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Emergency First Response Course *

The Emergency First Response Course follows protocols and emergency considerations from the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of he International Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), an internatinal standards group representing major ressuscitation organisations.

The course is suitable for anybody wishing to equip themselves with skills that can be applied in the case of an accident/other medical emergency. PADI   has adopted EFR as pre-requisite for certification as Resuce Diver and Dvemaster.

Dive4Life is the first organisation in the Northwest Province accredited with presenting this course.


The duration is 6 - 8 hours and can be done in  2 or 3 sessions depending on individual requirements.


The course consists of two modules, namely EFR Primary Care and EFR Secondary Care and can be taken as a single course or as two separate courses. You may therefor initially only do EFR Primary Care and EFR Secondary Care at a later stage. No additional training material is required for EFR Secondary Care although there is an additional cost of R100 for the hiring of facilities/equipment.

EFR Primary Care

This course focuses on accident scene assessment, assessing with and maintaining the primary circle of life (airway control, breathing, circulation and, if required, the use of a defibrillator), CPR, the use of protective barriers and maintaining the injured persons lifeline. It also includes Serious bleeding Management, Shock Management and Spinal Injuries Management.  Oxygen administration is optional.

Completion of this module is a pre-requisite for certification as a PADI Rescue Diver

EFR Secondary Care

This course focuses on less-life threatening injuries/conditions like minor wounds, fractures, caring for a stroke victim, dealing with a choking victim, etc.

Completion of this module is a pre-requisite for certification as a PADI Divemaster.


The basis of the course is self-study using a manual and video and the completion of a knowledge review. The practical sessions concentrate on the practicing of skills to ensure mastery, not perfection. A final scenario session / role-play is included whereby the student gets the opportunity to practice skills in a simulated real life situation. An exam, that identifies possible knowledge gaps for the student's sake, can be written but is not compulsory for certification.

You do need to have completed EFR Primary Care before enrolling for EFR Secondary Care. If you hold an valid CPR certification from another organisation, you only need to do part two of EFR Primary Care, i.e. Serious bleeding Management, Shock Management and Spinal Injuries Management to be certified.

Course Material


De Lux EFR Crewpack in beautiful, durable carry bag (Contains Primary and Secondary Care Modules as well as basic items required to deal with an emergency, i.e. gloves, medical swabs, etc.)


Standard EFR Crewpack (Contains Primary and Secondary Care Modules)


EFR Video (can be hired)


Each successful candidate will receive a certification card +- 6 weeks after completion of the course. This card is valid for a period of 2 years. An optional, framed certificate of achievement is available at an additional cost of R50.


Four options are available for the full course (Primary and Secondary Care)



De Lux Crewpack plus video R1333.60
De Lux Crewpack with hired video R1024.50
Standard Crewpack plus video R1042.90
Standard Crewpack with hired video R  733.80

For subsequent members of the same family (who are sharing a Crewpack)  - R460.20

Refresher training  - R460.20


8-10 hours, normally spread over two sessions. +- 30 days after completion of the course aEmergency First Responder Card will be issued to the individuals.