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!


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

    thumb Anna Merrifield
    12/09/2018

    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  Jill is such an effective teacher and made our course really enjoyable and relevant!

    thumb Charlotte Grant
    8/26/2017
  • 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 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

    positive review  Just finished the infant/child CPR class. I would highly recommend it. Great price, packed full of just the right information. The Instructor was great also. Thank you I have been looking for something like this for a while now.

    thumb JJ Goff
    4/08/2019
  • 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  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  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  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  Holly did an awesome job teaching CPR and safety at the BuyBuyBaby in Langley. She was professional, yet friendly, and very thorough despite the class only being the 2 hour session. My husband and I walked away with a wealth of new knowledge and now feel comfortable in case of an emergency with young children and infants. Well worth the money.

    thumb Casey Rumley
    7/19/2017

    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  Thank you Holly! It was a great course and I can recommend it for everyone!

    thumb Monique Labusch
    10/28/2018

    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 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
  • 5 star review  Jill is such an amazing instructor! Thank you for making the course so engaging!

    thumb Emily Jessica
    8/25/2017

    positive review  Great course! Needed the refresher, highly recommended! Jill Colpitts was very knowledgeable and helpful! Thanks Jill.

    thumb Gagan Saran
    8/26/2018

    positive review  Highly recommend for anyone without formal first aid training. Holly demonstrates a passion for safety and teaching. She was engaging and delivered the course material quickly and clearly. I left with the ability and confidence to handle an emergency situation; or better yet, to hopefully prevent one in the first place.

    thumb Gayla Nichvalodoff
    4/01/2019
  • 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

    5 star review  My husband and I attended this course as expecting parents and found it very informative and useful. We would definitely recommend any new or expecting parent to take this course!

    thumb Brooke Loewen
    10/18/2018

    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  Excellent course and instructor, highly recommended!

    thumb Shaughnessy Chiara
    1/10/2018

    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  Very informative course. Holly was great. I feel a lot more knowledgeable bringing our child into this world now.

    thumb Yasmine Nadery
    8/13/2018
  • 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

    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  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  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

    5 star review  I took Holly’s 2 hour infant/toddler CPR course this past week and brought my 6 month old son with me. Holly was an amazing instructor that went over repetition and personal stories which helped to make the information memorable. I feel confident that I could help an adult or child who was in need of CPR or choking. Many different scenarios were brought up in the course as well as other safety aspects including prevention of poisoning, burns, baby sleep, car seat safety which I’m thankful to have learnt!

    thumb Thea McNaught
    4/28/2018

    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

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