Various organisations and individuals provide training in first aid, CPR/AED and Emergency First Response in the Cayman Islands. Here we list a complete guide.
In 2020 a non-profit organisation called LifeLine was started by a local family affected by an electrical heart condition. The charity creates and maintains a national database of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in the Cayman Islands and these are linked to software used by the Department of Public Safety Communications (911) operators. They also promote awareness of electrical heart conditions and the need for CPR/AED training in our community. The LifeLine database currently includes over 100 AEDs. See www.lifeline.ky for more information.
The names of the courses vary according to the accrediting body and syllabus, but for the most part the course content is very similar and aims to arm participants with the knowledge and skills to be able to respond to a medical emergency.
The main difference to note is that CPR/AED courses focus on dealing with life-threatening conditions – typically a non-breathing patient – and therefore covers clearing airways, rescue breathing, choking, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
First Aid and Emergency First Responder courses go a little further and also train participants in basic first aid: dealing with responsive patients and providing emergency treatment for non-life threatening conditions such as fractures, bleeding, stings, shock and more.
For the lay person, there is little difference between the courses by the various accrediting bodies, but for some professions, particularly healthcare professionals and teachers, a specific certification is required, such as the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals, which is a little more advanced than a CPR course.
Certifications are valid for two years after which one must do a refresher. The lower age limit varies, but participants must be able to demonstrate CPR and choking prevention skills. Check with each provider as some will teach kids as young as 9, others prefer them to be at least 15.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross teaches the American Red Cross syllabus and offers courses in:
CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Course
Cost: $125 – 2 year certification
When: View training schedule
What: Life-saving skills
Cost: $350 – 2 year certification
What: Training for businesses in water sport and hospitality industries
Basic Water Rescue
What: Learn how to rescue victims from pools and open bodies of water
Cost: $75 – 2 year certification
Call the First Aid Training Manager on (345) 925 0715, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redcross.org.ky for specialist training, course bookings or classes.
The Cayman Heart Fund offers the American Heart Association accredited BLS/CPR for medical and non-medical people, covering CPR and AED skills, with or without first aid.
When: Monthly (Friday or Saturday – check http://caymanheartfund.com/bls-and-cpr/ for exact dates)
Where: St Matthews Medical School, Clinical Skills Lad, Leeward 4, Regatta Complex
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Minimum number of participants: 3
Minimum age: 14
For more information or to book emal: email@example.com.
Fitness Connection teaches American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR /AED courses.
When: Monthly or on request
Where: Fitness Connection or other venues on request
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: CI$100, or $75 for renewals
Minimum age: 15
Minimum number of participants: 5
For more information: Tel: (345) 949 8485, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fitness.ky.
CPR Respiratory Cayman/Melissa Shaw is a certified instructor for both the American Heart Association and the American Safety & Health Institute. She offers the following courses:
AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED
AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR/ AED
AHA Basic Life Support
ASHI Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ASHI Basic Life Support
ASHI Pediatric Advanced Life Support
ASHI Basic and Advanced First Aid
ASHI Child/Babysitting Safety and Pediatrics.
Melissa offers a mobile service: courses are taught at a venue of the participants’ choosing, on dates requested. CPR/AED courses last around 4 hours, those that include first aid last for 6½ hours. Email: Melissashawky@gmail.com or call (345) 926 0219.
Cayman Sea Elements/Mike Nelson offers the Emergency First Responder (EFR) certification course which covers CPR/AED for adults, children and infants, plus First Aid and administering EPI pens.
When: on request
Where: Clever Fish, schools, offices or other venues
Duration: 6 hours (can be taught in two 3-hour sessions)
Cost: CI$150-175 depending on number in group
Max 12 participants
For more information or to book contact Mike on (345) 936 8687 or email: email@example.com.
Many dive operators also offer the EFR course as this is a PADI training requirement for more advanced dive certifications.