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Welcome to Be Prepared First Aid

Be Prepared First Aid offers certification in Red Cross CPR, AED, First Aid, and Babysitter Training. 

We offer high quality CPR, First Aid and AED training that is convenient, affordable, and engaging, while ensuring that participants are provided with the knowledge and confidence to be prepared in an emergency.  

In addition to Red Cross classes, we specialize in CPR and First Aid classes for youth groups such as Girl Scouts.

For your convenience, classes are held at your location, on your schedule. 

Located in San Mateo, CA, we travel from San Francisco to San Jose, from Coastside to the East Bay. 

Arrangements can be made for onsite classes throughout California.

We offer semi-private and group classes planned according to your specific needs. 

Be Prepared First AId offers the lowest price for onsite Red Cross classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Be Prepared to Save a Life!

Why should you learn CPR or First Aid?

Do you know CPR?


In the U.S., about 40,000 people suffer from Cardiac Arrests each year.

 88 % of Cardiac Arrests Happen At Home 

What about care for choking?


 Choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children.

Do you know First Aid?


Injuries & accidents are the third leading cause of death in the US, causing 6 percent of all deaths. 

Be Prepared to help

A hockey player goes into cardiac arrest. He was lucky that a bystander started immediate CPR.  

There are more rescue videos and rescue stories on the website. There are other videos online that show cardiac arrests on camera. Bystanders wring their hands after calling for help. EMS arrives, but it is too late.  

What if these emergencies happened in front of you?
Will you watch helplessly after you call 911? 

Or will you Be Prepared to save a life? 

CPR and First Aid classes for

Office and Worksite

CPR class onsite office  worksite.

Keeping your staff certified is important task. It can be difficult to find the time during a standard workday. Don't make your staff travel to training; have the training come to you!

Small businesses & large corporations benefit from employees with high quality CPR, AED, and First Aid training, and the confidence to use their skills. All classes are available at your location. Weekends and evenings available.

Classes meet current OSHA requirements.

Parents and Grandparents


This is an actual picture of a family member doing CPR. The baby survived. 

If this had been you, would you have been prepared to save the life of a child you love?  

Children are welcome at private classes. 

Friends and family

First Aid grandmother, grandparent, granddaughter

First aid isn't just for bleeding. 

The Red Cross training covers: Asthma emergencies; Anaphylaxis; Burns; Choking; Diabetic emergencies; Environmental emergencies; Poisoning; Neck, head and spinal injuries; Strokes; Seizures; and more. 

Schools and Non-profits

Red Cross CPR certification onsite

We offer First Aid and CPR training for teachers, staff, and students. Instruction can be designed for your badge or other requirements.

Hold fundraisers for your school or non-profit! Schedule CPR training at our discount price; you can make an easy profit by charging participants the prevailing rate. 


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Everyone should take the time to be prepared. It's never been easier.

There is no minimum age for CPR certification. Participants usually have sufficient arm strength for chest compressions by the sixth grade.

We love true stories of lives saved, especially by youth rescuers. See the stories on our blog.  

...all at your convenience!

convenient Red Cross CPR First Aid certification

Schedule your own Red Cross or other class. Design your own class for your needs. 

Classes can be held 

at your business, home, or other location. 


Available 7 days a week, including minor holidays, from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm 

About Us

Marita Nickison, RN

Marita Nickison, RN

As a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, Marita has performed CPR on patients.

She also had to perform CPR on a family member. Marita says, "It was the worst moment of my life. I was successful. I can only imagine how terrible it would have been if I was not prepared to help.   

If a life is saved by someone who received my training, I am honored to have been a part of it."

One of Marita's students actually did CPR on their father - just two weeks after they took a CPR class!

Marita started Be Prepared First Aid in 2013 after failing to find a more convenient way to get community volunteers certified in CPR and First Aid. 

Marita has more than 20 years of experience in emergency situations, starting as a Combat Medic in the US Army. She is a Red Cross licensed training provider, and has nursing experience in Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Mother-Baby, Neonatal ICU, Home Health, Hospice, School and Camp Nursing. 

Marita strongly believes in giving back to the community. She spent summers in Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic doing health education. Marita was a PTA board member for many years. She now spends every summer volunteering as a Camp Nurse.