Standard Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

To develop knowledge and skills in helicopter underwater escape techniques including impact preparations, egress  with and without push out windows or doors, to then be rescued by fitting a strop during a winch.


A Standard HUET certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the theory and practical components of the course.

Unit Standard: 32095 L4 C4 V1

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • knowledge of: safe movement in and around a helicopter; onboard safety equipment; responsibilities of pilot, co-pilot and passenger in the event of an emergency; helicopter emergency landing hazards and actions.
  • demonstrating preparatory actions prior to a helicopter ditching.
  • demonstrating egress from a submerged and capsized helicopter simulator with and without windows or doors.
  • demonstrating fitting of a strop and correct body posture during winching.
  • demonstrating safe boarding of a aviation life raft in water.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • identify and describe helicopter safety and escape equipment, techniques, and procedures
  • demonstrate escape and emergency techniques for a helicopter in the sea, for an offshore installation environment.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Medical requirements

Prior to undertaking the course we must be provided with a copy of one of the following:

  1. a) a Wood Training Medical Declaration and Screening form – with a sign off from a General Practitioner, OR
  2. b) a Wood Training Medical Declaration and Screening form accompanied by a current company medical certificate.

Assessment process

Practical assessments which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required.

Assessment involves two submerged, capsized escapes with and without windows or doors followed by winching via a strop. If a student is deemed not competent, the process for reassessment will be advised by the instructor.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly.  Depending on the industry you work in this may vary.  Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing for theory sessions.
  • Swimming attire and towel.
  • Thermal top to wear under dry suit (optional).
  • Covered-in footwear.
  • Water bottle.


A current company Medical Certificate accompanied by a Wood Training Medical Self Declaration and Screening form, OR GP-signed Wood Training Medical Self Declaration and Screening form is MANDATORY prior to course commencement.


All students participating in this course which has physically demanding and potentially stressful elements must be physically and mentally capable of participating fully.

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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth


$825 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson

Qualified Off-Shore Master, Deckhand, Fast Rescue Boat to name just a few, Chris is our lead Marine Trainer.  He holds a qualification in Adult Education and is a qualified OPITO instructor with years of experience at sea as well as in the training and management arena.  His expertise in things marine is without parallel and his passion for health and safety places him at the top of his game.

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Instructing in First Aid from mid-2006, Jon is an experienced first aid instructor.  Jon’s sense of humour and on the job stories ensure engaging and relevant training whenever he delivers. Jon has extended his safety training skills over the years now also delivers our Helicopter Underwater Escape Training courses and continues to deliver training with freshness and relevance

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.

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