I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Adel Taher on many occasions either during one of his seminars or during social events for divers.
I still haven’t met any diving professional or even a diver in Egypt who doesn’t know Dr. Adel and the amazing work.
Dr. Adel is the proud owner and manager of the Hyperbaric Medical Center in Sharm El Sheik. This centre recently celebrated 25 years, open 24 hours a day for 25 years serving divers.
The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame has announced the names of four new members who will be inducted into the hall of fame this year. One of the four Inductees this year is Dr. Adel; he will join fellow dive industry pioneers who have helped cultivate and revolutionize the sport of scuba diving.
Dr Adel is considered one of the world’s top experts in hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher is best known for establishing the most sophisticated diving medical facility in the Red Sea, which continues to provide a foundation of safety for the expanding dive tourism industry in the region and beyond.
As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 1982, Dr. Taher has played a vital role in promoting diver safety in the Red Sea region by managing diving emergencies, participating in medical research projects and conferences, and acting as an adviser for governmental and non-governmental agencies.
On behalf of all divers and dive professionals in Egypt, I would like to thank you Dr. Adel
Are you looking to grow your EFR business? We are pleased to announce the EFR Instructor Trainer course schedule for 2019.
The EFR Instructor Trainer course prepares candidates to teach the EFR Instructor courses, both Primary and Secondary Care and Care for Children. It includes independent online learning followed by a live interactive knowledge development and practical day conducted on the dates shown below. This programme authorises successful candidates to market and conduct EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial for those with a focus on EFR business development, as well as those working within a PADI Instructor Development Center or involved in the PADI Instructor Development process.
15 January 2019
19 January 2019
19 February 2019
28 February 2019
09 March 2019
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
09 March 2019
14 March 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa
24 March 2019
31 March 2019
31 March 2019
14 April 2019
21 April 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
29 April 2019
24 May 2019
29 May 2019
02 June 2019
09 June 2019
16 June 2019
16 June 2019
23 June 2019
09 September 2019
16 September 2019
St Raphael, France
28 September 2019
Cabo de Palos
08 October 2019
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
12 October 2019
02 November 2019
03 November 2019
03 November 2019
Prerequisites to attend one of these events include:
EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
EFR Care For Children Instructor
25 EFR student course completions or conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses
You can register for a EFR Instructor Trainer course by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click to download the form now: January to May – June to December
In the Northern Hemisphere, temperatures are dropping as winter approaches and for many locations that means it’s time for dry suit diving courses to start. Dry suits are excellent exposure protection for comfort and safety. They provide warmth, redundant buoyancy and the ability to get in the water all year long, but they come with some specific safety concerns. Brush up on the hazards so you can better prepare your students for cool water diving.
Tight wrist and neck seals aren’t just uncomfortable, they can cause real problems for divers. Neck and wrist seals should fit snugly but should not restrict blood flow. Wrist seals that are too tight can cause pain in the fingers and hands as well as numbness, tingling and loss of dexterity. They can also increase the risk of a cold injury due to decreased feeling and blood flow.
Tight neck seals have the potential to induce carotid sinus reflex. This reflex slows the diver’s heartbeat and the flow of blood to the brain and can make the diver feel dizzy or lightheaded or lose consciousness if left unchecked. You’ll size your student’s wrist and neck seals during a class, but double check them when you get to the dive site. Changes in temperature, position or stress can cause minor swelling and make a seal tight enough to cause a problem. Make sure seals are trimmed and stretched to the appropriate size before getting in the water.
There are many causes of diving-related skin conditions, and some of them have the potential to mask more serious concerns. This is the case with many dry suit-related dermatological issues. New divers who fail to add gas to their dry suits as they descend and experience a squeeze may get rashes, chafing or bruises as a result. While uncomfortable, these typically have no lasting ill effects. These bruises can be dramatic, however, and sometimes resemble cutaneous DCS, also known as skin bends. If one of your students appears to have bruises after a dry suit dive, always consider the possibility of DCS and respond based on the apparent symptoms (or lack thereof). Early recognition of skin bends is important and can significantly increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for an injured diver.
Urination systems are not common in many dry suits, especially rental suits, because of hygiene concerns. However, if your student divers own suits with urination systems, it’s a good idea to teach them how to properly use the system. Pneumaturia (the passage of air during urination), urogenital infections and catheter squeeze can be caused by improper equalization or maintenance of these systems. Covering system-specific equalization, using balanced systems with one-way check valves to prevent water ingress, and covering thorough and regular cleanings as part of hygienic equipment use are critical parts of instruction.
Dive incident statistics show both improvements in diver safety and areas where divers may need more help. The DAN Annual Diving Report provides information about the most frequent causes of injury among divers. Dive professionals can learn from these statistics and continue to improve diver safety by reinforcing training concepts that encourage divers to follow safe diving practices. Knowing how to avoid common issues can reduce their chances of being involved in dive incidents.
Overweighting is a common problem and a difficult issue to tackle. You may weight students correctly in class, but can’t control how they weight themselves after certification. Besides making a point to remind students that they should always use the correct amount of weight, you could address the issue with additional training, such as a PADI Peak Performancy Buoyancy course, or offer to help divers figure out proper weighting anytime the have an equipment change or just need a tune-up. Overweighting is a significant hazard to both new and experienced divers. Emphasize the need to develop good weighting habits to not only increase safety, but to also to add to their comfort and enjoyment in the water.
With practice, every student should be able to attain neutral buoyancy and horizontal trim before finishing a course. You’re well aware that the inability to control buoyancy during ascent or descent can cause serious injury or death. Not being able to maintain their position or minimize drag in the water can cause new divers to become unaware of their depth or cause collisions with dangerous objects. It can also decrease visibility when they stir up the bottom and cause them to become exhausted due to excessive finning through the water. Focus on mastery of proper buoyancy techniques and encourage lots of practice in your courses. Keeping your students comfortably in control and happily finning through the water throughout their initial training will make them less likely to run into issues post-certification.
The mandated use of checklists in aerospace, health care and other areas has significantly decreased the number of incidents and accidents in those industries. The same trend is coming into focus in diving. Whether you use the premade checklists from PADI materials or create your own, using a checklist is an excellent way to ensure that you have everything you need to run a class, board a vessel or get in the water, especially when managing multiple students and assistants. Checklists are an excellent resource for reducing errors. They should serve as reminders of key points rather than just to-do lists. Role model checklist use and encourage students to carry and use checklists for all their dives.
For more information about incident statistics, visit DAN.org.
Some PADI® courses require first aid and CPR training within the past 24 months. You know that Emergency First Response® Primary and Secondary Care courses meet the requirements.
How do you determine what other courses qualify when a diver presents you with first aid and CPR qualifications from another organization?
Follow these steps:
Verify that the CPR and first aid training included student skill practice and demonstration of CPR and first aid techniques in person with a qualified instructor. A course that lacks this does not qualify, such as online only courses or self-study programs via any other media.
Check that the training taken meets current international emergency care guidelines as defined by the various resuscitation councils. For further information on layperson CPR and first aid training, visit the following ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) Association websites:
For PADI Divemaster candidates, include a copy of that CPR and first aid course completion documentation along with the Divemaster Application to avoid unnecessary processing delays. Documentation must be from the qualifying CPR/first aid organization. Certificates or completion documents provided by third parties that are not directly sanctioned CPR/first aid organizations are unacceptable. Look at the name of the CPR/first aid organization for whom the instructor is authorized to teach and ensure it matches with the name on the certification.
If you’re unsure, contact a Regional Training Consultant at your PADI Regional Headquarters for clarification before accepting documentation provided by the student or candidate for course requirements.
Leadership and rescue divers instrumental in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand earlier this year will be the first-ever recipients of PADI’s Medal of Valor. This high distinction will be awarded to Rick Stanton, John Volanthen, Dr. Richard Harris, Dr. Craig Challen, Jason Mallinson, Jim Warny and Chris Jewell. The courage, strength, honor and dignity displayed during the rescue operation propelled the PADI organization to create the medal to formally recognize their contributions to one of diving’s greatest moments in history. Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson will represent this distinguished group and accept the PADI Medal of Valor at the PADI® Social on 13 November during DEMA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In June and July 2018, the world watched as top cave divers and other experts from around the globe converged in Thailand to find and save the “Wild Boars” soccer team, which had become trapped deep inside the Tham Luang cave system. For 18 days, the international effort involved more than 1,000 men and women, who combined their collective talents for the extraordinary recovery of the team.
“It was an awe-inspiring example of humanity at its best, focused on a single noble purpose,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “This complex rescue operation demonstrated action and focus propelled by the unshakeable conviction that those boys would not die on diving’s watch. Rick Stanton, Jason Mallinson and everyone who was part of this effort faced and accepted the difficulties, dangers and risks inherent in the rescue. On behalf of the entire PADI family, it is an honor to recognize these heroes and extend our immense gratitude for representing diving’s finest hour.”
Rick Stanton and John Volanthen were a driving force in the Thai cave rescue operation. The pair was the first to discover the soccer team, which had been trapped in the flooded cave for nine days at the time they were found. Together, with Mallinson and Jewell, the divers led the dive rescue and carried the boys out of the cave to safety. Both Stanton and Volanthen are regarded as two of Britain’s foremost cave divers, with more than 35 years’ experience in extreme cave dives and rescues, having led a number of high-profile rescue attempts in the past.
Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris played a critical role in the rescue, administering sedatives to the boys to facilitate their extraction under extreme and complex conditions. Working in anesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia, Harris has expertise in cave diving, wilderness medicine and remote area health. Dr. Craig Challen, an Australian cave explorer, early adopter of closed-circuit mixed-gas rebreathers and avid wreck diver, dived alongside Harris facilitating the successful execution of the rescue.
Jason Mallinson and Chris Jewell were integral to the mission, taking food to the those trapped and working alongside Stanton and Volanthen to carry the boys out through the flooded sections of cave. Mallinson is an exploration and rescue cave diver with 30 years in the field. His achievements have led him to set distance and depth records in caves all over the world. He has assisted in multiple rescues and is a member of the United Kingdom’s international cave-dive rescue team. Jewell is a UK-based exploratory cave diver with more than 12 years’ experience leading cave diving. Belgian cave diver Jim Warny, who currently resides in Ireland, was instrumental in the coach’s extraction.
“Their daring mission is a wonderful opportunity to show the world what the diving community is made of, and what can be accomplished through a combination of proper training, trust, courage, passion and perseverance,” says Richardson.
Industry stakeholders and PADI Members are invited to stand together to thank these heroic divers. Join PADI in honoring these men at the PADI Social on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
All are invited for a special meet and greet with Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson at the DEMA Show in the PADI booth (booth 1524) on Wednesday, 14 November from 5:00-6:00 pm. Please join PADI in celebrating these heroes and thanking them for their courage and honor.
Does your local marketplace have a need for additional first aid training that is not immediately available through the current suite of EFR courses? As an example, is there a local regulatory first aid requirement that businesses or industries require? You may think the EFR program cannot cover these gaps in the market but by using the Emergency First Response Distinctive Speciality route, these gaps may be filled and your first business may indeed grow.
So how does the EFR Distinctive Specialty route work? Once you have an idea for your EFR Distinctive Speciality simply download the EFR Distinctive Template, and use it to write your own Distinctive Specialty. The template makes writing your course a very simple process for you.
To give you some food for thought, examples of EFR Distinctives include:
Primary and Secondary Care at Music Festivals
Diabetes Awareness and Treatment
Once you have written your EFR Distinctive Speciality, email it to usfor review.
A Training Consultant will work with you to answer any questions you have and provide feedback, should your outline need revision. Once you and your Training Consultant are satisfied with the Distinctive Specialty, the Outline, and application, will be submitted to a review panel for consideration.
It’s that simple. EFR Distinctives are an excellent opportunity to add something unique, that prospective clients need or want, to your business model and will support your business plans for your EFR business growth.
We wish you the very best with your EFR business through 2018 and into 2019!
Remco van’t Hooft
Werner van Loon
Mona ali Aloud
Jan den Boef
Nagib El Imad
Ahmed M. Abel-Aziz
Khalid M. Hanny
Daniel de Boer
Harry de Gier
Sander van’t Hof
PADI is delighted to announce the new EFR Instructor Trainers in 2018. Programmes have been conducted around the EMEA territory throughout the year and completing the course has enabled these new EFR Instructor Trainers to teach the wide variety of EFR programmes at Instructor level.
This highly prized qualification allows these professionals to further expand their EFR businesses beyond diving markets. A recent EFRIT candidate, Bethan Comley, said of the programme:
“The way that the trainer structured the course was done in a really considered way, keeping the timings flexible to allow and encourage discussion on each of the topics and the trainer was able to call on their vast knowledge and experience to answer any questions that were raised as we went along. Once again, a really great day”.
We wish everyone the very best of success for the future!
Think back to your first CPR or first aid course and answer these three questions:
1) What made you enrol?
2) What made you choose that particular course?
3) Did you take other courses or go back for a refresher course from the same instructor or facility?
Chances are your answers are all very diﬀerent, which makes a couple of important points. First, people have a wide variety of reasons for wanting to learn CPR and first aid procedures. This could range from wanting to know how to care for a family member, to being required to take a course by an employer. The second point is that in many regions there are a lot of training choices. Most people don’t have to look far to find a course that fits their schedule and budget. When training is easy to find, you need to figure out how to make your courses stand out. You need a marketing plan to keep your EFR courses full. Decide who your potential participants are and carefully craft your marketing message to appeal to each group. You also need to arrange your courses in a way that is convenient and attractive to potential participants.
Let’s break this down into three simple steps:
Potential participants: everyone is eligible to complete first aid training, so the potential market is huge. Start by researching who may need CPR and first aid training in your local area to help you focus on specific groups. This training is often required for certain roles, such as child care, life guarding or commercial driving licenses. Also look towards anyone involved in organisations such as schools, universities or youth groups.
Developing a contact: you can reach out to these groups through various mechanisms – direct email, letters or phone calls can all be effective. Try to identify the decision maker as a point of contact and speak to them personally (in business this may be the human resources manager, whilst in a sporting club it might be the chairperson or coach)
Highlight the benefits! Make sure you emphasise the huge advantages offered by your EFR courses. For example, the fact that you can offer dedicated paediatric first aid courses, AED training or separate secondary care. EFR course are based on internationally recognised medical guidelines and that you can offer flexible learning options.
Be ready to follow up your contacts with additional communications and information.
For more details on how to market your EFR courses, don’t forget to refer to your EFR Instructor Manual (page A20) or contact your EFR Instructor Trainer for guidance.
Advertising your details and the Emergency First Response programs you deliver is a great acquisition tool and is available to you via the EFR Course Finder. To get started, log on to the EFR Instructor Site (PADI Members need to access via PADI Pros’ Site/Training Essentials/EFR/EFR Instructor Site) and follow these steps below to upload your details:
Click on the “Course Finder“ page in the paragraph titled Course Finder
On this EFR Course Finder page you can create, edit and delete your EFR courses
Add a new EFR course by clicking on the “New Course” link and fill in the text boxes under Steps 1-3
Step 1: Enter the address where your course is located.
Step 2: Click the “Get Lat, Long” link Your address will be inverse geo-coded by Google to automatically fill in the Latitude and Longitude text boxes. Click on the “Show Map” link and a popup map will be shown so you can double check the Latitude and Longitude text boxes entries. You can also manually enter the course’s latitude and longitude, but make sure that it is entered in decimal format (example: 31.822268, -115.759211).
Step 3: Select from the dropdown the types of course you offer:
Provider, Workplace (only those with current Workplace Instructor Credentials)
Provider, Instructor (only those with current Instructor Trainer Credentials)
Provider, Workplace, Instructor (only those with current Instructor Trainer Credentials and Workplace Credentials)
Workplace (only those with current Workplace Instructor Credentials)
Workplace, Instructor (only those with Current Workplace Instructor Credentials)
Instructor (only those with current Instructor Trainer Credentials)
After submitting, the location will save and show up on the Emergency First Response Course Finder Map. Once back at the EFR Course Finder page you can add, edit or delete your courses; note that a maximum of five courses can be entered.