PADI Emergency First Response

A PADI beginner program, Emergency First Response primary and secondary care course trains you for critical moments. It teaches you what you have to do between when a life-threatening emergency occurs and when emergency medical services arrive. You will learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), provide first aid for easing pain, assess various injuries and illnesses, and practise bandaging and splinting.

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Take this course if you want to:

  • Learn CPR
  • Improve your first aid skills
  • Be prepared in an emergency

You will learn how to:

  • Apply bandages and splints
  • Help someone who is choking
  • Handle a possible spinal injury
  • Respond to a variety of illnesses and injuries

Available languages

Emergency First Response program is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Chinese simplified
  • Chinese traditional

Please contact the PADI dive center for information on other available languages.

Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care Training

Flexible online self-study and in-person training are combined in the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) course. One can take this course at their own pace. You should practise a skill until you are absolutely confident and then move on to the next one.

Independent study

PADI eLearning- If you have a busy schedule, then online training will make it easy for you to learn CPR and first aid. You can watch videos of various first aid techniques and also learn what to do in case of an emergency. You can study online or offline using a mobile device or a computer. Talk to your PADI instructor in case of any doubts.

eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours

At the dive shop

With your instructor- You will be taught eight essential skills for helping others in an emergency situation. Get the first-hand experience of administering CPR using a special manikin, along with practising bandaging and splinting, and applying your new skills in a role-playing scenario.

  • Prerequisites: Desire to help others
  • Total time commitment: 4-8 hours
  • Minimum age: None

Medical requirements

A minimum level of health and fitness is required for scuba diving. In case you are suffering from any chronic health condition, or taking certain medications and/or had surgery recently, you will have to get written approval from a physician before diving. In order to avoid any confusion, you can simply download and review the Diver Medical Form to make sure that you will not require approval from a physician to dive. You should not ask your instructor, dive master, or dive shop staff for medical advice as they are not physicians. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive if you do not have a minimum level of health and fitness. 

Other costs & equipment

Emergency First Response course comprises independent self-study as well as in-person training. Only the self-study portion is covered when you purchase online training from the website. An additional cost is there to complete your practical training with an EFR Instructor. The charges will depend on class size, location, etc. Contact Aqua Nomads for more information and pricing. It is a 5-star PADI center located in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep officially). For hygiene reasons, you will need your own set of personal barriers such as gloves, bandages for practical simulations, a ventilation barrier, etc. for more details, contact your PADI instructor. 

Time commitment

  • Self-study: 2-4 hours
  • Entire course: 1-2 days

System requirements

The online courses of PADI work on the browsers listed below: Ensure that your browser is updated to have the best experience.

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Firefox

You can also study at a location that has no internet access. Just use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. You can download the content in small sections with a total file size of around 981 MB. You can upload your progress when you get back online. This will help you in resuming your training right where you left off. The app is available for Android as well as Apple iOS devices. Devices should not be more than three models old and updated with the latest Operating System (OS). 

After this course

You can also be trained regarding how to provide CPR and first aid for children and infants. Your EFR instructor can also teach you how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

Scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The unique topography of the Andaman Islands makes the diving experience hard to get anywhere else. Most of its beaches are enclosed by long stretches of reefs that are hundreds of meters wide and are separated by the shore with shallow waters. Some of them are complemented by volcanic lava hills as well! The alive and untouched corals are home to the world’s most vivacious marine dwellers and fish that may pop out from the azure ocean and display a gorgeous scene around the scuba diver. The abundance of corals and fish often enclose the diver from all directions that is enough to leave him in wonder and awe. 

There are more than 40 places to dive into this Indian union territory. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are as follows:

  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Water depth
  • Water current
  • Fish population
  • Clarity of water
  • Population of corals

Keeping all these things in mind while picking up a place for your dive can be a little bit tough. Isn’t it? But don’t worry, we present here the list of best places for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands:

  • Havelock Island (the most preferred one)
  • North Bay Island
  • Neil Island
  • Port Blair

About Aqua Nomads

If you are in the Andaman Islands and are willing to enrol in the Emergency First Response course, then trust none other than the best–Aqua Nomads. Located in Havelock Island (officially known as Swaraj Dweep now), this 5-star PADI center is a renowned dive shop that offers all kinds of diving programs designed for beginners as well as experienced, along with recreational dives as well. 

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