Different Types of First Aid Courses

When it comes to the different types of First Aid courses out there, it’s a challenge to identify which one must be It is not uncommon nowadays for employees to be asked and in fact, required to take a first aid course as part of initial orientation. What does differ is that not all employees are mandated to take the same courses- each employer can have separate, specific first aid training requirements.

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Below is a comprehensive breakdown on the types of first aid courses that are offered out there, as well as who is best suited to participate.

  • Basic/Standard First Aid Course

Also commonly referred to as Emergency First Aid, this particular course is created mostly for the general public. It includes all basic practices of first aid training, and is geared for people who are not employed in places where accidents are likely to happen, or in workplaces that haven’t provided specific first aid requirements. This standard first aid course is also well suited for students, remote workforce including parents, and elderly people.

  • Advanced First Aid

Not only covering the standard course-ware, this offering also deals with using AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and oxygen when assisting a victim. The Advanced First Aid class (also referred to as Advanced Life Support) is best suited for managers of medical facilities or first aid employees themselves. It’s also beneficial for any employee who works in a workplace that is equipped with oxygen tanks, AED equipment and masks.

  • Marine First Aid Course

This is a very specific type of course in First Aid, driven for those working as rescue lifeguards, sailors, ship personnel, or any other water-based professions that are performed on the water or at sea. The acquatic (marine) first aid course addresses specific situations, including pulling victims out of water or providing emergency care for victims who are not able to reach medical facilities quickly enough (this can occur, as an example) when a ship is in distress at sea or experiencing mechanical difficulties.

  • First Aid for Wilderness

Often referred to as Outdoors or Remote First Aid, this course empowers participants in how to provide first aid remotely, in off-the-beaten path locations. This is especially important where the arrival of medical help can be substantially delayed, and where there is no access to medical equipment. This course is ideal for professional field guides, hikers, mountain rescue personnel or a person who spends a great deal of time in the outdoors.

  • First Aid for Mental Health

It is not only physical distress that requires first aid intervention. There is also a First Aid course designed for Mental health, where class participants can learn how best to support people affected by mental illness or enduring a stressful event. Class participants will also be shown opportunities in recognizing signs of a mental disease; thereby being able to provide guidance towards receiving proper medical help. This first Aid course is mostly utilized by school and education counselors as well as mental health specialists.

There are other more specific offerings available as first aid courses for employees– it’s simply a matter of doing some brief research and determining your class needs and focus. Feel free to reach out to first aid class providers in your area to find out what the course offerings and schedules look like in your area, or to simply get more information on any of these and any other offered classes near you.