Emergency First Response
Emergency First Response training aims to increase lay rescuers' self-confidence and willingness to intervene in medical emergency situations. Course participants learn easy steps to follow in emergency care, and practice applying skills in a low-stress learning environment. All courses are based on self-study thanks to manuals, videos and quick reference schemes, which optimize learning and allow you to start studying straight away.
EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional levels. Most PADI Instructors also hold the rank of Emergency First Response Instructors.
The following EFR courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care
Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques to handle life-threatening emergencies. You will practice eight skills to help patients who are not breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, be in shock or have severe bleeding. You will learn to perform CPR and continue monitoring the patient, in order to give him every chance of survival while waiting for EMS.
Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and sometimes medical services are delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you to provide first aid that calms pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You will learn to evaluate a variety of injuries and illnesses, and practice bandaging and splinting.
Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency medical care skills specific to infants and children. It is designed for those who work closely with children or may find themselves having to respond to emergencies involving young people. This course is often integrated into Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses.
CPR & AED – This course focuses on CPR training and teaches participants how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). When workplace or government requirements specify this training, the CPR & AED course meets them. This course is often integrated into First Aid at Work programs.
First Aid at Work – In some areas, such as Great Britain, Australia and Canada, government laws require CPR and first aid training for workplaces. First Aid at Work programs are designed for these areas and, while they take the simple educational approach to EFR training, include additional topics and skills to meet these requirements.
EFR Refresher – Reviewing your CPR and First Aid skills every 24 months is a good idea, and that's what the EFR Refresher course does: by focusing on key skills, it keeps you up to date and ready to help in times of need.