Originally Posted by diver dave
I agree with the intent, it absolutely does help with checklist and memory proficiency. This reminds me, I did a sim ditching in either the Hudson or the east river in the Flight Safety S76 simulator at PBI. But, since my feet stayed very dry, I don't consider myself a ditching veteran. I guess we are splitting semantics here
The point being that some training is better than none. And while impossible to build a sim that well exactly replicate a nasty ditching, there are things to do and not do to make it successful.
Perhaps if the capt of the duck boat were better trained on how to deal with nasty weather, there would have been a better outcome. Even some basic emergency procedures would have helped. From reading the reports on what happened, seems like he had no training at all.