Emergency First Response

Learn core first aid and secondary care skills

Emergency First Response


First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. Plus, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course. Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specialises in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers.

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.

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches you how to deal with emergencies that are immediately life threatening. You will focus on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure you have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to use your new skills.

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses

  • BLS - Basic Life Support, CPR and rescue breathing
  • AED - Automated External Defibrillator use
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations

During the Primary Care course you will practice skills including Scene Assessment, Barrier Use, Primary Assessment, Rescue Breathing, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Serious Bleeding Management, Shock Management and Spinal Injury Management.

Secondary Care covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening or when local medical services are unavailable or delayed. You focus on secondary assessment and first aid through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice. The Secondary Care skills include Injury Assessment, Illness Assessment, Bandaging and Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures.


The Learning Materials You Need

Through a combination of independent study and skill practice with an instructor, you’ll build the confidence and skills to provide basic emergency care. The Primary and Secondary Care Manual and DVD preview emergency scenarios and provide step-by-step skill demonstrations.



There are no prerequisites to enroll in an Emergency First Response course. Anyone of any age can take part, and learn vital life saving skills!

Your Emergency First Response skills require refreshing every 24 months. If your certification has expired you can attend a refresher course to update your skills and make sure you are up to date with the latest information. 


Your Next Adventure

Beside the Primary and Secondary Care Courses, Emergency First Response offers Care for Children and other emergency training programs. After completing Primary and Secondary Care, take the PADI Rescue Diver course and the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. Together, these three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.


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