People in various professionals and organizations are required to take CPR classes. Lifeguards, for example, are required to take these classes. So are coaches in various sports. However, there are also a lot of people who are not required to take CPR classes, but who should take CPR classes. If you fall into one of the following categories, it's wise to look for a CPR class near you.

People involved in high-risk sports.

Do you participate in a high-risk sport such as horseback riding, rock climbing, or even running? There is always a chance someone you're with while engaging in your sport will be injured and require CPR. If you take CPR classes, then you will have the comfort of knowing that if someone is injured, you will have the skills to help out. This is especially important if your sport is one that often takes place outside of organized events where there are trained medical professionals on-site. For example, if you go rock climbing with a small group of friends in the wilderness, it's smart to be CPR certified.

People who watch and spend time with children.

If you are a parent, it is a good idea to be certified in CPR. This way, if anything happens to one of your kids, you can offer CPR until emergency medical personnel are able to make it to you. You should also be certified in CPR if you're not a parent, but spend a lot of time with children. For instance, if you sometimes babysit a friend's children or take your nieces and nephews to the park, it would be wise to seek certification.

People who live with older adults.

Sadly, the chances of suffering an injury or falling ill and requiring CPR go up as you get older. So, if you live with an older adult, such as your parent or grandparent, it is a good idea to take CPR classes. This way, if anything were to happen to your older loved one, you would be able to help. If other family members are sometimes alone with your older loved one, it's a good idea for them to be certified, too.

American Heart Association CPR certification classes are not just for those required to take them. Anyone can register for these classes and learn how to perform CPR properly. If you fall into any of the categories above, doing so is definitely a smart move.