Survival Systems Limited (SSL) was incorporated in 1982 and is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  SSL is committed to the preservation of human life through the development of technologies that provide realistic survival and safety training while addressing risk at all levels of the process.

This includes producing, commissioning, and servicing high-quality Modular Egress Training Simulators (METS®) for delivering underwater egress; integrated Personnel-Rated Lift Systems; high-fidelity Environmental Training Aids; and Modular Fire & Rescue Simulators.

SSL has been contracted for 115 METS®; 63 Personnel-Rated Lift Systems; 90+ Environmental Training Aids, and 17 Survival Training Simulation Theaters (STST™) in more than 30 countries.

The company is a credible leader renowned worldwide for its proven record; experience; on-time and within budget delivery; advisory role and trust in industry; survivor testimonials; client references; research into human factors; reputation; and ultimately, dedication to the preservation of lives.


As the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the METS®, SSL is the world leader in underwater egress simulation technology and associated survival and safety training programs supported by scientifically-proven research and development (R&D).

The METS® is included with other SSL equipment under NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code #L1685 and variants of the METS® include:

  • Standard Models 5, 30, 40, and 50
  • Fighter – Apache, Cobra, H-6 Little Bird, etc.
  • Jet – Tiger, Rafale, Mirage, etc.
  • Modular Amphibious Egress Trainer (MAET™)
  • Submerged Vehicle Egress Trainer (SVET™) AAV, HMMWV; Multipurpose
  • Fast Rescue Craft (FRC) / Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB)

Survival Systems Limited is the only company in the world that manufacturers truly Personnel-Rated Lift Systems for its METS® product line.  More specifically, our lift systems are designed for the dynamic action of the METS®.  The first Personnel-Rated Lift System was introduced in 2005, and now our line includes the variants listed below.

  • Jib Crane / SmartJib™
  • Cross Gantry Hoist (XGH™)
  • Twin Gantry Hoist (TGH™)

In 2005, SSL established a first of its kind Survival Training Simulation Theater (STST™) and R&D Center at its headquarters in Nova Scotia, Canada.  The STST™ is a natural extension of SSL’s product lines and was introduced as a smart integrated and controlled venue to incorporate Environmental Training Aids that enrich students’ training experiences to best prepare for a real water mishap.

Environmental Training Aids are used to simulate open sea conditions to enhance training and include simulators and systems such as:

  • Wind Fan System
  • Wave System
  • Rain Effects System
  • Audio Effects System including soundtracks for helicopter, emergency alarms, warnings, etc.
  • Visual Effects System including Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recording cameras, lightning, search lights, etc.
  • Fog Effects System
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System
  • Helicopter Rescue Training Simulator (HRTS)
  • Personnel Rescue Hoist
  • Down Wash Fans
  • Smart Facility Integrated Control System for METS®, Personnel-Rated Lift System, Environmental Training Aids
  • Emergency Stops for Facility and Training Simulator Systems
  • Simulated Chute Evacuation Trainer (SCET™)
  • Parachute Drag, Drop, Disentanglement
  • Shallow Water Initial Memory Mechanical Exit Release (SWIMMER™)
  • Shallow Water Egress Trainer (SWET) and Modular SWET (MSWET)
  • Water Current System
  • Swing Rope Simulator

Survival Systems Limited is in the business of saving lives.  Persons involved in water mishaps have provided testimony that training in a METS® was instrumental in enabling them to survive actual aircraft ditchings.  We have been contracted by militaries worldwide on the bases of urgent requirement and sole source, proudly being designated as the “one and only responsible supplier”.  To name only a few, SSL is the chosen contractor for all services of the Australian and United States Armed Forces.



Survival Systems Limited’s Modular Fire & Rescue Simulation Systems (FRSS) are engineered and safety focused to combine the development of conventional training concepts with advanced tactical methods.  Our integrated turnkey solutions provide for sustainable emergency response training products and practices.

Quality scalable FRSS enable training providers to prepare and support first responders to deal with emergencies in an effective and environmentally-responsible setting.

Maritime, military, oil and gas, aviation industries as well as local authority emergency response teams are provided with progressive simulators for authentic and effective training.

SSL offers various options for modular and scalable Fire & Rescue Simulation Systems based on five (5) and seven (7) container fire and rescue training structures including:

  • Specialized Rescue Units
  • Aviation Modules
  • Helideck Facilities
  • Helicopter
  • Fire Behaviour Modules
  • Safety Monitoring & Communication Control Units
  • Marine Vessel
  • Confined Space
  • FirePan™

When it comes to controlled and realistic progressive training, state-of–the-art safety monitoring, and communication control, SSL presents its customers with the ability to raise the level of learning for individuals and for teams.


Survival Systems Limited is sought out globally by engineering and architectural groups for advice on designing water survival and fire training facilities.  We provide project management services and act for the client to ensure (s)he receives what is required to establish world class training centers to accommodate SSL’s highly robust water-and fire-based simulation systems to deliver performance-oriented and results-driven training.

We are here to answer any questions that you may have concerning SSL’s products and services and we hope to become your trusted advisor in all matters related to enhancing and preserving workers’ lives through safety education, training technologies, and applied research and development.