Emergency First Response Courses

Why Emergency First Response?

Many divers take the Emergency First Response courses to meet program prerequisites, such as PADI Rescue Diver, or as preparation for becoming a PADI Divemaster. However, most have also found the EFR program to be important in every day life. They have taken a significant step in emergency preparedness, and feel confident that they can provide care should an emergency situation arise.

The Emergency First Response program meets requirements for CPR and First Aid in the workplace (OSHA Guideline 29 CFR 1910.151), and incorporates the latest procedures for emergency patient care. Other organizations that recognize EFR as meeting their requirements are United States Coast Guard, The Boy Scouts of America, and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), to name a few.

What do I need to start?

  • No dive certification required.
  • No minimum age limit.

What will I do?

The course incorporates independent study to prepare you for a classroom and hands-on skill development session with your instructor. You will learn the same patient care techniques used by medical professionals, but at a lay person level.

EFR Primary & Secondary Care Course

EFR Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. The course focuses on primary care such as CPR through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care should emergency situations arise. The courses meet the requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver and Professional level diving certifications. We also add the Secondary Care component which teaches basic first aid for illnesses or injuries which are not immediately life threatening. Successful course completion earns certification as an Emergency First Responder.

Care for Children

The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR and First Aid training course that teaches participants how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. Participants learn about the types of medical emergencies that children face, and how they differ from adult conditions. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.

Oxygen First Aid

This optional skill teaches participants how to use emergency Oxygen equipment for the treatment of diving emergencies. Successful completion of the course earns the PADI Distinctive Speciality Oxygen Administration.

For information on pricing, please visit our Price List page.