APSI has been running instructor courses since 2002. They have proved very popular and a selection of courses to cater for all requirements is now available. 

Announcing the APSI Courses for 2019

APSI coaching enjoyed a very successful series of courses in 2018; now failing light and dropping temperatures mean our attentions are turning more to game shooting than running coaching courses!

But 2019 will be with us soon enough, and once the last days of winter have been shaken off (we hope) the traditional APSI Spring Basic Course will start the APSI course ball rolling again.

A recent addition is the officially accredited FITASC Level One instructor course, which was first held in May 2018; details for the first in 2019 are below.

APSI is proud to be launching an even newer addition; the course for coaching disabled shooters. Details follow.


Announcing a 2nd APSI Spring Basic (Part One) Course

The first April Spring Basic (Part One) Course has already been filled! As a result it has been decided to include an additional Basic Course in May 2019, from May 20 – 23 inclusive. Price is £1,200.00 and the venue is the excellent Doveridge Shooting Ground near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 

The course price includes 4 nights in a good local hotel, breakfast & lunch, cartridges & clays.

For further information: Please call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk


The APSI Spring Basic (Part One) Course (This course is now full)

The Spring Course will be held on April 9 –12, 2019, inclusive. Price is £1,200.00. Venue is the celebrated Lady’s Wood Shooting School, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.

The APSI (Part One) Basic Course provides the type of education typically received by a trainee coach at a shooting school, essentially covering both clay and game shooting coaching. A unique feature is the practical section on loading and coaching in the game field.

The course price includes 4 nights in a good local hotel, breakfast & lunch, cartridges & clays.

For further information: Please call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

APSI Course for Coaching the Disabled Shooter

Aware of the considerable success of the Paralympic and the Invictus Games, APSI focus has turned to the challenges of coaching those who are disabled. Following a year of work and consultation with disabled shooters, the APSI is launching a course specifically aimed at equipping coaches to work safely and effectively with disabled shooters.

The one-day course assumes a good standard of coaching knowledge when working with able bodied shooters. The course is therefore limited to APSI members only.

The single day course will be held at Yeaveley Shooting School near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Cost is £195, including refreshments, cartridges and clays. Date is April 9, 2019.

For further details or to book a place please contact Guy Field

Contact details:
Yeaveley Estate Ltd., New Close Farm , Yeaveley , Ashbourne,
Derbyshire DE6 2DT

Email: contactus@yeaveley-estate.co.uk
Website: www.yeaveley-estate.co.uk
Tel: 01335 330247


The Level One FITASC Course

The first Level One FITASC Coach’s course of 2019 will be held at Doveridge Shooting Ground from May 6 – 9 inclusive. The course is endorsed by the FITASC organisation, and successful candidates will receive the coveted FITASC Level 1 coach’s badge and worldwide recognition as a FITASC coach. Their success will also appear in an exclusive coach’s list on the FITASC website.

Cost of the course is £1,150 Sterling per person, which includes accommodation in a good local hotel, breakfast and lunch, plus all cartridges and clays. UK shooters wishing to participate should contact APSI, who will then pass the application to the BICTSF for its approval. While this is usually a formality it is a FITASC requirement of entry to ensure that all national bodies are kept in the loop.

Please note: Non-UK shooters and coaches should apply through their national FITASC body.

UK applicants please contact APSI Chairman, Paul Bentley, at pb@totalshooting.com for further information.

APSI Courses are now completed for 2018

Autumn Basic Course

The Autumn Course was held from 1st – 4th October, 2018, inclusive. Venue was the excellent Doveridge Shooting Ground Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire and our local hotel, the Boars Head, did it’s usual great job of feeding and watering us during our stay.

We would like to thank all those who participated for making it a very successful course.

Autumn Gun Fit Course

The final gun fit course of the year was held at Andy Castle’s excellent ‘Sporting Targets, adjacent to the West London Shooting Ground. Participants each received a gun fitting from fellow students, under the watchful eye of Paul Bentley. All in all a successful day, if slightly damp.

Getting to grips with the equipment, measuring the Try Gun

The Inaugural FITASC Level 1 Instructor Course

Following considerable development, the first ever FITASC instructor course was run in May 2018 at the excellent Doveridge Shooting Ground in Derbyshire. The course attracted students from seven nations. Successful students received certificates and the soon-to-be-coveted and exclusive FITASC coaching badge. Students will also feature in a special instructors’ section on the FITASC web site.

Above: FITASC Course students enjoying fine weather at Doveridge Shooting Ground

Important information for FITASC Courses

If you are a UK citizen and wish to participate in the FITASC course:

  • No previous coaching experience is required but you must have a minimum of at least 3 years shooting experience
    You must be a minimum of 21 years of age when the course begins
    You must have no medical condition that would preclude you from attending the course
    You must hold a current Shotgun Certificate
    You are not forbidden under the Firearms Act to handle firearms and shotguns

If you satisfy the above requirements simply email pb@totalshooting.com with your details and an application form will be sent to you.

Successful students are awarded a FITASC Coaching Accreditation, a FITASC Certificate and FITASC Coach’s jacket badge. The award will represent a coaching qualification that is recognised worldwide.

Please note:
Non-UK citizens should apply for the course through their national FITASC Federation  

For 2018 APSI ran two Spring Basic Courses, as detailed below.

1st Spring APSI Basic Coaching Course (Part One)

This course is now concluded and below are the sixteen students who took part. They enjoyed mostly fine weather for the four days of the course, held at the beautful Lady’s Wood Shooting Ground in Gloucestershire

2nd Spring APSI Basic Coaching Course (Part One)

The second APSI Basic course was held at clay shooting Mecca, Doveridge Shooting Ground in Derbyshire. The sixteen students enjoyed fine weather throughout the course.


APSI Advanced Coaching Course (Part two)

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: tbc

The aim of this course is to expand on the topics covered in the Part One Basic Coaching Course, and to introduce a series of additional topics required by the professional instructor and specialist discipline coach.

The course includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch.

For further information: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk


Please note there is a maximum of 12 places available.

For further information or to book a place: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

ISSF Skeet and Trap Coaching Course

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: tbc

The next APSI ISSF Skeet and Trap course will be held, actual date to be finalised. The course is a step on from the APSI courses already on offer. It is aimed at the clay discipline coach looking to extend his/her knowledge base to include these testing international disciplines, also the ISSF shooter who is looking to become a coach in the future

An increasing number of clay shooters, particularly youngsters, are turning to these disciplines and the demand for Olympic discipline coaches is growing.

For further information: For details please contact Paul Bentley at pb@totalshooting.com

One Day Instructor Course

Course dates: tbc
Course cost: Cost is £195, for a minimum 12 participants.

Following many requests APSI now provides a single day instructor introductory course. This serves as an introduction to the Part One basic course, and also as a quick education in corporate event instruction. It’s ideal for the experienced Shot who perhaps has been asked to help out at the local shooting ground on corporate events, but is unsure about coaching and the safety aspects involved.

The course includes the important APSI Safety Test (which satisfies the Health & Safety Executive and insurance companies). This is a vital document for all shooting grounds that employ part time staff.

Note: Because of the difficulty of bringing together so many individuals for a short course APSI now runs these courses in response to requests from shooting grounds or members of the gun trade, although freelance individuals can often take part.

For further information: Call Chris Miles on 01782 397961 or email: chris@apsi.co.uk

Courses Review

The general requirements for all APSI course participation has been adjusted and came into operation as of 01/01/2018. The changes in the criteria for attending courses now include:

  • Minimum age for attendance 21 years
  • Each participant must be legally qualified to possess and use shotguns in their home country
  • Each participant must submit a passport type photograph with their application