Since 2007, I have worked as a freelance instructor for a number of CP training firms - primarily as a combatives instructor. This has brought me into contact with a number of instructors, from those delivering the core SIA CP course, to those covering more specialised areas. In all cases, the standard of instruction was good - solid delivery and relevant content. However, i would like to give a particular mention to Galahad Associates - in the years i have spent doing, assisting, observing, and delivering courses, i have never been so impressed.
When my FAAW qual expired in 2013, i made the decision to upgrade to FPOS-i. The standard med quals that i had seen previously were the usual classroom-based affair: Some powerpoints and dummy-time, quick multi-choice exam, ticket stamped, job done. This was what i expected. I couldn't have been more mistaken.
Instead, what i received was 5 days of a top-class, fully immersive training course that would challenge me mentally and physically, and (with the use of some very good roleplayers and props) give me a first-hand experience of some of the ugly realities i would face in emergency medical situations. I cannot stress enough the vast amounts kit that were made available to us during this course. The live exercises were incredibly authentic: Smoke, overturned vehicles, hostile environment security details, command and control procedures, mass-casualty scenarios, stretchers, evacuations: The list goes on. On average, i'd say we were doing at least 2 completely constrasting exercises a day - often having to leap into action without prior warning. Powerpoint time was absolutely minimal - instead, content was introduced by way of discussion with instructors who had extensive experience operating as medics in hostile environments - often under fire. Diagrams were drawn free-hand and every aspect and function explained in detail. The content was also angled to our roles, with emphasis on trauma-casualties, and how to treat them.
In conclusion, i genuinely believe that the dynamic hands-on nature of the course, the superb accomodation, and the passionate instructors has created the perfect combination for operatives who demand more practical and functional tuition. If you are just looking to get your ticket stamped with minimal participation, and the obligatory powerpoint torture, then this course is definitely not for you. If you are someone who actually cares about their job, wants to get savvy with using the kit, and wants to be able to apply their skills under pressure, then book yourself on: Galahad Associates is delivering what i would consider to be the absolute pinnacle of fully immersive courses. I give them top marks.