CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone. The great thing about EFR courses is they make learning easy by providing a comfortable environment to practice emergency care skills. Your students finish the course feeling confident with their new skills and ready to help someone in need.

The only requirements are that you're at least 18 years old and have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. An EFR Instructor rating is required to become a PADI Instructor, but you don't have to wait until you're ready to go pro. You can complete or refresh this training during your PADI Instructor training.

Instructor with students at a table in a thatch hut.


Your role as an EFR Instructor is to be a coach that creates a positive learning environment. Along with learning how to structure and organize EFR courses, you practice:

  • Presenting course content.
  • Encouraging self-discovery in students.
  • Evaluating student understanding and skill mastery during hands-on skills practice.
  • Managing effective scenario-based learning experiences.

You may be able to get college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor course.

Available Languages

For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.

Getting Started

EFR Instructor eLearning lets you study independently at your own pace before class via nine interactive knowledge development sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for the practical workshops you complete with an EFR Instructor Trainer.

Visit your local PADI dive shop to gain access to EFR Instructor eLearning and ask about an EFR Instructor Support Pak. You can also begin independent study by picking up an EFR Instructor Start-up Kit that includes a complete set of instructional materials. Start learning immediately by completing the self-study development sections and knowledge reviews. Your EFR Instructor Trainer will schedule practical sessions to complete your training.