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HUET - Helicopter Underwater Escape Training with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System - OPITO Approved

About this course

This OPITO-approved course is designed for personnel travelling over water by rotary wind aircraft where requirements exist for this emergency training with compressed air emergency breathing systems (CA-EBS). Most offshore oil and gas installations, wind farm and vessel operators require their employees, contractors and, in some cases, even visitors to undertake training prior to travelling offshore as a minimum (see note, below). 

The training covers the requirements for areas of offshore activities where compressed air emergency breathing systems (CAEBS) are in use which meets mandatory or company specific training requirements with this safety equipment.

The training program is fully approved by OPITO with supporting certification and accredited to the Vantage database upon successful completion. The certificate is valid for four years from the date of issue. 

CA-EBS training is included in the main offshore safety training course BOSIET with CAEBS and Escape Chute Training.


Please Note: As of 26 March 2018, OPITO require delegates to participate in CA-EBS In Water Training (IWT) exercises. As a result, delegates undertaking OPITO BOSIET/HUET/FOET with CA-EBS courses will have to provide both the following at the point of enrolment:

1. Valid OGUK Medical/or valid Offshore medical issued by a body outside of the UK (recognised as equivalent to the OGUK). Other medical certificates recognised by the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 exemption DWR/1 of 2018 as being equivalent to an Oil and Gas UK Offshore medical certificate are:

  • Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association Medical
  • Norwegian Directorate of Health (Petroleum Sector medical)
  • UK ENG-1 Seafarers Medical.


2. A ‘Fit’ or ‘Unfit’ to undertake shallow water CA-EBS training certificate issued by a registered OGUK examiner.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Delegates who possess a valid and current HSE certificate of medical fitness provided by an Approved Medical Examiner of Diving (AMED) will not be required to undertake 1) and 2) above as they have already met the requirements of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. Delegates must bring their dive medical (as above) to course enrolment on day one. For guidance regarding HSE approved diving medicals, please refer to this link.  

Further details regarding this (including procedure if delegates arrive without the necessary pre-requisites) can be found at the following links:

  • Warsash Maritime Academy CA-EBS pre-requisite flow chart
  • OPITO CA-EBS course FAQs:       

The above does not apply to delegates completing courses with LAPS Rebreather.

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Thursday 30 January 2020 Yes £580 Book
Monday 22 June 2020 Yes £580 Book

Course information

Next available date

Thursday 30 January 2020


1 day






Continuous assessment.

Teaching methods

Theory and practical sessions to include:

  • use of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) simulator
  • helicopter personal survival equipment
  • aviation liferaft
  • Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)

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