The Survival CPR instructors are highly trained and qualified ICU and Trauma Sisters, who have a vast medical knowledge in emergency situations to share with our course participants. With over twenty years of experience, we are passionate about empowering course attendees with the knowledge and skills to save lives.
Our CPR and First Aid courses are certified courses. Survival CPR is accredited by American Heart Association as an Authorized American Heart Association training site.
Survival CPR was established in 2001 by Sr Catherine Rodwell. With her vast experience in Trauma and ICU, as well working as a flight sister in medical evacuations across Africa, she saw a great need and passion to educate the public about learning basic life support techniques.
Survival CPR encompasses a variety of emergency courses to equip parents, nannies, childminders, teachers and employees with the knowledge and skill to affect emergency response when necessary.
A warm welcome from Sister Catherine Rodwell, owner and founder of Survival CPR
CPR & FIRST AID COURSE INSTRUCTORS
The CPR and First Aid Instructors are registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and with the American Heart Association.
Sister Yumi LoCPR and First Aid Instructor
I am Neonatal ICU sister who has her BCur degree from Stellenbosch University. I have worked in Peads ICU, Neonatal ICU as well as casualty. I love working with babies as they are amazingly resilient and getting to see them grow up is a real privilege. I have a young son and I am very aware of the importance of being able to do CPR and first aid especially on babies and children. I really enjoy teaching CPR and love the interaction!
Sister Mary-Ann AlvesCPR and First Aid Instructor
I qualified in 2003 as a registered nurse, psychiatric nurse, community nurse and Midwife. I currently run a well baby clinic, doing vaccinations well baby assessments, breastfeeding counseling and Antenatal courses. I am a internationally certified infant massage instructor and I facilitate talks at schools for Human Sexuality with students and parents. I am a mom with two beautiful daughters.
Sister Mpho RaserokaCaregiver and CPR and First Aid Instructor
I’m a nurse who is passionate about saving lives, I obtained my Nursing degree at the University of Freestate. I’m currently working at Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital in the Neonatal Transitional unit. After my traumatic experience of performing successful CPR on my mother and grandfather in the year 2021 I decided I need to empower more people who don’t have a medical background. I
Sister Michelle CurtisCPR and First Aid Instructor
I have been in a qualified Nursing Sister for over 30 years and have trained and worked in ICU’s, Cardiac Cath theaters, Baby Clinics and run Antenatal Classes. My passion is working with Babies, Children and helping new parents-to-be to prepare for their Newborns and guiding them through the first few years of parenthood.
Sister Michelle BroodrykCPR and First Aid Instructor
I qualified in 2008 with my Bcur degree at the the University of Johannesburg and spent most of my nursing career thus far in NICU, pediatrics, school health and maternity. It is a privilege to share life saving skills and knowledge with parents and caregivers.
Sister René WesterveldCPR and First Aid Instructor
I joined St Johns Ambulance when I was 12. It grew my passion for saving lives and I was a volunteer/reservist with the Roodepoort EMS for over 20 years. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and skills to empower people to prevent accidents and save lives.
Sister Jamie IsraelCPR and First Aid Instructor
I have been an Enrolled Nurse since 2014. I then spent time in the cardiac icu and then spent the last 7 years in the emergency department with all my specialty training in Trauma. I know how important it is to be prepared for any emergency situation and most most of these happen out of the hospital, so I joined the amazing Survival CPR team to help share my knowledge and skills.
Sister Christine BrazelleCPR and First Aid Instructor
Christine started her career as midwife. Now specialized in emergency medicine with a special interest in remote site and travel medicine. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of CPR and first aid with the community to empower and benefit families and communities.
CAREGIVER COURSE INSTRUCTORS
The Caregiver Instructors are registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).
Sister Ridri KoekemoerCaregiver Instructor
I moved on to Community Healthcare Clinics and I completed a master’s degree in Community Healthcare, specialising in Geriatric Care. During the outbreak of the pandemic, I provided nursing care in a Covid-19 ICU ward in Jeddah, KSA. Training and empowering people at different levels is a rewarding job that energizes me. The satisfaction and joy of equipping others with new knowledge and skills motivates me. To witness my students’ growth and progress, and what it does to their confidence and careers, makes me very proud to be part of their journey.
Sister Dani KuunCaregiver Instructor
Hi I’m Sister Dani. I am passionate about holistic health care. I love learning new things and sharing knowledge with others. I completed my Nursing Degree at the University of Johannesburg.
Sister Elna LockCaregiver Instructor
I gained experience in Geriatric care and worked as a Community Health Nurse in clinics from 1985 till retirement in 2019. I did a BA Cur (Admin and Education) through UNISA as well as a Diploma in Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care. After retiring as a Manager Nursing Services I felt that I could still contribute to nursing in some way and do voluntary preventative care in a retirement village twice per week and started as an instructor for Survival CPR in March 2022. Sharing knowledge and empowering people is a passion.
Sister Sarie NelsonCaregiver Instructor
I obtained my Nursing Diploma at Germiston Hospital in 1977 and Midwifery in 1979. As a Registered Nurse I worked in various departments at Germiston Hospital. Through UNISA I obtained my BA. Cur. Degree in Community Health & Education and a Post Basic in Gerontology. Since 2006 I have been working at a private baby and community clinic where I did immunisation of babies and education to the parents. In March 2022 I started as in Instructor with Survival CPR.
Sister Brigette ChisengaCaregiver Instructor
I studied as a staff nurse at Grey’s hospital in Pietermaritzburg. I’ve worked as an au pair for a US diplomatic family in the USA, taking care of their then 13 year old daughter who was born with a tumour on her spine. I’ve also worked as a paediatric nurse at a private doctor’s practice in Morningside, Johannesburg and at Discovery Health Fun factory. I am also a swim instructor with SwimSA and SwimUSA.
Sister Marilize LarmourCaregiver and CPR and First Aid Instructor
I obtained my Degree at Cape Peninsula University as a General, Psychiatric and Community Nurse and Midwife. It is my passion and calling to care for people. It is such a joy to be able to give Care Giver training and to teach life saving skills. It is a privilege to be part of the Survival CPR team.