PADI’s Room Block for 2018 DEMA Show is Open

Be one of the first to book your room at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino for   DEMA Show 2018 from 14 – 17 November. The DEMA Show will be in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center just steps away from the hotel. Call PADI Travel™ to secure the special room rate of $110 US per night* (plus tax). Pay the resort fee and you’ll receive complimentary wireless internet, access to the hotel’s fitness center, in-room safe use and free local and toll free domestic calls.

PADI® programs, such as the PADI Social, Course Director Update, IDC Staff Instructor Update and Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer course, will take place in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, so you’ll be at the center of the action.

Contact PADI Travel at 800 729 7234 ext. 2539 (US and Canada) or email to book your room today.

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Emergency Care Refresher

Written by DAN Staff

Being able to quickly and correctly provide emergency care during a dive incident can be the difference between a positive outcome and a fatality. Regardless of your level of personal experience with emergency management and response, providing adequate care requires regular refreshers of even the most basic skills, such as measuring vital signs. Accurate assessment of an individual’s condition not only provides EMS personnel with a good baseline for care, but can also help expedite needed medical interventions, and provide a valuable timeline of a patient’s condition. How well do you know your basic life support skills? 



Time is a fundamental metric in emergency response. Regularly recording the patient’s condition and the corresponding time is important to creating an accurate timeline of the patient’s symptoms. A timeline can be used to determine whether the patient’s condition is worsening and can dictate medical interventions. Seriously ill patients should have their vital signs reassessed every few minutes, while patients who are stable may reasonably have their vitals checked less frequently.

Level of Responsiveness

A patient’s level of responsiveness (LOR) can be one of the most revealing indicators of well-being. LOR is generally measured with four basic questions:

  • What is your name?
  • Where are we?
  • What time is it?
  • What happened?

If an individual can answer all of these questions with reasonable accuracy, you can quantify the LOR as “Alert and Oriented to Person, Place, Time, and Event,” which is frequently written as “A+Ox4.” In the event that a person can’t respond to these, or is unconscious, you can further measure LOR by determining if the patient is responsive to verbal or physical stimuli. While this measurement may provide useful information to professional responders, it’s not likely to change the care  you provide as a dive professional.


Pulse can be a very effective indicator of an individual’s wellness, especially if you measure strength and regularity of the beat in addition to frequency. To assess a pulse, place two fingers gently on either the carotid artery on the neck, or on a patient’s wrist just beneath the base of their thumb. If you difficulty finding a pulse, first confirm the location of your fingers, and then make sure you aren’t pressing too hard or too gently. Note not just the speed at which the heart beats, but also the strength and regularity of the beat, these can be important factors when determining injury severity.



Constantly monitoring a patient’s breathing is a crucial emergency care step. Because many people will alter their breathing if they know you’re trying to count their breaths, begin counting respirations immediately after measuring the patient’s pulse. Pay close attention to the sound of breath and listen for wheezing, gasping, or labored breathing. These can indicate the existence of specific conditions and be valuable information for healthcare personnel.

For more information on diver health and safety visit



PADI Programs at the 2017 DEMA Show

DEMA16_banner02_600x200Course Director Update

Tuesday, 31 October – 7:00am – 12:00pm
Room: Rosen Centre Hotel Grand Ballroom A, B, C

IDC Staff Instructor Update

Friday, 3 November – 7:00am – 12:00pm
Room: Orange County Convention Center – S330 A, B, C, D

This year’s Course Director and IDC Staff Instructor Updates center on the highly anticipated revision of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). Get a sneak peek at some of the IDC components in development including the “Think Like an Instructor” concept and the enhanced knowledge development, confined water and open water evaluation criteria.

The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI® staff.

Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors and renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • What’s New: IDC Revision – a preview of this PADI flagship program
  • Evaluation Training Workshop and the New Evaluation Criteria
  • Risk Management in Instructor Development

At the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer

Thursday, 2 November – 8:00am – 1:00pm
Room: Rosen Centre Hotel Salon 7/8

EFR_CPR_Chest_Compress_Mannequin.tifThis half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

PADI Business Academy: Mastering Online Advertising

Saturday, 4 November – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Room: Rosen Centre Hotel Salon 5/6

A step-by-step interactive guide to implementing the latest online ad trends

Learn how to tackle and master the most important online advertising trends during this hands-on workshop. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to use online advertising to acquire new divers and keep your existing ones coming back.

What will you learn to implement?

  • Facebook ads, including custom and look-alike audiences
  • Instagram ads
  • Google AdWords
  • Google display ads
  • Google call-only ads

Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

To register for the program, contact Lisa Joralemon at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2552.

New PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Programs Orientation

Wednesday, 1 November – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Orlando YMCA

This half-day program introduces the new PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience is documented. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders, and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

Basic Freediver Course

Saturday, 4 November – 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Orlando YMCA

Have you tried the PADI FreediverTM program yet? You can learn more about it, give freediving a try and get started on the PADI Basic Freediver course rating in just a few hours while at 2017 DEMA Show.

Freediver_poolThis half-day event covers the knowledge development and confined water portions of the PADI Freediver course, and successful completion result in certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. Complete the two remaining open water sessions to become certified as a PADI Freediver at a later date.

The program costs $199 US and registration incudes the PADI Freediver TouchTM, confined water session and certification as a PADI Basic Freediver. Please register no later than Monday, 16 October, to receive the Touch code to complete independent study in time for the confined water session on Saturday, 4 November.

You don’t need special freediving equipment to participate – just bring your regular fins, mask and snorkel. It’s a great, fun way to learn by doing. Find out why so many PADI Pros are jumping into PADI Freediving.

To register for the program, contact Yvonne Lara at 800 729 7234 (US and Canada only), or +1 949 858 7234, ext. 2296.

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Final EFR Materials Update

The revised Care for Children DVD is in stock and shipping. This was the last item we were waiting on to get updated.

Now that it’s here:

  • All related kits such as the EFR Instructor Manual and EFR Instructor Start-Up Kit are shipping with 100% updated material.
  • If you ordered an EFR update pack at DEMA or during member forum, it’s shipping this week.
  • If you still have the prior version of the EFR materials – for any course or level – they are valid for use through 31 December 2012.

Revised EFR Care for Children Materials
Care for Children manual and DVD -60270
Care for Children manual ala carte- 70179
Care for Children DVD ala carte – 70993
Care for Children student exam- 71812
Care for Children instructor guide- 79190

In case you missed it, the updated EFR Instructor Trainer materials are also in and shipping. You can also read our earlier posts about the updated CPR/AED materials or Primary/Secondary Care materials.

EFR IT Materials Updated and Shipping

Revised EFR Instructor Trainer Materials

The updated Emergency First Response IT lesson guides, instructor guide and instructor exam are revised and shipping. As my fourth grade teacher used to say: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.*

* What that phrase means, or why my teacher said this sort of thing to ten-year-olds – I have no idea

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Below you’ll find the part numbers and details on the new materials for EFR instructor trainers.

But first…here’s the latest on the EFR student materials:

  • Everything is updated and available except the Care for Children DVD.
    We expect these DVDs in stock by mid-April. Stay tuned to PADI Instructor News for updates.
  • Still have the prior version of the EFR student materials in stock?
    Don’t worry – they are valid for use through the end of this year (31 December 2012).
  • The EFR Instructor update/start-up pack is available (product no. 60215 / 80215)
    The instructor kit ships with the prior version of the Care for Children DVD in it until mid-April.

    Please order this item through your PADI Sales Consultant so we may facilitate either getting you the new DVD when it comes out or holding off on sending the kit until it’s 100% up-to-date.

updated Emergency First Response instructor trainer manualEFR IT Lesson Guides CD-ROM
Product no. 70988

  • EFR Instructor course lesson guides (powerpoint)
  • EFR IT manual (PDF)
  • EFR Instructor Manual (PDF)

EFR IT manual – paper version
Product no. 70093
If you buy the Lesson Guide CD-ROM above, you’ll receive a digital copy of the paper manual.

EFR Instructor Exam 
Product no. 71850

If you still have the prior version of the EFR materials – for any course or level – they are valid for use through 31 December 2012.

Useful Links:
Read about the updated EFR CPR/AED materials (includes product numbers).
Read about the updated EFR Primary/Secondary Care materials (includes product numbers).

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Revised CPR and AED Materials Now Shipping

Updated EFR Materials

(two down, one to go)

Revised CPR/AED materials are now shipping! All related kits such as the EFR Instructor Manual and EFR Instructor Start-Up Kit have been updated as well.

So if you order a 60215 Instructor Pack or 70149 Instructor manual you will receive new Primary/Secondary materials, new CPR/AED materials, but the prior version of Care for Children.

We expect Care for Children will have new materials in February or March 2012. Revised EFR Instructor Trainer materials will be available shortly thereafter.

New CPR/AED Materials

CPR/AED manual and DVD – 60267
CPR/AED manual ala carte 70185

CPR/AED student exam 71865
CPR/AED instructor guide 79215

Read about the revised EFR Primary / Secondary Care products.

Revised EFR Materials Now Shipping

EFR Primary Secondary Care ILCOR  Revision

The EFR Primary and Secondary Care course materials, updated with the new ILCOR guidelines, are now shipping. Revised Care for Children and CPR/AED course materials will be available in approximately November 2011.

Important info

  • The new materials are available in English only (for now)
  • There are some new product numbers (denoted in yellow below).
  • Cost of the revised materials =  same as the old materials.
  • You may continue to use any old material you have in stock (with the errata)
  • Required use of the new material: 30 July 2012 (if available in the student’s language).

Primary / Secondary Care student materials

60224 – P/S student crewpak – includes manual and DVD
50037 – Care at a Glance card
70370 – P/S student manual ala carte (was 70091)
70983 – P/S student DVD ala carte (was 70867MUL)

Primary / Secondary Care Instructor materials

67040 – P/S instructor guide
71825 – P/S final exam (was 71806)
71826 – P/S exam answer sheet (was 10247)

Primary / Secondary Care Instructor Trainer materials (can only be purchased by EFR IT’s / PADI Course Directors)

71850 – EFR P/S instructor course exam (was 71850)
71851 – EFR P/S instructor course answer sheet (was 71851)

The only revised EFR IT material available right now is the Primary Secondary Care instructor exam. The complete Instructor Trainer guide and lesson guides will be available Novemberish 2011. We are waiting for the Care for Children and CPR/AED materials to be revised before releasing new EFR IT materials.

EFR Add-On Sale: Branded First Aid Kit

A few years back I received a great idea from a prolific EFR Instructor – create a branded first aid kit.  Encourage students to buy at least one kit for their vehicle, and maybe an extra for their home or camping supplies. Label the container so your contact information is visible from the outside and your students will  be reminded of their EFR Instructor every time they open their trunk / go camping, etc.

In a nutshell, here’s how you could put a branded first aid kit together:
Choose a container (dry box, large waterbottle, etc), buy first aid supplies in bulk (see suggested contents below). Include an EFR Care at A Glance card* so – in the heat of the moment – your student will have a quick-reference card to remind them of important steps. Affix your contact info to the outside, or, if you have an opaque container, slide your info on the inside facing out – this will protect it from water damage.

* Part no. 50037

Pasted below is a list of suggested items for your EFR First Aid Kits.

Reference material
EFR Care at a Glance Card
A decal or business card with your contact information

Pocket Mask

Bleeding control supplies
Gauze pads in various sizes
Absorbent dressings
Adhesive bandages.

Wound cleaning materials
Antiseptic wipes or solution
Irrigation syringe
Antibiotic ointment.

Additional wound care materials
Medical tape to secure bandages,
Shears to remove bandages
A “tincture” of benzoin (adheres bandages to wet skin)

Musculoskeletal injury supplies
Triangular bandages
Elastic bandages (such as ACE™ bandages)
Safety pins and cord.
Cold packs and heat packs (to manage swelling / pain)

Basic medications*

* Determine if administering medications is within your scope of practice and/or legal in your area. If you are allowed to administer medications, make sure you ask the patient if they have any allergies.

Errata for EFR Student Manuals Explaining New ILCOR Guidelines

(new link – updated 9 May 2011)
A two page errata with the new AHA/ILCOR guidelines is now shippnig with our EFR student manuals. For additional copies of this document, please visit the Training Essentials Menu of the PADI Pro’s Site. Or download the EFR 2011 AHA ILCOR Errata.pdf here.

If the link above doesn’t work, you may need to login to the PADI Pro’s Site first. Then try clicking the link again.

For more information on how to apply the new guidelines into your EFR course, please read our article FAQ Incorporating New ILCOR Guidelines.

We anticipate updated copies of the student manuals will ship in late summer or early fall 2011. Please stay tuned to PADI Instructor News for future announcements about this product.

FAQ Incorporating New ILCOR Guidelines into EFR

ABC is now CAB and other changes are being added to our EFR materials as the result of ILCOR’s meeting

The mandatory date to incorporate the new guidelines is 31 March 2011.
To get prepared, check out the information from the 4th Quarter EFR Responder Newsletter.