Yep, I did.
The Reluctant Farmer noticed a posting from a new company looking for First Aid instructors in the area, and encouraged me to apply. I did … and yesterday and today I was in class, observing their course (they are a new-to-the-game training provider, not St John Ambulance, not Red Cross) and being evaluated as a potential instructor.
I was selected.
The course materials are really great – there is a very interesting and well done video that covers the main points in each section, but none of the sections are too long, so it’s not like you go to class and just watch movies all day. There’s lots of emphasis on practical skills, and they are quite willing to be flexible in the details of how instructors go about running their classes: cover this material, in this order, use this video, but other than that, do your thing. That is quite refreshing.
I’m only really up to teaching one or two classes a month (classes are two consecutive days), but they’re good with that, and looking to add some additional course locations (such as on the west end, much more convenient for me) and dates. I’ll know more in a little while, but I’m one of the first three selected to teach for them, and I’m happy about that.
I even got paid to go to training today … my first official paycheque in nearly three years (tiny by comparison to the old ones, but huge compared to earning zero) went in the bank today! Yippee!