Emergency First Response
Emergency First Response gives you the tools you need to perform basic life support and first aid. Whether or not you are a diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to properly handle potentially life-threatening situations. Emergency First Response (or other qualifying CPR/First Aid certification), current to within 24 months, is a prerequisite for the PADI Rescue Diver course.
Why Emergency First Response?
Emergencies can strike at any time; the Emergency First Response course prepares you to respond appropriately when they do. The skills learned in EFR allow you to extend the critical time window for a victim's survival. Since nearly 70% of life-threatening emergencies occur with family members or friends, the life you save may very well be someone close to you.
What do I need to start?
Anyone is qualified to start. Divers and non-divers alike, regardless of age, can sign up for the Emergency First Response course.
What will I do?
You will learn basic skills essential to sustaining a victim's lifeline, including rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), spinal injury, serious bleeding and shock management, as well as how to deal with choking. You will also practice first aid skills such as injury and illness assessment, along with splinting and bandaging techniques.
How long will it take?
The skills are performance-based and paced to meet your level of understanding. Since the focus is on skill recall in real-life scenarios, rather than skill perfection, you can take as much time as necessary to become comfortable. The average course takes about a day to complete.
What do I earn at the end?
You will be certified for two years as an Emergency First Responder, an international basic emergency care qualification. After two years, you will need to refresh your Emergency First Response course in order to stay current.
Where can I go from here?
Sign up for the PADI Rescue Diver course and put your skills to the test! Emergency First Response is a prerequisite for the PADI Rescue Diver course. As a PADI Rescue Diver, you will apply the skills learned in the Emergency First Response course to diving-related emergencies.