away by a high flying aircraft. As you bring to mirror shine ( 8 million candlepower) to the horizon, you will be signalling surface vessels up to about 15 miles out. Angle up at 30 degrees to signal aircraft.
Sea Dye Marker- (Daytime Use Only) From the air this signal can be spotted up to 2 miles away. It surrounds you with a fuorescent green cloud in the water that extends with the current. This signal should only be used when you spot searching aircraft in your search area. Note: Can also be used on snow.
eGear Guardian Flashlight- Waterproof & submersible, Steady-on & SOS flashing modes, 360 degree visibility, Unbreakable lifetime LED bulb, Bright white bulb (up to 25 lumens), Textured lens produces broad soft illumination, Use as a flashlight, signal light, or mini lantern in a liferaft, Impact-resistant ABS housing, Rated to IPX7 - submersible to one meter, for 30 minutes.
• Size HxD: 1 x 3 inches
• Weight 1oz. with battery
• Bulb type: 1 x 5mm Nichia White LED
• Battery Type: 1 x 1.5V AAA (included)
MPI Space Blanket- Wrap this mylar blanket around you and it will keep ninty percent of your body heat from escaping. As a water survivor, you will be exposed to two major advisories, hypothermia and sunburn. By unfolding this blanket and draping over your head and under your arm pits, it will act as a sun barrier during daylight and will slow down the heat loss from the top of your head during the night.. As well, the bright orange-red/silver colors of the blanket make an excellent signal from the air and surface. Large enough for two persons!
By placing the opened blanket over your head and tucking the ends into your shirt or lifevest, you have created an umbrella to shield you from direct rays of the sun.
Because much heat escapes through the top of your head, you are slowing the heat loss process.
The orange reflective side makes an excellent visual signal from the air (silver side out at night).
Use as a signal flag.
Use as a tarp or shelter on land.
12 Hour Emergency Light Stick- I use the same safety light stick that the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers use for night time re-location training. Also provides calm and peace of mind on a dark night.
*14 Function Multi-Purpose Tool- Is attached to the top of the pouch. It is a stainless steel tool with knife, pliers, crimp cutter, screwdrivers, etc. This tool is within quick reach and could be used for extraction purposes as well as everyday tool needs.
Nylon Line (20 feet) - Multi-Uses. Use this line to tie items such as floating debris to enlarge your target size.
Liquid Filled Compass (in first-aid kit).
Water Packets 4.227 OZ. (2 ea.) Without water, you can expect to survive about 2 to 3 days in the open sea. Do not ration water! Because the human body is composed of over 70% water, you need water to function. As your body water level goes down, so does the ability to think clearly and physically perform survival functions. By drinking the water up front, you can maintain the proper water level needed to perform the Seven Steps to Survival, thus extending your survival time.
SunX No Burn Towelette (2 ea.) - 30 SPF sunscreen towelette with (natural) cedar for insect repellent.
Aloe Vera Gel and Vitamin E.
SunX 30 SPF Lip Balm Apply to lips to prevent chaping caused by continuous exposure to salt water and sun.