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Diver Medic launches Diving Emergency Medical Responder course



The Diver Medic is excited to announce the new EFR Instructor Authored Programme called Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Course. The purpose of the EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Specialty Course is to provide the knowledge and skills that are necessary for an emergency to help reduce pain, sustain life and minimise the consequences of an injury or sudden illness. The course is to teach students to be prepared, confident, and armed with the knowledge to take control and deal with virtually any non-diving and diving-based medical or traumatic emergency. This course is the next level up from First Aid training. This course sits between First Aid and EMT level, so perfect for all learning levels. We are almost sure that you will learn something new and apply what you have learned to all your medical assessments and treatment. So, who is the course aimed at? Dive Leaders, surface support, professional divers, Divemaster, scientific divers, fire and rescue teams, police rescue teams, recreational divers, rescue teams, lifeguards, Coast Guard, liveaboards, dive centres, dive resorts and whoever wants to broaden their medical knowledge.

Great news! This course will be taught by medically trained personnel.

The course will consist of two sections, the first section will be online theory, and the second section will be a minimum of two days practical.

The online section should take approximately 25 hours to complete and will be a combination of slides, voice-overs, videos, quizzes, case studies, and pdf files. The online section will be live on 1 August 2019, and the link will be on website to take you straight to the payment section of the course. The cost of the online section will be $150.

The practical section is a minimum of two days (16 hours) and will cost anything from $250 to $400 (depending on exchange rate and country) to complete, and this is paid directly to your chosen EFR Approved DEMR Instructor.


Brief outline of the course

Introduction to the EMS Service

Legal and ethical principles of Emergency care

Wellness and Safety of the Diving Emergency Medical Responder

Human Anatomy and Pathophysiology

Moving and Handling patients

Communication and Documentation

Airway Management

Oxygen Therapy

Medical History and Vital Signs

Patient Assessment

Cardiac Emergencies

Respiratory Emergencies

Common Medical Emergencies

Environment Emergencies and Drowning

Soft Tissue Injuries, Bleeding, and Shock

Muscle and Bone Injuries

Head and Spine Injuries

Chest and Abdominal Emergencies

Infant and Children

Operations and Hazardous Response

Multiple-Casualty incidents and Triage

Diving Injuries

Barotrauma Injuries

Travel Illness

Freediving injuries

Diving Physics

Gas Poisoning, Anoxia, Hypoxia, Oxygen Toxicity, Carbon Monoxide, HPNS, Narcosis

Decompression Illness


Ear Injuries and treatment and use of Otoscope

Immersion Pulmonary Edema IPE/IPO

Diving Emergencies

How to initiate a Diving Emergency Plan

How to activate a divers insurance plan and ensure successful emergency treatment for the diver


Student Pre-Requisites are the following:

By the start of the course, a student must be:

18 years old

Certified as an EFR Primary and Secondary Care Provider PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent certification or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation. Must have proof of current CPR and first aid training. Ongoing training means training within the previous 24 months. The Instructor will verify documents.


To obtain the EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) certification, all the elements of the course have to be met, both for the Online and Practical sections regardless of any advanced qualifications you may hold.

To become an EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Instructor, you will need to have completed and passed both the Online and Practical sections of the EFR Approved DEMR course first. This course can be taught around the world.

If you are an EFR instructor and would like to teach this course, please contact Chantelle Newman, not EFR or PADI. This course is an EFR Instructor Authored Programme and owned by The Diver Medic. Please email Chantelle Newman at: to register your interest or to book on your practical.

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Rafal Kopacki
Rafal Kopacki
4 years ago

Is it going to be available in UK as well ?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
4 years ago
Reply to  Rafal Kopacki

Yes the course will be available in the UK.


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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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