from the outset this course was very reality based and practical. we were definately made to learn from our mistakes and the course trainers did not hold back on critique, which is exactly what was needed. The learning curve was steep! I was guilty of being presumptious that it would be simply a matter of going through the motions and I was wrong.There is so much more to surveillance than simply following, it meant we had to display good planning, preparation, communication, team work, be reactive, never switch off and take it 'on the chin' at de-briefs of our performance. This course was about having to display skills learned, not just going through the motions. it was intense and very enjoyable.