From 1st January 2015 it became compulsory for all passengers travelling offshore in the UK to be provided with a Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS), and trained in its use.

The CA-EBS Initial Deployment Training (OPITO Standard Code 5902) is designed to meet industry’s requirements for the INITIAL deployment training for the device and lasts around 90 mins.

Helicopter underwater emergency training (HUET) exercises will be undertaken in the pool with trainees holding their breath during the escape.  Training in the use and deployment of Cat-A EBS will be dry only.  This change to the standard has removed the old LAPP – Lifejacket Air Pocket Plus – and re-breather kit from the training requirements.

During the training programme, delegates will be required to demonstrate their skills and understanding of the following key areas.

To successfully complete this training delegates must able to explain:

  • The fundamental differences between re-breather and compressed air systems (technology and use)
  • The rationale and use of compressed air emergency breathing systems in helicopter emergency situations
  • The hazards associated with compressed air emergency breathing systems

To successfully complete this training delegates must able to demonstrate:

  • A pre-flight inspection of the life jacket and CA-EBS
  • Donning the life jacket with CA-EBS correctly, including ‘buddy check’
  • An emergency deployment of the CA-EBS in a dry environment

A full list of OPITO approved training providers can be accessed their site.

Below is the OPITO training video which will be shown at training sessions along with demonstrations by qualified instructors and practise by delegates.