A new distinctive specialty, the EFR Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Specialty Course, is set to launch on August 1, 2019.
The new course will consist of two parts. The first is an online section that covers the various theoretical aspects of the course, while the second part is a two-day practical.
The theory section is extensive, and should take up to 25 hours to complete, and covers over 30 different topics, including:
- Head and Spine Injuries.
- Chest and Abdominal Emergencies.
- Gas Poisoning, Anoxia, Hypoxia, Oxygen Toxicity, Carbon Monoxide, HPNS, Narcosis.
- Decompression Illness.
- Barotrauma Injuries.
- Travel Illness.
To take part in the course, students must meet the following requirements:
- Over the age of 18.
- Certified as an EFR Primary and Secondary Care Provider or PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent.
- Proof of first aid and CPR training within the last two years.
To qualify as an EFR Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Specialty Instructor, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the EFR Diving Emergency Medical Responder (DEMR) Specialty Course user level course.
- Be an active EFR EFR Primary and Secondary Care Provider instructor.
- Hold a recognized Paramedic or EMT qualification.
The theory section of the course will go live on August 1, 2019, and cost US$150 (~134 Euros).
The practical section will cost between $250 to $400 (~223 Euros to ~357 Euros) depending on the country and exchange rate, paid directly to your chosen EFR-approved DEMR instructor.