First Aid 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 in a medical emergency is an invaluable skill to possess, one which will benefit the first aid trainee in many ways. Not only is acquiring the knowledge and skills in first aid training necessary for all people who are training to be lifeguards, but first aid training is desired and often required in other jobs as well, including babysitting, school teachers and aids, and other fields. Learning to handle a medical emergency and becoming certified in administering first aid can be a major selling point to any job you apply for in the future.
So whether a person is signing up for the First Aid 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 First Aid Training?
First aid training is a required component of the lifeguard certification program. Lifeguards must be trained to handle all emergencies that can occur at a swimming facility, including water rescues, first aid, and CPR. As a part of the complete lifeguard certification program, the student will study and practice techniques ranging from rescuing an unconscious person from a pool to checking for breathing and pulse and administering rescue breathing and CPR. As a lifeguard, a person must be prepared and trained for a variety of accidents and illnesses which can occur at a swimming facility, and first aid training is a major part of that training.
Additionally, first aid training is offered by itself, as many students opt to take first aid training even if they have no intention of becoming a certified lifeguard. There are many different jobs and industries where first aid training is desired, and in some of these areas, first aid training is actually required. For example, in working with children - whether as a babysitter or a teacher’s aid - first aid training will make a person a more valuable employee, and could mean the difference in getting hired or not. Other areas where first aid training is desired or required include:
- While most restaurants will not require first aid training for their staff, they are certainly happy to learn when a job applicant has first aid 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, first aid training for employees - either mandatory or optional - is very helpful to the establishment.
- If one is planning to work with children - either in a school setting, at a dance studio or as a babysitter - first aid training will certainly be valued by the school administrators and parents. Those who work with the elderly - in nursing homes, doctor’s offices or assisted living locations - will also find that first aid training is a positive addition to a job application, and may even be a requirement before working at such an establishment.
How Can First Aid Training Help?
First aid training can help in many ways, including:
- Knowing that one is skilled and trained in administering first aid - from bandages to lifesaving techniques - can build confidence and empower a person in many other areas of life.
- As a person applies to jobs in the future, s/he will have a resume with past experiences, skills, and certifications. Once one adds “first aid certified” to a resume or job application, often potential employers will be more interested in hiring, as the applicant would be a valuable member of any team or workplace.
- Of course, the primary reason for taking first aid training is so that one will be skilled in administering first aid in an emergency situation. 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 First Aid Training?
First aid training covers many interesting topics, and students will be learning about the human body along with dealing with accidents and sudden illnesses which may occur. Some of the topics to be covered include:
- The major systems of the body - from the circulatory system to the reproductive system, and the main body parts and functions of each system.
- What to do about wounds, from burns and punctures to bleeding and amputations.
- Identifying sudden illnesses - such as diabetic emergencies, shock or stroke - and knowing what to do to give the victim the help s/he needs.
- Preventing and dealing with medical emergencies due to extreme heat or cold, like heat stroke, frostbite, and hypothermia.
- Outdoor medical issues, such as stings from insects, jellyfish and snake bites.
- The symptoms of a heart attack - and how they differ for men and women.
Students will be trained to assist with emergencies ranging from drug use to anaphylaxis and vomiting to drowning. No one ever wants to administer first aid - as it would be far better if accidents and illnesses never occurred. However, they will occur, and training in first aid could potentially save a person’s life.
Do you know . . .
First aid training will teach many things - facts others may not know. For example:
- Where is thoracic body cavity located?
- What does one do if a person has anaphylaxis shock?
- What is an avulsion wound?
- If a person loses a tooth, what should a person do?
After first aid training, the student will know the answers to these and many other questions, and be prepared to act in a medical emergency quickly and skillfully.