Special Training

By: Jedd Lapid, Chief Development Officer

You don’t have to wait for special occasions to take special training:

Jedd practicing on a manequin what to do if his child were unconscious.

Jedd practicing on a manequin what to do if his child were unconscious.

As I approach my one year anniversary at the American Red Cross and celebrate the 7 months since my son was born- I thought this would be a perfect time to take a First Aid, CPR, AED training class. That’s not entirely true…honestly, I’ve felt completely guilty that I did not take this course earlier. At any given moment a family member, a friend, a colleague, or a complete stranger may need assistance because of an injury, an illness or other life threatening situation.

Taking the time today to become trained and prepared for whatever incident may happen in the future is an insurance plan that we should all be encouraged to enroll in. I know how busy we all are in our careers, in our home life and with all of our other responsibilities. I’m not surprised that it took me so long to do this, and however much guilt I may have had prior to today…it has completely disappeared after having taken this class. I know that I’ve now created a safer home, a safer workplace and am able to respond if someone needs assistance. Knowing I can respond and help is empowering, and would definitely encourage anyone to take or retake a class that could save a life.

Look at this cutie!

Look at this cutie!

July has offered the opportunity to save money while training to make money for caregivers! All registrations made through July 31st (tomorrow) can apply a 20% discount to a babysitting course! Just use the coupon code INDY200913 (case sensitive) when registering online at redcross.org/takeaclass or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

“All of the course options provide students with a range of training and skills so they can jumpstart their babysitting career and show potential employers they know their stuff,” said Sara Weier, Preparedness, Health & Safety Manager. “Participants learn to keep themselves and the children they are responsible for safe, including how to handle situations that sitters are likely to encounter such as treating bleeding, bee stings, and burns.”

There are three Red Cross babysitting course options are available for 11- to 15-year-olds. The Babysitter’s Basics online course, Babysitter’s Training classroom course and an extended classroom course with Pediatric First Aid/CPR are all eligible for the discount! Students learn how to handle emergencies including what to do if child is choking and the basics of infant CPR/first aid.

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