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While many of us do not give it a second thought, becoming certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can save someone's life one day. Imagine this scenario. You're at the beach. The nearest lifeguard is 200 yards away and being chatted up by some hot young blonde. They are not paying attention to the water and beachgoers. You see a swimmer struggling out in the waves, before going under the water, so you swim out to save them. You get them back to shore and they are not breathing, but you don't know CPR. It takes the lifeguard two minutes to run over and perform CPR. However, by the total of 3 to 4 minutes that have elapsed since the swimmer went under the water, it's likely too late to save them. While this is a worst case scenario, it happens more than you might think. Becoming CPR certified is not only relatively easy but is also very inexpensive and can certainly save someone's life, should the need ever arise. Of course you may never have to save a life, but you'll be glad you became certified if you ever do have to.
If you are attempting to get a job such as a lifeguard or security guard, you will likely be required to obtain a CPR certification prior to being hired. Fortunately becoming CPR certified typically costs right around $20 and only takes a weekend of your time. Additionally the certification lasts for 2 years and the knowledge you will gain will last a lifetime. Despite the fact that you will likely remember everything you've been taught, you're still required to become re-certified every two years. This is for a couple reasons. First of all there may be new techniques that arise that you need to be made aware of. Secondly it's someone's life you're dealing with and it's necessary that you fully comprehend how to go about saving a life.
On a similar note, if CPR is performed improperly it can seriously injure or even result in the death of the person receiving CPR treatment. CPR classes will teach students how to properly perform this treatment, while inflicting minimal damage to the individual in need of saving. The Red Cross is one of the main organizations through which people become CPR certified. Individuals can also receive training online, although in-person training is much preferred as you can receive hands-on practice, rather than online instruction. No matter how you go about receiving CPR training it's recommended that everyone go through this training; even if it's not required by your job. As we said before, who knows when a life could require saving. You don't want to be the one standing idly by, unsure of what to do.