We’re Holly & Jill,
two sisters with a passion for child safety and injury prevention.

Safe Beginnings First Aid is the leading provider of infant and toddler-focused safety courses in Canada.

 
Since late 2016, we’ve trained over 7,000 parents, caregivers and professionals with essential lifesaving skills. We offer online courses across Canada, and in-person courses in the Vancouver, BC area (and occasionally beyond!)
 


Our mission is to make lifesaving education accessible.
That’s why we offer our courses both online and in-person.

 


 

 

Our popular Infant/Child CPR, Choking and Injury Prevention course is available in a convenient online at-your-own-pace video-based format. Perfect for those who are unable to attend our in-person courses due to location, timing, physical reasons, anxiety or otherwise.


 

 

If you’re in the Greater Vancouver, BC area, we offer public courses all across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sea-to-Sky areas on a monthly basis. We also regularly tour the Okanagan, Interior, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast areas of British Columbia.


 

 

Feel more comfortable in your own environment? If you’re in the Greater Vancouver, BC area, we have limited availability for private courses in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sea-to-Sky areas. Host a course in your own space, and we’ll bring everything to you!


  • 5 star review  This was a wonderful course! There was a lot of information to learn in two hours but Holly made it easy to understand and fun. I feel much more confident starting solids with my baby now! Holly also checked my car seat for me after the class and discovered it has a recalled part! I’m very happy I took this course.

    thumb Sarah Bos
    11/15/2017

    5 star review  This course was so great! And it couldn't have come at a better time for us. After the course, we hadn't been home for more than 10 minutes, when someone started banging on our door...my husband rushed to answer and there on our doorstep was a neighbour...and she was choking!!! My husband immediately put to use the choking technique that Holly literally just taught us and was able to dislodge the item. He saved her life! Our neighbour was home alone and started choking so she ran outside and was banging on all the doors on our floor hoping someone was home. He said if she had come the day before he wouldn't have had the confidence to help her. Thank you Holly!!! From us AND our neighbour!!

    thumb Jean Gallagher
    3/29/2017

    5 star review  Great course. I've taken a lot of first aid courses over the years and found Holly's teaching style to be much more memorable and relevant. The way she explains things and breaks it down is straight forward, tangible and appeals to your common sense, she also gives you cues to help you remember! Loved the course and even better loved that it was at home with friends!

    thumb Alli Rock GC
    6/08/2017
  • 5 star review  I took the 2 hour infant CPR class with Holly in Squamish and it was great. Holly is very knowledgeable and was able to teach the content in a professional and pleasant manner. Would definitely recommend this course.

    thumb Birte Jaschkowitz
    4/28/2017

    positive review  Extremely well led class jam packed with useful info. We enjoyed it even after many years of being CPR certified. Took away useful info. Thanks Holly

    thumb Ponnie Matin Pelchat
    2/19/2019

    positive review  Great class. Well laid out curriculum and well taught. Very thorough but not overwhelming. Highly recommend!

    thumb Anna Merrifield
    12/09/2018
  • positive review  Very informative class that was extremely benificial to have for any person around infants, babies or any person. CPR is much different than you might think and I am so happy to have learned the vital information. Thank you!!

    thumb Alysha Yakimishyn
    2/04/2019

    5 star review  I have taken 2 different CPR courses with Jill and she is a funny, engaging and compelling instructor who knows how to clearly present her material. Thanks also for the theory, visual demos, and hands-on practice - you made sure we got it right before we left! Always a great teacher, thanks so much! 🙂

    thumb Rhiannon Bryant McKech
    8/26/2017

    5 star review  Jill was was a great teacher. I am really glad I chose safe beginnings to get my Doula CPR training. I feel like I will be able to support families with what I learned today �

    thumb Suvannah Ruddock
    8/27/2017
  • 5 star review  I did a course with Holly this weekend. She is very knowledgeable and the class is very engaging. I really enjoyed myself and left feeling like I had learned a lot. I would definitely recommend the non-certified CPR/choking course to any parents or anyone who will be working or spending a lot of time with kids!

    thumb Bitsy Alexander
    7/30/2018

    5 star review  I took Safe Beginning's First Aid course specifically for doulas over the weekend. Jill is obviously very knowledgeable and relayed her expertise in an easy to follow and practical manner. There was lots of practical skills taught and we also had the opportunity to practice on each other and infant dolls. It was a great course and when I need to recertify, I'll look to Safe Beginnings first!

    thumb Kristy van den Bosch
    11/07/2017

    5 star review  I hosted a private course (4 hour infant and child first aid) and Holly was our instructor. She was phenomenal! The information was highly valuable and I would strongly recommend every parent and caregiver take a course through Safe Beginnings.

    thumb Jane Pate
    7/31/2017
  • 5 star review  We completed the CPR course today and left feeling confident with the skills we took away with us. Holly knows her stuff and is passionate about what she does. She teaches in a way that is straight to the point and easy to follow. I have already recommended this to my mom friends and will continue to do so!

    thumb Betsy B Bee
    7/08/2018

    5 star review  My husband and I took the course this past week at Buy Buy Baby in Langley. Holly was very personable and professional and covered a lot of relevant information in the 2 hours. I found her very knowledgable, often citing current research and standards while also drawing on her own experience as a mom. I had re-taken my WorkSafe BC OFA Level 1 last year but wanted something more focused on infant care as we are expecting our first soon. I'm really glad we took this course. I found the explanations really resonated for me and the practicality was appreciated. Holly went over and above, we received an email info package before the course so I didn't feel pressure to take notes and remember everything. I would definitely recommend taking this course!

    thumb Jessie Marie
    1/22/2018

    5 star review  I worked with Jill as a co-host for an event as well as taking her CPR-C/AED. I found the content well organized and EXTREMELY informative. Jill's teaching style is laid back, easy going and personable. I left the class feeling informed and confident. I would highly recommend Safe Beginnings to anyone looking for a solid CPR course

    thumb Stephanie M Mundle
    8/29/2017
  • positive review  So glad my husband and I took this course. Holly is an engaging instructor who is passionate about infant safety and was great at giving us time to practice techniques and understand the why behind what we were doing. Will definitely recommend this course to all my momma friends.

    thumb Lynn Duran
    1/13/2019

    positive review  We booked a private class for a group of friends and the caregivers of our children. The class was incredibly informative and gave us the confidence we needed to care for our children (and other adults!) in the scariest of instances. Holly’s passion and depth of knowledge kept us engaged the entire class. Every parent or caregiver NEEDS to take this class! Could not recommend it more.

    thumb Aleisha Bordignon
    1/22/2019

    5 star review  I just finished the Safe Beginnings First Aid corse with Jill. She was clear and concise. The corse was easy to follow. Enough practice was done throughout the class to allow for memory of the content to form.

    thumb Nancy Lane
    7/27/2017
  • 5 star review  We wanted to learn some basic first aid skills before the arrival of our first baby, and Holly and Safe Beginnings First Aid class was exactly what we were looking for. She covers the basics from CPR to safe preventative practices around the house, and has excellent cues and descriptions to help you remember the tips, skills and techniques. I would recommend this to anyone with kids, expecting children, or wanting a refresher on first aid skills.

    thumb Lauren MacKenzie
    4/09/2017

    5 star review  Great HCP-CPR course today with Jill! She made the material clear, straightforward and engaging. Great balance of theory and skills, I felt confident at the end of the day. Thank you!

    thumb Erika Mitchell
    8/26/2017

    5 star review  We organized for a private class for 16 (mixture of new parents, expectant parents, & grandparents) and after having some difficulty getting an indoor space large enough we decided to hold it outside under some canopies in our yard. Holly was very responsive throughout the whole planning process on email, arrived on time, and was very personable and professional. Our group had a great time, learned tons, and came away feeling much more confident in our abilities to handle an emergency whether it was for an infant or an adult. I'd highly recommend Holly and Safe Beginnings. For us, booking a private session for a larger group made it much more cost effective for everyone.

    thumb Nicole Sykes
    8/31/2017
  • positive review  This course was extremely beneficial, and I encourage anyone who spends time around infants & children (all you aunties & uncles & friends) to take this course! Yes for safety for the little ones but honestly for your own peace of mind too! I feel SO much more comfortable knowing that I am now educated enough to be helpful and just know the right steps to take during emergency situations. I learned far more than just cpr - the instructor was so great! Highly recommend!

    thumb Carly Anne
    12/12/2018

    5 star review  We took the Infant/Child CPR course with Jill. The course was excellent! Jill is a great teacher and delivered tons of great information in the two hours we had with her. Would definitely recommend!

    thumb Lynette McClenaghan
    10/26/2018

    5 star review  Took the 2 hr infant/cpr class on March 11th at Nurture Collective in Parksville. The material was comprehensive, taught at a good pace with opportunities for questions, and allowed for lots of repetition and practice to create muscle memory. The teacher was experienced, knowledgeable and able and answer all questions asked. My Mom attended and had physical limitations that required modifications of nearly procedures and advice was provided for each. I would definitely recommend this for caregivers of young children.

    thumb Crystal Jack
    3/12/2018
  • 5 star review  My husband and I attended the infant/toddler CPR course and found it extremely helpful. Holly was a wealth of knowledge and covered a variety of topics. I felt well-informed rather than overwhelmed. I would highly recommend the course to any couple with young children and/or caregivers. Worth every penny!

    thumb Chrissy Grant
    10/21/2018

    5 star review  I attended this course a few months ago and found it very interesting. I learned a lot and was even able to bring my 5 month old along. Today my daughter ended up choking on some food and it surpised me at how easily I was able to stay calm pick her up and do what I was taught. The food was out in seconds and she was a littlw shook up but okay. I dont even want to think about what would have happened if I did not part take in this class. I always thought Iwas supposed to just tap their backs, thankfully I was taught the proper way. So again thankyou, tonight you helped me save my daughter. ♡

    thumb Treffendel Toth
    12/12/2017

    5 star review  I took the four hour infant/toddler first aid and CPR class and it was awesome! It gave me confidence knowing that if an emergency situation arose with my little ones, I would know what to do (rather than panic!). Thank you!

    thumb Amber Carter
    6/09/2017
  • positive review  Fabulous, info packed course! 100% worth it!

    thumb Alana Couch
    9/28/2018

    5 star review  Thank you for a great course in North Van Holly! Very informative and my partner managed to stay focused for the 4 hours which is a miracle!

    thumb Christie Saunders
    1/23/2018

    5 star review  My husband and I are first time parents and heard great things about Holly. We live in downtown and chose to pick her in north van from the great reviews. We are so happy we got our training from her. She is very knowledgeable and professional and at the same time fun and personable. I particularly loved that she is a mother herself so she gave examples of things in the house we should be aware of and shared examples and stories of things her daughter has done that can be a risk. She flagged little things that we don't think of. I learned so much and feel as prepared as one can welcoming a little one into our world and home. I highly recommend her. Great class for couples and friends to do together.

    thumb Tas Bhulji-Goel
    3/08/2017

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