High Altitude Indoctrination Program

High Altitude Indoctrination training (HAI) is a standard procedure used by NASA and the Canadian Armed Forces to familiarize pilots, skydivers, and aviation medical doctors with the signs and symptoms that accompany hypoxia; however, individuals will perceive different symptoms first.

After completion of the training, you will be able to recognize hypoxia and initiate the proper procedures in the event of cabin depressurization during flight.  In the military, regular HAI training has been shown to save lives.

The one-day program is conducted by highly experienced instructors who are leaders in their field. It includes a ground school to familiarize students with the effects of decompression and the signs and symptoms of hypoxia, as well as a reference manual. You will also undergo decompression to a simulated altitude of 7,620 metres (25,000 ft) in Canada’s only state-of-the-art civilian research hypobaric chamber and will perform a series of cognitive function tests that showcase how quickly hypoxia can set in and take effect.

Information on HAI Courses and Course Outline can be found here:

HAI Course Information

HAI Course Outline

High Altitude Indoctrination Part 1 -  Academic: EMPU 125

This program is offered online, using the SFU Canvas System. Upon completion students may register in Part 2 - Flight Simulation.

Cost $75 + GST

Dates: TBA

High Altitude Indoctrination Part 2 - Chamber Simulation: EMPU 135

This program is offered in person, limited to 18 seats.  Upon successful completion of Part 1 students may register for part 2 (or present valid equivalent training, email empu@sfu.ca for specific questions)

Cost $425 + GST

Dates: TBA

High Altitude Indoctrination Part 1 and Part 2: EMPU 155

Cost $500 + GST

Dates: TBA