PADI Emergency First Response Course

The PADI Emergency First Response Course focuses on Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with or without Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Be prepared and know how to respond to emergencies. Statistics show you are more likely to give first aid to someone you know than a stranger. When minutes count, you’ll be the person to give the necessary aid to a family member, dive buddy or co-workers, before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive.

The Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care course is an accredited CPR and First Aid program that helps divers advance their knowledge by providing the skills they need to handle an emergency situation at a lay person level.

The course builds the confidence and skills needed to provide basic emergency care. You won’t just watch a video, you’ll get hands on practice with a CPR mannequin, simulate bandaging, role play an emergency scenario and other skills. You’ll get to practice each skill until you feel comfortable.

While the material taught in this course is serious, it’s taught in a positive, upbeat environment.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the Emergency First Response Course:

  • BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid: Illness & Injury Assessment, Bandaging, Management of fractures & dislocations, and first aid kit considerations

After you complete the program, you’ll have the skills necessary to help others should it be necessary. By inviting friends or family members to sign up with you, those you care about the most will be better prepared in case of an unexpected emergency.

Additional Details

This course is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster. Every active Diver should consider having First Aid Training.

Private courses are available for individuals and groups. If you would like to certify your staff, dive club or other organization we can do a personalized training experience for your group to get them certified in Emergency First Response. With a minimum of 4 participants we can come to your home, office, dive club or wherever you like us to be (within reason) and run this fun first aid program.


Full Course with EFR manual: $139 + hst

Recertification Course (no manual): $100 + hst

eLearning Course with in class practical: $159 + hst. Start at home today.

Take your PADI Emergency First Response Course training as a stand alone course or Bundle it and Save with our PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider conducted the same night for only $117.00 + hst (regularly $140.00+hst).