Emergency First Response

The EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE Course objectives cover many kinds of illness scenarios and accidents that can occur in everyday life. Everyone, not only divers, can benefit from the course whether or not you have had previous experience.

The EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE Course relates first aid to divers and combines basic first aid skills with those required to assist an injured diver.

In the Professionally equipped classrooms at Puffin Dive Centre we have a full range of modern learning aids including DVD and slide presentations, resuscitation models, defibrillator equipment and O2 provision together with all the ancillary equipment necessary for you to complete the course in a realistic and enjoyable way.

The course is split into several modules predominantly, primary and secondary and evaluative. The modules are then split into smaller sections to ensure that your practise time is maximised to give you the full "hands on" benefits of seeing and applying the skills in each individual case.

Before you put the skills into practise your Instructor will tutor and discuss and show you the DVD section relating to the skills where you will see rescuers putting them into practise.

Next you work together with one of the group reading the steps from your student manual for the rescuer to follow. Following this your Instructor will demonstrate the techniques in a real time demonstration.

Each student rotates through the tasks of Guide, Patient and an Emergency First Responder until you are not only proficient but have mastered all the techniques required by each scenario.

During the first of these modules you will cover the initial stages of an incident where you will be shown how to ensure that you do not put yourself in any danger when assisting the victim, this could be from traffic or electricity or from disease spread through the bodily fluids of the victim.

These important skills will be used every time you come to render first aid for the rest of the course and in any real life scene of an accident.

The next important skill in the first module is that of Rescue Breathing, helping someone that is not breathing and then CPR where the victim is unconscious, not breathing and their heart has stopped.

In essence this person has ceased to function and with your skills you could play a vitally important part in the process of resuscitating the per