My recommendations for watching and learning from video training tapes include these tips:
- First watch the video the whole way through
- Watch it again with your remote control in hand pausing and rewinding to isolate techniques
- Take notes on each technique presented. In this way you’re forced to pay closer attention and you’ll incorporate more effective learning strategies
- Go and practice the techniques as presented
- Total immersion – visual and audio input from the DVD, kinesthetic practice from the hands-on is the only way to truly learn from video training
- Compare the video with any writings the presenter has authored in the past
- Video your own practice to compare it to the tape. This is easier now than ever with smart phones and low cost digital “one touch” video cameras
- Expect no revolutionary information watch it hoping to get one snippet
- Use video to motivate and inspire. Each of these instructors would tell you that with practice you could achieve their level of skill
- Video instructors can be “mentors” of skill. Aspire and train to be as good as them
- Use DVD’s as a precursor to hands-on training with the instructor or as a refresher for courses you’ve already attended
- Don’t just watch, participate and immerse yourself
Financial times are indeed hard but the risk to you is greater now than since the 1970’s. The instructors I’ve mentioned as well as countless others are now available to you via Panteao Productions as well as from other sources.
That DVD player we all use to watch crappy rented B movies can also be the means to deliver relevant, realistic and state-of-the-art training. Video training offers up some of the best instructors in firearms and suspect control in law enforcement today. In light of the threat invest in your safety at a monthly cost less than a dinner out. Quite simply, the training is worth every penny.
About The Author:
Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.