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OPITO Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) Initial Deployment Training

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The OPITO approved Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) Initial Deployment training program is designed for personnel travelling to or from offshore installations/vessels via helicopter where a Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System will be provided for use in the case of an emergency ditching.

The Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) Initial Deployment training program provides the delegate with the knowledge and understanding of the particular hazards and properties of a Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) and appropriate emergency response actions to take should the requirement for emergency use arise.


This program has been developed to address initial equipment introduction training requirements only and is designed to be delivered in a ‘dry’ training environment. The Target group is personnel that are issued with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) whilst travelling to work by helicopter and may be required to use a CA-EBS in the event of an emergency.

  • Duration: Approx. 1-1.5 hours
  • Validity: No expiry
  • Medical Requirement: Offshore medical certificate or medical certificate from the company
  • Pre-requisites: Valid BOSIET/FOET/HUET/T-BOSIET/T-FOET/T-HUET (or Industry agreed equivalent) certificate

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CA-EBS Initial Deployment Training




Training Content

  • Fundamental differences between re-breather and compressed air systems (technology and use) - UKCS operations only
  • The advantages of a CAT A EBS
  • The disadvantages of a compressed air EBS
  • The hazards associated with compressed air EBS
  • The components and elements of the CA-EBS
  • The operation of the compressed air EBS equipment in conjunction with other survival equipment
  • The operation of the life jacket
  • The pre-donning checks on the life jacket and compressed air EBS
  • How to don the life jacket complete with compressed air EBS
  • Deployment of CA-EBS out of water and when submerged in water (demonstrated in a dry environment)
  • A pre-flight inspection of the life jacket and compressed air EBS
  • Donning the life jacket complete with compressed air EBS correctly, including ‘buddy check’
  • Carrying out an emergency deployment of the CA-EBS in a dry environment

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with OPITO for the latest and accurate information on training standards

Last Updated: March 15, 2021