Training Insights… EFR: What is an Emergency First Response Distinctive?

warehouse-injuryIf you have identified a particular need in your local market and have the expertise to write a course to address those needs, you can develop an EFR Distinctive specialty course.

Perhaps you want to teach first aid to people who regularly take part in another activity (such as another sport or hobby, or a specific occupation) and think they need additional focus on some skills. Alternatively, you might have some customers asking you to teach a particular course or skill.

EFR_72010_lWhatever your reason for wanting to create a bespoke EFR course for your customers, simply let us know about your idea and we can help you develop this further. You don’t have to be a medical professional and courses are often based upon EFR core courses supported by additional scenarios or modules that you’ve contributed.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses or for advice on writing your own EFR Distinctive specialty course, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

PADI Distinctive Specialty supports Bamburgh Castle Beach Wreck project

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In June last year, a graduate of the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust’s PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course found a beach wreck in the shadows of Bamburgh Castle last year.

Following MAST’s archaeological and dendrochronological surveys, English Heritage designated the site under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as a Scheduled Monument in March 2014, making it an offence to damage it at any state of the tide.

The site made its appearance in the sand in June 2013. It was spotted by Steve Brown, an avocational archaeologist and recent graduate and now instructor of MAST’s PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course.

Dr Roderick Bale of University of Wales, Trinity St David found not only that the timber was local to east England but noted a terminus post quem (the date after which it could have built) of 1768.

The wreck consists of the exposed remains of the port side of a wooden sailing vessel lying on its starboard side with its stern inshore. The rare survival and position of some of the features within the site – mast, pump and windlass – suggest that the buried structure could be mostly intact as the position of hull structure, deck beams and even deck fittings are all as would be expected from a mostly intact buried vessel. This is incredibly rare within the UK.

MAST conducted the survey with the help of volunteers from Bournemouth University and the PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course who supplied their expertise and equipment. It was financed by both funds from the MAST course and from a grant from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Northumberland.

The discovery and survey of this unique and historically significant site shows how archaeologists and trained amateurs can work together in a cost effective way. With public funding for such projects being at its lowest in years, this marks a promising growth in the development of the network of heritage eyes and ears being developed by MAST – which, in this case, discovered a shipwreck of national importance.

Click here to read the English Heritage designation

Click here for information on the PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course

Click here information on the Bamburgh Castle Beach Wreck

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