Is the song in your head now? Good. It’s been an earworm for me ever since I spent a day getting CPR/AED/First Aid certified.
I’ve actually been CPR certified for most of my life — I spent my summers as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and it was required — but had let it lapse in recent years. Two things motivated me to go back to class and get my shiny new certificate: a 14-month-old who runs, plays and puts everything in her mouth AND my impending group exercise fitness instructor test.
Unfortunately, taking the full class took up an entire Saturday. Fortunately, I found every moment of the experience rewarding and I truly hope you consider investing your time in getting certified as well.
I chose to get my certification through the American Red Cross, and it cost me about $70 (would have been $85 but I had a coupon) and six hours. There are other options that are cheaper and shorter, but I wanted to make sure I got the pediatric instruction as well as adult.
I hope I never have to use the techniques I learned, but I feel so much better about my ability to help in an emergency (and what was really chilling was that of the 20 people in class, about half had stories of seeing life-threatening incidents up close), and to keep my kid safe.
Are you certified? Have you ever had to help save someone from an emergency?