Updated April 19th, 2018.
Are you serious about diving?
Both the Emergency First Response (EFR) course & the PADI Rescue Diver course are the pre-requisite to starting your PADI DiveMaster Course and working your way up the professional diving ladder.
Once completed, divers progress from simply enjoying the environment to become more responsible, experienced and situationally aware divers.
To take this course, you must have completed:
Typically Rescue Divers will start to notice more about other divers and become more aware of what is happening around them. They have a broad understanding of how to prevent incidents, as well as how to deal with them should they occur.
(Note: If you already have a first aid license that is within its renewal period, you do not have to complete the EFR.)
New Way Diving’s PADI EFR & Rescue Diver Course includes:
- Emergency First Response (1st Aid) Course
- PADI Rescue Diver Course
- PADI Materials & Plastic Certification Card
- Pickup service from pier on arrival
- Includes all equipment rentals
- Maximum group size of 4 divers to 1 instructor
The PADI Emergency First Response Course and Rescue Course is arguably one of the most fun courses you undertake. The course is designed to purposefully stress you as an individual, to simulate actual Rescue Scenarios. By doing so, the core principle of the course is reinforced – protect yourself before all others.
Any issue that occurs to YOU during a rescue scenario only adds to the number of people that then need to be helped.
The Emergency First Response Course is PADI’s version of a First Aid course. If you already have this, then you do not need to complete it, but please bring evidence of your existing qualification with you. Otherwise, this takes place the first afternoon of the course, with the remaining three days focusing on the Rescue Course itself.
We offer a maximum group size of 4 students to 1 of our experienced instructors, assuring that each student receives ample attention, allowing them to qualify as a competent diver whilst having a safe and fun experience!
If smaller group instruction is desired, please send us a message to request this and we will be happy to arrange!
The New Way Rescue Diver & EFR Course takes place over 3.5 days, with a schedule that normally looks like this:
|Day 1||14:00 – 18:00||Course Orientation, Paperwork & EFR Course|
|Day 2||08:00 – 10:30||Rescue Videos & Classroom|
|11:45 – 17:00||Rescue Training Scenarios|
|Day 3||08:00 – 10:30||Rescue Classroom & Exam|
|08:00 – 10:30||Rescue Training Scenarios|
|Day 4||06:00 – 10:30||Rescue Scenarios (you’re in charge)|
Please read below to see information regarding each of these dives:
Upon arrival, we shall collect you from the pier, bring you to our shop, and help you to find and check-in to your accommodation. In the afternoon of your first day, we shall then complete the EFR Course.
In the morning we will watch the Rescue Diver Video, and cover some theory with your instructor. Then in the afternoon, we head to the boat to complete some shallow water training exercises, where you will deal with a situation involving panicked snorkellers and divers.
The morning is used for the Rescue Diver Theory, followed by the Rescue Dive Exam. Then, in the afternoon, we will head to the boat to complete some training scenarios as well as your “Hell Dive” – a dive where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong!
The timing of this training session can vary between morning or afternoon depending on the individual. During this session you will assume the position of responsibility on the boat, dealing with all scenarios as they arise to test your retention of information over the past few days.
Once you have completed the course, you are now able to take your Dive Master Course and become a fully-qualified Dive Instructor!
Accommodation in Koh Tao
The course price of 12,500 THB does not include accommodation.
However, we work with BP Hostel to offer our customers 3 nights in an AC Dorm for a total price of 13,300 THB.
We also work with Koya Guesthouse, who offer our customers a private room with Fan for 700 THB per night, or a private room with AC for 1,000 THB per night.
If you would like to book either of these accommodation options, simply send us a message requesting this.