I live in a relatively rural area which limits certain options for me. Where I live has no professional sitter services at all, you just have to find someone you personally trust. I have recently started to interview some candidates for "as needed" babysitting (just the occasional evening/weekend). I am not finding anyone I am completely happy with as so far none seem to have taken any actual health/safety training.
I am trying to sort if it's reasonable to ask someone to take first aid and CPR training. I am willing to pay for the training I want them to have, but I can admit I am a little concerned that I will pay and they would end up not finishing it/showing up and/or perhaps not babysit for me enough after to warrant the fees. If however it worked out and they were able to fill in here and there for a few years, I find it an absolutely worthwhile investment.
Is this a weird thing for me to offer? Might I scare someone off or can I suggest it without it being too odd? Should I expect to also pay them for their time to attend the class if I offer this? I really don't know what is typical as I haven't had to look for anyone before as I had people I knew who also were well qualified (like one was a registered nurse, so she obviously had plenty of training).
I am sorry if this seems obvious to others, but I have some anxiety about how to ask and if this is overstepping. I had a couple of candidates I rather liked other than their lack of knowledge in that specific area. I took that training prior to ever watching children, so I personally find it a necessary step and I have actually used my training while caring for kids.
My location is such that the soonest help would come if you called for it is 20 mins and that would be EMT/fire station arriving. If you need a hospital, the drive after that is at minimum an hour.