First aid training classroom with physical distancing layout

First Aid Training During COVID-19 – What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

If you need to update your first aid certification, you may be concerned about whether it’s safe to take an in-person class during COVID-19 restrictions. This article explains what you can expect in a first aid class and what we’re doing to ensure your health and safety. We hope the information below will reassure you about registering for a course or booking a private group training session for your team.

Safe + Sound First Aid Training is following WorkSafe BC and Canadian Red Cross health and safety guidelines for first aid agencies.

Click here for our full COVID-10 Health and Safety Protocols

Woman wearing face mask standing near table and hand sanitizer stand.

On arrival at your first aid class, a friendly staff member will greet you and ask you to use hand sanitizer before completing a health screening questionnaire.

Brief outline


  • Receive health and safety information via email before the class.
  • Are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination on arrival at the course location.
  • Complete a health screening questionnaire before entering the classroom.
  • Are required to wash/sanitize their hands before, during and after class.
  • Wear a mask before entering the classroom and throughout the course.
  • Are spaced at least 2 metres apart in the training room.
  • Have their own manikin, equipment, and supplies.
  • Are given a disposable, one-way valve with a filter to use with their CPR breathing mask.
  • Use equipment that has been sanitized following WorkSafeBC and Canadian Red Cross guidelines.

Health screening

Before admittance into the class, participants must complete a health questionnaire. This helps us determine if they have been ill or have had any signs of illness (fever, cough, breathing difficulties/shortness of breath, or other symptoms) within the last 24 hours, travelled outside of Canada within the previous 14 days or been in contact with someone who is ill. (Source Government of Canada Participants with pre-existing conditions (e.g., allergies causing sneezing) are discouraged from attending training; this helps participants in the course feel secure.


COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire

Each student completes a health screening questionnaire before being admitted to class.


Face masks

We require that students and instructors wear face masks during the entire class. While this is slightly inconvenient, it gives people confidence that they will remain safe while spending a day in a room with other people.


Hand sanitizing

We ask participants to use hand sanitizer on arrival and wash their hands regularly throughout the day and at the end of the class. Washrooms are situated close to the classrooms.

Smaller group sizes and physical distancing

We have reduced our class sizes to meet physical distancing guidelines in our classrooms. Each student has a two-metre square area, with their chair and all the equipment and supplies they need for the class. Students are asked to remain in their area throughout the class, except during breaks.

Classroom layout

With current physical distancing guidelines, participants need to be separated by a minimum of 2 metres.  As you can see from the image, we have arranged our classroom to create individual stations where students remain during class.

First aid training classroom with physical distancing layout. Workstations are two metres apart.

First aid workstations are situated two metres apart in the classrooms.


Physical contact

Participants are not required to have any physical contact with other students or the instructor. Previously, some first aid skills like the recovery position, splints and slings, required people to work in pairs. We have come up with creative ways to teach these skills without students having physical contact with others.

Equipment – one to one ratios

Each student has an adult manikin, infant manikin, AED trainer (defibrillator), and first aid supplies to use during class. There is no sharing of equipment or supplies.

First aid class individual workstation with CPR manikins, AED trainer and first aid supplies

First aid class workstation. Each student has their own Mankins, AED, kneeling mat and first aid supplies. No sharing or physical contact with other students.

What about gloves and CPR breathing masks?

We give each student disposable vinyl gloves and a new, disposable one-way valve and filter to use with their CPR mask. Students may take the CPR masks home with them.

White plastic tray containing first aid supplies for use during a first aid class.

Each student has a tray containing the first aid supplies they need for the day.

Cleaning and sanitizing

Following guidelines from WorkSafeBC and the Canadian Red Cross, we sanitize all first aid equipment thoroughly after use.


We hope the above information will reassure you about taking a class or booking a private class for your team. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.



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First aid course information, schedules and online registration


Private Group First Aid Training

Students in first aid class doing CPR wearing face masks.

June 2020. Private onsite group training at Pacific Backlot / Vancouver Film Studios. Workers learning CPR during a Red Cross Emergency First Aid (OFA 1) class.

Group First Aid Training at Your School – FAQ’s

Interested in private group First Aid & CPR training at your School? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from Principals and teachers.

FAQ’s about Group First Aid Training at School.

Q: Which first aid/CPR class do teachers usually take?

A: Teachers usually take the one day Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR program. This includes CPR level C skills for all age groups (adult, child and infant). If time and budget allows, a more comprehensive option is the two day Standard First Aid & CPR program. Both courses are recognized by WorkSafeBC as equivalent to Occupational First Aid Level One.


Q: What is the course duration?

A: Red Cross Emergency First Aid is a one day course – 8 hours including breaks.

Red Cross Standard First Aid is a two day course – 16 hours including breaks.


Q: What is the course start time?

A: Most groups choose a start time of 8:30 or 9:00am. We are flexible, so let us know what works for your group. There are usually at least three refreshment breaks during the day including a 30 minute lunch break.


Q: What is the maximum number of participants per class?

A: On a Red Cross Emergency or Standard First Aid class, the instructor to participant ratio is 1:18 (one instructor per 18 participants). Special arrangements can be made for groups of 18+ people.


Scheduling a First Aid class at your school

Q: How far ahead do I need to book the class?

A: Safe + Sound takes course bookings up to 6 months ahead. The further ahead you book, the more chance that your preferred course date is available. Pro-D days are very popular for first aid/ CPR classes.


Q: Which days of the week are available for first aid classes?

A: The class can take place on a regular school day, Pro-D day, during the school holidays or on a Saturday. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will check our instructor availability.


Pricing and Payment

Q: What is the cost of onsite first aid training?

A: This depends on the number of course participants, the course you choose and your location. Please contact us for current pricing and ask us to provide a quote for your school or group.


Q: How can participants make their payments for the first aid course?

A: Option 1: Participants can register themselves online via a private link on Safe + Sound’s website.

Option 2: Safe + Sound can invoice the school for the full amount.


Q: What methods of payment do you accept?

A: We accept EFT, Visa, MasterCard and business cheques. We do not accept personal cheques.


Q: What does the first aid course fee include?

A: The course fee includes a Red Cross certificate and e-book.


Room and Equipment Requirements

Q: What are the training room requirements for a first aid class?

A: The room must have a minimum of 500 sq. ft. of clear floor space as well as a seating area, chairs for participants, a few tables and washrooms nearby.


Q: What are the equipment requirements for a first aid class?

A: Our instructor will bring everything they need to teach the course. If you are able to provide a whiteboard or blackboard, flip chart, projector or other AV aids that is very helpful and much appreciated, but not required.


Q: Can a first aid course be held in a regular school classroom?

A: It depends on the size of the classroom and the number of participants. There are lots of physical activities included in a Red Cross first aid class, so the more floor space, the better. A gym, multi-purpose room or library space works best unless the group is very small.


Q: We have a small group of people, can we still book a private class?

A: You can still book a private class, however if you have a small group (less than 12 people) you may prefer to register them on one of our public classes in Coquitlam or Burnaby:

View public first aid course schedules in Coquitlam and Burnaby:

Red Cross Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED Level C

Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C


Q: Which school districts does Safe + Sound First Aid Training serve?

A: We run first aid classes in schools in the following BC school districts:

Coquitlam School District 43 – SD43

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District 42 – SD42

Burnaby School District 41 – SD41

New Westminster School District 40 – SD40

Vancouver School District 39 – SD39


Group First Aid Training  – Booking a Class for your School

For further information or a quote for a first aid class at your school, please fill in our Onsite Training Form We will then provide a quote or contact you if we need more information.

Private group first aid training is easy to organize. Book a date with us and provide a group of people. We’ll take care of everything else!