All our freedive courses include at least some rescue skills, but every freediver should also be fully up-to-date with First Aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) practices. Emergency First Response (EFR) is an internationally recognised provider of First Aid training with courses in Primary Care, Secondary Care, Care for Children, CPR and AED and Refresher Courses.
For PADI Master Freediver or AIDA 4 Star Freediver, you will need to also complete a First Aid course such as our EFR Primary and Secondary Care. This is is a one day course and we usually teach it in Bristol or at NDAC, Chepstow.
The EFR Primary and Secondary course gives you a thorough grounding in handling medical emergency situations, giving first aid and carrying out CPR. Practising on mannequins, and on each other, you’ll learn how to make sure the scene is safe, conduct CPR, handle serious bleeding and spinal injuries and administer oxygen. We’ll also introduce basic skills for First Aid, beyond CPR including Injury Assessment, Illness Assessement, Splinting and Bandaging. Alongside the general EFR content, we’ll include some specific freedive scenarios and make sure you can use our own oxygen kit. If you’ve done one of these before, it’s a course that should be updated at least every two years – and there have been quite a few changes recently so now’s a good time. We run one when we have a few people interested.
The cost of the EFR course including all course materials and certification fee is £90. This includes a manual to keep so you can refresh your knowledge any time after the course. To book, please contact us.
SaltFree Divers can also offer EFR Instructor (EFRI) Programmes. EFRI status is required of PADI Freedive Instructors so we often run these for instructor trainees. Our EFR Instructor Course will run over a weekend and costs (including all materials and certification) £650. Please contact us to register an interest and we will keep in touch with dates, or drop us an email if you have other questions.