Practicing child CPR skills under the watchful eye of Jo, the EFR InstructorKota Kinabalu, Sabah: As part of their dive internship, Denise and Andy had to complete the Emergency First Response (EFR) course.

And because Downbelow prides themselves on the fact that everyone in the company is EFR trained, some of the as-yet-untrained staff joined in for the training.

The full day of training is actually two courses rolled into one.

The Emergency First Response Course, which covers Primary and Secondary Care, and EFR for Children and Infants.

Completing these courses gives you, the person on the scene before the paramedics, the skills and confidence to assist with emergencies, from drownings, to cardiac arrest to broken limbs and choking.

There are major considerations when dealing with children, and especially infants, in distress.

Bandage and fracture session during the Emergency First Response CourseThe differences are important, and could impact the recovery and survival of children in distress, meaning the two courses really are part of a whole.

In spite of the heavy subject matter, the course was still fun, making remembering the important procedures easy.

The 3 CPR dummies – the adult, child and infant – received much attention throughout the day and were actors in several emergency scenarios set up for the participants in which to practise the new skills.

Fake blood was also used during the barrier use session, for practicing how to remove gloves without getting blood all over yourself to keep yourself safe while assisting others.

Of course there were exams to be written as well, but with a bit of course work before the actual day, and patient direction of Joanne, the EFR Instructor, all the participants successfully completed the exams.

You never know where and when an accident might happen, but with the Emergency First Responder course you’ll be prepared for anything.