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CPR/AED/First Aid

This class has been designed with WKC members in mind.  Aside from basic life support we will discuss drowning management, shoulder dislocations, hypothermia, wound care and splinting, all with the possibility of our remote locations and minimal resources available.

Class Learning Objectives: 

After successfully completing the CPR AED portion of this class, students will be able to:

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concept of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Demonstrate giving effective breaths by using mouth to mouth or a mask for all ages
  • Demonstrate performing high-quality CPR for an adult, a child, and an infant and use an AED


After successfully completing the first aid portion, students will be able to:

  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Demonstrate removing protective gloves
  • Demonstrate finding the problem
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for these life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult, child, or infant
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking victim
  • Demonstrate how to use an epinephrine pen
  • Demonstrate how to control bleeding and apply bandaging
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses and injuries
  • Describe the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and the risks of smoking and vaping
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers

NOTE: Class objectives vary based on the course topics taught.

About Our Instructor:

This one day, in-person, classroom course will be taught by our very own kayaking buddy, Diana Johnson, of Cascade Training Center. As a registered nurse with 12 years’ experience in a variety of settings and countries, Diana is uniquely qualified to teach CPR/AED/First aid to Washington Kayak Club members.  Among other accomplishments, she served as an ER nurse in a remote New Zealand community, where she found herself in several wilderness medicine scenarios in Papua New Guinea and throughout the North American wilderness.  Diana has also been a whitewater kayaker since 2007.  She met her husband, Mike Haenisch, at the bottom of Boulder Drop after he was worked in a hydraulic — you could say he fell out of a hole in the Sky!  Diana currently works as an educator and critical care transport nurse.

After Completion:

Successful completion of this class will provide the participant with a two-year certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) for Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid. An eCard will be issued by email within 72 hours of successful course completion. eCards are official AHA credentials.

Can't make this class:
Another CPR/AED/FA class is scheduled for Sunday, February, 22. 
Class content will be different. The second class will be taught by a lifeguard instructor trainer and will be professional rescuer focused. Discussions will address drowning management, wilderness scene safety and assessment, and critical thinking and problem solving in a wilderness setting.

CPR/FA 2/11/2024

Sunday, January 28, 2024, 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Isssaquah Hihghlands Fire Station 73 meeting room
Fire Station 73 - Issasquah Highlands
1280 NE Park Dr
Issaquah, WA  98027
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Shanna Gachen
Registration is closed - Event is full and Waitlist is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Dress comfortably. Much of the class time will be spent on the floor. Please bring a beverage and snacks.
Cancellation Policy:
Once your course registration is confirmed, all fees are non-refundable.
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