Darren Mitchell Instructor Profile


Darren Mitchell is one of our highly qualified Lead Trainers operating from Lincolnshire and has been with Nuco Training since 2014.


When did you first learn first aid and why?

I was a young boy in the cubs when I first was introduced to first aid. I remember in those days you had to strike the chest first before commencing CPR. I hit the manikin too hard, it folded and the lung became detached. I have been a first aider for many years now as a requirement for the work I’ve had to do.

What made you become a First Aid Instructor Trainer?

I enjoy teaching. Of passing on knowledge, and having fun doing it. I’ve always enjoyed first aid, and know it’s importance. I want to pass on that knowledge, to make a difference. If one life has been saved through my training then I know I have been successful. I also believe that everyone should receive some sort of First Aid training, but I know that unless a person has to do the training through their work, then they will never go through the training. it’s amazing how many people don’t know what to do if a member of their family has an injury or an illness. Knowing basic skills can be a difference between life and death.

What would you say to someone considering becoming a first aid trainer?

Go for it. The more people we can train in first aid together, the more chance of survival someone has. After 22 years of working as a Prison Officer, I took voluntary redundancy and became self employed in 2011 when the prison I was working at closed. I was a PE Officer in the service and decided to use my skills and training for myself. I have taught many things over the years, including riot training, management of violent and refractory prisoners, manual handling and also sports related qualifications.

I enjoy teaching and helping individuals, so on leaving the service I have become a Personal Trainer, a level 4 sports Masseuse and also tutor sports massage courses. Plus, having also developed in other areas of teaching, I now teach many aspects of First Aid, and joined NUCO’s team as a lead trainer in 2014.


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Darren’s training skills


  • FIRST AID AT WORK
  • PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID
  • CPR AND AED
  • MANUAL HANDLING
  • FIRE SAFETY
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY
  • OXYGEN THERAPY
  • MANAGEMENT OF ANAPHYLAXIS