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Course Overview:
Course aims at training persons flying in a Helicopter, either as crew or as passengers, in Survival Techniques, in case the Helicopter ditching or landing. The course trains the person to survive from the time the Helicopter touches down in water till he/she is rescued by the rescue team. The course is in Italian and, on request, in English.


Aim and Structure:
Theoretical and practical training sessions include Sea Survival techniques and Helicopter safety and escape, including the use of Emergency Breathing System.

Theoretical aspects:

Helicopter flight

  • Pre-flight briefing
  • Pre-boarding: Arrival at the airport, suitable clothing, necessary documentation, prohibited articles on board, check-in operations, helicopter suits, life jackets
  • Safe boarding
  • Safety belts
  • Pre-flight video
  • Operations to be undertaken during the flight
  • Safe disembarkation
  • Emergencies
  • Operations in case of emergency (during the flight)
  • Impact positions
  • Shock mitigating seats
  • Operations in case of an emergency landing or ditching
  • Helicopters characteristics: flotation systems, escape routes, emergency exits, life raft
  • Independent actions in case of emergency
  • Survival operations: on rafts, in water (after evacuation due to ditching) and in case of an emergency landing
  • EBS : versions, checks, use, duration, flotation
  • Personal locator beacon


Practical sessions:

  • Wet suit wearing, life jackets, auxiliary emergency breathing system (EBS) and verification of its integrity
  • Opening, operations and breathing using EBS in different weather conditions
  • Operations to be executed before ditching or emergency landings
  • Operations following a controlled landing, evacuation through a designated point of exit
  • Opening, operations and breathing through EBS in the pool by using the own air before HUET exercises (the delegate must breathe in both negative and positive buoyancies which are created by different body inclinations in water)
  • Operations after a controlled water landing (including EBS opening and window opening after following flight crew’s instructions) and evacuation through a designated point of exit (use of a life raft)
  • Assistance in performing actions relating to a safe boarding on a life raft, including bow cables use, floating anchor use, boat awning installation and raft maintenance
  • Underwater escape through windows after a partial sinking of the helicopter
  • Without opening the EBS and without removing the window
  • By opening the EBS and breathing through it, without removing the window
  • By opening the EBS and breathing through it, by removing the window
  • Capsize helicopter underwater evacuation
  • Without opening the EBS and without removing the window
  • by opening and using the EBS before the capsizing, without removing the window
  • by opening and using the EBS before the capsizing and by removing the window
  • lifejackets inflation and visor opening in the water
  • Boarding on a life raft

– A valid, current offshore medical certificate; or
– An operator approved medical certificate.

Weekly frequency

On successful getting through the training programme, it’s issued the certificate Helicopter Under Water Escape Training- Emergency Breathing System (HUET), OPITO approved.


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Additional notes

Duration: 8 hours

Category: Offshore

Code: O03

Target Audience: Personnel involved in overwater flights (helicopters)

Validity: 4 years

Course Location: Apt Safety Group - Via delle Azalee, 21 - 27016 Sant'Alessio con Vialone (PV)

Participants: Max 16

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