expired Australian Red Cross: Free CPR Course Valued at $100 (Registrations Open April 1)

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MOD Note: Signup is limited (2000 courses available nationally), please DO NOT register if you aren't sure that you can complete the course.


Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of four in Australia, and according to the Royal Life Saving Society, around 50 per cent of casualties occur in home swimming pools. From Monday, the Red Cross will be providing free online CPR training as part of an initiative called "April Pools Day".

To receive your FREE online CPR course valued at $100, simply fill in your details via the main link from April 1 and you will be sent a login from Australian Red Cross to complete the course.

Set a reminder for April 1 via the 'Reminder' button on this page.

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  • +1 vote

    Thanks TA. There are so many great programs to help educate.

  • +4 votes

    ow i am not really sure whether this is genuine offer…you know…april first

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    Nice, I hope they also have baby cpr

    • +9 votes

      For that, you'd need to do the online course on a Mac mini

    • -1 vote

      'baby' cpr is just using one digit and a ratio of 15:2 (compressions to breaths)

      I think you're thinking of first aid, CPR is just repetitively compressing someones chest to raise chances fo survival by 5% outside of hospital.

  • +4 votes

    Will it be anything like this?

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    It’s always a good life skill to have and could help give your resume an edge over others.

  • +4 votes

    Some local councils have free CPR courses for local residents

  • +1 vote

    Hope the people who sign up to this deal, actually do attend. It's a great course and skill to know.

  • +8 votes

    The Red Cross accredited CPR course is only $60, I find it hard to believe an online only one is valued at $100. Free is still free though. I wonder if it is accredited?

  • +6 votes

    I doubt you'd get a certificate for an online course where they can't assess your skills

  • +1 vote

    I volunteer to be your cpr dummy

    • +1 vote

      CPR is pretty brutal. It's one of the least effective, last ditch treatments in medicine but we do it because it's the only chance the patient has.

  • +24 votes

    Having previously done a CPR course in person, the skills you get by being shown and then practising the required skills is essential. Such as putting people in the recovery position, how hard to press on the dummies to push through the chest and actually press on the heart (I was really surprised how hard you need to push down and that's something an online course can't show you), how quickly you need to push on the chest (again you get tired so quickly with having to push down hard and fast again without practise you won't know what this is like or even if you can keep it up), positioning the head correctly to clear obstructions that may prevent breathing, placing defibrillator pads in the correct position etc.

    Knowing the theory is one thing but without knowing how to physically put that theory into practise is completely different let alone a real world life saving situation.

    If you have any interest in doing CPR I highly recommend one where you can attend in person and practise these skills with a qualified instructor. I did mine through https://www.cprfirstaid.com.au/ and can highly recommend.

    • +1 vote

      I concur with SnakeDoc. There is "nothing" like doing it first hand. Although it is relatively easy to do the skill of CPR it is hard to get the right technique. Plus it is super scary when it happens for real. Based on the average ambulance response times you need to assume that you will be doing CPR for 20 to 30 mins before the Ambo's arrive to take over. The longest that I have done is 2 hours due to being in a remote location far from the nearest hospital. It is hard. You will break their ribs. You will want to throw up. But it could save a life.

      A 10 yr study assessing Cardiac Nurses and Paramedics across Canada, the UK and US (I don't have the journal article at hand but search for the Canadian or American Heart/ Cardiac Associations) found that 82% slipped into poor techniques within 5 mins of commencing CPR. The biggest finding of the study - push deeper than you think.

      Secondary findings demonstrated that quality, consistent compressions are more effective than compressions and rescue breaths. As a consequence, numerous countries have now dropped the requirements for mouth-to-mouth and just do 100 deep compressions per minute continuously - regardless of age.

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        I am wrecked after 3 cycles (6 minutes). There's no way I could do 30 minutes, let alone 2 hours of compressions.

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        My only concern is breaking their ribs, could there be a chance that the ribs could face inwards and impale some other organ in each successive repetition?

    • -2 votes

      I got my CPR training from Bondi Rescue

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      I wholeheartedly believe you. I was almost about to hit register then I read “online”. I’d much rather pay $100 and do it in person.

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    This might turn out to be handy in the future

  • +4 votes

    around 50 per cent of casualties occur in home swimming pools.

    Anyone anti-swimming? Surely more dangerous than vaccines.

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    Note that you won’t get the certificate/renewal unless you do the course in person

  • +1 vote

    Its interesting to note that 50% of drownings are at home, usually pool (assume age 3+).

    I'm not sure why people don't use half height pools like they have in other countries such as Thailand.

    You can still do laps, etc but you can just stand up to stop drowning.

    The other benefit is less water needed to fill and seem to be warmer.

    If I was going to buy a house (lol @ Sydney) I would only get a half height pool.

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      But if you get drunk and dive into a half height pool you could smash your face.

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        I always find it advisable that people go swimming drunk. We need more Darwin candidates.
        We can only hope and pray.

        Actually I dived into one and it wasn't that bad.
        I think they are around 5.5ft (1.7m. - A normal pool deep end is around 4m).

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    I have done similar courses before and also have done first aid course from St Johns on site which covers CPR. I would strongly recommend everyone to take a first aid course rather than just an online course. The difference is life or death, literally.

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    I like free training, but online should be A)free anyway B)Not limited to 2000 people C)Is no where near as good as actually learning on a dummy and doing the steps. I was excited till I saw it was online.

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    As someone who’s had to perform CPR on their wife, I can thoroughly recommend everyone to do such a course.

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    2000 courses available nationally

    For a moment I thought this wasn't an online course.

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    "To receive your FREE online CPR course valued at $100"

    More accurate would be "To receive your free ONLINE!!! CPR course valued at $100", yep I'll save that lifeless baby floating in the water there, look I printed my CPR certificate myself.

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    It's not accredited

    Full CPR accreditation can be achieved with a paid practical course with a 20 percent discount offered from Red Cross for people who complete the online element*

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      If someone is dying on the floor in front of you they are not likely to ask to see your certificate.

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        The certificate is for employers that require you to have one for employment. Woeking with specials needs or any carer related field you have to complete an accredited course.

  • +1 vote

    Here's a short film to assist you until April 1st.
    I absolutely guarantee that you will remember the pace of the compression for the rest of your life, once you have watched it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxhK_uHS0EE

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    Registration is open now, thanks TA.

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    Thanks OP.
    I'm in.

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    Just signed up thanks OP.

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    Wow, solid thanks OP.

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    A life skill that everyone should know.

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    Full CPR accreditation can be achieved with a paid practical course with a 20 percent discount offered from Red Cross for people who complete the online element*.

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    Have signed up roughly an hour ago and still haven't received an email anyone else have that?

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      yes

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      I received my e mail with 2 minutes. It went into my junk and came from "Poolwerz", so check yours.

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      I signed up shortly after midnight on 1 April. The web page said, "Thank you for registering for a free CPR course. You will be sent a login from Australian Red Cross to complete the course." More than a day later, I still haven't received an email. Should I just wait or should I try to sign up again?

      • +1 vote

        The message says 3-5 days. You have only waited 1 day. You have at least 2 to go.

      • +2 votes

        You should have received a confirmation email "Thank you for registering with April Pools" If you didn't, definitely try again with the same details. Same thing happened to me, I did it again last night and got the confirmation email straight away.

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    Has anybody recieved the final email to begin the course yet? (The one after confirmed signup)