ICSI Game Loading Courses


The Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors ran two very successful loaders courses for game shooting last year at Doveridge Shooting Ground in the West Midlands. Three courses are planned for 2017.

With a maximum number of 12 attendees per course, the full day's training is intended for qualified CPSA instructors and coaches, or the equivalent.

With this attendance qualification requirement, the two tutors who run each course can make high-level opening assumptions about the capability of attendees, in terms of coaching and safety ability.

This allows the course to focus, in depth, on both single and double gun shooting together with a full introduction to safety in the game shooting field, the etiquette and formats of game shooting, and the techniques required to enable instruction whilst acting as a game loader.

Training is given with 'dry-run' firing using blank cartridges, and live firing at simulated grouse/partridge targets and high pheasant targets, in true ''driven'' situations.
Live firing includes both single gun ''stuffing'' and double gunning; the challenges of coaching in these situations are addressed in real time simulations.

The three one-day courses are scheduled on Tuesdays during the summer of 2017, again at Doveridge, on 20 June, 11 July and 18 July.

Where possible the courses will be filled in date order and early applications are suggested, given the popularity of last year's training days.

Clays are included in the fees, together with a comprehensive manual, a certificate of attendance and an ''ICSI Loader'' lapel badge; refreshments and a buffet lunch are also provided.

The cost is £150 for ICSI members and £200 for other attendees.

Please make initial contact with ICSI council member Andrew Kirkland for further information:- Telephone - 01283 540928 or 07803 345670.