Basic Firearms from a vessel: From our experiences training law enforcement officers all over the country, most agencies do not have their marine officer trained in the use of firearms from their vessel to a threat; much less have a qualification course for their marine officers. Factors land patrol officers never have to consider are the sun, moon, waves, current, tides, wind and rocking vessels. Cover and concealment on a vessel may have been discussed in some training but never applied to see its limitations.
Our one day course covers deployment of a handgun in the maritime environment. Student will have to operate their vessel and use our training weapons to engaged threats presented. This includes threats on land, docks, in the water and on another vessel. Targets will be at different angles that are common in the maritime environment. Contact/Cover Officer positions. At the end of the course a qualification course will be offered. Depending on how your agency patrols the waters, single officer or 2-3 officers we provide the tactics.
Intermediate Firearms from a vessel: Our two day course begins where our one day course ends: boating handling, handgun, shotgun and long gun deployment. Officers will start off with handgun review and deployment. Use of Shotgun and M-4 style weapons from a vessel demonstrated then students practice before engaging targets. Transition drills long gun to handgun. Felony Boardings using 1-3 vessels. 1-4 Officers skills. Shooting drills will complete the day. Officers will need sims type training weapons and rounds.
Advanced Firearms from a Vessel: This course is designed for marine operators to be able to deliver a SWAT Team to a target vessel, act as support and rescue. This course incorporates the lessons learned in aforementioned course. This block of instruction covers advanced boating handling skills at different speeds with SWAT Team and Marine Unit Officers on board with dedicated roles and fields of fire. Some agencies do not have a SWAT Team, Some SWAT Teams do not always have a Marine Unit or their vessel could be down. The Marine Operator has to be able to safely deliver a team to a moving vessel, vessel a drift, at anchor and at the dock. Marine Officer may have to insert a team by water to land. A Team may need to rescue by a Marine Unit. Officers will need sims type training weapons and rounds.
Engine Disabling Qualification: For agencies that have been trained in this tactic, we offer the engine covers and the refresher training to conduct a qualification course. 12 gauge Sims kits or similar are needed with rounds for this course. This is a one day course. Three to Four vessels are needed. Minimum of six students, maximum twelve students.
Needs from the agencies: Classroom, power point projector, targets, target backing, vessels with fuel, and dock areas in their area. Additional tactics may be added like small ship (30-85 ft.) take downs.