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CPR and First Aid

EFREver wondered what to do in an accident or medical emergency? Most people just do not know what to do or how to respond in those situations, and rely solely on the emergency medical services (EMS) or ambulance service. What people do not immediately realize is that it takes time for the EMS (ambulance, etc.) to arrive at the scene. In many cases, the victims died before the ambulance arrived. If the person who found the victim has training in CPR, within those precious first few minutes he/she can start badly needed primary care on the victim which may mean the difference between life or death.

The Emergency First Response (EFR) course is a combination of the CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid course. It teaches participants how to provide care with confidence during a medical emergency situation. Students learn and practice the same emergency care techniques and principles as used by trained medical professionals, but structured in a better way to promote easier understanding (so that anybody, at any age can learn) and easier to recall during an actual emergency scenario, when you need to apply what you have learnt.

The EFR course is available and beneficial to everybody, not just divers...you never know when you will need to respond to an emergency situation!

1. CPR

This component of the EFR course teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies e.g. a stroke victim or a child choking on food. The course focuses on primary care through a combination of Knowledge Development sessions (by reading the EFR Participant Manual and watching the EFR DVD), skill development and realistic scenario practice (in a team) to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care when emergency situations arise. Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course include:

  • Scene Safety Assessment
  • Universal Precautions - Communicable Disease Protection, including barrier use
  • Primary Assessment
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Conscious and Unconscious Obstructed Airway Management (choking victim)
  • Serious Bleeding Management
  • Shock Management
  • Spinal Injury Management
  • Recommended Skills
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training

The EFR DVD used during the course is very effective in reinforcing what students learn from the manual and is available for purchase.

Halimi - EFR Instructor

2. FIRST AID

Emergency First Aid (Secondary Care) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. Participants focus on secondary assessment and first aid through Knowledge Development (again by reading through the EFR Participant Manual and watching the DVD), skill development and realistic scenario practice.

Skills taught in this course include:

  • Injury Assessment
  • Illness Assessment
  • Bandaging
  • Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures
EFR manual 
Students will receive a personal copy of the EFR Participants Manual to use during the course and to keep for future references. Also, upon successful completion of the EFR course, your instructor will submit an application for your certification to the regional EFR office. Students normally will receive their EFR certification card within 2 - 3 weeks. A temporary certification document will also be issued right after the course for your reference and record.


Finally, you never know when you will need to use these skills so sign up today for the EFR course! The course is run all year round and can be conducted on request at our dive center or at the students' location (office, workplace etc.).

The whole course can be completed within 4 - 5 hours!

Please call us or write to us for more details or to arrange a class at your location.  

About the Emergency First Response Course:

Emergency First Response's course curricula are based on patient care standards as published in the latest American Heart Association Guidelines Standards for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, and the consensus view of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). ILCOR is an international standards group representing most of the world's major resuscitation organizations.

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