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Learn how to be safe at the YMCA

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By Special to the Monitor

To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.

Participants must complete both days of the session they register for to receive certification.  This course is taught by Patricia Moore, American Red Cross certified instructor.

The Friday class runs 4-8:30 p.m. and the Saturday class runs 1-5:30 p.m. and is open to youth 11-17 years of age. The fee is $110.  

Additionally, the Family YMCA is taking registration for its July 17 and Aug. 7 First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification courses.  These courses are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors.

First Aid training includes the basics of wound care, bleeding control and bandaging and provides information about poisoning, sudden illness and how to care for other injuries.

CPR training includes how to respond to emergency situations, recognize the signs of a heart attack, and provide care for an adult who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating.  

AED training is a proven life-saving tool when deployed correctly and early on after the onset of cardiac arrest.

Participants who complete the courses will receive American Red Cross certification.

There is a maximum of 12 participants for each class.

The first session will be 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 17 and the second session will be 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Aug. 7 and are open to the public.

Cost is $65 for YMCA members and $90 for program members.  

For more information on either course, go to The Family YMCA Web site, www.laymca.org, or call 662-3100.

Financial assistance is available thanks to United Way of Northern New Mexico, “Strong Kids” Annual Campaign and other contributors.