PADI Emergency First Response (EFR)

Emergency First Response (EFR) training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings.

The following EFR courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care.

(PADI Care for Children course also available).

How do I begin?

You start with the training materials. We will provide you with an EFR Primary and Secondary Care manual so you can do all your studying at home before you come to the dive centre.

What's in the course?

Primary Care (CPR) –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, maybe 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 section 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.

CPR & AED – focuses on CPR training and teaching participants how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator).

How long does it take?

The PADI EFR course takes 1 day.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no re-requisites for this course.

You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.

What's next?

Provided you have a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification, now that you are certified in CPR and First Aid you are eligible to participate in the PADI Rescue Diver course. Those aged 12yrs to 14yrs can continue on to the PADI Junior Rescue Diver course.


PADI Emergency First Response course costs €210.00 which includes materials, certification and pocket mask. (Discounts are available if you do this course with the PADI Rescue course.)

PADI Care for Children course costs €135.00 which includes materials, certification and pocket mask. (Discounts are available if you do this course with the PADI EFR course.)