There are no certainties in life – you never know when someone will have an emergency and be in need of your help. The EFR course addresses that situation, and is a one day first response primary care (CPR) as well as a first aid course combined into one. After the course, you will be have the knowledge and confidence to help in a number of situations ranging from the mundane (cuts, abrasions and minor fractures) to life-threatening situations, such as trafic accidents, serious falls, heart attacks, choking or drowning.
The course is serious fun, – you’ll have fun trying various techniques of handling emergencies, but fun as it may be – it prepares you for real situations. We always aim for a fun, low-stress teaching environment, so any anxiety is alleviated and we try to counter the normal fear of imperfect performance, by really making you understand that any help administered is infinitely better than the perfect help that were withheld.
The skills, especially that of administering cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is broken down into a drill, that makes it stick in your memory through repetition and practise – so your long term memory retention will kick in, if you ever need it.
The EFR course only lasts one day, and often precedes the PADI rescue diver course, as you need to have some sort of formalised first aid training before you can enrol in the rescue diver course. If you already have previous First Aid training, you may at the discretion of your instructor use that instead of the EFR course, provided it’s been no more than 24 months since you completed the course, you have proof of completion (a certificate or similar), and your course covered CPR.
Once every month, as part of the volunteer program at MCP, all volunteers without first aid training will take part in an EFR course organised by Marine Conservation Philippines. The actual course is free, but the EFR certification is at the expense of the student, – just like the diving courses, but certification is optional. In other words; The training is free, but if you wish to get the formal recognition, you’ll need to pay for certification. Do kindly note, that the PADI standards for the Rescue Diver Course require formal proof of First Aid training, so if you have no previous First aid training, you will need to get certified if you wish to become a Rescue Diver. If volunteers already have previous training, they are of course welcome to participate in an EFR course just to bush up on skills.