Skills for Life

These classes are open to FSPY members and members of the community.

American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED

This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/ workplace requirements. The blended learning course is split between an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed internet connection. A link to the online portion will be sent to participants within 48 hours of course registration. Allow approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete the online portion. The in-person portion is a 2.5-hour session, incorporating lecture, guided discussions and practical skill sessions. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital certificate for Adult/Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED valid for two years. Please contact Zach Smith at 908-889-8880 or for more information.

Upcoming classes:

March 2023: 3/6 & 3/20, 5:30-8:00pm

April 2023: 4/3 & 4/17, 5:30-8:00pm

May 2023: 5/1 & 5/15, 5:30-8:00pm

June 2023: 6/5 & 6/19, 5:30-8:00pm

Active FSPY members can register online at under “Daxko Program Registration.” Community members can register at the FSPY Welcome Center, 1340 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding – Full Course

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course certifies participants in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED, Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens. We offer a classroom setting where participants will review the curriculum with a Red Cross certified instructor. On successful completion of the pretest (swim assessment), the instructor will notify participants who met the minimum requirements to register for the full course. Participants should be at least 15 years old. Please contact Zach Smith at 908-889-8880 or for more information. You also can learn more on our Become a Lifeguard Page.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Review

This training is designed for current Red Cross lifeguards. This is an intensive course with classroom and pool sessions re-certifying participants in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED. Our classes include Bloodborne Pathogens and Administering Emergency Oxygen training. Participants must have a valid Red Cross Lifeguard certification (or within 30 days of expiring), and successfully complete skills and exams re-certification. Please contact Zach Smith at 908-889-8880 or for more information. You also can learn more on our Become a Lifeguard Page.

Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn how to recognize some of the signs of mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety and eating disorders as well as how to respond to those who suffer from them.

For more information about mental health first aid training and the Y’s mental health initiatives, please contact Tracy Crane at 908-889-8880 or