Your eight year old daughter has decided that she wants to be a “big girl” and go for a swim in the family’s backyard swimming pool…alone. Though an avid swimmer, she only does well when she swims on the shallow side; for this reason, you strictly forbade her to swim alone, not to mention swim on the deep end of the pool without supervision.
However, your daughter is head strong and a wee bit stubborn. She knows she can handle swimming alone in the deep end, so she jumps in cannon ball style into the pool…
As you wake up from a peaceful slumber, you hear a huge splash coming from your bedroom window…this splash is followed by an unsavory silence. You run to the window, and look out…and you see your daughter floating face down on the deep end side of the family’s swimming pool.
Though this is a fictional scenario, imagine if this really happened to someone in your family. Would you know how to save them? Would you have the tools needed to insure that they survive such a horrific event? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then perhaps you should consider taking a life saving class…
What Is A Life Saving Class?
There are so many ways a person can save a life, and a Life Saving Class is an instrumental way of making it possible. Depending on why you need to take the class, you can choose one or
more based on your needs. Here is the low down of what kinds of Life Saving Classes are out there:
- CPR/First Aid: Depending on where you take the course, a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)course can be successfully combined with learning First Aid. First Aid covers topics like the effective bandaging of wounds, as well as learning how to do splints on arms and legs, as well as symptoms related to sudden illnesses like those related to poisonings, hypothermia, and allergic reactions, etc. CPR is generally taught for those that may encounter cardiac-related emergencies, as well as breathing-related emergencies. Be mindful that adults are more likely to encounter cardiac-related emergencies, where as children are more likely to encounter breathing-related emergencies. For this reason, breathing tends to be emphasized for Child and Infant CPR, where as chest compressions are more emphasized for adults.
- Pet First Aid: Yes, there are some places that offer pet first aid courses specifically designed for your dog or cat. To simulate real life animal related injuries, stuffed animals are used to teach others how to effectively bandage, as well as provide CPR to animals that are in distress. Like the CPR/First Aid Class, Pet First Aid classes also teach owners how to handle instances of conscious choking, as well as unconscious chocking, too.
- Life Guard/Professional Rescuer Certification classes. If you dream of getting a job as a life guard, this class helps you prepare for the responsibilities intrinsic in this position. Not only does this course offer CPR/First Aid Related Courses, it also tailors it to fit the needs of those that will be professional rescuers. For instance, there is special equipment that Professional Rescuers rely on to save lives; a Professional Rescuer Certification class teaches you how to use that equipment, as well as how to keep bystanders calm while doing it.
- AED (Automated External Defibrillator) classes: Because studies show that AED’s are extremely effective in saving a life of a person…particularly when used on the victim as soon as 1-2 minutes, and used in conjunction with performing CPR, AED courses are becoming quite popular. In fact, many employers require that their employees not only know CPR, but that they also know where the AED is located, as well as how to use one. For these reasons, taking a course about this valuable machine can potentially make you more marketable as an employee, and capable of saving the life of someone that needs the help. Often, AED courses are offered along with CPR/First Aid Classes so students can fully understand how all of these skills work together.
- Wilderness Safety and Survival Classes: If you plan to go camping anytime soon, a Wilderness Safety and Survival Class may be the class for you. A Wilderness Safety and Survival class teaches you what to do if you are alone in the wilderness, particularly with minimal supplies and assistance; it also teaches you how to handle snake bites as well as other sudden illnesses like ingesting poisonous vegetation, etc.
I Want To Take One Of These Classes, But Where Should I Go?
Just as there are a hosts of classes available for students to take, there are a hosts of places a student can go to learn the skills they need to save another person’s life. The American Heart Association has been around since 1915, and has a solid reputation for innovative ways of raising money for their causes. For example, in 1948, The American Heart Association made a publicly debuted “The Walking Man” radio show (www.heart.org). This show, which was intrinsic part of the “Truth and Consequences” program hosted by Ralph Edwards was responsible for netting 1. 75 million dollars in donations to the American Heart Association, specifically because the audience became vividly interested in guessing who “The Walking Man” was.
Generating revenue notwithstanding, The American Heart Association was responsible for endorsing the use of CPR to save lives. Specifically, Cardiologist Leonard Scherlis started the American Heart Association’s CPR Committee, and the same year, the American Heart Association formally endorsed CPR (www.heart.org).
Another reputable place to receive Life Saving Training is the American Red Cross. Established on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton, a nurse who learned about the Red Cross’ existence in Geneva, Switzerland; Barton became an active president of the North America Chapter…a chapter that was based in Washington, DC. She took charge in the event of major disasters, including serious weather related ones, as well as those caused by fire and war. Though she was later booted out as a leader due to lackluster fund raising efforts, Barton is a stellar example of the integrity inherent within the American Red Cross.
While there are other companies that offer Life Saving Training, I suggest you try taking courses at either the American Red Cross or at the American Heart Association, specifically because of their long history in training others in effective life-saving techniques. You can find more information by calling your local 211 number, or by visiting either the http://www.redcross.org or the http://www.heart.org websites.
A History of the American Heart Association. 2015 (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/History-of-the-American-Heart-Association_UCM_308120_Article.jsp)
American Red Cross history. October 2012, Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Red_Cross)