Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Thousands of professionals from all over the world with backgrounds in aviation, marine, defence and emergency service industries graduate every year with a LifeFlight HUET accreditation.

PMAWHS214 - Undertake Helicopter Safety and Escape




About HUET

Thousands of professionals with backgrounds in aviation, marine, defence and emergency service industries graduate every year with a LifeFlight HUET accreditation, both in Australia and internationally.

Participants will develop hands-on experience and confidence using the latest technology in submerged helicopter simulators, and learn essential post-accident water survival techniques including life jacket and life raft training.

The training focuses on both rotary (helicopter) and fixed wing (jet) aircraft and is specifically designed to heighten safety procedures, danger awareness and operational standards for flights over or near water. HUET has been shown to significantly increase post-accident underwater survival.

The locations of domestic courses include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide, Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton. Other locations are available on a quote basis.

This course is extremely beneficial for anyone who is involved in the aviation industry, particularly for those who will be flying over or near water. This course is necessary training for air crew, marine pilots, firefighters and aviation medical professionals.

What's Covered

  • Emergency Preparation – includes the importance of pre-flight preparation, briefing procedures and safe boarding techniques.
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Equipment – includes identifying and using common aviation PPE and helicopter emergency and safety equipment.
  • Emergency Procedures and Drills – includes brace positions, personal response control, cockpit/cabin management and orientation.
  • Aircraft Underwater Escape Skills – including development of escape plans, operation of primary and secondary exits, dealing with exit hazards and complications.
  • Deploying Life Saving Equipment – includes knowledge on how to safely deploy life jackets and life rafts. This subject also covers how to safely board a life raft and life raft management, use of survival equipment and ration management.
  • Sea Survival Techniques – includes cold water survival, swimming techniques, HELP and HUDDLE positions, maximizing survival time , flotation and group survival techniques.
  • Search and Rescue Procedures – includes techniques to minimise your rescue time including effective use of signaling equipment such as GPS systems, EPIRBS, flares and marker dyes. Helicopter and vessel  search and recovery procedures.
  • Medical Safety – includes prevention and treatment of hypothermia, hydration and dehydration considerations, along with general survivor well being.

Who Should Participate

This course is necessary training for air crew, marine pilots, fire industry, government personnel, media representatives, tourism operators, aviation medical professionals and any person whose job role requires them to fly overwater in either a rotary wing or fixed wing aircraft.



This assessment will be conducted through observing skills in making a competent underwater escape from the aircraft simulator in a variety of escape situations. These escape situations will include 180 degree rollover, 180 degree rollover in blackout conditions and 180 degree rollover using a secondary exit.

Knowledge of the theoretical components of the course will be assessed through the use of a written questionnaire. Both assessments will be conducted at the end of each component of training. Notification of results will be given at the completion of the day’s training. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The written assessment will be provided prior to the commencement of the course. This will be marked by an assessor before organising attendance for the practical component of the assessment. If the student is not successful in completing the knowledge component of the course they will be advised to attend the full course. The RPL component of this course can only be offered if you have attended a LifeFlight HUET theory component within the last two years. This policy is due to the currency issues created by the lack of being able to utilise the skills and knowledge contained in this course on a regular basis.