Diving, like any other adventure activity requires a great deal of attention to safety, and as you progress through the PADI courses from PADI Advanced Open Water Diver to PADI Rescue Diver, you will gain new skills which help you to deal with problems and help you to look after other divers.
A key part of being able to help other people, particularly with an adventure sport like scuba diving is being able to provide emergency first aid to an injured or sick person, and this is even more important when diving, often in remote areas with no emergency healthcare or hospitals close by.
The Emergency First Response (EFR) course teaches both divers and non divers how to deal with life threatening problems and how to help maintain a person's life until professional medical help arrives.
In the first part of the course, Primary Care, you will learn how to assess life threatening injuries, to maintain an open airway, provide CPR (the kiss of life), deal with serious bleeding, shock and spinal injuries.
If the EFR course is taken along with the PADI Rescue Diver course, we will also teach you how to correctly prepare medical oxygen equipment and how to effectively administer medical oxygen to patients.
The second part of the course Secondary Care, teaches you how to provide care for a person who is not in an immediate life threatening situation, including injury and illness assessment, pending the arrival of professional medical assistance.