Course Description

The EFR Approved 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 minimize 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.

Student Pre-Requisites are the following:
By the start of the course, a student must be: 18 years
1. Certified as an EFR Primary and Secondary Care Provider PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent certification or have a qualifying certification from another training organization. Must have proof of current CPR and first aid training. Ongoing training means training within the previous 24 months. The Instructor will verify documents.

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 20 hours to complete and will be a combination of slides, voice-overs, videos, quizzes, and pdf files.

Certification is valid for two years

 The practical section is a minimum of two days (16 hours) and will cost anything from $250.00 to $400.00 (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 diver’s insurance plan and ensure successful emergency treatment for the diver and more.

You will have 800 days access to your online after that; please contact admin to extend your subscription.

This course keeps giving, every three months new content is added for the benefit of the student for extra information and resources on Advanced First aid, this is at no additional charge.

We are hoping the student gets the most out of this course.

On the online section, there is a section for group discussions, and please respect each other and the contents of this course.

Any comments, complaints, and suggestions are welcomed in an email, and please do not discuss it on the group discussion.

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.  

Due to COVID19 we have extended the theory to 12 months before having to take your practical session. We just ask that you review your coursework before you do your practical as there will be an assessment of your theory on the first day of your practical.

Course Director and Instructor

Chantelle Newman, AEA , BSc, EMT-A, DMT,Cert Ed

Chantelle Newman -  Born in Africa 1972, joined South African EMS at age of 19 under Civil Defence then later took on a full time position working on the road as first line response and worked in a very busy control room, Trauma specialist, attended several mass shootings, and bombings in South Africa. Relocated in London in 1998.  Became a medical instructor teaching Emergency Medical Technician, First Response, Health and Safety and First Response Emergency care. 2010 started the Facebook group called The Diver Medic which has become very popular with Diving Medicine and Dive safety posts.  In 2011 qualified as a PADI Divemaster and then a Diver Medic. Later in the year designed a Diver Medical Technician course for DAN Europe and became an IMCA DMT accredited Training facility in London.  Got asked to set up several IMCA DMT Training facilities around the world.  In 2016 got inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame and in August the same year was featured under Heroes of Diving in the Scuba Diving Magazine in the USA.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder course

    • EFR Approved Diving Emergency Medical Responder Course

  • 2

    The Diving Emergency Medical Responder

    • Dictionary of Medical Terms

    • Anatomy & Physiology v2

    • Flow through the Heart Video

    • Function of the Nervous System Video

    • The Diving Emergency Medical Responder

    • Introduction to the EMS Service

    • Wellness and Safety

    • Legal and ethical principles

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Moving and Handling Patients

    • Documentation

    • PADI Incident Report form

    • Communication

  • 4

    Module 3

    • Airway Management

    • Airway Adjuncts

    • Oxygen Administration

    • Oxygen Delivery Devices

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Medical History

    • Patient assessment

    • Patient assessment list

    • Vital Signs

    • Oxygen Saturation and Blood Glucose

    • Pulse oximetry paper

    • Secondary assessment

    • Chris Solomons Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rescue - BBC Helicopter Heroes

    • Adult Basic Life Support

    • Agonal Gasps - Bondi Beach Rescue "2013"

    • AHA BLS Update 2017

    • AED

    • ECC Guidlines for AED 2000

    • Quiz 1

  • 6

    Module 5

    • Cardiac Emergencies

    • Heart Attack Lesson

    • Diving and cardiovascular risks

    • Cardiovascular fitness and diving

    • Respiratory Emergencies

    • Asthma Lesson

  • 7

    Module 6

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 1

    • Epilepsy Lesson

    • Epilepsy and diving article

    • Stroke Lesson

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 2

    • Diabetes Lesson

    • Diabetes Summary Guidelines for diving

    • Diving-with-Diabetes

    • Diving with Diabetes guidelines and latest research

    • Diving under the influence

    • Common Medical Emergencies Part 3

    • Anaphylactic shock Lesson

    • Actual Live Anaphylactic Attack & Use Of EPI Pen

    • Marijuana and fitness to dive, the experts opinion

  • 8

    Module 7

    • Environment Emergencies

    • Drowning

    • Treatment for Drowning Video- Warning Sensitive Topic

    • Travel and Tropical Illness

    • Marine Life Injuries and Food Poisoning

    • Portuguese man-of-war alarm in the mediterranean-sea

    • Moray Eel injury - Graphic

    • Hypothermia and Diving

    • The Malaria Threat

  • 9

    Module 8

    • Soft Tissue Injuries and Bleeding

    • Celox Rapid Video

    • How_to_Use-Celox_Rapid-FDA

    • An Alternative Hemostatic Dressing: Comparison of CELOX, HemCon, and QuikClot - Paper

    • How_to_Use-Celox_Granules

    • Case Study Field experience with a chitosan-based haemostatic dressing

    • CAT Tourniquet Arm application Video

    • CAT Tourniquet lower extremity application Video

    • SAM XTPartner-Aid Lower Extremity SAM Medical

    • SAM XT High & Tight Application SAM Medical

    • SAM XT Self-Aid Upper Extremity SAM Medical

    • Burns

    • Silvapro solution for burns

    • How-to-Use-Silvapro

    • Lightning strike Video

    • Shock

    • How to Treat Shock video

    • Quiz 2

  • 10

    Module 9

    • Muscle and Bone Injuries

    • Head and Spine Injuries

    • Hydrocephalus shunts and scuba diving can this be safe?

    • What To Do If Someone Has A Spinal Cord Injury

    • GCS-Assessment-Aid

    • Effects of diving on the brain part-1

    • Effects of diving on the brain part-2

    • How To Treat A Fracture

    • Chest and Abdominal Emergencies

    • Gastric reflux in diving is it an emerging issue

    • Pneumothorax and its consequences Diving

    • SAM® Chest Seal Training With Valve SAM Medical

    • SAM® Chest Seal Training Non-Valved SAM Medical

    • What To Do If Someone Has A Spinal Cord Injury

  • 11

    Module 10

    • Pediatrics

    • Good Samaritan Law for Children

  • 12

    Module 11


  • 13

    Module 12

    • Freediving Injuries

    • Prevalence and genetic predisposition to acute respiratory symptoms in breath hold divers

    • Taravana Case Report

    • Scuba and free diving on the same day our guidelines

    • Lung squeeze coughing your lungs out or not

    • Genetic Predisposition to breath-hold diving induced pulmonary edema

    • Quiz 3

  • 14

    Module 13 - Physics

    • Physics

    • The P Phenomenon

    • Physiological Responses to high pressure during immersion

  • 15

    Module 14

    • How Does the Ear Work Video

    • ENT Barotrauma Part A

    • Hearing Loss Due To Forgotten Foreign Body

    • ENT Barotrauma Part B

    • Sudden hearing loss after a trimix dive

    • Common ear injuries while diving

    • Eustachian tube dysfunction the treatment with balloon tuboplasty

    • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction in diving

    • Lung sounds - Breath sounds Types Video

    • Scuba diving and dental implants

  • 16

    Module 15

    • Gas Poisoning and Contaminants

    • Preventing Breathing Gas Contamination

    • Air Nitrox and fatigue

    • Hypoxia Cellular injury Video

    • The Effects of Hypoxia at High Altitude Video

    • Decompression Illness Part A

    • Decompression Illness Part B

    • Flying after diving finally the facts not just theory

    • Latests findings on DCI and dive physiology part 1

    • Latests findings on DCI and dive physiology part-2

    • PFO and Scuba diving

    • PFO and Diving

    • Probability and severity of DCS paper

    • Treatment Tables

    • Immersion pulmonary Edema

    • On Site Neuro Assessment

    • Neurological DCI

    • Neurological assessment in Chamber video IMCA

    • Medical Examinations for scuba diving

    • Perception of reality and hydration in divers

    • Women and diving health considerations

    • Medications and fitness to dive

    • Medications for depression and fitness-to-dive

    • Viagra curse or blessing for a diver

    • Quiz 4

  • 17

    Module 16

    • How to Initiate a Diving Emergency plan (globaly)

    • Divers Alert Network Emergency procedures Internationally

    • EAP safety guideline example

  • 18

    New Material added March 2020

    • Cleaning and Disinfection for Households

    • What You Need To Know About Handwashing

    • Coronavirus What heart and stroke patients need to know

    • COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) March Update- causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology


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Loved this class!

Susan Burke

I thoroughly enjoyed both the online learning and my practical weekend with Ed Benjamin. There was a lot of reading but it really helped to have the videos...

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I thoroughly enjoyed both the online learning and my practical weekend with Ed Benjamin. There was a lot of reading but it really helped to have the videos and the voice over in the presentations too. I hope to go on with this and get a DMT certification (I have an old one from DAN - but honestly, I learned more here) but I would also love to become an instructor. Thanking you for a well thought out class structure & materials.

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Karin O'Sullivan

Excellent course - learnt so much.

Excellent course - learnt so much.

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Amazing Course!

Ian Wilson

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