First Aid and CPR Training Course

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Emergency First Response Course Koh Tao

The Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary care course is designed to build confidence and increase the willingness of lay rescuers when they are faced with a medical emergency.

It is also an important prerequisite for the PADI Rescue Diver course if you do not have a recognized first aid and CPR certificate.

You will learn simple steps to follow when faced with a medical emergency. You will have lots of time to practice applying the skills in a relaxed learning environment.


Included in the Koh Tao Emergency First Response Course

  • EFR Primary & Secondary care course
  • EFR Primary & Secondary care manual & EFR Certification card
  • All first aid equipment required
  • Maximum 4 students per EFR Instructor
  • Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise

The course consists of two sections:

  • Knowledge Development
  • Skill practice and development


At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per EFR Instructor.

Our Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become a competent emergency first responder.

Koh Tao EFR Primary & Secondary Course Schedule

The Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

Please feel free to ask us about the Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary course with any special requests you may have either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 

Course Schedule:

Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30: Orientation, Watch EFR Video & complete knowledge development

11.30 – 12.30: LUNCH

12.30 – 17.00: Skills workshops and scenarios

Final Exam

You are now certified as an Emergency First Responder in Primary & Secondary care for the next 24 months.


Let us take a look at the Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary course in more detail.

EFR  Course Orientation & Knowledge Development

We start the Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary course at 09.00 with an Orientation.

We then review some knowledge development including learning about how to recognise life-threatening problems and prioritise emergency procedures.

We discuss protecting yourself against bloodborne pathogens using the AB-CABS system of care and monitoring a patients cycle of care.

Your Instructor will guide you through the knowledge development and show you the EFR Video that covers the knowledge development and introduce the primary and secondary care skills you need to master.

Your Instructor will integrate the knowledge development with the skill practice and will demonstrate each skill to you before allowing you an opportunity to try it yourself through role playing and practice.

EFR Skill Development

The EFR skill sessions and role playing medical emergency scenarios will be conducted by your Instructor and will include the following skills:

Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course:

  • Scene Assessment
  • Barrier Use
  • Primary Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Serious Bleeding Management
  • Shock Management
  • Spinal Injury Management
  • Conscious and Unconscious Choking Management

EFR Recommended Skills

Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. 

Secondary Care (first aid) skills taught in this course:

  • Injury Assessment
  • Illness Assessment
  • Bandaging
  • Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures

The course Includes first aid treatment reference for the following emergencies:

Allergic Reactions (incl. anaphylaxis), Asthma, Bruises, Burns, Chemical Burns, Choking (adult, child, infant), CPR (adult, child, infant), Cuts, Dental Injuries, Diabetic Problems.

Dislocations and Fractures, Electrical Injuries, Eye Injuries, First Aid Kit Assembly, Fish Spine Injury, Frostbite, Heat Exhaustion, Heatstroke, Heart Attack, Hypothermia.

Insect Stings, Jellyfish Stings, Octopus Bites, Poisoning, Scrapes, Seizures, Snake Bites, Spider Bites, Sprains and Strains, Stroke, Temperature Related Injuries and Venomous Bites and Stings.

As a diver, the Emergency First Response course builds on your existing diving course knowledge as an Open Water or Advanced Open Water diver and is a required certificate as a part of a PADI Divemaster course.

Emergency First Response Course Cost: 4,750 baht


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the EFR course on Koh Tao?

The Emergency First Response course can be completed in half a day, either morning or afternoon.

If you are signed up for the PADI Rescue Diver course, you can complete EFR course the afternoon before starting Rescue Diver training.

That gives you ample time to learn all the life saving skills that you can put into practice in your Rescue course.

What is the price of the Emergency First Response course on Koh Tao?

Price for the EFR course is THB 4,750. This includes all course materials, instructor and certification costs.

You will receive the EFR manual, which serves as a useful tool to keep your knowledge and skills fresh.

Ex-students enjoy a 10% discount on the course price. If you sign up for PADI Rescue course after EFR you will receive a 10% discount on the PADI Rescue Diver course price.

Is the EFR course certificate on Koh Tao valid for life?

The Emergency First Responder certificate is valid for 24 months. It is a good idea to refresh your CPR and first aid skills every 2 years and stay up to date with any changes.

If you have a previous CPR & First Aid certificate, but it is now expired, you can sign up for the EFR course as a refresher before enrolling in the PADI Rescue Diver course.

Do I have to do EFR before starting PADI Rescue Diver course Koh Tao?

EFR training can be completed together with PADI Rescue Diver training and does not necessarily have to be done before starting.

You will use the techniques taught in the EFR course when practicing several different Rescue exercises, so we recommend our students to take EFR before starting Rescue Diver course, if they have the time.

Can I use an EFR certification from another training organization?

Some CPR & First Aid certificates from other training organizations can replace EFR certification. The certificate has to be valid and within the last 24 months.

If you have a certificate from a different organization, get in contact with us and we can let you know if it is acceptable or not.

Is the EFR certificate on Koh Tao internationally recognized?

Yes, Emergency First Response is an internationally recognized CPR & First Aid certification.

The Emergency First Response qualification adheres to the standards set out by the American Heart Association following the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation guidelines.

What is the minimum age to take the EFR course on Koh Tao?

There is no minimum age for the course and we welcome everyone who is eager to learn life-saving skills.

In order to get certified, participants have to successfully complete all performance requirements from practical skills to final exam.

What do you have to do on EFR course on Koh Tao?

During the EFR course you will learn both the primary and secondary care skills. You will start by watching the EFR video and answer the questions in the knowledge review.

After going through the theory with your instructor, you will move on to the practical side of the course using the skills workbook.

At the end of the course, you have to get a passing score on the EFR final exam.

When can I take the Emergency First Response course on Koh Tao?

The EFR course is available for anyone who is looking to add valuable life-saving skills to their skill set.

You do not have to be a scuba diver to take the EFR course, although it is a requirement for divers looking to continue their education and become Rescue Diver or PADI Divemasters or Dive Instructors.

The certificate is of great value in a non-diving workplace as well.

Is all equipment included in the price of the EFR course on Koh Tao?

Yes, all necessary equipment to complete the training and meet performance requirements is included in the course price.

During the course you will be using a CPR manikin, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and other first aid related equipment, such as bandages and splints.

We also have a baby manikin for those who want to take the ‘Care for Children’ EFR course.