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Have you ever been involved or observed an accident? Have you ever seen a person falls down? Have you ever seen somebody cuts her/himself in the kitchen or slips on a wet floor and hurt his body? Accidents can happen everywhere and every day, mostly it’s a matter of minor injuries but sometimes the concerned persons isn’t that lucky and suffers more severe injuries. What to do if somebody passes out, bleeds strongly or even stops breathing? In many cases professional medical care isn’t available or delayed and laypersons can make the difference between lifelong disabilities or death and a later successful recovery in hospital. The Emergency First Response course won’t make you an emergency professional but it teaches you how you as a layperson can help in an easy and effective way with just a minimum amount of resources available.
Who is behind that course?
The Emergency First Response Course (EFR) isn’t a PADI course, but is offered by a PADI’s sister company called Emergency First Response Corporation. This company provides CPR, AED and first aid training aimed at the layman by following international guidelines and protocols provides by the professional members of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Members of ILCOR include the American Heart Association (AHA), the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council of Asia (RCA) and many more. So even the EFR doesn’t make you a medical professional, it teaches you methods and skills used by professional medical organizations.
Why should you be interested in that course as a Diver?
The skills and know-how you’ll learn about in this course can be used everywhere in daily life. However a proper EFR training is especially important for scuba divers which are often on boats out there in the sea where medical care isn’t immediately available. It takes some time to bring the victims back onshore and during that time, EFR trained diver can assist and help a injured person. A good dive boat always provides first aid kids and emergency oxygen for exceptional situations. During the course you’ll learn how to use such a first aid kid, as well as how to administer emergency oxygen. While you learn more detailed information about diving related accident during the PADI Rescue Diver course the EFR provides a good foundation to act appropriate in any emergencies. As most of the knowledge is relevant for divers, the EFR program is mandatory for divers who are interested in the PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster course.
What will you learn?
The course is divided into an Emergency First Response Primary care (CPR) and an Emergency First Response Secondary care (first aid) section. In the first section you will learn how to deal with life-threatening conditions, including cardiac arrest, near drowning, spinal injuries and serious bleeding. It teaches you to follow a simple protocol including six easy to remember steps (ABCABS). You will learn how to assess a situation and apply appropriate measures for a given situation (including contacting local emergency and rescue organizations and what to tell them). During your CPR training you will learn how to give chest compressions and rescue breaths. You will also learn how to administer oxygen, while keep doing CPR at the same time. Beside CPR the course teaches you how to stop serious bleeding, treat victims for shock and how to deal with persons where spinal injury is suspected. The second section of the course will provide you with effective first aid methods. You will
learn how to conduct a head-to-toe injury assessment as well as a further illness assessment. You will practice how to measure pulse rates, average breathing rate and gather other important information.
Is it difficult?
The Emergency First Response Course doesn’t make you a superman nor does it make you a medical professional. The course doesn’t demand perfection. During the course you will be thought that an adequate care provided is better than a perfect care withheld. Everybody who is interested in helping others in need is able to pass this course and remember those simple steps and methods thought during the EFR Primary Care and Secondary Care. Also the topic of the course is serious the course will be conducted in a stress-free setting and you are allowed to do things wrong (doing things wrong, belongs to every learning process). Participants will have enough time to repeat the scenarios presented during the course several times.
Course structure and schedule
The course is made up of a self-study part during you will study the EFR manual and fill in the knowledge reviews and a practical part where we practice the exercises and let you apply your knowledge and skills in a few scenarios. After the self-study part of the little booklet is completed, the practical session takes usually 2-3 hours (maximal half day for customer demanding a super slow approach).
Minimum age: no minimum age
Maximal group size: 12 participants
Course duration: self-study (depending on you, usually around two hours) + 2-3 hours practical session.
Course price: 4’400 baht.
Manual price: 2’000 baht.