AVIF0039 Utilise emergency breathing system (EBS)

Learn how to operate Emergency Breathing Systems, crucial to surviving an emergency water landing.

Gain a nationally recognised unit of competency with skills training that is tailored to your organisation and role.

This course is for HUET qualified individuals working in the aviation industry including air crew, marine pilots, firefighters, policing personnel and aviation medical professionals.

About EBS Training

EBS Training provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully escape from a submerged aircraft whilst utilising compressed air. Our custom designed simulator replicates the wide range of conditions and challenges you may encounter in a real emergency, ensuring you have the skills needed to save your own life and those of others. Graduates of this course receive a Statement of Attainment for unit AVIF0039 Utilise emergency breathing system upon successful completion.


EBS - $630
EBS & HUET - $1490

You'll learn

  • About different types of EBS and their characteristics
  • How to deal with malfunctions
  • EBS clearing operations
  • How to conduct before flight and after flight checks and procedures
  • How to safely breathe compressed air
  • How to use an EBS in an inverted position to safely exit a submerged helicopter

The course trains you to cope with a variety of ditching situations including:

  • Upright submersion
  • Underwater inversion
  • Night time simulation (blindfold)
  • Combination day and night simulation
  • Secondary exits (cross cabin procedures)


Our generic underwater escape training simulators have been specifically designed and certified to instruct you on how to escape a submerged aircraft using a range of different exits.

They carry up to six students in a replica cockpit and rear area and feature sliding doors, push out windows and doors with a jettison facility, to recreate the conditions you would encounter in the field.

If you are unable to swim or have a fear of water or confined spaces, please advise us so we can tailor the course accordingly.


The course includes both a practical and theoretical component.

The practical component will be assessed through observation of your performance in the simulator, where you’ll use Emergency Breathing Systems in a variety of escape situations. These include 180-degree rollover, 180-degree rollover in blackout conditions and 180-degree rollover using a secondary exit.

The theoretical component will be assessed using a written questionnaire at the end of the course.

Once you’ve passed both components, you’ll receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment. Statements of Attainment will be issued within 30 days of achieving competency.

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.

Very well organised and presented course by LifeFlight. Phil Head and Jerome Guitton were brilliant instructors and were experts in their field. Thank you Phil for all the extra work and time you put in to assist me in completing my ATPL. LifeFlight Training Academy has friendly, helpful and dedicated people and that is what makes the difference between a good and excellent training organisation.

Marius de Jager (October 2020)

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