Course Descriptions

Classes

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CPR/AED and first aid classes

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Healthcare providers include physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, dental offices and other allied health personnel.

BLS FULL COURSE – INSTRUCTOR LED COURSE
This is an instructor-led, in-person, classroom-based approach where the core knowledge content is provided using scenario-based video segments and the opportunity for instructor-facilitated student practice. BLS certification class is designed to train Healthcare Providers to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child and infants victims with focus on team-based responses. BLS builds on the foundation of critical thinking, problem solving and team dynamic skills that are needed to drive better patient outcome. This video-based, instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team Basic Life Support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 year BLS certificate. RC, AHA or ASHI depending on what provider you need.

BLS REVIEW CLASS
A review class is design to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal setting. The format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skill evaluation. To be eligible to participate in the BLS Review Course, the participant must possess a current Basic Life Support certification (current or expired no more than 30 days).

Instructor Led Review Class Duration: This class is approximately 2-3 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 year BLS certificate. RC, AHA or ASHI depending on what provider you need.

BLS BLENDED LEARNING
Blended learning is a combination of online and in-person learning. Core knowledge content is provided in video segments and interactive student exercises online followed by in-person skill checks.

Blended Learning Class Duration: The e-learning portion of the blended learning course is designed to be completed in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The in-person skill check is designed to be taught in 2 hours.

Certification: 2 year BLS certificate. RC, AHA or ASHI depending on what provider you need.

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. This program is offered in both traditional instructor-led and blended learning delivery types. Course designed for the rescuer who has a duty to respond or anyone with the desire for advanced CPR knowledge, lifeguards, paramedics, firemen and policemen.

There are two delivery methods available for the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course— classroom and blended learning. The blended learning option combines online learning with in-person skill sessions conducted by a Red Cross-certified instructor. Participants in blended learning courses acquire the same knowledge and skills as those in traditional classroom training courses.

This is an instructor-led, in-person, classroom-based approach where the core knowledge content is provided using scenario-based video segments and the opportunity for instructor-facilitated student practice Course content includes: recognizing and caring for breathing and cardiac emergencies in an Adult, Child, and Infant, Two-Rescuer CPR, Airway Obstruction, use of an AED, use of Resuscitation Mask and BVM.

In the blended learning course, the online component has been designed to instruct participants in the knowledge-based aspects of the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers program, along with introducing them to the skills they will practice and master during the instructor-led portion of the training.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 6 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Blended Learning Duration: 3 hours of eLearning followed by a 3 hour in-person skill session

Certification: American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certificate valid for 2

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
These classes are designed for individuals with limited or no medical training, who need a CPR/AED certification card for either personal reasons, or for work purposes in order to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. This class is perfect for the layperson, such as: parents, babysitters, fitness instructors, educators, childcare professionals, coaches, camp counselors, correctional officers, security guards, corporate response teams, etc. This class is not for the healthcare provider or any medical/nursing student (please see BLS Class for Healthcare Providers)

CPR/AED
This course is designed for the lay responder. This class teaches the skills necessary to overcome reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies. Through “hands-on” training and video demonstrations, students will learn the standard protocols for administering proper CPR techniques and understand when and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 2-3 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 Years ARC, AHA or ASHI certification depending on what Provider you requested.

FIRST AID
First Aid is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives. Students learn duties and responsibilities of first aid rescuers; first aid actions for medical emergencies, including severe choking, heart attack, and stroke; and skills for handling injury and environmental emergencies, including external bleeding, broken bones and sprains, and bites and stings.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 3 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 Years ARC, AHA or ASHI certification depending on what Provider you requested.

CPR/AED PEDIATRIC
Pediatric classroom courses are Instructor-led, video based programs that feature group interaction with hands-on coaching and feedback. It teaches childcare providers and others to perform Child and Infant CPR in the first few minutes until professional help arrives, The course teaches skills using the latest research-proven techniques, which allows Instructors to observe students, provide feedback, and guide students’ learning of skills..

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 2-3 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 Years ARC, AHA or ASHI certification depending on what Provider you requested.

The First Aid/CPR/AED programs include the follow modules, any of which can be combined to form a class.

First Aid
CPR (Adult/Child/Infant)
AED (Adult/Child/Infant)

Durations Course lengths vary depending on course components included. They may last from less than 1 hour to just over 5 hours.

Certification: 2 year certificate, based on the class combination. RC, AHA or ASHI depending on what provider you need.

BLENDED LEARNING
All these courses are available as Blended Learning course. This allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule; anywhere and anytime an internet connection is available. Blended Learning combines online learning with a hands-on skills session. The skills session is completed in person.

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
The intended audience for the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) courses includes individuals who will be in, or are preparing for, a job or role that requires an emergency medical response certification. Participants will include traditional EMS and public safety personnel, such as law enforcement and fire rescue personnel, but also business/industry/industrial response team members, security personnel, event and crowd control staff, lifeguards, park rangers, workplace and community Emergency Response Team (ERT) and others with a duty to respond.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE
The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response course is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an emergency medical responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over. This program is design to provide non-EMS responders with more depth and exposure to standard first aid training topics to provide richer and more advance training. It meets and exceeds workplace first aid training requirements and satisfies the desire to learn more than just basic first aid.

We only offer this course through the American Red Cross or American Health and Safety Institute. The Emergency Medical Response program is designed for in-person classroom delivery only, no blended learning.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 50 to 56 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: EMR, 2 Years ARC or ASHI certification depending on what provider you requested.

Certification: BLS, 2 Years ARC or ASHI certification depending on what provider you requested.

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Blended Learning

Most of these courses are available as a “Blended Learning” course. Blended Learning combines online learning with a hands-on skills session. The skill session is completed in person. This allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule; anywhere and anytime an internet connection is available. 

Our trained solution specialist can custom tailor a program specifically around your organization needs. Learn more about all of our comprehensive courses, with online, blended simulation learning, and in-person options, as well as the all of the latest tools and resources available in the United States 

Please remember:

These courses CANNOT be fully completed online. Blended learning is a mix of eLearning, where students finish part of the course in a self-directed manner online and a hands-on session with an AHA/ASHI/ARC instructor. Please take note that the hands-on session MUST be completed in person with an AHA/ASHI/ARC instructor

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Aquatic Training

(ALL CLASSES ARE AMERICAN RED CROSS)

Aquatic Training “American Red Cross”
Here at New England Health and Safety Training we only use the American Red Cross for our Aquatic Programs.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
You must be at least 15 years old and Students must pass a pre course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses. Lifeguards are paid to supervise the safety of individuals in and around water. As the water can often be very dangerous, a lifeguard is also responsible for providing emergency assistance to those they are watching. Most are employed by municipalities who manage most of the local aquatic facilities as well as several private companies who operate pools, beaches and waterparks. Not everyone is cracked up to be a lifeguard. Guarding can be both stressful and extremely dangerous. At any given moment a guard may be responsible for watching dozens of people in or around water.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING
Lifeguard Certification course will train and certify participants to be a national lifeguard for swimming pools. The lifeguard certification course includes the following American Red Cross certifications: Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

We teach a blended learning course format with online education, classroom and in-water components. American Red Cross requires all online content to be completed by prior to the first day of class.

PREREQUISITES FOR LIFEGUARD TRAINING INCLUDE:

-Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
-Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
-Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
-Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
-Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
-Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
-Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

If your swimming skills are not strong, but you can swim at least 50 yards and walk the brick test requirement, it may be possible to receive a Shallow Water Lifeguarding card. At any time in the future if you swimming skills increase to the level of deep-water requirements, we will issue the Professional Lifeguarding card that will allow you to guard at both deep water and shallow water pools at no additional cost.

The American Red Cross offers the following course options for Lifeguard training:

FULL COURSE
This option is for those training for the first time or for those whose certifications have expired. This course is available in traditional, in-person course format (25 hours, 20 minutes) and the Blended Learning course format (19.5 hours in person, 7.5 hours online). The pre-requisites for this course include being 15 years of age and having passed the pre-course swimming skills test, as stated above.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 30 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Full class without online content can be taught upon request.

Blended Learning Duration: This class is approximately 7 hours eLearning and 20 hours in-person, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification:

2 year certificate Lifeguard
2 year certificate CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

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This outline is designed for lifeguards who have practiced Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED skills during their certification period and require minimal coaching and review of skills. The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations. 

The review course has the same prerequisites as the full course.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 10 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Full class without online content can be taught upon request.

Blended Learning Duration: This class is approximately 7 hours. We require everyone who is taking a Review Class to do the Blended Learning.

Certification: 2 year certificate Lifeguard 

2 year certificate CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

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The purpose of the Shallow Water Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level shallow water lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5-feet deep and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Prerequisites

Candidates must:

  1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  2. Swim 100 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 
  3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds:
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Blended Learning Duration: This class is approximately 7 hours eLearning and 20 hours in-person, including skills practice and skills testing.

Certification: 2 year certificate Shallow Water Lifeguard 

                     2 year certificate CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

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Waterfront Component

The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. 

Certification Prerequisites 

Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. 

Skill Prerequisites 

Candidates must: 

  1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. 
  2. Swim 550 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  3. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence. 
  4. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 
  5. Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds. 
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. 
  • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. 
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. 

Duration: This class is approximately 6 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. 

This component is available after any full lifeguard class for a reduced price.

Certification: 2 year certificate NOTE: Lifeguard the Waterfront Skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate.

Water Park Component The purpose of the Waterpark Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in aquatic facilities with waterpark features. 

Certification Prerequisites Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding (up to 5 feet)/Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. 

Skill Prerequisites 

Candidates must: 

  1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course. 
  2. Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds. 
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. 
  • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. 
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. 

Duration: This class is approximately 4 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. 

This component is available after any full lifeguard class for a reduced price.

Certification: 2 year Waterpark certificate. NOTE: The Waterpark skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water (up to 5’) Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate.

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Instructor candidates may include, but are not limited to, lifeguards, head lifeguards, aquatic facility managers, camp counselors, swim team coaches, competitive swimmers, teachers and youth leaders. Instructor candidates may represent a broad range of backgrounds. They may differ in levels of education and experience. They may be taking an instructor training course to fulfill employment requirements, to complete requirements for a major area of study or certification, for professional growth or for personal satisfaction.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI). The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach swimming courses, community water safety and outreach presentations. The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program helps develop ones understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress

PREREQUISITES
To participate in the Water Safety Instructor course, individuals must:

1. Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.

2. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

3. Swim the following strokes consistent with the American Red Cross Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4.

  • Front crawl—25 yards
  • Back crawl—25 yards
  • Breaststroke—25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke—25 yards
  • Sidestroke—25 yards
  • Butterfly—15 yards

4. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).

5. Tread water for 1 minute.

We teach a blended learning course format with online education, classroom and in-water components. The Blended Learning Water Safety Instructor class offer more hands-on training while instructor candidates complete much of the content online before and throughout the course. American Red Cross requires online content to be completed up though round 6 by prior to the first day of class and all completed through round 9 on the second day of class.

The traditional format were the learning is guided by the Instructor Trainer is available on request.
Both formats offer a great class and now we give you a choice on how you want to learn.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 32 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Full class without online content can be taught upon request.

Blended Learning Duration: This class is approximately 7 hours eLearning and 24 hours in-person, including skills practice and skills testing.

On successful completion of an instructor course, instructor candidates will receive a course completion certificate indicating Water Safety Instructor course.

To be recertified as a Water Safety instructor, instructors must:

-Teach or co-teach at least one course of record from the courses listed in Chapter 1 during their certification period.

-Successfully complete the Water Safety Instructor Recertification Assessment within 90 days prior to their expiration date.

Teaching only the water safety presentations, Water Safety Today or Longfellow’s WHALE Tales does not meet the recertification requirements.

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Safety Training for Swim Coaches

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Safety Training for Swim Coaches course teach those involved in competitive swimming, including coaches, officials, athletic trainers and aquatic exercise trainers, how to help maintain a safe and comfortable environment for swimmers, prevent accidents and emergencies, and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land.

American Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches, developed in partnership with USA Swimming, is intended to teach those involved in competitive swimming how to help maintain a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers; prevent accidents and emergencies; and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land.

  • This is a blended learning course with a 3 hour online session and a skill-based pool/class session of up to 3 hours.
  • Must be 15 years or older
  • This course meets the requirements for USA Swimming and YMCA affiliated coaches.
  • Complete the required online course for $25 through the Red Cross learning center before coming to the skills class
  • Duration:  Up to 3 hours
  • Certification: Upon successful course completion participants will receive a 2 year American Red Cross certificate in Safety Training for Swim Coaches

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Basic Water Rescue

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

Ideal course for public safety personnel, camp personnel and day trip leaders, daycare workers, school teachers, aquatic fitness instructors, aquatic therapists, parents, foster care and adoptive parents, and the general public.

The Red Cross Basic Water Rescue course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. This course will also prepare you for aquatic emergencies by teaching you how to protect yourself while assisting others. The Basic Water Rescue course will not provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard. 

Duration:  Up to 4 hours

Certification: Successful course completion requires that participants attend all classroom sessions, demonstrate each skill taught in the course and correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam (20 correct answers out of 25 questions).

3 year certificate Basic Water Rescue

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Water Safety Today

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE? 

  • Ideal class for foster care and adoptive parents, babysitters, family members, preschool and daycare staff and anyone interested in learning about water safety

This 2-hour presentation teaches participants how to recognize, prevent and respond to emergencies in, on and around the water. Successful completion of this course results in a certificate of completion that has no validity period. Water Safety Today is intended for anyone with an interest in learning water safety knowledge and skills.

Certification: Certification of completion with no expiration date.

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
The lifeguard instructor course is designed for organizations such as municipalities, educational facilities, and summer camp settings, to name just a few. It’s a helpful opportunity to conduct this training program right at your own facility on your own schedule. The training program is ideal for agencies and businesses needing to train or recertify lifeguards on a yearly basis or provide lifeguards for community facilities. In addition, the newly created lifeguard instructor can also provide bloodborne pathogen and CPR/AED/First Aid training to staff and community. Lifeguard instructors will also have the capability to conduct your facility audits and in-service training.

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor Course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses. The lifeguard instructor course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to use course presentation materials, conduct training sessions, and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Upon successfully becoming a Lifeguarding Instructor, one is eligible to teach many other courses.

PREREQUISITES

  • Participants must be at least 17 years old on the last class date
  • Participants must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED Professional Rescuer certifications
  • Participants must complete the American Red Cross 2 Hour Online Course prior to the first-class date
  • Successful complete prerequisite skill scenarios, according to Red Cross standards.
  • The American Red Cross also requires the following for successful course completion: participants must attend all scheduled dates and times, demonstrate proficient skills and pass a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent.

VERIFICATION OF SKILLS
The pre-course skills session is designed to evaluate instructor candidates’ lifeguarding, CPR and AED skills. Instructor candidates must successfully demonstrate competency in the pre-course skills session. Instructor candidates who do not demonstrate competency in the pre-course skills session prior to the start of the course cannot continue in the Lifeguarding Instructor course. Participants who successfully complete the pre-course skills session should be able to participate.

The instructor course is offered in a blended learning format that includes an online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course to be completed before the first classroom session. The online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course consists of an orientation to the American Red Cross, an orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor course, as well as content on how to prepare and teach the courses. The classroom component is made up of a pre-course skills session and four course sessions that include practice-teaching assignments.

Instructor Led Duration: This class is approximately 22 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.

Blended Learning Duration: This class is approximately 2 hours. We require everyone who is taking a Review Class to do the Blended Learning.

Certification as an instructor trainer is valid for 2 years.

To maintain certification as an instructor trainer, you must:

  • Teach or co-teach and report at least one Lifeguarding Instructor course of record during your 2-year certification period or teach or co-teach and report at least two Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review courses of record during your 2-year certification period.
  • Complete all applicable course updates (as communicated) prior to the update deadline.
  • Successfully complete an in-person Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course prior to instructor trainer certification expiration date. Participation in the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course meets basic-level skill competency requirements. Instructor Trainers will have the option to achieve basic-level certification to work as a Lifeguard at the conclusion of the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course.
  • Basic-level certification is not a requirement to maintain a Lifeguarding Instructor/IT certification.

Refunds will not be issued to participants who do not successfully complete all course prerequisites and course completion requirements, according to the American Red Cross standards. Please make sure you can complete the following course prerequisites and course completion requirements before you sign up or attend class.

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Maintaining Your Instructor / Trainer Certification

Your certification as an instructor trainer is valid for 2 years. To maintain certification as an instructor trainer, you must:

  • Teach or co-teach and report at least one Lifeguarding Instructor course of record during your 2-year certification period or teach or co-teach and report at least two Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review courses of record during your 2-year certification period.
  • Complete all applicable course updates (as communicated) prior to the update deadline.
  • Successfully complete an in-person Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course prior to instructor trainer certification expiration date. Participation in the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course meets basic-level skill competency requirements. Instructor Trainers will have the option to achieve basic-level certification to work as a Lifeguard at the conclusion of the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course.
  • Basic-level certification is not a requirement to maintain a Lifeguarding Instructor/IT certification.

Skills Practice, Skill Drills and Skill Polish Session

The purpose of the skill practice session is two-fold. The first is to practice, improve and polish skills to ensure instructors and instructor trainers can perform the skills as well as be able to recognize correct and incorrect skill performance. Second is to ensure consistency of Red Cross program skills and knowledge across the instructors and instructor trainers through feedback and evaluation from the instructor trainer. Instructor trainers should provide global reminders about each skill set and then conduct practice in a drill format, staggering the participants with all the instructors/instructor trainers participating. Instructor trainers must be in a position to see all participants, provide global and individual feedback, repeating skills as necessary to polish skill performance.

This session is not meant to be conducted as a test but to polish skills and redirect as needed to ensure consistency with the current Red Cross Lifeguarding program. Each candidate must demonstrate as a primary rescuer as well as an assisting rescuer at least once for the multiple-rescuer response scenarios. To be successful, participants should be able to perform skills to the standard by the completion of the practice session. Participants may exit the water using a ladder if necessary.

Trainer Led Duration: This course is scheduled for 7 hours 30 minutes
Certification: American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification Valid for 2 years

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Specialty Courses

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?

This course is for anyone working in a food establishment and with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in Choke Saver, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other state requirements. This course can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

Purpose Choke Saver Training

In conjunction with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, When Seconds Count, Inc. provides this life saving skill which is essential for establishments that serve food. Learning how to recognize someone is choking, and knowing the correct techniques to alleviate choking can be a lifesaving skill. Our Choke Saver will show the techniques to manage choking emergencies in Adults, Children and Infants. We discuss what questions a 9-1-1 dispatcher will be asking and help the dispatcher may provide in this and other emergencies. We talk about the types of emergencies that can happen in a restaurant setting. Choke Saver is designed specifically for restaurants that have a seating capacity of 25 or more per establishment and is an excellent choice for both members of management and wait staff. This extremely flexible program will help prepare people to respond to a choking guest or someone in cardiac arrest..

As a reminder, Choke Saver training is required for many restaurants and suggested for all. 

Massachusetts Requirement 
 Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 94, § 305 D, each food service establishment having a seating capacity of 25 persons or more shall: (1) Have on its premises, while food is being served, an employee trained in manual procedures approved by the Department to remove food lodged in a person’s throat; and (2) Make adequate provisions for insurance to cover employees trained in rendering such assistance.

 MICHIGAN 

The law requires a food service establishment that sells solid food for on-premises consumption to display prominently a poster in the kitchen diagramming and explaining anti-choking techniques that are safe for both adults and children and approved by the health department for dislodging foreign obstacles caught in a choking victim’s throat.

The law states that it does not obligate the owners or employees of a food service establishment to apply the anti-choking techniques

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Certification: Restaurant Emergencies valid for 1 year.

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
The intended audience for this course includes individuals, as determined by their employer, who may come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials while performing their job duties. This includes: Members of a workplace emergency response team, public safety personnel, medical personnel, such as athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, nurses and physicians, employees with a duty to respond.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Training course is designed to assist employers with meeting the training mandate as stipulated in the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The course was developed with guidance from OSHA to comply with the training component of the Standard (29 CFR part 1910.1030), released January 18, 2001, and April 3, 2012.

INSTRUCTOR LED COURSE
This is an instructor-led, in-person, classroom-based approach where the core knowledge content is provided using scenario-based video segments and the opportunity for instructor-facilitated student practice. The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Training course is to teach participants how to protect themselves and others from exposure to Bloodborne pathogens on the job, and what to do if an exposure occurs. The course content and activities will prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about preventing Bloodborne pathogen disease transmission.

Instructor Led Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Certification: Bloodborne Pathogens Training: 1 year

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Most participants will be preparing for babysitting jobs or other positions that require them to supervise children in the absence of parents or guardians. Participants may represent a broad range of backgrounds. They may differ in levels of education and experience. There is no required age for participation in the Babysitter’s Training course; however, it is recommended that children be at least age 11 to participate in the course. Most states require children to be age 11 before they can be left alone for short periods without adult supervision. Local or state regulating agencies, however, may have different age requirements for babysitting.

COURSE PURPOSE
The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course is to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. This training is designed for youths ages 11 to 15.

Duration: Approximately 6 hours, 30 minutes

Certification: Babysitter’s Training: No validity period

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THESE COURSES
The Wilderness First Aid training program is intended for individuals who are not healthcare providers or professional rescuers but desire or are required to be certified in wilderness first aid knowledge and skills. Certification in Adult CPR /AED is required as a prerequisite for this program

The goal of this training program is to provided individual a foundation of first aid principles by helping students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond to medical emergencies in a remote or wilderness setting including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Prerequisite: Possess current adult CPR/AED certification. Be at least 14 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course

Duration: Approximately 16 hours

Certificate: Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification valid 2 years

This class can be provided by the American Red Cross or American Health and Safety Institute

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WHO SHOULD TAKE THESE COURSES
Participants in this course may represent a broad range of backgrounds and differ in levels of education and experience. Participants may include: Public safety personnel, law enforcement agents, firefighters, medical personnel, athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians, pharmacist, nurses and physicians, members of emergency response teams, ski patrollers, lifeguards and employees with a duty to respond.

ADMINISTERING EMERGENCY OXYGEN
To give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen.

Duration Instructor Led: 1 hours, 40 minutes

Certificate: Administering Emergency Oxygen: 2 years

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Instructor Courses

Who Should Take these Courses?

The primary purposes of the Instructors Courses are to allow students to become trained in teaching Instructor Courses that they are interested in. Companies that want to provide in house training for your employees. Once the course is completed students will be able to teach an array base-level courses.

Successful Completion

Successful completion of any Instructor course by itself does not authorize an instructor candidate to conduct CPR/AED and First Aid training courses and issue certification cards. Candidates who have successfully completed an Instructor course from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Health and Safety Institute must become affiliated with an approved Training Center or License Training Provider. In most cases you can establish your own; we will guide you through this process.

Below is a list of the instructor courses we offer and the provider that is offering them. The main prerequisite for taking an instructor level class is to be certified at the base level. Other prerequisite are required depending on the instructor course chosen. On the request form, choose what provider you want to use for your classes and in the comment area put the class you want to become an instructor in and we will contact you with full details of that class requirements. 

If you have a need to train 4 or more employees to become Instructors at the same location, we can come to you. Complete the request form by clicking the button below for more information on setting up a Corporate Instructor Course.

American Red Cross Instructor Classes

This course will train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses. In order to participate in this course, you must possess a current basic-level American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED (or higher level) certification or equivalent and be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course. Upon registration, it is important that you review and follow the directions on the e-mail attachment sent with your registration confirmation. This is a blended learning course consisting of online content, a pre-course skills session and classroom segments. Online material must be completed prior to attending the classroom activities. For more information, please send us a request for the Instructor course you which to take.

These are the Instructor courses we offer through the American Red Cross:

  • BLS Basic Life Support Instructor
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Wilderness First Aid

American Heart Association

The AHA offers two different CPR Instructor classes that target different professions or types of responders.

  1. Heartsaver is a family of classes that includes CPR/AED, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. (This course if formatted for individual working in a non-healthcare field that may be required to have a certification for their job.)
  2. BLS stands for Basic Life Support which covers CPR/AED with advance techniques for team rescues.

       BLS is targeted towards licensed healthcare professionals and healthcare students who are registered by their state board or employer to have CPR certification.  As a BLS Instructor , an individual can teach all the classes which include :

American Health and Safety Institute

CPR AND FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE (IDC)

NEHST is an approved American Safety and Health Institute Training Center authorized to train and certify students and instructors through ASHI Health and Safety programs.

The ASHI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is designed to impart to interested candidates the knowledge and skills they need to become effective ASHI Instructors. Participants develop the confidence and competence needed to teach, evaluate and certify participants in ASHI CPR and Basic First Aid training programs. The IDC’s core content consists of fundamentals of presentation and skills instruction, and can be customized with provider-level program content to meet Instructor-candidates’ needs.

Our CPR Instructor Development Course is offered to candidates interested in training CPR, First Aid and other health and safety training programs in a variety of settings. Candidates interested in becoming an ASHI Instructor must be 18 years or older and have a valid student-level certification in the training program the CPR instructor candidate wishes to teach. No prior teaching experience or medical knowledge required.

The AHSI offers two different ways to become a CPR Instructor:

-A candidate can become an ASHI certified CPR/First Aid Instructor by successful completion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC).

OR

Reciprocity – Acceptance of current credentials from another nationally recognized organization

We offer ASHI Instructor level classes for the following programs:

  • BLS instructor
  • CPR/AED First Aid Instructor
  • Wilderness First Aid

On the request form, choose what provider you want to use for your classes and in the comment area put the class you want to become an instructor in and we will contact you with full details of that class requirements.

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We are still teaching CPR during COVID

We have reduced class sizes! We have modified the training to keep with the CDC guidelines!

Please call us with any questions at (508) 816-2731

— Masks are required upon entry. —-

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The health and safety of our students and instructors is of utmost importance. We are following American Heart Association and Red Cross class safety guidelines, as well as guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

We are taking extra safety precautions to ensure the safety of our students and instructors:

  • More Blended Learning class options to limit in-class sessions to one hour
  • Smaller class sizes to maintain safe distancing of at least 6 feet between students
  • Face masks are required to be worn upon entry of the class.
  • Temperature is taken upon entry of the class.
  • Strict sanitizing of all equipment and classroom surfaces
  • No shared equipment among students
  • No student-to-student skill practice

PLEASE RESCHEDULE IF YOU ARE SICK

For your safety, as well as the safety of other students and our instructors, please DO NOT attend class if you are not feeling well. We will be happy to reschedule you to another class at no additional fee.