St. John Ambulance Nanaimo branch will resume training courses beginning June 29. (News Bulletin file)

St. John Ambulance Nanaimo first aid training to resume

After postponement due to COVID-19, training at Nanaimo branch resuming

With COVID-19 health and safety restrictions being relaxed, St. John Ambulance in Nanaimo will restart training sessions this week.

The Province of B.C. entered into the third stage of its restart plan from COVID-19 on June 24 and in a press release, St. John Ambulance announced that after a three-month shutdown, it would open up for business beginning Monday, June 29.

St. John Ambulance’s Nanaimo branch will resume first aid training, said a press release, with up to 10 courses available including standard first aid with CPR and automated external defibrillator use, emergency first aid for community or industry and occupational first aid.

“The branch has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 plan that follows both WorkSafe B.C. guidelines, and those from the provincial medical officer (Dr. Bonnie Henry), to ensure the safety of all students, instructors, and staff members,” the press release stated. “Protocols in place include taking a self-declaration from students and staff upon arrival, requiring students to bring their own pocket mask and non-surgical masks to courses, implement of physical distancing measures, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all areas.”

RELATED: Province of B.C. eyes Phase Three in restart plan

To register for training, go to or call 1-866-321-2651 or e-mail

All proceeds go to the organization’s charitable community service programs.

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