I sat through the CHL instructor renewal class yesterday. It was a long day to say the least.
A few observations from the class:
- DPS continues to raise the qualifications of instructors. This has received mix reviews among CHL instructors. Having heard some of the horror stories, and having seen some of the instructors in class and on the range, there needs to be more scrutiny in certifying instructors.
- Instructors will continue to struggle to get the necessary material covered in the new 4 to 6 hour format.
- NO VIDEOS MAY BE SHOWN IN CLASS, unless they are on the DPS-approved YouTube channel. This is a big disappointment, as there is a lot of great material out there on DVD and YouTube from which students could learn.
- The paperwork requirements for instructors has been reduced slightly. We'll take it anyway we can get it.
- DPS emphasized that the CHL class is not a basic handgun class. I get that. But here's the reality that any CHL instructor who teaches courses on even a semi-regular basis will tell you: you will have a lot of inexperienced shooters - some of whom have never fired a handgun - in your classes. I've had brand new shooters take my Glock 34 and shoot well above the instructor certification level during the proficiency test. I've had experienced shooters struggle to keep their guns working or to break above 200.
The reality is that CHL classes will often continue to be an introductory level class for new shooters. While some will object to that, I'm of the mindset that my novice shooters in my CHL class are leaving with more knowledge about handgun safety and use, the law of self defense, and situational awareness than before the class. I have to think that's a good thing.
First Steps In Building a Bug Out Bag
Here's an excellent video for you to review.
Summer Workshop Ideas
I mentioned in my last blog that I working to develop a day long workshop on preparedness. Unlike the upcoming conference, this would be a more hands-on event whereby attendees could build simple projects and play with the gear to give them some ideas of what aspect of their plan they might want to work on next.
Some subjects I'm considering include:
- Ham radio demonstration
- Solar power demonstration
- Solar cooking demonstration
- Spreadsheet for creating a food storage plan
- Building a Berkey water filtration clone
- Basics of reloading ammo