First aid is about more than just putting on a Band-Aid. YMCA first aid and CPR training is a great way for parents, teachers, coaches and others to learn valuable lifesaving techniques and keep their certifications up to date. YMCA first aid and CPR training focuses on techniques for children as well as adults; many lifesaving measures are different for children than they are for adults.


The Heimlich maneuver helps dislodge foreign objects from the throat. The Heimlich maneuver is performed differently on infants than it is on children and on adults. The YMCA first aid course provides instruction in all three methods. Relieving a choke may mean the difference between life and death.

Treating Open Wounds

Basic first aid includes flushing a wound, applying antibiotic ointment and wrapping or sealing the wound with a Band-Aid or bandage. Flushing the wound is an important first aid technique that removes foreign bodies (including glass and jagged rocks). YMCA first aid training teaches how to identify the types of wounds that may be cleaned and treated and those that should be flushed and held until a medical professional arrives.


The treatment of snakebites, particularly for venomous snakes, is not taught in every first aid and CPR course, but is often found in areas with high concentrations of poisonous snakes. Venomous snakebites do not have to be fatal if individuals are trained in the cut-and-suck method and the proper application of tourniquets.

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CPR HeartSaver Plus Course

The YMCA CPR training class takes 8 hours to complete and includes administering CPR to infants, children and adults. Instructions include the correct rhythm for administering breathing and heart pumping, how to dislodge foreign objects that may be obstructing the airway, and pushing water out of the lungs in order to allow them to inflate with air. Most YMCA CPR programs certify teachers, lifeguards, parents, caregivers and others who require certification or recertification.

Administering EpiPens and Treating Severe Allergic Reactions

It is becoming more common for teachers, substitute teachers and others who work with children to have to administer EpiPens to prevent anaphylactic shock. Classes may offer instruction on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction as well as how to administer the pen.