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LIFE ESSENTIALS FIRST AID

First Aid Training and Water Safety Education

Life Essentials is run by Sonya Pope, a proud Kootenay resident for over 17 years with a passion for first aid and water safety. Sonya knows first-hand the importance of having the training and knowledge to provide basic rescue and resuscitation.

Life Essentials was started so Sonya can help people in her community gain the valuable life skills of basic first-aid, whether needed for a workplace, for child-care, or simply for personal knowledge. She believes that everyone should consider first-aid an essential asset in their lives because it may help save a life someday.


Life Essentials is affiliated with The Lifesaving Society BC/YK and The Canadian Red Cross which are non-profit organizations that provide water safety services and first aid training. The Lifesaving Society is equivalent and transferable with The Canadian Red Cross, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, St. John Ambulance and the Canadian Ski Patrol.

Sonya has been a member of The Lifesaving Society since 2009 and started her career in first aid and water safety as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the Nelson & District Community Complex. For over 10 years she’s been serving the community as a lifeguard and former Head Instructor, promoting swimming lessons, first-aid and water safety. With Life Essentials, she hopes to share her knowledge, skills and passion through contracted and private first aid classes throughout BC.

 

TRAINING 2020 HAS RESUMED!

Due to the current pandemic please review or request my new COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Please note that all WorkSafeBC certifications that expire after March 1, 2020 have been extended by 180 days past the expiry date. All vocational awards from The Lifesaving Society have been extended by 90 days from the start up date of aquatic centers.

FIRST AID TRAINING COURSES

Summer courses 2020 are being added & updated

I am excited and slowly but surely resuming training sessions :)

Stay Tuned for more summer course dates or get on the interest list to be notified.​


​Public courses are currently scheduled to be held at the Nelson Chamber of Commerce

@ 91 Baker St

Businesses wishing to hold their own courses at their establishment will receive a corporate rate.

Family members wishing to register together will receive a family and friends rate.

All courses include proper PPE training, CPR skills and AED use.

Course Dates Open for Registration:

Emergency First Aid - Basic First Aid OFA1

July 23, 2020 Thursday

August 17, 2020 Monday

9-6pm $145 total

Child & Residential Care First Aid OFA1

August 9th, 2020 Sunday

9-7pm $155 total

Long Day for New Requirements!

*Inquire if a weekday date is preferred

Standard First Aid OFA1

Full 2 day course

July 25 & 26, 2020 Sat & Sun

Aug 31 & Sept 1st, 2020 Mon & Tues

9-6pm each day

$255 total

Standard First Aid Recert

July 5th, 2020 Sunday

August 24th, 2020 Monday

9-6pm $145 total

CPR-C Full or Recert

July 25, 2020 Saturday

August 9, 2020 Sunday

August 24, 2020 Monday

August 31, 2020 Monday

9-1pm $95 total

L.E.F.A. Babysitter's Certificate

2 day course

July 28 & 29, 2020 Tues & Wed

Aug 20 & 21, 2020 Thu & Fri

Ages 11-14 years old

$80 total

Please note that I have increased course rates for public courses in order to re-start my business and to ensure appropriate and safe training venues. I strive to give the highest quality in my courses. Rates are lower with those that have a group booking and an appropriate venue for training.

I am registering everyone personally

Please Register by signing up below or

send an email to LifeEssentialsFirstAid@gmail.com or

call/text Sonya @ 250 354 8926

Pre-registration is required

Registration is considered complete when payment has been received

Please Register ASAP to avoid course cancellation

Minimum numbers are needed to ensure the course is able to run

Specific course details and receipt will be emailed upon registration

Cancellation policy is 7 days prior to course start date preferably

(I do consider a case by case basis)

A posted course date, time or course type could be subject to change on short notice due to enrollment interest! Please register as soon as you can. 

Payment methods:

eTransfer preferred to LifeEssentialsFirstAid@gmail.com or to 250 354 8926

Company cheque, cash, VISA and MasterCard

Thank you for your patience while I re-start my business!

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

I will email Safety plan to each registration and upon request :)
(My apologies on the WIX auto formatting)

Assessing the risk at the training centre

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads in several ways. It can spread in droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face.

The risk of person-to-person transmission increases the closer you come to other people, the more time you spend near them, and the more people you come near.


Primary methods to keeping safe while training with Life Essentials First Aid

  • Pre-registration required direct with owner

  • I will not be admitting symptomatic candidates – if an assessment indicates a sickness, then candidate will be sent home

  • The number of candidates has been capped to allow for small class sizes

  • Limited access to the venue location. Occupancy in the classroom available only to class candidates

  • More square footage per participant

  • Adequate handwashing stations at the training venue.

  • All training equipment is sanitized in bleach as per usual protocols

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided such as gloves, face masks, pocket masks and alcohol wipes. PPE is mandatory to use in the course and correct instruction is provided on best PPE practices.

  • Candidate distancing of 2m when possible

  • Face masks provided for when unable to distance between candidates

  • Candidates will not be sharing equipment. Each candidate will have their own designated workstation and equipment

  • Signage provided to guide through appropriate hygiene practices

  • Continued monitoring and direction from local and provincial health authorities

  • Guidelines and Safety plan will be posted for reference

  • I will make changes to policies and procedures as necessary

  • Chemicals used: bleach, alcohol 99%, hand sanitizer, soap & water, Lysol wipes and alcohol wipes


Steps Candidates need to take:

  • Reduce the risk of transmission with effective personal hygiene practices

  • If you have had symptoms in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and new muscle aches or headache. If you feel sick, stay home and notify me ASAP

  • If you have been in contact with someone with symptoms or a confirmed COVID-19 person you must not attend and self-quarantine for 2 weeks

  • If you have been travelling or attending crowded venues or have been out of the country you are to be in self isolation for 2 weeks

  • Upon entrance to the building, all candidates must wash their hands and temperatures may be taken

  • Frequent handwashing is required throughout the day and between tasks.

  • Wear your personal protective equipment during the course

  • Follow sneezing and coughing etiquette – away from those in general area and into a disposable Kleenex or your sleeve (elbow/arm)

  • Actively monitor for symptoms

  • Physical distance of 2m implemented to keep everyone apart whenever possible

  • Follow disinfection instructions – taking care of equipment and wiping down common use surfaces

  • If you are wishing to cancel or postpone training please contact me ASAP as I need to ensure I have a minimum number of candidates to run the course.


Candidate Expectation Checklist

  • Showered with comfortable CLEAN clothing

  • Appropriate footwear

  • A bag containing snacks, hardy lunch and 1-2 full water bottles to last the day

  • Encouraged to have lunch at workstation and hands washed before and after

  • One person in the washroom at a time

  • Learning materials you may want to bring – paper, pen, highlighter

  • BRING any previous certification cards needed as a pre-requisite (Standard first aid Recert, CPR-C recert and HCP recert)

  • BRING one piece of government issued ID for WorksafeBC registration


Health Items

  • Take temperature and ensure it is under 38 degrees C

  • Completed self-assessment tool

  • Wash hands upon arrival with soap and water

End of the day

  • Wash hands when you arrive home

  • Clean and wash items used while training

WELCOME BACK! I'M SONYA :)

THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL MY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


CPR TRAINING

LEVEL A & C

Full Course - No pre-requisite

Re-Certification Course - previous CPR-C certification card required (need not be current)

Course training time 4-5 hours

Certification is valid for 3 years from date of issue

Annual re-certification is recommended


Previous certification cards accepted from: The Lifesaving Society, The Canadian Red Cross, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, St John Ambulance and Canadian Ski Patrol


Note: CPR and AED is included in all first aid courses.

Certain employers require that CPR-C be re-certified annually.

The benefit being regular practice = retainment & confidence in an emergency

CPR A (with AED)


CPR A teaches resuscitation skills needed to help adults and children over 8 years old. Learn critical lifesaving skills, such as: how to recognize and treat the early signs of heart attack, activate EMS, perform CPR, and use an AED and help someone who is choking. CPR A teaches resuscitation skills needed to help adults and children over 8 years old.

CPR C (with AED)
Be prepared to save a life! Knowing how to activate EMS, perform CPR, and use an AED are critical lifesaving skills that everyone should have. Learn how to recognize and treat the early signs of heart attack - additional skills include how to help someone who is choking and perform CPR when there is more than one rescuer. CPR C with AED teaches the skills needed to help adults, children and infants.

EMERGENCY FIRST AID (BASIC FIRST AID)
OFA LEVEL 1 EQUIVALENT
(EFA WITH CPR A OR C)

No Pre-requisites
Course is 8 hours
Certification valid for 3 years
Recommend 13 years old+
Annual Re-Certification is recommended
Certain employers require that CPR-C be re-certified annually.
The benefit being regular practice = retainment & confidence in an emergency

Emergency First Aid is a WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent and can be used in the workplace. Using hands-on training and practice, this basic first aid course will give you confidence to respond effectively in an emergency. You will learn lifesaving skills such as CPR/AED and obstructed airway procedures to respond to emergencies. You will also learn to recognize and respond to respiratory and circulatory emergencies including asthma, allergic reactions, heart attack, stroke, and bleeding. 

EMERGENCY FIRST AID CHILD & RESIDENTIAL CARE
OFA LEVEL 1 EQUIVALENT

(EFA-CRC)

Course length is 10 hours (new requirements!)
No pre-requisites
Certification valid for 3 years from date of issue
Recommend 13 years old +
Annual Re-Certification is recommended
Certain employers require that CPR-C be re-certified annually.
The benefit being regular practice = retainment & confidence in an emergency

Emergency First Aid Child & Residential Care is a WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent and can be used in the workplace. This program is designed for parents and those working with children in childcare, as foster parents, home care or residential care industry.
Program length and content meets requirements outlined by the Ministry of Health for child and residential care workers. This course includes CPR-C to prepare candidates to respond to adult, child & infant emergencies.

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STANDARD FIRST AID
OFA LEVEL 1 EQUIVALENT
(SFA & SFAR)

Full course is 14-16 hours

No pre-requisite

Recommend 15 years old+


Re-certification Course is 8 hours

Pre-Requisite: previous SFA CPR-C certification card (need not be current)

Previous certification cards accepted from: The Lifesaving Society, The Canadian Red Cross, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, St John Ambulance and Canadian Ski Patrol

Certification is valid for 3 years from date of issue

Annual Re-Certification is recommended

Certain employers require that CPR-C be re-certified annually.

The benefit being regular practice = retainment & confidence in an emergency

Standard First Aid is a WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent and can be used in the workplace.

This course includes the most diverse and comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid, CPR and AED use.

Whether you need training for employment or simply want to be prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to act with confidence. In addition to the material covered in Emergency First Aid, candidates will learn how to treat head/neck injuries, soft tissue and musco-skeletal injuries and medical emergencies. 

A Standard First Aid Recertification (SFAR) is achieved by attending an 8 hour Standard First Aid Recertification course.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
(BLS)

Full course is 5 hours

Pre-Requisites: none

Recertification course is 4 hours

Pre-Requisites: BLS or CPR-HCP cert card (need not be current)


Certification is valid for 3 years from date of issue

Basic Life Support training is designed for Health Care Providers such as doctors, nurses, paramedics or those who work in a health care field and require the Health Care Provider CPR C certification. In addition to all CPR C level skills, participants are taught how to work as a multi-person team, do simultaneous assessment of breathing and pulse, stand-alone rescue breathing and use bag-valve-masks.

AIRWAY MANAGEMENT & OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION
(AMOA)

Pre-Requiste: CPR A or higher (need not be current)
Oxygen therapy can be included in the Standard first aid, CPR and BLS courses

This course is designed to provide knowledge and practice to maintain an airway and administer supplemental oxygen. Content includes: safe handling of oxygen, knowledge and assembly of oxygen equipment, selection and application of oropharyngeal airways and oxygen delivery devices, pulse oximeter use, appropriate use of suction and bag-valve-masks.

BOOK YOUR OWN PRIVATE COURSE!
MINIMUM OF 4 CANDIDATES

I want to contribute to my community!

Let me train you, your friends, coaches, leaders, practitioners, crew or your employees at your place of business! My passion is to uphold the vision of The Lifesaving Society

"To whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in them a fellow human being"

Corporate rate with venue provided

Family & friends rate when booked in pairs in the same course


My base is in Nelson, however, I do travel to train within the West Kootenays, Kelowna, Kamloops!

 

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INQUIRES

I’d love to hear from you! Reach out with any questions, or simply to learn more about how I can help!

Nelson & West Kootenays BC

250 354 8926

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Life Essentials First Aid

250 354 8926