EFR Instructor Trainer dates announced!

EFRMay05_77We are pleased to announce that the EFR Instructor Trainer schedule for 2016 has now been announced.

The EFR Instructor Trainer course includes online learning followed by a live knowledge development and practical element, which will be conducted on the dates shown below. This training enables successful applicants to offer EFR Instructor courses, making it particularly beneficial to those working at Instructor Development Centres or those involved in the IDC process.

Day Month Course City Country
23 Jan EFRIT Dusseldorf Germany
29 Feb EFRIT Bristol UK
24 April EFRIT Krakow Poland
29 May EFRIT Lanzarote Canary Islands
5 June EFRIT Mechelen Belgium
26 June EFRIT Limassol Cyprus
31 July EFRIT Moscow Russia
7 August EFRIT Jeddah Saudi Arabia
12 September EFRIT Bristol UK
9 October EFRIT St Raphael France

In order to apply for a space at one of these events you must meeting the following criteria:

  • Be an EFR Primary / Secondary Care Instructor
  • Be an EFR Care For Children Instructor
  • Have registered at least 25 EFR students

OR

  • Have conducted at least 5 separate EFR courses

You can apply for a space by completing and returning the EFR Instructor Trainer registration form – click here to download the form now.

EFR Special Offer!

You can now purchase the materials necessary to kick-start your EFR Instructor courses at a special price!

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For just £75 / 99 euros you can purchase all of the following:

  • EFR Instructor Trainer Guide (70093)
  • EFR Instructor Lesson Guides (70988)
  • EFR Instructor Exam (71850)
  • 80026_lEFR Bag (82139)
  • EFR Key Ring (80079)
  • EFR Pen (85209EFR)
  • EFR Mug (80026)
  • EFR Hat (80028)

This collection of EFR Instructor essentials normally costs £132 / 154 euros!

This offer expires on 31st December 2015, so don’t delay! To order simply contact your PADI Sales Consultant on +44(0) 117 300 7234 during business hours, or email [email protected], quoting EFRIT15.

Training Insights… EFR: What is an Emergency First Response Distinctive?

warehouse-injuryIf you have identified a particular need in your local market and have the expertise to write a course to address those needs, you can develop an EFR Distinctive specialty course.

Perhaps you want to teach first aid to people who regularly take part in another activity (such as another sport or hobby, or a specific occupation) and think they need additional focus on some skills. Alternatively, you might have some customers asking you to teach a particular course or skill.

EFR_72010_lWhatever your reason for wanting to create a bespoke EFR course for your customers, simply let us know about your idea and we can help you develop this further. You don’t have to be a medical professional and courses are often based upon EFR core courses supported by additional scenarios or modules that you’ve contributed.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses or for advice on writing your own EFR Distinctive specialty course, please contact [email protected].

Training Insights… EFR: What are the different Emergency First Response courses?

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If you’ve been considering expanding your dive operation to include Emergency First Response (EFR) courses but are unsure of what courses are available, check out the guide below:

  • booth3541-cmykPrimary Care is a course covering life threatening conditions and focuses on a simple set of priorities (ABCABS) so that emergency providers know what to do and when.
  • Secondary Care is all about non-life threatening conditions. Providers learn how to look after victims until the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive, and how to monitor and prevent further injury.
  • Primary and Secondary Care is the most common combination and is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Emergency First Response Instructor levels.
  • Care for Children is a primary and secondary course focused on infants and children. It can be combined with other courses or run separately.
  • IMG0007-cmykCPR and AED is a short course focused just on CPR and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). It is an ideal introduction to first aid training.
  • Regional courses are courses that meet specific regional needs, such as workplace first aid requirements or training for child care professionals. Check out the EFR website to see what is available in your area.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact [email protected].

Training Insights… EFR: Who else can you offer Emergency First Response courses to?

shutterstock_284644667Ask any of your customers (divers or non-divers) if they would know what to do if one of their friends or family had a medical emergency, and have the confidence to feel prepared. None of us like to think that we couldn’t help.

Emergency First Response (EFR) courses are a great way to get the non-diving friends and family of your existing customers involved in your dive centre, and act as an ice-breaker for introducing them to your dive crew and buddies.

Three Ideas for Broadening your Audience…

  • DSC02513Parents are keen to understand how they can be prepared to help their kids in times of need – why not offer the Care for Children course just for them?
  • In many countries, CPR and First Aid training is being introduced earlier into school curriculums. Try approaching your local school to offer training to your divers’ children, other children and even teachers! The Emergency First Response system has all the tools to keep kids engaged in the training – just check to make sure your schedule is suitable for the age and attention span of a younger audience.
  • shutterstock_228031189Good health may deteriorate as we get older and being prepared for potential emergencies can provide a welcome reassurance. Those who have already retired may find themselves with some extra time on their hands… perfect for completing and maintain their CPR and First Aid training.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact [email protected].

Training Insights… EFR: Do you think EFR won’t work in your business?

RDOnLn0310_0635If you don’t think that teaching Emergency First Response (EFR) courses is possible within your business because of scheduling or location restrictions, try these tips to help integrate the program into your course offerings:

  • Start or finish each day with an hour or two of EFR. This can either give you a gentle start to the day until everyone has woken up and is ready to dive, or a chance to wind down and have fun at the end the day.
  • Introduce the skills one at a time, throughout the PADI Rescue Diver course. They can be done in almost any location: at the dive site, on the boat, in the dive centre – anywhere you have some floor space and, for some skills, a mannequin available.
  • EFR courses can be run in the evenings or on days where diving is stopped due to weather conditions. You can schedule the EFR course for a particular day so that it’s in the diary – but explain that you may do it earlier if weather conditions make it hard to dive, and remain flexible to teaching opportunities for the EFR sessions.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact [email protected].

How To Get Divemaster Applications Processed Without Delay

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Divemaster candidates have been working hard all summer and applications have been streaming in to the PADI EMEA Office. We strive to process all applications promptly; however, they are occasionally delayed due to missing documentation.

The most common reason for a delay is missing first aid and CPR course documentation.

EFR_4C-Black-WhtTrap®_09The PADI Instructor Manual lists the qualifying certification description for EFR Primary Care as proof of current CPR training, and for EFR Secondary Care as proof of current first aid training, provided they have been completed within 24 months of the application date.

Please note that non-EFR first aid/ CPR courses can also meet the requirement for Divemaster; however, documentation of course completion must be included with the application. Most CPR/first aid courses are accepted provided they meet current emergency care guidelines. If you’re uncertain about whether your candidate’s CPR/first aid course meets the necessary requirements, please contact the Training Department via email on [email protected] to verify.

Please note: first aid and CPR courses taught entirely online do not meet Divemaster requirements (nor do they meet other first aid/CPR requirements for other PADI courses).

Here’s how to ensure your Divemaster candidate’s application is processed as quickly as possible:

  1. Verify the certification information is complete
  2. Verify that all required signatures are there
  3. Make sure that the application is completed in its entirety – including the hologram sticker
  4. When submitting prerequisite certifications from other organisations, including CPR/first aid course completions, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver equivalents; make sure that copies of these are attached to the application
  5. Provide payment information

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A copy of both sides of the certifying organisation’s certification card
  • A copy of the certifying organisation’s wall certificate
  • A letter on the certifying organisation’s letterhead verifying the certification

Clarification on Dive Medicals

PADI Divemaster, (Assistant) Instructor and other PADI Pro level training clearly states the important course prerequisite that the candidate must be medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the last 12 months.

As this is a course prerequisite, both the PADI Instructor conducting the course and the PADI dive shop where the training is conducted are responsible for ensuring that this dive medical is in place prior to starting the course – or at the very latest before conducting any in-water sessions (even if these take place in swimming pool or confined water). It is a violation of PADI Training Standards to take candidates into the water for training activities while not yet having a “fit to dive” medical on file.

The above also applies for any students on other PADI courses that involve dives and where they indicated “Yes” to any question(s) on the Medical Statement / Questionnaire. If their medical condition changes during the course, they must be re-evaluated and again cleared for diving by a physician prior to continuing the training. A “fit to dive” medical must also still be valid (less than one year old) at time of course completion.

Tips to ensure / verify appropriate dive medical documentation is in place at the start and end of every course:

  1. The dive medical must clearly state at least the following specific information:
  • Full name and details (e.g. date of birth) to identify the diver
  • Clearance for diving (e.g. “fit to dive”)
  • Full name and contact details of the physician
  • Physician’s signature and date
  1. Keep a copy on file (the diver keeps the original of their own medical)

If you have any questions about the Divemaster Application process please contact Customer Services by email ([email protected]) or by phone (+44 (0)117 300 7234).

Training Insights… EFR: Why teach Emergency First Response (EFR) Courses to Rescue Divers?

EFRMay05_99Emergency First Response (EFR) courses offer an outstanding set of course materials and the same well-researched and respected educational system as PADI courses. Both of these factors make learning CPR and First Aid simple for your divers and also make it easy and fun to teach.

Opportunities with potential Rescue Divers

Although some PADI Rescue Diver students may come to you with a current CPR and First Aid certification, many of them will never have studied these essential skills, or may otherwise need them refreshed. EFR is the perfect tool with which to address their needs.

If you don’t integrate EFR as part of your course offerings, then you’ll need to send your students elsewhere to complete this element of their training. This means you’ll lose out on EFR-generated profit to your business and the opportunity to build relationships with that customer. It goes without saying that turning your customers away to another business comes with the risk of losing that customer for future diving courses, too.

Integrating EFR courses into your dive business

Being an EFR Instructor is a requirement for PADI Instructors, which means you’ll very likely have the resources you need within your existing dive team.

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EFR courses are incredibly flexible and don’t require any in-water sessions, so you can really tailor them to fit around your existing schedule and courses, and use them to fill in off-peak seasons when diving might be less frequent. You could opt to integrate EFR into the Rescue Diver course itself, split it into smaller sections over several days (or even weeks), or run it all in one across a weekend. Choose whichever suits your business – and customers – the best.

If you’ve not harnessed the potential of EFR then get started today. For information on the training requirements for EFR courses, please contact [email protected].