3 Steps for Life awareness

Nearly 2000 New Zealanders suffer from a cardiac arrest (heart stoppage) outside of hospital each year and most of these happen in their home.

Performing CPR and using an AED is easy. By performing CPR and using an AED, you can help save a life.

A 3 Steps for Life awareness session introduces members of the public to basic lifesaving skills* for people in cardiac arrest. 

What is the cost of participation?

A 3 Steps for Life awareness session is free of charge and anyone can attend. The sessions are delivered in a voluntary capacity by your local St John staff for approximately one hour.

What is the session going to cover?

The session will cover basic CPR and AED skills and will provide the 3 important steps to save a life if someone’s heart stops:

Step 1: Call 111

Step 2: Start CPR

Step 3: Use an AED (defibrillator)

During the session you will watch the below video and you will be given the opportunity to practice CPR.


We are also running the 3 Steps for Life programme at various marae throught New Zealand. Please click here to view a video relating to this initiative.


What do I need to bring along?

 Bring a pillow; you will be using your pillow to practice CPR skills on.

How do I enquire about booking a session? 

If you want to book a session, click here to fill in an enquiry form.

Feedback on 3 Steps for Life community education

If you did attend one of our sessions and want to give us feedback, please click here.






*A 3 Steps for Life session does not meet the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment recommendations and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requirements for a workplace first aid course. There is no certificate.

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