Nanaimo First Aid is the best St Mark James training affiliate on Vancouver Island. Students can visit the website for a complete list of available classes, along with rates and schedules. Nanaimo First Aid offers the cheapest rates for quality training, which has made it the most popular provider in British Columbia. Choose a program and enrol today!
Nanaimo First Aid
Aside from the list of classes, the Nanaimo First Aid website has an online registration form for enrolment. Students can choose a program from the list and sign up using the form. Other ways to enrol are e-mails, telephone calls, and walk-ins during business hours in any of the facilities in British Columbia.
Rates and fees
Rates offered by Nanaimo First Aid are the cheapest in the area; there is no other provider than can compare. Fees are inclusive of taxes, certification expenses, and training manuals – all paid in full during enrolment so students don’t have to worry about expenses.
Students who drop out are entitled to a full refund of the fees, provided a 72-hour notice was given beforehand.
First aid training is covers a comprehensive list of skills and concepts in 14-16 hours period. The course curriculum includes wound care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED), and the emergency medical services (EMS) system. AEDs are machines that supply the heart with needed shock through pads attached on the chest. Stand-alone classes for CPR/AED are also available. Students can choose from three levels: A, C, and HCP, lasting 4, 5, and 6 hours long respectively.
To pass a class or program, a student is required to have complete attendance, at least 75 percent on the written exam, and good demonstration of skills.
St Mark James certificate cards are awarded to students once they pass a class. Wall-mount certificates are available upon request as well. These certificates are valid for three years and can be renewed / recertified through recertification programs.
Expiring or near-expiry certificates can be renewed through recertification. First aid and CPR recertification classes are held twice a week and last 4-8 hours, depending on course.
All instructors are certified by St Mark James so students are assured of quality training. Students can book instructors for special training at home, workshops, or conferences. Send an e-mail or give a call to inquire about rates and
Did You Know?
Sprain first aid
When treating minor sprains at home, remember the acronym RICE (Rest – Ice – Compress – Elevate).
- Rest. Rest the injured area (usually part of a limb such as the ankle or knee). Try not to put any weight or walk on the limb for at least 2 days. Remember to exercise the uninjured limbs while you are resting. You can use an exercise bicycle.
- Ice. Put ice on the injured area. This will help relieve pain and swelling. Use ice for ONLY 15-20 minutes, four to eight times a day for the first 2 days after the injury.
- Compress. Wrap the affected limb with a bandage to immobilize it and to prevent swelling. Make sure the bandage is firm – not too loose and too tight. Always check the circulation in the distal part of the extremity. Watch out for numbness and pallor around the bandage.
- Elevate. Try to keep the affected extremity elevated above the heart. This is will also help limit swelling.