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PADI EFR...

Discussion in 'Q and A for Scuba Certification Agencies' started by RichieRich1042, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. RichieRich1042

    RichieRich1042 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I tried doing a search but couldn't really find an answer. When it comes to the PADI EFR course, I have my state EMT card as well as BLS-Provider cards through AHA and both are up to date. I'm also a former instructor (couldn't justify keeping it up to date). Would I still have to take the EFR class or am I able to send PADI a copy of my cards? Sorry if this question is asked ad nausea. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Scuba Scott

    Scuba Scott Instructor, Scuba ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well... that depends.
    The standards state EFR or equivalent. Your current EMT and BLS cards would meet that standard for anything below instructor.
    When I sent in my Instructor application PADI held it until I paid to be an EFR instructor even though I had much higher certifications.
     
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  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It is not clear what you are trying to accomplish, or what your real question is. Why do you need an EFR card?
     
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  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmm, there is a mismatch here. Used to be an instructor? Profile shows 50-99 dives? One of those has to be wrong.
     
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  5. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

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    Perhaps OP means he was an instructor in state EMT, not saying he was SCUBA instructor.
     
  6. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Perhaps.
    If he thinks he needs EFR for Rescue, he does not. His current certs are equivalents or better. His Rescue instructor/shop should know that and so advise him.
     
  7. RichieRich1042

    RichieRich1042 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sorry for the confusion all. I have my rescue card from PADI already. It was more so having the cert for if/when I decide to start my MSD/DM rating. The instructor card I was referring to was the AHA Healthcare Provider Instructor certification. That is the one I couldn't justify keeping as I didn't have the time to commit to teaching the required number of classes per year. My provider card is still active. I was not advised on how to go about it from the dive shop as they weren't sure themselves other than having to take the course which is why I wanted to ask here. Thanks for the responses.
     
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  8. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    If in doubt, ask PADI directly - link

    At the end of the day it is only them that know if they will accept it as equivalent or not.
     
  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    MSD does not require EFR, but it does require Rescue, which in turn DOES require EFR or equivalent.
    DM certainly requires EFR or equiivalent. CPR-only (as in BLS) is not sufficient as an equivalent, first aid is also necessary.
     
  10. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    since you already have Padi Rescue cert. you would not have to worry about EFR cert unless you are considering becoming a Open Water Instructor, then your EFR cert has to be up to date an you would have to become a EFR Instructor. Also MSD/DM rating are 2 seperate certs.- Divemaster is where you become a PADI Pro. Master Scuba Diver is where you accumulate 5 specialties along with Rescue, then you can fill paperwork to become a PSD.
     

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