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CPR/AED/First Aid


The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed. This program offers First Aid, CPR and AED to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. Aside from basic life support, classroom course material will be taught in context of paddlers wilderness challenges and will include discussion on drowning.




After completing the online and classroom classes, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to recognize an emergency and gain confidence to act.
  • Explain how to lower the risk for infection when giving care.
  • Understand legal concepts as they apply to lay responders, such as consent.
  • Describe the emergency action steps: Check, Call, Care
  • Identify when it’s necessary to call 9-1-1 or the designated emergency number.
  • Explain how to check an injured or ill person who appears to be unresponsive.
  • Explain how to check a responsive injured or ill person.
  • Demonstrate high-quality CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for a person who is in cardiac arrest.
  • Demonstrate first aid care for a person who is choking.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following sudden illnesses; shock, asthma attack, anaphylaxis, heart attack, opioid overdose, diabetic emergencies, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
  • Describe methods used to control life-threatening bleeding, including the application of direct pressure and the application of a commercial tourniquet.
  • Demonstrate the application of direct pressure to control life-threatening bleeding.
  • Explain when a commercial tourniquet should be used and describe the basic principles of using a tourniquet.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following injuries and environmental illnesses: burns; head, neck and spinal injuries (including concussion); heat stroke, hypothermia; poison exposure.


The Course


This is a blended learning course. After registration you will receive an email from the American Red Cross with a link for the online portion of the course.  The participant must successfully complete the online and classroom learning portions of the course to achieve the two year certification. Everyone learns and tests at a different rate. The participant should schedule a minimum of two hours for the completion of the online section.


About the Instructor

Quinn Width is Aquatic Director for greater Seattle YMCA and is a professional lifeguard with nearly fifteen years of experience. Quinn has a passion for water safety and advocacy for public access. In addition to lifeguarding, Quinn is a trainer for the YMCA and USA American Red Cross and has a love for teaching all things aquatics!

Registration will close on Wednesday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m.

There has been enough interest that WKC would like to offer another class, probably in April. We must pull together a minimum of five students to do so. Please sign the waitlist to be waitlisted for this class and/or to signal interest in a potential future class.

All payments are final. Refunds and credits will not be issued.

Sunday, February 11, 2024, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Matt Griffin YMCA
3595 S 188th St
SeaTac, WA  98188

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Renee C Paradis
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Please dress comfortably. Most of the class time will be spent on the floor. Please bring a beverage and a snack.

*All participants shall adhere to YMCA policies with respect to Child Abuse Prevention.
*Park in designated areas only.
*For the health and safety of others, please stay home if you're feeling sick.
*Keep noise minimal. Other events may be taking place.
*Smoking (or use of other tobacco products), marijuana, and alcohol are prohibited.
Cancellation Policy:
Once your class registration is confirmed, all fees are non-refundable.
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