By Bridget Russell, Aquatics Supervisor
Becoming CPR certified is an empowering thing.
Employers are impressed by CPR-trained candidates because it demonstrates their level of dedication and an ability to act quickly and efficiently. CPR certification also enhances self-confidence while providing the skills to save lives.
More than 325,000 sudden cardiac arrest cases are reported each year, making it the leading cause of death in adults. Proper CPR raises the survival rate by 40%, which means it’s often the difference between life and death.
CPR classes are incredibly beneficial, but who has time for that? Your schedule is busy enough juggling work, the kid’s after-school activities, and every other curveball life throws your way.
That’s why online CPR classes have gained such popularity, especially blended learning programs.
The blended learning format is for ages 12+ and combines online learning and in-person skills with instruction like what you receive in traditional classes. But blended learning reduces the time needed for class and allows you to finish the online learning at your own pace. You can even finish ahead of the scheduled class.
The online learning part takes 2-3 hours and must be completed before attending the in-class session. In class, you use a mannequin, practice real-life scenarios, and a certified instructor evaluates your skills. After completing both portions, you’re issued a two-year certificate from the American Red Cross.
In-person classes at the Meyer Senior & Community Center are scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
About the Blogger
Bridget Russell has been with the City of College Station since 2012 and has served as the aquatics supervisor since 2017. She was a lifeguard at Texas A&M for almost three years after serving as an administrative clerk for the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005-11. Bridget earned bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2012) degrees in sport management from A&M.