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  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  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  My husband and I attended a course tonight and are so glad we did!! We learned so much and feel so much more prepared in case anything happened to our son. It was a warm, open atmosphere that was totally supportive for any of our questions! My husband also commented that he learned the proper techniques that were completely different from we would instinctively think to do for a infant, toddler, or child in distress! Would absolutely recommend to any new parent!

    thumb Jacqueline Walker
    9/07/2017
  • 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  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! Iā€™m very happy I took this course.

    thumb Sarah Bos
    11/15/2017

    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 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

    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  After taking this course we feel much better equipped to safely welcome our new baby into the world šŸ™‚

    thumb Alissa Perry
    10/15/2018

    positive review  Fabulous, info packed course! 100% worth it!

    thumb Alana Couch
    9/28/2018

    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
  • 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 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! šŸ™‚

    thumb Rhiannon Bryant McKech
    8/26/2017

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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  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

    positive review  I attended the 2 hour course in Salmon Arm yesterday. I am the Nana of infants and toddlers and was grateful to be able to attend a course in our community. It was most helpful! The course moved at a good pace, with time for questions and practice. Jill was knowledgable, energetic and respectful. I recommend this course.

    thumb Kathie Aitken
    8/26/2018
  • 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  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  Great and thorough training! Holly has been fabulous and went above and beyond to help us prepare for the safety of our child. The CPR and car seat safety lesson gave us reassurance and answered many of our questions. Highly recommended not just for first time parents but all parents and grandparents.

    thumb Paolina Federico
    6/27/2017
  • 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

    positive review  As a first time grandma I am so glad I went. Very informative and not just about infant first aid. I left feeling more confident in being able to assist with CPR and what to do with adults/babies choking. Everyone should start with this course.

    thumb Michelle Hawthorne
    2/06/2019

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

    thumb Charlotte Grant
    8/26/2017

    positive review  Excellent! Highly recommend this class. Up to date information and baby friendly environment. Thank you.

    thumb Jasmine M Jones
    12/16/2018

    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

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Aug 01

CPR-HCP for Doulas (Coquitlam)

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

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