First Aid (EFR)

PADI Emergency First Response Course

Dates: Weekends, days, or evenings

Emergency First Response Cost: £175, or Rescue Diver + Emergency First Response £470

Requirements: no minimum age limit.

Are you really prepared for the unexpected? Could you provide first aid in an emergency situation? Do you have the knowledge you need to save a life? 

The Emergency First Response (EFR) Certification Course is essential for any diver and helps lay the foundation for the PADI Rescue Diver Course. The Emergency First Response Courses we run are flexible; designed to accommodate your training and scheduling needs. We teach the courses separately or combined – the choice is yours.

The course covers diver first aid and emergency responses for children and adults, and automated external defibrillators. Students learn and practice the same patient care techniques and principles that are used by medical professionals.

Why is the Emergency First Response Course Important?

The Emergency First Response Course helps grow the confidence of individuals, helping increase their willingness and ability to respond safely and effectively when faced with a medical emergency. Diving accidents nearly always come as a shock and amongst the panic it can be difficult to know how to respond well. The Emergency First Response Course teaches divers simple emergency care responses and practical skills, so they are equipped to deal with multiple scenarios.

The Emergency First Response Course helps grow the confidence of individuals, helping increase their willingness and ability to respond safely and effectively when faced with a medical emergency. Diving accidents nearly always come as a shock and amongst the panic it can be difficult to know how to respond well. The Emergency First Response Course teaches divers simple emergency care responses and practical skills, so they are equipped to deal with multiple scenarios.

Professional Training from PADI Diving Experts

The EFR courses we run at Oyster Diving meet the CPR and first aid training requirements. All of our course instructors are seasoned and experienced dive professionals, speaking from their own experiences and meeting internationally recognised medical guidelines. So, you know you’re in good hands.

When you sign up to the EFR course with Oyster Diving, you will receive an eLearning code through your email. This includes all of the classroom based learning, which you can complete in your own time. Once you have completed the eLearning, you will need to visit one of our dive centres in either London, Surrey, Berkshire, or Brighton, to complete the practical element of the course.

What Does the EFR Course Involve?

The course incorporates different elements of learning, which is why it’s so popular amongst our divers. The course involves both independent study, classroom lessons, and hands-on skill development lessons with your dive instructor. During the PADI There will be Emergency First Response Diving course exam questions to check you’ve understood what you have learnt.

During this course you will learn the same expert patient care techniques that are used by medical professionals, but at a lay person level. Our EFR course covers Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid).

Learning First Response Primary Care (CPR): During the course, you will learn the basic steps of a First Responder. These include the following skills:

  • Risk evaluation
  • Assessment of injury
  • Rescue breathing and CPR
  • Managing bleeding successfully
  • Responding safely to choking victims
  • Managing a victim in shock
  • Successfully bandaging and applying splints.

This course is a combination of knowledge and skill development, giving you the confidence and ability you need to provide care effectively in emergency situations. The lessons learned as part of the First Response Primary Care course can be used regardless of the accident being diving related or not.

Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid): the lessons learned in secondary care cover injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. You will focus on developing your first aid skills through practising realistic scenarios. This course involves learning the following skills:

  • Injury assessment
  • Illness assessment
  • Bandaging
  • Applying splints for dislocations or fractures.

What’s Your Next Step?

In addition to the Emergency First Response UK Course, we offer the Care for Children course and other emergency training programmes. Once you have completed these, sign up to the PADI Rescue Diver course. These courses combined help solidify your ability to handle emergency dive situations. For more information about the Emergency First Response course or any of the other courses we have mentioned, get in touch with one of our team members. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!