To be certified as a Rescue Diver, participants must have completed a sanctioned course in CPR within the past 2 years. Introduced in 2003, PADI and DSAT came together to develop Emergency First Response (EFR), which includes both a primary care component (CPR) and secondary care (First Aid).
Together, these courses can be used toward your Rescue Diver Certification, although they are valuable courses on their own. The EFR Primary and secondary care courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care, and are geared towards divers and non-divers alike.
The EFR course can be completed in one evening, and is designed like other two tiered first aid courses; i.e. you could just take CPR, or First Aid. Although the EFR is generally paired with the Rescue Course, it is offered for all divers and non-divers alike! In fact, it is currently accepted by workplace BC, as a sanctioned First Aid Course.
What will you learn?
- ♦ Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques for handling life-threatening emergencies. You’ll practice eight skills for aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, may be in shock or who may have serious bleeding. You’ll learn to how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, so that you provide every possible chance of survival while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
- ♦ Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and emergency medical services are sometimes delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you how to provide first aid that eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You’ll learn to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice bandaging and splinting.
- ♦ Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency care skills specific to helping infants and children with medical emergencies. It’s designed for those who work with children or are likely to have to respond to emergencies involving youngsters. This course is often integrated with Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses.
- ♦ CPR & AED – This course focuses on CPR training and teaching participants how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). When workplace or governmental requirements specify this training, the CPR & AED course meets the need. This course is often integrated into First Aid at Work programs.
- ♦ First Aid at Work – In some areas, such as Great Britain, Australia and Canada, governmental regulations call for enhanced CPR and first aid training for the workplace. First Aid at Work programs designed for these areas include additional topics and skills to meet requirements while following the easy to learn EFR approach to training.
- ♦ EFR Refresher – It’s a good idea to refresh your CPR and first aid skills every 24 months, and that’s what the EFR Refresher course is designed to do. Focusing on key skills, the course allows you to stay up-to-date and ready to lend aid when needed.