Searching for first aid courses may be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of what to look for. With so many options that are designed for a variety of scenarios, it can be difficult to determine which first aid course best suits your needs. At Blue Guard, we provide a variety of first aid training and certification courses to meet all of your needs. We’d like to share a few tips to help you find the right first aid certification class for you.
Choose a Creditable CourseHave you chosen a creditable course? Positive feedback from past clientele and word of mouth from friends is one of the best ways to figure out what companies are credible. Additionally, a well-established company will most likely have created a partnership with other local businesses to train their employees for emergency situations, reach out to local pools, schools, etc. they can help point you in the right direction to a reputable company. Lastly, a creditable first aid course will often have some basic guidelines:
- Typically there is an age requirement (usually 12+ for most courses)
- Practical and theoretical tests must be passed before certification
- The culmination of the class results in a certification
Does the Course Teach all of The Essentials?Any credible first aid certification course should be teaching the essentials and if they are not, get out of there! Learning the basics of first aid is a must (i.e. stopping bleeding, bandaging cuts, environmental safety, etc.). These essential skills provide you with the basics to provide first aid successfully. First aid includes everything from treating a choking victim to bandaging an open cut. Furthermore, all reputable courses should teach a prospective emergency responder how to properly scan the scene to look for any potential danger that may still be lingering. Does the first aid curriculum you are considering offer all of these essential skills?
Essentials included in first aid coursesA first aid course will teach how to utilize all of the tools and accessories that come in a first aid kit. Although first aid kits may vary (especially if they are in heavy use), most kits contain typical items to use in a minor emergency, including:
- Bandages and bandaids
- Non prescription pain relievers (such as aspirin or ibuprofen)
- Items to clean wounds (such as saline solution)
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as gloves)
- And much more
- Understanding the responsibilities of a first aid responder
- How to gauge an emergency situation
- How to care for minor injuries
- What to do when injuries are beyond basic first aid
- How to prevent further injury
- And much more
Select the Best Suited Course for youSelect the course that is most suitable for your desired activity. There are first aid courses designed for specific purposes such as wilderness training, lifeguarding, or simply learning how to be prepared for an emergency. The ideal first aid course will provide the student with all of the skills and training necessary to understand and manage the risks that might arise during an emergency situation. At Blue Guard, anyone looking to develop knowledge and understanding of first aid can choose from one of our reputable first aid courses. Each course results in a professional first aid certification for their desired qualification.
Blue Guard First Aid Courses & Certifications
- Wilderness First Aid & Incident Management
- Level 2 International Award Emergency First Aid
- Level 2 International Award in Basic Life Support, CPR, and Defibrillation
- Level 2 International Award in Pediatric First Aid
- Level 3 International Award in First Aid
Receive your Professional Certification!Most importantly, check to be sure that your first aid certification course will provide you with first aid certification at the end of the class. This certification tells your future employer, friends, school, etc., that you’ve successfully completed all of the training and passed any necessary exams needed to safely provide first aid in an emergency situation. At Blue Guard, our first aid certification classes are designed to meet all of the necessary prerequisites and requirements of local facilities and municipalities requiring first aid. Additionally, our courses aim to produce a well-rounded emergency responder, lifeguard, teacher, or any other citizen seeking to learn these life-saving skills. Our first aid certification courses are reputable, professional, informative, and tailored to produce informed and assured first responders. Contact a member of our team to register for one of our upcoming first aid classes today!
Luke Cunningham Co-Founder & Managing Director