CPR certification

Shoen safety offers Adult, Infant and Child CPR training and certification.  We also offer CPR for the Professional Rescuer and for lifeguards.  Call us today and ask about special pricing for your church or non profit!

ACE Golf Club Staff practicing CPR


Shoen Safety offers custom CPR and First Aid trainings for your employees.  WE feature real life scenarios and all of the latest science and equipment to best each your staff.  Certification provided through the American ReD Cross and The American Heart Association. 

In-Service Training


Need an in-service training for your pool 0r workplace? Call today and discuss how Shoen Safety can make your swim club or workplace a safer place. We specialize in real life scenarios, and are able to work around your pool or work schedule. (more…)

Lifeguard Training


Each spring Shoen Safety certifies over 200 lifeguards in Lifeguarding.  Classes are taught at local swim clubs in the greater Philadelphia Area.  Classes are offered in both blended (part online and part in class) and traditional classroom settings.  Students need to be 15 years old, and competent swimmers to participate.

Custom First Aid/CPR/AED Classes!


Shoen Safety Offers custom PEDIATRIC First Aid Training for your friends, family and or business.  Call us today to learn how you can save a life 

Custom First Aid/CPR/AED Classes!

Shoen Safety offers:

Lifeguard Training

  •   CUSTOM CPR classes by a teacher who has over 20 years of experience.
  • A FUN, entertaining, and unforgettable way to learn CPR, First Aid, and other related topics.
  • Choose between American Red Cross and American Heart Association for your certification.
  • Flexible class times.
  • Discounted rates for Non-profit clients.
  • We DON’T cancel classes.
  • Classes in Spanish or English


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Our Clients:

Some of our recent clients include Silver-Springs Martin Luther School, Ursinus College, Chubb Conference Center, Bonhomie ADC, and Victory Early Learning Center (VELA)  .  Shoen Safety also offers Lifeguard Training and Inservice Training at Suburban Seahawks Swim Club and  Springfield Country Club.

What you’ll learn:

IMG_1769Do you know CPR?  How about First Aid?  What would you do if your child was choking?  How about if they got a burn?  High fever?  Seizure?  Learn this and more from expert John Shoen.    Move along to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” as you learn the patented dance of CPR.  Practice hands on techniques until YOU feel comfortable performing CPR and Abdominal Thrusts.  Learn the latest in allergy care, wound care, and life saving techniques.

Topics Include:

  • CPR and Choking Care (“Stayin’ Alive)
  • Reach or Throw don’t go (Pool Safety)
  • Mr Yuk and Poisoning
  • Too Hot!  (Fever Care)
  • “I vant to wrap your cut” (wound care)
  • I can’t believe they used butter (Burns)
  • R.I.C.E, it’s not just for Dinner anymore.
  • Take it’ off baby (heat and cold related emergencies.)

Have you ever suffered through a lousy class where someone showed you tons of long videos and read textbooks too you as you struggled to stay awake?  See why folks choose Shoen Safety to teach all their safety training classes.   We will even come to your home!  Why sell random stuff when you can get together over snacks and learn to keep your family safe!  Located conveniently in the Philadelphia Suburbs, classes are offered in the greater Philadelphia, NYC, and Metro DC area.

Call us today to learn how you can save a life! 610-745-2274


Burn’s happen to everyone!  What do you do?

My Twin get’s a bad burn

When my brother was about 2 years old, he grabbed a mug off the kitchen table to see what was in it.  Unfortunately, it was boiling water that my mother had just made for instant coffee, and when he grabbed it, it tipped onto his face and chest.  Thankfully my mother was there, and immediately rushed him to the tub, stripped him and ran cold water on the burns.

At the emergency room at our local hospital, he was treated for second and third degree burns on his face and his arm.  Thanks to prompt medical treatment, his is ok, with only one small scar on his arm where the skin doesn’t tan.

Toasted Marshmallow’s AND Lips.

Another time, we were at our grandparents camp, and I decided to burn my marshmallow instead of toasting it slowly.  After catching it on fire, I brought it too close to my lips to blow it out, and actually burned my lips quite badly.  Thankfully lips heal fast, and the only thing I needed to make I better was a washcloth full of ice on my mouth for a day or so.

What do you do for a burn?

First, STOP the burning.  Remove the burned part from the source.

1.  Get out of the sun and/or put on a shirt if you are getting a sun burn

2.  Brush off dry chemicals that are burning with a gloved hand, and remove any clothing with chemicals on it.

3.  Shut off the electricity if someone is in contact with it, or if that isn’t possible, throw a dry towel or sweatshirt over their hands or feet and pull them away from the electricity without touching them or it.

4.  Take the affected part off the hot stove or hot mug of coffee.  If clothing or other things are stuck to the burned area, leave them in place, since removing them could cause you to remove valuable skin or tissue.

Next, COOL the burn

Rinse, flush, or continually run cool water over the burn.  Avoid the use of ice, especially for more severe burns, as the persons ability to sense cold has been lessoned, and it may cause an ice burn.

Then COVER the burn with a loose, dry, sterile dressing.  If you have a first aid kit handy, and can use a non stick dressing, that is the best type.  If you know you are going to the hospital, you may choose to just keep running the affected part under cold water until the ambulance comes, as they will have better sterile wraps than can be found in a traditional first aid kit.

Lastly, please DON’T put creams, ointments or other things on a burn without consulting a doctor.  This includes, but is not limited too:  Butter, Vaseline, Chewing Tobacco, Tomato Sauce, Tea Bags, and Noxzema.  Most people apply these things before properly cooling the burn anyway, and effectively create and “oven” effect, causing further damage because the burn is still cooking.



In addition to the traditional EPI-Pen (https://www.epipen.com), there is a newEpinephrine Auto-injector trying to help make life better for Children and Adults suffering from Severe Allergic Reactions.

The Auvi-Q is unique in that it both fits in a pocket (smaller than an Iphone), and it talks to you.  I saw this device at a local preschool, and called Sanofi for some trainers.  Parents who have been prescribed this autoinjector are VERY happy with it.  Check out their website (Auvi-Q.com) and talk to your medical provider for more information.


As a parent of two small children, it always surprises me when I hear that a parent has never taken a CPR or FIRST AID course, let alone have a first aid kit.  When I was a child in upstate New York, we had lots of accidents, and I was very happy that my mother had a well stocked first aid kit, and some basic knowledge.  Moving forward, I will try to relate some of our family “accidents” and how we handled them along with some tips for basic first aid.

When I was about 8 years old, I was climbing up to the hay loft to help throw down bales of hay to feed the animals.  I didn’t warn my brother, however, that I was coming up the ladder, and he threw a bale of hay down, landing squarely on my wrist, and causing me to fall about 20 feet to the ground.  I started crying and my father told my brother to stay up in the mow if he knew what was good for him.  I was then sent into the house holding my arm against my chest (also known as an anatomical splint), where my mother made me take a bath and change into clean underwear before taking me to the hospital.  My wrist, of course was broken, and I was given a plaster cast.

What did we do right?  I kept the arm in the position that it was found, without causing further pain.

What did we do wrong?  No one gives a rip about whether you have clean underwear at the hospital, and I could have applied a triangular bandage and/or splint and sling to help keep the arm immobile.

Tips for today:

1.  If you think a bone is broken, do NOT move it.  If possible, call an ambulance for safer transport to the hospital.

2.  If you MUST move someone, take steps to keep the broken part from moving.  Do NOT try to put it back into place.

3.  If bone is sticking out of the skin, control bleeding above and below the wound.


Want a free resource for your smart phone?  Check out and download the American Red Cross First Aid App:


Check out some free CPR and Choking information, including games, videos and printable posters from University of Washington:


Call or email us today to request a FREE CPR and FIRST AID training for your community organization in the Philadelphia area.





Marjorie Ogilvie has spent fifty-two years as an American Red Cross volunteer, traveling the world with her family as a military wife and serving wherever she was needed. As she hangs up her volunteer hat at almost 90 years old, this mother of four and grandmother of five can rest assured her legacy will not end as her volunteer service ends.

Ogilvie’s story of giving began when her husband in the Army brought their family to live in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

While many women at the time did not go into the workforce, Ogilvie was born to give of herself and her time to others. When the call came that there was a need for nurses aids with the Red Cross, Ogilvie put up her hand and volunteered.

After six weeks of extensive training, she began volunteering with the Red Cross. Ogilvie’s position included taking temperatures, pulses and respiration readings, cleaning units and helping wherever help was required. With a family of four children and volunteering on a regular basis, she was a very busy lady.

Her husband’s Army career took their family all over the world, even as far as Japan. This never deterred Ogilvie. She always found time to scout out the local Red Cross and continue volunteering for a cause she truly believed in, despite the numerous moves.

Throughout the rest of her volunteer career with the Red Cross, Ogilvie’s positions entailed working in hospitals. Often, she would work an average of four to five hours a day. At her most recent volunteer assignment at Fort Belvoir, she was an important part of the team in helping with women’s health, registration, paperwork and filing.

“I loved helping the soldiers and their families. The rewards were great and it was always an honor to work with great people. I made friends for life,” Ogilvie stated as she recounted the value of her time volunteering with the Red Cross.

When asked the secret to her longevity in volunteering for 52 years with the Red Cross, she replied with a little smile on her face, “You just have to live long enough!”

A passion for giving has not stopped with Ogilvie and her husband. In fact, their youngest son went on to pursue a career at the same organization where Ogilvie dedicated so many years of her life. Court Ogilvie is now the Vice President of Joint Account Management at the Red Cross, after a 17-year career path including blood services, technology, consolidation and testing. (more…)

When disasters strike, the American Red Cross sends in trained workers from all over the country to help people recover and rebuild their lives. Many of these workers are volunteers who put their lives on hold to report to the disaster scene and lend a hand.

Volunteers make up 94 percent of the total Red Cross workforce. They give their time to help the organization carry out its humanitarian work. Depending on when they deploy, for many it can mean missing holidays, birthdays and other important days in their lives.

When tornadoes devastated communities across the south recently, volunteer Red Cross nurses answered the call for help. One nurse who deployed says the good the Red Cross does in disaster situations outweigh the personal inconvenience.

“I love doing what I do,” says Suzanne Onstine, a volunteer nurse from the Tampa, Florida area who deployed to Tupelo to help after the tornadoes. She was joined by 14 nurses from the Northeast Mississippi Chapter to provide health services to people affected by the storms, as well as the other volunteers working at the scene. The work, Onstine says, involves helping treat people injured during the storm, taking care of scrapes and bruises people incur as they clean up their properties along with assisting people with chronic conditions such as diabetes.

Onstine is separated from her family while she helps the storm victims, but she isn’t concerned. “Since I live in Tampa, if I was impacted by a hurricane and needed help, I would hope someone would help me,” she said. (more…)