Shaheed Lagadien, the Principal and Owner of The First Aid Academy, has gained profound practical and theoretical experience as a paramedic on the Cape Flats, one of the most gang infested area’s of Cape Town.
During his childhood he has always been active in some sort of voluntary organisation. He started competitive swimming at the age of 6 and he joined the Alpha Surf Lifesaving club in 1972. During those years, he achieved a Nippers Live saving certificate and Practical First Aid.
During his senior years he achieved a bronze medallion, Surf Proficiency award and Instructor & Examiner certificates.
In 1986, he joined Nine Miles Life Saving Club as a Nipper Officer where he was responsible for +- 80 Nippers. In 1989, he assisted in the formation of Monwabisi Life Saving Club which up until now consists of +-40 volunteers mainly from Khayelitsha.
From 1983 to 1998, he was a member of the South African Red Cross holding the position of District Commissioner Northern Region.
In 1986, he became a First Aid Instructor on a part-time basis. Qualification obtained during this time included: Practical, General, Advanced, Silver & Gold Demonstrators, Instructor, Ship Captains Courses, Examiner.
In 1983, he also started working full time with the City Council as a Beach Constable at Strandfontein Beach. During season, he worked as a life guard and off season worked full time on the ambulance. Qualifications obtained: Law Enforcement Emergency Course, B.A.A., A.E.A., Instructor, Paramedic.
During 2002 - 2004, he worked as a full time instructor for the Medical Education Centre. Whilst working for the Centre, he registered himself with the various authorities and in 2005, established his own training Academy. Since then, the Academy has grown in leaps and bounds educating 1000’s of people in First Aid skills.
He is also a qualified Assessor (certificate no: 5214) accredited with - education, training & development practices. The Academy is registered with the Department of Labour.