Emergency First Response

The PADI Emergency First Response course is a continuing education level course for both scuba divers and non-divers alike. It teaches CPR and first aid skills which can be applied to a vast number of emergency situations.


In order to enroll in the PADI Emergency First Response course, you need to be mature enough to understand the concepts discussed during the course, and be able to help another individual in need.

Course Structure

The PADI Emergency First Response course is made up of two sections – knowledge development and practical skills training.

During the knowledge development section of the course, you will work through the PADI Emergency First Response manual. Once you have completed the knowledge reviews, you will participate in a review session for each chapter with your instructor and discuss any questions you may have. Finally, you will complete a final exam which covers both the primary and secondary care chapters of your manual.

When you undergo the practical skills training, you will learn how to do CPR, provide care for injured individuals and manage various emergency situations. Depending on the specific Emergency First Response course you have enrolled in, you may also learn how to use an AED or provide care for injured children. The Emergency First Response course teaches valuable skills for anyone from parents and child caretakers to educators and business professionals.

Once you have you completed both sections of the Emergency First Response course, you will receive a temporary Emergency First Response certification card, which you can start using right away! Your permanent card will about 30-45 days after you have been certified.

Since the PADI Emergency First Response course is about providing care in emergency situations, it is important to maintain your skills. To be considered a current Emergency First Responder, you will need to take a PADI Emergency First Response skills refresher course every 2 years.

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