It might surprise you to learn that all PADI diving instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors. Yet with any kind of adventure sport there is always a potential risk of an accident happening or someone being injured, so we want to be as prepared as we possibly can be. Even in diving related accidents the fundamental principles of emergency first aid still apply. That’s why we teach the EFR first aid and basic life support course in conjunction with the PADI Rescue Diver course in order to better prepare our students.
Even if you are not a diver it is still a good thing to know how to help someone in need of medical attention. The Emergency First Response course (EFR) teaches you how to evaluate emergency situations based on the same protocols that emergency medical services personal are trained in and how to respond to the best of your ability.
The course is divided into two main sections:
Primary care – This covers emergency first aid procedures and how to assist an unresponsive patient or someone who is conscious but in need of emergency medical attention. You will learn how to monitor a patient’s lifeline and provide them with basic life support until the Medics arrive. Skills covered in this section include:
- Scene assessment
- Barrier use
- Primary assessment
- Rescue breathing
- Serious Bleeding Management
- Shock Management
- Spinal Injury Management
Additional components to the course can be taught, such as the use of emergency oxygen units and automated external defibrillators. If these are available in your workplace then it is important for you to know how to use them correctly. Our training units let you practice using these apparatus on a training dummy in a simulated and safe manner.
Secondary care – In this section we look at the treatment of injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. You learn how to assess a patient for illness or injury based on what the patient tells you and what you can see or feel for yourself. Skills that are developed in this section include:
- Injury assessment
- Illness assessment
Secondary care follows primary care as a priority and is something you initiate if emergency medical assistance takes longer than usual to arrive at the scene or is immediately unavailable. The goal here is to assess the patient for other less obvious conditions and to make the patient as comfortable as possible until the medics can be summoned.
Who can participate?
There is no minimum age requirement or other prerequisite requirement for participation in the EFR course. If you want to learn how to help someone in a medical emergency situation then you are welcome to join.
EFR is a PADI affiliate and was developed not only to meet the pre-requisite requirements of the PADI rescue diver course but also to be in line with the accepted industry standards for first aid and basic life support training. As such, the EFR certification is widely accepted by other industries as meeting their prerequisite requirements for professionals who are actively working or seeking employment. Industries where first aid training is generally an occupational requirement include:
- Airlines and Aviation
- Schools or other Educational Centers
- Police and Military
- Commercial Diving
- Health and Safety at work offices for any company.
- Shipping Companies and other Maritime industries
If you are operating such a company and industry guidelines require your staff to participate in a refresher first aid course then please contact us directly to get a competitive quotation. We have enough equipment and staff to teach large classes either at our Dive Center facility or directly on location at your offices, whichever is most convenient for you.
If you are a professional and in need of a first aid refresher to maintain your active working status then please contact us to schedule one at your earliest convenience.