OPTIO Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) with Emergency Breathing System (EBS)

If your responsibilities involve traveling to and from offshore oil and gas installations and vessels by helicopter, choosing OPITO accredited Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) with an Emergency Breathing System (EBS) is essential. This training program is designed to equip personnel with the necessary skills to use safety equipment and adhere to procedures during helicopter emergencies. With a specific emphasis on underwater escape following ditching scenarios, this accredited HUET training ensures individuals are well-prepared to handle and navigate through critical situations, enhancing overall safety and preparedness in offshore environments.

OPITO HUET with EBS Course

The HUET with EBS program aims to equip participants with essential skills for safe offshore helicopter travel. It covers pre-flight protocols, emphasizing arrival time, correct dress, and documentation. Participants learn to respond to helicopter emergencies, including fire, smoke and abnormal conditions. In-flight procedures such as donning the hood and securing survival suits are highlighted, along with checking seat belts and lifejackets. The program addresses aircraft flotation characteristics, escape routes, and survival techniques post-ditching. It also focuses on EBS principles, duration, and flotation dynamics, along with the proper use of Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Overall, the program empowers individuals with crucial skills for emergency preparedness during offshore helicopter travel.

OPTIO Helicopter Underwater Escape Training

Why Pursue OPITO HUET with EBS Course?

  • HUET imparts essential survival skills, teaching individuals how to evacuate safely from a submerged or capsized helicopter. This includes techniques for escaping from various exit points

  • Learn how to effectively use Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS), enabling them to breathe underwater during the escape

  • Raises awareness about the potential risks and challenges associated with helicopter emergencies, allowing individuals to make informed decisions during critical situations

  • Instils confidence in individuals by providing them with practical skills and knowledge to navigate and respond to emergency situations

  • OPITO HUET is widely recognized in industries such as oil and gas, making individuals with this certification more competitive in the job market, especially for roles requiring helicopter transport.

Who can Study OPITO HUET with EBS?

  • This training program is designed to meet the safety and emergency response training requirements for individuals new to or re-entering the offshore oil and gas industry, who will be equipped with a rebreathe emergency breathing system (EBS) during offshore helicopter travel.

OPTIO Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) with Emergency Breathing System (EBS) Course – Topics Covered

Theory

  • Possess a valid offshore medical certificate or

  • Possess an operator-approved medical certificate or

  • Undergo medical screening via OPITO-provided form

Practical

  • Donning an aviation transit suit, aviation lifejacket and emergency breathing system equipment (EBS) and conducting EBS integrity checks
  • Actions to take in preparation for a helicopter ditching and an emergency landing.
  • Actions following a controlled emergency descent to a dry landing with evacuation via a nominated exit
  • Deployment, operation and breathing from EBS in a pool utilising personal air prior to HUET exercises (delegate to experience positive and negative pressure created by the body orientation in water).
  • Actions following a controlled ditching on water (including deploying EBS and, on instruction from aircrew, operation of a push out window) and evacuate through a nominated exit to an aviation life raft
  • Assist others where possible in carrying out initial actions on boarding the aviation life raft, to include mooring lines, deploying the sea anchor, raising the canopy and raft maintenance.
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a partially submerged helicopter (without deploying EBS or operation of a push out window).
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a partially submerged helicopter (deploying, operating and breathing from EBS equipment but without operation of a push out window)
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a partially submerged helicopter (deploying, operating and breathing from EBS equipment and operation of a push out window).
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a capsized helicopter (without deployment of EBS or operation of a push out window).
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a capsized helicopter (*deploying and operating EBS on the surface prior to capsize but without operation of a push out window).
  • Escaping through a window opening which is underwater, from a capsized helicopter (*deploying and operating EBS on the surface prior to capsize and the operation of a push out window).
  • Inflating an aviation lifejacket and deploying a spray visor in water

  • Boarding an aviation life raft from water

All delegates must deploy and operate the EBS and must be encouraged to breathe from the EBS throughout the capsize exercises.

Prerequisites – OPITO HUET with EBS:

Training activities outlined in this standard may involve physically demanding and potentially stressful components. All individuals engaging in such activities must be physically fit and capable of full participation. Therefore, delegates either

  • Helicopter Safety and Escape
  • Helicopter Travel
  • Helicopter Emergencies

OPITO OERTM training delivery:

  • Physical

  • Off Campus

Duration of OPITO OERTM Course:

1 Day