Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) with EBS

To develop knowledge and skills in helicopter safety procedure, impact preparations, escape and survival techniques.


An OPITO approved HUET certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the theory and practical components of the course. Results will be submitted to OPITO.

Unit Standard: HUET with EBS OPITO Standard Code 5095

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Demonstrating various escape techniques from a helicopter simulator.
  • Operating survival equipment.
  • Boarding an aviation liferaft from water.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate, in a simulated environment, that they can use the safety equipment, and follow procedures in preparing for, and during helicopter emergencies – with particular focus on escaping from a helicopter following ditching.

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 OPITO Medical Declaration and Screening form – with a sign off from a General Practitioner, OR
  2. b) a Wood Training OPITO Medical Declaration and Screening  form – with a current OGUK medical (for going offshore), OR
  3. c) a Wood Training OPITO Medical Declaration and Screening form – with an approved equivalent of an offshore medical (organisation specific).

Assessment process

Practical assessments which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. If a student is deemed not competent, the process for reassessment will be advised by the instructor..


Valid for 4 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 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.

If working offshore not in NZ waters you may require a CA-EBS certification; the Wood Training course covers EBS. 

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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth


$1250 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Important Information

Student Handbook

Terms and Conditions

OPITO Pre Course Information


If working offshore not in NZ waters, you may require a CA-EBS certification; the Wood Training course covers EBS.

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.

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.


Very good course - good learning about equipment and what students go through.

Oceans Alive

Great course. Top Tutors.


Well organised, delivered and resourced course.  We really appreciate the support of Wood Group to enable access to this training for our team.

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

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