Summer Safety Starts with CPR

CPR/AED/First Aid Training: What do you learn in this training?

Emergency situations are heightened during summer months when the heat is rising and the majority of days are spent at the beach or by the pool. Knowing the basics of CPR, how to use an AED, and learning first aid can help prevent summer hazards that sometimes may be unavoidable. Follow along as we dive into the different components of a CPR/AED/First Aid course and how this training can help ensure a safe summer ahead.

What you will learn: CPR

Knowing CPR can be an essential summer skill to have in case someone is drowning or near-drowning in a pool or at the beach. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children ages 1-14.1

Many individuals are afraid of performing CPR due to fear of doing harm to the individual in need. CPR training will help you recognize when CPR is needed and can teach you how to perform chest compressions and rescue breathing, which can be vital in saving someone who has experienced a near-drowning event. CPR courses can also teach you techniques for performing CPR on both adults and infants as protocols vary with age.

What you will learn: How to use an AED

Having the knowledge of how to use an AED can be useful in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, which may be common during summer months for some due to increased outdoor activities and temperature rises. In an emergency where an individual is not breathing, performing CPR first is necessary until you can find an AED, have someone nearby find an AED, or until emergency medical services (EMS) arrive with an AED.

Once an AED is on-site it should be used immediately. AEDs can be used by anyone regardless of their medical training history, however with the right training, you can feel confident to act fast to know just what to do if the time comes an AED is needed. In CPR, AED, and First Aid training you will learn the proper steps it takes to quickly and efficiently use an AED during a cardiac emergency to provide the best possible outcomes.

What you will learn: First aid training

Knowing first aid can help identify and treat common summertime injuries such as insect bites, allergic reactions, or scrapes and cuts. First aid can also help detect the signs and symptoms of heatstrokes, sunburn, and even dehydration so that necessary steps can be taken to prevent further harm.

In the first aid portion of CPR/AED/First Aid training, you will learn signs to look for when first aid is needed and how to administer the right type of care for adults or infants. These include checking the area for safety, using the appropriate personal protective equipment, and checking if the individual is responsive to see if using CPR or an AED is necessary.

After completing a virtual CPR, AED, and First Aid training course you can receive an American Red Cross 2-year digital certification that can be used to meet OSHA requirements (BLS requirements not met by this certification). The course can be completed in just 2.5 hours and is ideal for any individual who wants to be more prepared and feel more comfortable responding during an emergency as well as those whose work requires this certification. Don’t Wait- invest in a safe summer this season so you can feel confident in responding to an emergency all summer long.

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1CDC. (2023, April 21). Drowning prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved May 4, 2023, from,1%20to%204%20years%20old.

One Response to “Summer Safety Starts with CPR”

June 05, 2023 at 8:08 am, Gary Daniels said:

I just fought a losing battle with my church to offer a CPR class. This is particularly disappointing and discouraging considering that we had just recently acquired an AED. One of the main reasons is cost. They have opted instead for a less expensive route that, from my understanding, won’t provide what they need to respond confidently to an incident. Surely there have to be ways to provide this kind of instruction at relatively little cost. Stop the Bleed training is free. Why can’t First Aid and CPR/AED training be at least as low-cost as possible? Otherwise, preaching to the choir; I believe everyone ought to be trained and ready to respond.


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