Published: Jul 12, 2010 11:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 12, 2010 8:09 PM EDT

EAST LEE COUNTY, Fla - Flight paramedics taking part in life-saving training for crashes.

A group of paramedics with MEDSTAR spending Monday practicing to tread water, swim with weights to simulate heavy equipment and even how to escape from a cage flipped upside down underneath water.

The training exercises were held at Riverdale High School. The event came nearly a year after a MEDSTAR flight crashed off Captiva.

Flight paramedic Dave Duncan was on-board that flight and made his return to the water for the first time this week.

"When they blind-folded me in the pool, it brought back some memories of that night", he said.

Flight paramedics also practiced using inflatable devices in the water which they now carry in their jump suits. Paramedics on-board the flight that crashed last year complained it was difficult to reach underneath their seats for the life savers.

There were two other paramedics on the helicopter with Duncan. One is still on medical leave and the other is no longer flying.