Training Insights… EFR: Do you think EFR won’t work in your business?

RDOnLn0310_0635If you don’t think that teaching Emergency First Response (EFR) courses is possible within your business because of scheduling or location restrictions, try these tips to help integrate the program into your course offerings:

  • Start or finish each day with an hour or two of EFR. This can either give you a gentle start to the day until everyone has woken up and is ready to dive, or a chance to wind down and have fun at the end the day.
  • Introduce the skills one at a time, throughout the PADI Rescue Diver course. They can be done in almost any location: at the dive site, on the boat, in the dive centre – anywhere you have some floor space and, for some skills, a mannequin available.
  • EFR courses can be run in the evenings or on days where diving is stopped due to weather conditions. You can schedule the EFR course for a particular day so that it’s in the diary – but explain that you may do it earlier if weather conditions make it hard to dive, and remain flexible to teaching opportunities for the EFR sessions.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Training Insights… EFR: Why teach Emergency First Response (EFR) Courses to Rescue Divers?

EFRMay05_99Emergency First Response (EFR) courses offer an outstanding set of course materials and the same well-researched and respected educational system as PADI courses. Both of these factors make learning CPR and First Aid simple for your divers and also make it easy and fun to teach.

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Although some PADI Rescue Diver students may come to you with a current CPR and First Aid certification, many of them will never have studied these essential skills, or may otherwise need them refreshed. EFR is the perfect tool with which to address their needs.

If you don’t integrate EFR as part of your course offerings, then you’ll need to send your students elsewhere to complete this element of their training. This means you’ll lose out on EFR-generated profit to your business and the opportunity to build relationships with that customer. It goes without saying that turning your customers away to another business comes with the risk of losing that customer for future diving courses, too.

Integrating EFR courses into your dive business

Being an EFR Instructor is a requirement for PADI Instructors, which means you’ll very likely have the resources you need within your existing dive team.

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EFR courses are incredibly flexible and don’t require any in-water sessions, so you can really tailor them to fit around your existing schedule and courses, and use them to fill in off-peak seasons when diving might be less frequent. You could opt to integrate EFR into the Rescue Diver course itself, split it into smaller sections over several days (or even weeks), or run it all in one across a weekend. Choose whichever suits your business – and customers – the best.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Training Insights… Rescue Diver Part 7: What is a Rescue Diver?

By the end of the PADI Rescue Diver course your students will have mastered all the skills and knowledge in the course, but they will not be perfect. Divers should understand that following the guidelines and being willing to try are more important than being technically perfect.

Rescue Divers are divers that have mastered personal skills, buddy skills and have been introduced to rescue management skills. These divers are ideal to move onto a Master Scuba Diver, Divemaster or TecRec course. Don’t try to force them, but do chat to them, emphasise the value of the skills they have and ask them where they would like to go next.

This article concludes our Training Insights… Rescue Diver series. Here’s a recap on the previous blogs in this series. Save these links and use them as a refresher for new and experienced PADI Pros within your business:

RDOnLn0310_1204Part 1: Who are our potential PADI Rescue Divers?

Part 2: How do you get divers interested in the course?

Part 3: What does the Rescue Diver course consist of?

Part 4: Skills Review and Development

Part 5: Applying Knowledge and Skills

Part 6: Rescue Techniques

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download your free marketing toolkit to help promote the PADI Rescue Diver course to potential students. For any enquiries about the toolkit please contact marketing.emea@padi.com

For more information on the training requirements for PADI courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

Training Insights… PADI Rescue Diver Part 6: Rescue Techniques

RDOnLn0310_1493There are often many different techniques that divers can use to meet the performance requirements with the PADI Rescue Diver course. You will usually teach one or two techniques that you find the easiest for each skill, but if students achieve the performance requirement by using another method which they find more comfortable, then that’s perfectly acceptable too.

Different training locations, equipment and personal attributes will dictate what the easiest technique is for each individual diver. The PADI Rescue Diver course is all about arming divers with lots of tools so that they can choose the best one to assist in a situation if and when it arises.

Don’t be afraid to ask other divers and instructors how they perform each exercise. Even if you don’t want to use their techniques on a regular basis, by taking note of the variety of options available, you will have a bigger “toolbox” to help divers who are struggling and who might need some fresh suggestions on how to approach a skill.

Check out the PADI Rescue Diver Course Presentation notes and Guide to Teaching for ideas on different techniques you can implement within your teaching sessions.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download your free marketing toolkit to help promote the PADI Rescue Diver course to potential students. For any enquiries about the toolkit please contact marketing.emea@padi.com

For more information on the training requirements for PADI courses, please contact training.emea@padi.com.

PADI creates a buzz about scuba diving safety with the Rescue Challenge UK event

PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa invited PADI divers of all levels – from Open Water divers to Course Directors – to join in the fun at the Rescue Challenge UK event which took place in Portland, Dorset on Sunday 15th September.

By inspiring divers to take their skills to the next level as well as creating confidence to teach rescue skills existing PADI Professions, the Rescue Challenge UK event not only improves PADI diver safety and awareness, but also forms part of a positive initiative to boost the UK market and drive sales for PADI continued education and professional courses in the longer term.

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Attendees were welcomed into the event with an exclusive Rescue Challenge UK folder containing a participation certificate, PADI information and materials and an exclusive red PADI beanie gift. The action-packed schedule, designed to increase diver skills and confidence in rescue and safety, included an opening speech and keynote presentation from Mark Caney, Vice President, Training and Customer Services.

“The Rescue Challenge is a chance for divers to hear the latest developments in rescue techniques and to try many of them out for themselves. Diving has a great safety record but we can never be complacent; as much of the thinking and planning will be concerned with preventing incidents as well as reacting properly if they should occur. I’m sure the event will encourage proper awareness in divers and reinforce the importance of them planning their dives with safety foremost in their minds said Mark.

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A number of diving industry organisations exhibited at the event, including The Shipwreck Project, Fourth Element, RescueEAN, O’Three, Aquatek and Life Systems. Guest speakers who also exhibited at the event included the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC), Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and ScubaPro, whilst pool workshop sessions covered technical and recreational rescue techniques and egress skills.

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A number of teams took part in a Rescue Challenge UK competition over lunch, which provided fun entertainment alongside the serious message of diver rescue. Wearing pink rubber rings, each pair raced through a 5-point assault course completing tasks such as rescue questions, bandaging their buddy and assembling kit – blindfolded!DSCF3493 DSCF3616

The event drew to a close with a special awards ceremony, with prizes being handed out to everyone who took part in the competition and certificates for those who completed their PADI Rescue Diver course that weekend.

The PADI Rescue Challenge UK event was a huge success, with new divers finding inspiration and confidence and experienced PADI divers and PADI Professionals taking home tips for both diving and teaching. By conducting this innovative event, PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa have demonstrated that keeping essential rescue skills fresh can be both informative and engaging for both students and PADI Professionals.

As one participant said, “Safe but fun – exactly how it should be”.

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Top Comments from Participants:

 “PADI Weekend – inspiring a generation to go diving – thank you all”
“Great speakers – fun, light hearted but also getting a very important message across”
“Fantastic Fun!”
“A very insightful day! Makes me want to do my Rescue course even more! Thank you”
“Thanks for the great seminar”
 “Fab day, thank you PADI!”