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Air Rifle course

Two day National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) Youth Proficiency Scheme (YPS)Tutor's Diploma

28th and 29th November 2023
30th November and 1st December 2023

This course is for ages 18+.

The Youth Proficiency Scheme (YPS) Tutor's Diploma has been the basic qualification for the supervision of target shooting with air rifles. The course is delivered through a series of teaching and practical sessions by a qualified tutor to ensure that the student understands the precepts of safety and learns the skills necessary to enjoy the sport in a competitive manner. It is designed to ensure the safe and responsible handling of air rifles by young people and to introduce them to a sport where strength, stature, age or sex offer no advantage or disadvantage.

The Tutor's Course has been developed to qualify suitable people to deliver the Youth Proficiency Scheme and is a National Governing Body qualification designed primarily for leaders of youth organisations such as Scouts, those employed in the leisure industry and members of shooting clubs who would prefer a formal introduction to the sport for their younger members. Assessment is continuous throughout the course.

Day 1: 9am - 5pm
- Introduction to the YPS and the course
- Law
- Safety
- Range construction
- Basic shooting techniques: Prone & Standing
- Safe loading
- Sights and aiming
- Trigger control
- Breathing

Day 2: 9am - 5pm
- Structure of a session
- Practical application of previous day's sessions
- Equipment: Air rifles and ammunition
- Dealing with malfunctions
- Zeroing the gun / Different distances
- Competitions / Shooting Games
- Debrief

This programme may vary according to the experience of the candidates. Candidates should bring a pen and paper and have clothing suitable for the range conditions. Lunch is not provided, candidates should bring a packed lunch.