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First Aid courses and education
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Do you know what to do in an emergency? Our first aid courses are practical, hands-on, and designed to give you first aid skills that you can use when you need them most. We also offer courses for kids, teenagers, and a defibrillator programme.
Know it before you need it
Through first aid training we help empower Kiwis to look after themselves, their families, and their communities. We are proud to have the ultimate stamp of approval from NZQA as a Category One first aid training provider in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We've been given a double highly confident rating - which means you can be assured you'll walk away from your course with the best skills possible.
Building community resilience
After the Christchurch earthquakes there were numerous accounts of lives being saved by members of the public who reacted swiftly and performed first aid. At Red Cross, we applaud those who seek training before emergencies occur. We'd love to see a first aider in every neighbourhood throughout New Zealand.
Our courses help you react quickly
Our large range of courses give everyone in the community a way to gain first aid skills. You'll be equipped to react quickly and safely in a medical emergency - whether it's at home, at work, on the sports field or in public places.
Employers, community groups and local authorities purchase and maintain AEDs to ensure assistance is available for someone having cardiac arrest (heart attack). AEDs are an important part of building community resilience.