Emergency First Response

CPR and First Aid: Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care

First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course and if you want to become a PADI Professional.

Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors!

The Fun Part

The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency.

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses

  • Scene Assessment and Primary Assessment
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Serious bleeding, shock and spinal injury management
  • Conscious and unconscious choking adult
  • Injury and illness assessment
  • Bandaging and splinting for dislocations & fractures

The Learning Materials You Need

Through a combination of independent study and skills practice with your Emergency First Response Instructor, you’ll build the confidence to provide basic emergency care. The Primary and Secondary Care Participant Manual and video preview emergency scenarios and provide step-by-step skill demonstrations. The Emergency First Response Care at a Glance card is a quick-reference guide for emergency situations. Designed to fit in a glove compartment or backpack, the Care at a Glance card is an important component for any first-aid or disaster preparedness kit.


To enroll in Emergency First Response courses, you must

  • Care about other people and want to be able to assist them in a medical emergency

Your Next Adventure

Beside the Primary and Secondary Care program, Emergency First Response offers Care for Children, CPR & AED, and other emergency training programs.

After completing the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care program, certified divers can take the PADI Rescue Diver course and the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty. Together, these three courses add to your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.