Classes and Courses

The following is a list of classes I offer. If you would like to attend a class, see my Class Schedule. Contact me for private lessons.

Survivor Course:

A course I specifically designed for survivors of domestic violence, this class is meant to help those with restraining orders and PTSD take back their lives and confidence. Women of all ages welcome!
Course covers a wide range of safety topics and enables victims to learn in a trigger-free environment.
Class is 4 hours long (with breaks). Cost is usually around $40 and includes a FREE pepper spray for those who register ahead.

I try to get sponsors so survivors of attack or abuse can take the class at no-cost. If you would like to sponsor a survivor, you can send full or part sponsorship via ´╗┐PayPal´╗┐. Please Type “Survivor Sponsorship” in the comments section.

  • Non-Lethal Defense:
    • Pepper Spray
    • Stun Guns
    • Self Defense Keychains
  • Fight like a girl (Dirty and fast)
    • Where to Hit
    • How to Hit
  • Home safety
  • Parking lot safety
  • Travel Safety
  • Firearms (quick intro and how to secure it)
  • Situational Awareness

Kids Safety and Self Defense

Kids and their grownups learn safety skills together in a fun environment. Kids will learn how to watch out for “tricky adults” and how to protect themselves from them. Adults will get up to date information about what risks their children may face and how to be on guard for the slightest indication of danger. Adults will go home with a packet of useful information to go over at home, kids will leave knowing what to look out for and when to seek help.
Suggested children age 5-10. Parent/guardian required to stay and learn with your child. Invite your friends!

U.S.C.C.A. Courses:

Pistol Courses:

Beginner: Learn basics: How to be safe, loading, unloading, storing, buying ammunition, revolvers, semi-autos, how they function, how to select and purchase a gun, maintaining, cleaning, continuing training.

Intermediate: Move beyond the beginner course in the intermediate pistol. Work on refining your skills, building confidence and get more time on the range. Must have basic pistol knowledge or completed a basic course/lesson before taking this course.

Advanced: Keep progressing with: Holster drills, scenario training, Defensive shooting skills, intro to the law and use of force, gun owners responsibilities, marksmanship skills, Shooting under stress and Continuing training. Must complete an Intermediate course or private lesson before taking this course.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals:

A comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.
This concealed carry class will cover: Maine Law, Use of Force, Situational Awareness and Avoidance, carry and holster options, and live fire exercises.
Course meets requirements for CC Permit
This is not a beginner level class, you must have shooting experience or completed a beginner level course. Private lessons can be arranged before class if you call ahead to book.

Women’s Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals:

Created by U.S.C.C.A. Associate Editor and Training Counselor Beth Alcazar, Women’s Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals is a welcoming and engaging course with multiple layers of instruction. Featuring three distinct levels: Women’s Basic Pistol, Women’s Intermediate Pistol and Women’s Defensive Pistol that can be taught together or separately. This course is designed to reach students who are brand new to firearms (and maybe never touched a firearm before) though those who are ready to learn more about defensive shooting and take the next steps with their firearms skills, tools and mindset.The course introduces, reviews and builds upon the fundamentals of shooting and explores the universal safety rules, situational awareness, common types of handguns, ammunition types, marksmanship skills, advanced firearms handling, defensive pistol fundamentals and the use of deadly force. Specifically, this course is about sharing the basics- along with the fun, the seriousness and the importance of being a responsibility armed female. After all, we are worth protecting.
Course time and cost varies depending on schedule and what levels are included in the course.
Course meets requirements for CC Permit

Countering The Mass Shooter Threat:

We will analyze data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine, to determine what can be learned from these tragedies, including whether a reduction in magazine capacity or the banning of any class of firearm would have changed the outcome. We will also look at whether “gun-free zones” figure into the planning of these mass murders; whether the victim response at any mass shooting has made a difference; and whether “universal background checks” or other proposals by gun control advocates stand a chance of stemming the current trajectory of these shootings. The course will summarize this data with a comprehensive plan to eliminate the scourge of these shooters once and for all.
Topis Include:

  • Mass Shooting by the Numbers
  • Do gun-free zones help or hurt?
  • Would restricting magazine capacity or banning AR-15s work?
  • Does victims response make a difference?
  • What are Universal Background Checks, and would they end mass shootings?
  • What about no-fly lists and terror watch lists?
  • The criteria for gun-free zones
  • Where do we go from here?
  • Knowing the Signs.
  • Creating an emergency operations plan for your school, house of worship or business.
  • Special security considerations for schools
  • Special security considerations for houses of worship
  • Using the Run, Hide, Fight Methodology
  • When fight back means using a firearm
  • Triage and treat the wounded

Emergency First Aid Fundamentals:

Would you know what to do if you were hunting deep in the wilderness, and a hunting companion sustained a penetrating chest wound from an errant round? Could you prolong the life of a loved one long enough for the ambulance to arrive, if he or she has sustained a lacerated artery from a violent attacker armed with a knife? While most Americans are comfortable dealing with the cuts and scrapes of everyday life, and tens of thousands have learned the Heimlich maneuver and CPR, most individuals would be a bit less comfortable dealing with severe, life threatening injuries or illnesses, when seconds count, and EMS personnel and the emergency room are minutes (or longer) away.

In this course we will not only learn the proper way to assess a patient, we will learn in great detail the proper way to deal with significant issues such as serious bleeding, chest injuries, compressed airway, spinal injuries, broken bones, and more. While it may seem unrealistic to translate what professional EMTs and Paramedics are able to do in an emergency versus the things that nonprofessionals would be capable of, but in the life threatening medical and traumatic emergencies, it all boils down to the same thing- sustaining the life of the patient until he or she can be delivered to the emergency room. If you are ready to become your family’s first responder in all emergency situations, this course should not be missed!

  • Patient Assessment
  • Traumatic Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Building your own Kit

NRA Courses:

Basic Pistol:

NRA’s Basic Pistol class is a hands on learning with face to face instruction. Course meets requirements for CC Permit. Some lessons in the class include:

  • Basic Safety Rules
  • Fundamentals
  • Semi-Auto and Revolvers
  • Safely loading and unloading a firearm
  • Storing your firearm
  • How to clean your firearm
  • Ammunition- How it works, how to check it, how to store it
  • Range Safety
  • Using sights
  • Shooting your firearm
  • How to handle a malfunction: hangfires, misfires and squib loads

Class time: depending on number of students is usually around 8 hours (Includes Range time and breaks). Bring your own firearm if you have one. No live ammo allowed the in class room. Please bring your firearm unloaded in a case directly to the instructor when you arrive.