Emergency First Responder (EFR) Course

The Emergency First Responder course or EFR course trains the participants in basic emergency care, such as basic CPR and First aid skills. It is recommended for those who wish to enroll in the PADI’s Rescue Diver, Divemaster, and Instructor courses, which all require training in CPR and first aid.


The PADI EFR course is a one-day training program that involves knowledge development sessions using manuals, videos, reference cards, and demonstrations, as well as practice sessions. Taking the course does not have any minimum age requirement or other pre-requisites.

Emergency first response course scope

The emergency responder training is divided into two parts:

  1. Primary Care. This teaches you about CPR, including chest compression and rescue breathing. It also includes scene assessment, monitoring the victim’s condition, and maintaining his or her lifeline before professional help arrives.
  2. Secondary care. Otherwise known as the First aid training, this part lets you learn first aid for common injuries. You will learn about bandaging and splinting, protection against pathogens, as well as the basics of oxygen administration and Automatic External Defibrillation.

Emergency first responder certification

After you finish your PADI Emergency First Responder training, you will then receive your PADI EFR certification. You may now perform CPR; respond to possible diving injuries, such as shock, bleeding, and spinal injury; and administer first aid care for other injuries, such as sprains, strains, dislocations, and broken bones.

PADI Emergency First Responder training cost

The emergency first responder certification costs Php 7,190 or approximately USD153 at Sea Explorers. It takes only 1 day to finish the training and receive your PADI EFR certification.

To view updated prices, see here: PADI Diving Courses