About us

DDS First Aid Training has been established to offer a bespoke training package that can be individually tailored to your needs.

David joined the national Ambulance Service in 1983 as a trainee ambulanceman. He qualified twelve months later and in 1993 became a State Registered Paramedic, delivering high quality care in accident & emergency treatment and as the ambulance service developed, he became well equipped to deal with all trauma and medical emergencies. With over thirty four year’s service as a health care clinician he has dealt with all aspects of emergency care and understands the practical application of first aid. As a Paramedic he has witnessed how few people have the basic skills that can easily contribute to the saving of life and promoting recovery. He teaches basic life support with a passion and has practiced these, advanced life support techniques and airway management in real life situations.

Our courses are taught in a relaxed manner, both in a theory and practical way, using a variety of training aids, giving confidence that ensures the relevant treatment can be applied effectively, when it is needed. David knows what works and can explain aspects from his experience on the road as well as in the classroom. “It’s all very well practicing in a comfortable and warm room on manikins, we aim to give you the confidence to apply the training in real situations, on real people. After all, that’s what First Aid is all about!”

David has a variety of hobbies. He has held a commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch (RAFVR(T)) and has received the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Having been involved in youth work for over forty years in 2002 he became responsible for setting up first aid training, to the Air Cadet Organisation, throughout the South West. He has developed this to oversee both cadets and staff gain nationally recognised qualifications at various levels in first aid. He holds the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

He holds both trainer and assessor qualifications and develops those which wish to become assessors and trainers in first aid. He has acted as mentor to students and supports Continuous Professional Development, as a verifier to other trainers.

David holds a national Mountain Leader qualification and has supervised groups in the mountains of the UK and has taught on the Basic Expedition Leader award and to Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups. This means first aid courses in outdoor environments can be offered for those needing training by someone, knowing the difference of a remote location to being in a nice warm room, minutes from help.

He has practiced in the martial art of Karate for over twenty years and holds a black belt in this discipline. During this time he also ran a club and taught this to both children and adults alike.

David holds an Enhanced Certificate under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for working with children. He is registered with Devon County Council.

In his spare time he enjoys hill walking, rock scrambling in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia and ‘DIY’ing with his long suffering wife, Dawn.

The company is run by David and Dawn who’s two sons work in the IT industry. Dawn looks after the accounts and admin side of the business and is frequently arranging David on the courses!

We offer all different types of courses and can customise these to individual needs of any client’s requirements. We can also offer you our consultancy service to ensure you have the right level of first aid in place and the appropriate equipment for your first aiders. David is registered as a Paramedic on the HCPC register and can advise on drug protocols on the medical courses we offer.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

David and Dawn Shaddick
DDS First Aid Training – “First Aid Training That Works”