Learn How to Deal with a Medical Emergency!
The Emergency First Response course meets the CPR and first aid training requirements of the PADI Rescue Diver and all pro-level ratings. As most PADI instructors are also EFR instructors, this is why many people choose to enrol in the EFR and Rescue courses back to back.
Emergency First Response is an international first aid training organisation. EFR courses are designed for non-medically trained lay rescuers and focus on giving course participants the confidence they need to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Emergency First Response is not a part of PADI, but they are affiliated with PADI and their courses meet all the first aid training prerequisites for the Rescue Diver course.
There are a number of Emergency First Response courses that cover a variety of different medical emergency situations. However, it is the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) course that most divers will sign up for, as it is this one that needs to be completed to sign up for the Rescue Diver course.
The course itself covers both primary and secondary care. In the first half, you’ll learn about what to do in a life-threatening medical emergency. You’ll learn how to administer rescue breaths, how to give CPR and how to manage serious bleeding, shock and suspected spinal injuries.
In the second half of the course, you’ll cover secondary care – dealing with incidents such as a suspected fracture, assessing a patient using the SAMPLE method and how to conduct an injury assessment.
You’ll need to complete theoretical reading as part of the course, and there are two knowledge reviews – one for primary and one for secondary care, as well as a multiple choice final exam.
The course itself can be covered in two afternoons, in addition to your reading and study time.
Good to Know
Theory & Exam
Things To Consider
If you are enrolling in the EFR course in order to do your PADI Rescue Diver course, you should be aware that you must complete the Rescue Diver course within 24 months of having completed your EFR course. This is why most people choose to do the courses back to back. Having the skills fresh in your mind as you apply them during the Rescue Course in in-water scenarios will also be a big help.
If you are looking to become an Emergency First Response Instructor, you will also need to complete the EFR Care for Children and EFR CPR & AED courses. Both of these courses are available at Fulidhoo Dive. You can also complete your Instructor training here, as our base leader Ali Miuraj is an EFR Instructor Trainer. If you’re thinking becoming an EFR Instructor, send us an email to discuss this in further detail.