CPR/AED training is offered as part of our lifeguard training component, as well as a separate course on its own.
Being able and trained to assist a person experiencing a cardiac emergency is an invaluable skill to possess, one which will benefit the trainee in many ways. Not only is acquiring the knowledge and skills in CPR and AED use necessary for all people who are training to be lifeguards, but CPR training is desired and often required in other jobs as well. Many locations - including schools, office buildings, hotels, and restaurants - now have a portable AED machine, so possessing the knowledge and skills to use an AED along with CPR are important skills to possess. So whether a person is signing up for the CPR/AED course alone - or as part of the complete Lifeguard Training course - the knowledge and skills gained in this course will be an asset for years to come.
Why Take CPR/AED Training?
CPR/AED training is a required component of the lifeguard certification program. In the case of cardiac arrest due to a drowning incident or a heart attack on land, the lifeguard needs to be trained in CPR and the use of an AED in order to keep the victim’s heart beating until Emergency Medical Services arrives. Every moment counts when a person is in cardiac arrest, so lifeguards must be equipped to handle this critical medical emergency.
Additionally, CPR training is offered by itself, as many students opt to take CPR training even if they have no intention of becoming a certified lifeguard. There are many different jobs and industries where CPR training is desired, and in some of these areas, CPR training is actually required. For example, in working with children - whether as a babysitter or a teacher’s aid - CPR training will make you a more valuable employee, and could mean the difference in getting hired or not. Other areas where CPR training is desired or required include:
- Sports teams and arenas all must have an AED device available in case of an emergency. Additionally, if a person would like to be a sports coach or referee - even on a peewee level - CPR and AED training is certainly desired, and may even be required. From coaches to camp counselors, all people who work with sports and high exertion activities are likely to be at a location where a cardiac emergency may take place.
- While most restaurants will not require CPR training for their staff, they are certainly happy to learn when a job applicant has such training. Restaurants often deal with choking incidents, as well as sudden illness and other ailments, and many restaurants have an AED on-site in case of an emergency, in which case they will want employees trained on its use.
- From airlines and trains to hotels and tourist attractions, any location which caters to a lot of people from various places on the move is a prime location for accidents and illness to occur. In such industries where medical emergencies are likely to occur, CPR training for employees - either mandatory or optional - is very helpful to the establishment.
Many locations are now required to have AED devices available, so training in the proper use and maintenance of an AED device will often be called upon in the future. AED devices can be found in schools, airplanes, shopping malls, museums, concert halls, office buildings - any place that large numbers of people gather. If a person plans to work with people, prior training in CPR and AED use may land you that next job. Also, many medical emergencies occur at home, so it is possible that the person saved due to knowledge of CPR is a neighbor or family member. Emergencies can occur anywhere - at home, while at work, or even while out at the movies - and the life saved could quite possibly be that of a loved one.
What is learned in CPR Training?
CPR/AED training covers many interesting and important topics, some of which could one day save a life. Some of the topics to be covered include:
- The symptoms of a heart attack - and how they differ for men and women.
- Assisting a person who is choking, whether it is an infant or an adult.
- Administering CPR - with either one rescuer present or two.
- The cardiac chain of survival for adults and children.
- How to use an Epi-Pen.
- Using and maintaining an Automated External Defibrillator AED
Students will be trained to assist with emergencies ranging from choking to anaphylaxis to full-blown cardiac arrest. No one ever wants to administer CPR - as it would be far better if cardiac emergencies never occurred. However, they will occur, and training in CPR and the use of an AED could potentially save a person’s life.
And there’s even more to learn!
Did you know that a trained professional has a duty to act in the case of an emergency? There are many legal considerations regarding medical assistance in the case of an emergency, and this is just one topic which will be covered in CPR/AED training. Personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of disease will also be covered, as the continued health of the rescuer is vital. From the signs and symptoms of a heart attack through the number of chest compressions in a cycle, the CPR/AED course will give you the knowledge to implement the skills needed to perform CPR correctly and effectively on a cardiac victim.
Do you know . . .
CPR/AED training will teach the student many things - facts others may not know. For example:
- What is a stoma and what should one do if a victim has one?
- What does one do if a person has anaphylaxis shock?
- What are the differences between the symptoms of a male heart attack and a female heart attack?
- How can a person get air in his/her stomach, and what to do about it?
After CPR/AED training, students will know the answers to these and many other questions, and be prepared to act in a medical emergency quickly and skillfully.