At school I achieved Bronze - Silver - Gold personal survival swimming Awards
Qualified as a life guard (Towers Secondary School, Ashford, Kent)
Completed my Duke of Edinburgh (DoE).
Competed in Judo, Grade: Black Belt 1st Dan. Knee injury prevented progression.
As a teenager I volunteered for KCC Youth Services (Shuttle Leisure Van, then run by Stan Hastie & Mike Sheridan), visiting youth centres, teaching Judo/ Self Defence.
I have been a qualified first aider from the first day of my working life (1981). I am a registered Good Sam Responder, been a First Aid Responder at many types of events and for various organisations & charities that are involved within the "Night Time Economy".
I am currently First Responder Emergency Care Level 3 (Frec 3)
I am a PADI Divemaster & Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor (259221).
Worked under/ With various PADI Course Directors/ Instructors helping qualify a very large amount of new divers and those progressing through new qualifications.
I Had my own Pest Control company for 25 years having started at Rentokil and what was Terminex (now Ecolab) I have a BPCA Diploma in Pest Management & a vast amount of other qualifications in Health & Safety, Auditing, Health & Hygiene.
This business is now in the very capable hands of my son Craig: CVEM Ltd.
My Instructor Qualifications:
Emergency First Response Instructor
Level 3 Teaching & Assessing
First Aid at Work
Paediatric First Aid
Activity/ Outdoors First Aid
Emergency Oxygen Provider
First Aider for Mental Health, Levels: 1, 2, 3.
I have been truly blessed to work with a huge amount of people from all walks of life, many of which have worked for or are working in the NHS, Police Force, Fire Brigade and the Coastguards, all of which have helped me develope my skills and understanding allowing me to constantly evolve my teaching skills.
I have qualified thousands of new First Aiders, this number continues to grow as I am passionate about teaching and promoting this very important life skill.
Having worked for national companies, been my own boss and employed my own staff and managers, I am not only highly qualified in all areas of safety on both land and in water, I also have age and experience to be able to bring realism to the subjects I teach.