The Family YMCA to Offer Red Cross Courses


First Aid, CPR and AED

The Family YMCA is now taking registration for its May 5th and June 2nd First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification courses.  The courses, taught by American Red Cross certified instructors, are generally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month throughout the year.

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.

Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm and are open to the public. Cost is $80 for Y members and $110 for program members. The certificates are now good for 2 years. 

Red Cross Babysitters Course

The Family YMCA is now taking registration for the May 11-12 session of its American Red Cross Babysitters Course.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session will be held May 11th from 4 to 8:30pm and May 12th from 1 to 5:30pm.  Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification.  Cost is $110-prices are set by Red Cross.

For more information go to The Family YMCA Web site,, or call 662-3100. Financial assistance is available thanks to United Way of Northern New Mexico, “Strong Kids” Annual Campaign and other contributors. 



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