About SOS First Aid

“I truly believe that anyone can be ready to handle almost any emergency situation, when they learn life-saving techniques taught by experienced, engaging, and qualified instructors.”

– Velma Ganassini, Founder, SOS First Aid

SOS First Aid & Safety Training is the Greater Toronto Area’s first choice for innovative, engaging safety programs geared to help anyone prepare for almost any life-or-death situation.

Founder Velma Ganassini developed her love for safety training early on, while she was working as a swimming pool instructor. With a vision of opening her own training facility, she went on to earn credentials as a Canadian Red Cross Instructor Trainer, Canadian Red Cross First Aid and Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Society Instructor/Examiner (first aid and swim), The Lifesaving Society Instructor/Examiner for Oxygen Administration, and Canadian Red Cross anti-bullying educator.

With these credentials and a passion to teach, Velma launched SOS First Aid & Safety Training in 2004.

By combining great customer service with quality training programs to individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations, SOS First Aid has grown to offer programs in seven Greater Toronto Area communities. Each location offers safety courses taught by passionate, engaging instructors in a clean and well-maintained environment.

All SOS First Aid instructors share Velma’s passion for teaching life-saving skills, and have been highly trained in the healthcare, first responder, and safety training fields, including lifeguard and swim instruction, firefighting, nursing, paramedic, and other safety training professions. By working together to provide expert first aid training to the community, Velma’s team won Oakville’s Small Business of the Year Award in 2013, and was recognized as a top Canadian Red Cross Training Partner in Ontario. Also, the Canadian Red Cross selected SOS First Aid to provide training to its large national accounts in Halton and Peel.

If you’re ready to learn from the GTA’s first choice for First Aid and Safety training, contact us today at 905-844-9813 or by email.


Customer Testimonials

  • Hi Velma,

    I really wanted to write you to thank you for all your patience coordinating everything with me. Secondly, I wanted to write you about Allison. We absolutely loved and appreciated her teaching. I have taken numerous first aid courses in the past and none of them have ever come close to what she delivered today. You have a truly excellent instructor that made the content funny, personal and extremely practical. I thanked her personally after class, but I wanted to make sure that you knew how pleased we were as well. Different individuals in the class kept coming up to me afterwards and telling me that they’ve never been taught first aid with such a phenomenal instructor. In the future, when we need any certification, I will most definitely be bringing you our business!

    Thank you!

    Sharon Johnston

  • “SOS First Aid provided Kronos with First Aid and CPR training to our Joint Health and Safety Committee and a few interested employees. Velma was engaging and made what could have been dry material, interesting and informative. Everyone who took the course scored very well on the final exam and I attribute that to Velma’s instruction and engaging delivery of the material. Velma is friendly and very current in the area of health and safety. I would definitely hire her again in future.”

    Jennifer Rea, Canadian Operations Manager, Kronos Inc.

  • “…..we appreciated SOS’ professionalism and training knowledge. Velma is very orgainzed/punctual/trustworth and is an interesting instructor that keeps you engaged in the topic.  Their classes are always fun to attend!”

    Angela Quaranta, Regional Bootcamp Manager, Bootcamp Ontario

  • “It was a pleasure having SOS First Aid provide First Aid training with the staff, they gave very positive feedback. Velma was professional in her approach and everyone was well trained by the end of the day. We will use SOS’  services again for the next round of First Aid training”

    Sue Furlong, Company Trainer/ISO Co-ordinater, Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd

  • “….. Your sessions are always professional yet friendly and I will continue to refer you to friends and colleagues any chance I get.  I look forward to booking my 3rd session with you in December with a group of my Personal Trainers.”

    Thanks again for being available when we need you.  You are a “life-saver!”

    Stacey Zita, PTS, Motivation Fitness, Oakville, Ontario