It comes to no surprise that cabin crew have their recurrent training every year. We have to make sure that we are always up to date with the latest safety and emergency procedures while looking after you onboard. I was quite surprised that mine came around so early as I only came online in July but I am pleased to say that I have passed my recurrent and I am fit to fly with my licence for another year!
My recurrent training ran over two days. The first day covered some group exercises and some refresher knowledge until the afternoon where we went over the normal and emergency procedures for opening an aircraft door. The second focused on some more refresher knowledge before doing our Aviation Medicine practicals and online exams. Pretty much the same stuff I was doing in my new entrant course this time last year so most of it bought back some memories.
I know having your recurrent can be a daunting experience, especially if its your first one – so I just have some helpful rules and tips to help you get by.
I know this is probably easier said than done, but when under stress you can sometimes forget to do this most important thing as you have so many things running through your mind. Before you start to do something, take a moment and take a deep breath in before you start. This will help to calm the nerves and refocus your attention.
When the day was coming closer to my recurrent I was starting to panic thinking I didnt know what to do or what was going to happen, when all along I had all the information I needed right in front of me. All I had to do was log onto my company website and follow the instructions and everything that I needed to know about the day was there for me to find out, learn and memorise. So before you panic, find out what information is available to you and do your research. You will surprise yourself with what you find out with what is available for you.
Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before, at least 8 hours. That way you can wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to go. I made the mistake of trying to stay up late, revising and trying to cram in some last minute info when really I should have been sleeping as the next day was a complete struggle even though I powered through.
I am looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store for me and the new destinations yet to come. Remember FEAR has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours!
Good luck to those going through assessment days, new entrant training and recurrent training. See you in the skies!