Henry David Thoreau said: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
I have been a busy bee this past two months – hence the lack of a new blog entry. As a business owner and entrepreneur, I am always looking for ways to grow my business and to better it. I was lucky enough to have a two month break from my afternoon responsibilities. I have used this time to expand my knowledge and learn some awesome new skills.
I am very proud to say that I am now officially a Certified Basic Life Support Provider. I am in the process now of becoming a BLS Instructor. This is something I am extremely proud of as there are very little people here in South Africa that has done this course and not have a medical background. Exciting right?? But what does this actually mean?
Let’s start with BLS – now you already know it stands for Basic Life Support, but what is that? Is it only a very fancy American term for CPR? According to Training and Compliance Manager, Jodie Marvin this is the answer: “There is no difference between BLS and CPR. BLS is simply another term for CPR and leans towards meaning healthcare provider level. Most often, when a person is searching online or asking about a BLS certification, they mean Healthcare Provider level CPR. However, BLS is a generic term for any form of CPR. This is especially the case in other countries like the UK. Basic Life Support refers to maintaining an open airway and supporting breathing and circulation without the use of equipment other than a protective device.”
Okay, got it! But how does that influence an AuPair agency? How does that better a business like mine? It’s simple! I will be able to provide the listed seven amazing courses and more!
1. Family and Friends CPR
2. First Aid Essentials for Children
3. Heartsaver Courses
4. CPR for Everyone
5. CPR for professionals
6. BLS for Healthcare Providers
7. Baby Essentials Course
Basically, I will be offering training courses in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid to both the general public as well as medical staff. I will be a registered Basic Life Support Instructor with the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and the American Heart Association. My courses do earn CPD points with the Health Professions Council of South Africa for all medical staff.
With that, I am closing this post with one of my favorite, motivational quotes from Babe Ruth: “It’s hard to beat a person who NEVER GIVES UP!”