Training Insights… EFR: What are the different Emergency First Response courses?


If you’ve been considering expanding your dive operation to include Emergency First Response (EFR) courses but are unsure of what courses are available, check out the guide below:

  • booth3541-cmykPrimary Care is a course covering life threatening conditions and focuses on a simple set of priorities (ABCABS) so that emergency providers know what to do and when.
  • Secondary Care is all about non-life threatening conditions. Providers learn how to look after victims until the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive, and how to monitor and prevent further injury.
  • Primary and Secondary Care is the most common combination and is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Emergency First Response Instructor levels.
  • Care for Children is a primary and secondary course focused on infants and children. It can be combined with other courses or run separately.
  • IMG0007-cmykCPR and AED is a short course focused just on CPR and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). It is an ideal introduction to first aid training.
  • Regional courses are courses that meet specific regional needs, such as workplace first aid requirements or training for child care professionals. Check out the EFR website to see what is available in your area.

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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 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.

Opportunities with potential Rescue Divers

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.


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

EFR Distinctive Specialty Courses

headerEmergency First Response (EFR) Instructors can teach a wide combination of Primary & Secondary Care, Care for Children and CPR&AED level courses to meet the needs of providers. Have you ever had a request for a skill set not covered by any of these CPR and first aid courses, e.g. for Blood Borne Pathogens or Manual Handling?

Current EFR Instructors can write their own unique (distinctive) course outlines to provides skills and training for a specific area not addressed by the existing Emergency First Response programs.

Writing a distinctive specialty course outline can seem daunting. Where do you start? What do you include? How do you submit your distinctive outline? What does EFR require and document during the review process?

Start by logging on to the EFR Instructor website (PADI Members need to access via PADI Pros’ Site/Training Essentials/EFR/EFR Instructor Site) and click on Tool Kit/Course Tools/Course Forms/Instructor – then locate the Specialties heading and click on the link EFR Distinctive Specialty courses. There you will find an EFR Distinctive Specialty Template you can download and use as a formatting guide while you develop your distinctive specialty course outline. The template includes clear guidelines (in blue print) that prompt you what information you need to write there.

Submit your distinctive specialty course outline to your Regional Headquarters along with the EFR Distinctive Specialty Instructor Application Form (found on the EFR Instructor Site in the same area as the Template). Once Emergency First Response receives a distinctive specialty application, staff first verifies that the member is qualified to make this application (issued at least 25 provider level certifications) then verifies the minimum prerequisite qualification (if any) and minimum age for the participants.

Next, staff members read the outline looking for:

  1. the course purpose (overview)
  2. the instructor, participant and specialty equipment requirements
  3. the participant-to-instructor ratio
  4. the learning objectives and skill performance requirements
  5. is there is enough content to warrant a specialty course?

If there are any questions or additional information is needed, a staff member will contact the applicant and work together to make any necessary revisions. Once the review is complete, the outline is approved and the special credential is issued to the applicant. Although this will vary with the scope of the specialty, expect to spend a minimum of 8-10 hours creating a distinctive specialty outline.

If you have questions, or need additional information please contact a Training Consultant in your Emergency First Response Regional Headquarters.

Welcome to Your New Responder

We’re pleased to present to you a brand new look of The Responder. This new design of the (now global) newsletter, along with the recently updated Emergency First Response website, means that you receive first aid industry information more easily EFR_website350x274pxthan ever before as both important resources now have the latest modern responsive design for all current digital devices (pc, tablet, smart phone, etc.). At the same time, The Responder will continue to be available in more than 10 languages.

What else is new? From this edition onwards, The Responder will be produced twice a year. Also, rather than being distributed on a regional basis, this newsletter has now gone global so all EFR Instructors and Trainers around the world have access to the same information in two places:

The Responder: Global training standards and EFR Instructor information (required reading)
EFR website and EFR blog: Industry news and features (recommended reading)

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