I’m not sure about ‘best,’ but in my opinion, I’d go with the American Red Cross since it seems to be the most widely recognized and accepted of the CPR/AED trainers/educators.
Thanks for your answers everybody. To clarify, I am re-certifying. I would hope both AHA and RC offer equally good courses but decided to put the question out there. I wasn’t sure if they are both equally recognized in the fitness industry.
Karen – A good point of trying to get an EMS technician as an instructor!
Do the places you train clients require that your certification come from a national organization? (i.e. AHA or RC)
If not, I’d encourage you to focus more on who’s instructing the class rather than just what’s being taught – especially if you’re re-certifying. Similar to what others have said, having an instructor with personal experience is important to me each time I renew my CPR/AED certification. This would include EMS technicians, firefighters, etc.
A firefighter instructed the class the last time I re-certified and he brought up a good point: for most individuals (should an emergency situation arise), our job is to lead or help manage it for the few minutes it takes for the responders to arrive. Would you disagree?
Best of luck to you finding the right organization with the right instructor for what you hope to gain from the class!