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Personal Safety Workshops, Classes and Seminars

Skills, Knowledge, Confidence.  Bison Risk Management Associates offers a number of safety education workshops and personal protection classes for all levels of personal security.

First Steps Pistol Orientation

Private Lessons:  Intermed. & Advanced Pistol 

Practical Defensive Pistol

Defense of The Home

Defensive Sprays and Stunning Devices in California

Refuse To Be A Victim

Our workshops and training courses - for men and women aged 16 years or older (unless otherwise noted) - give you the personal safety knowledge and techniques to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.  And with that knowledge comes the confidence to act and react appropriately to the situation.

Private Lessons are available for all of our training and workshops.  YOU pick the class, venue and attendees.  Private Lessons are available in:

BAY AREA: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties
CENTRAL VALLEY: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo Counties 

We also offer Bundles Packages for most of our training.  For instance, you can combine a Pepper Spray workshop with a Pistol Orientation class.  Call us for more details.

All of these classes and workshops are eligible for discounts for Groups or Sponsors.  Please contact us for more details about how to offer your business, civic or labor group, church, school or other organization timely personal protection instruction at reduced rates.

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Refuse To Be A Victim® 
 
Experts agree that the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. That means that you must have an overall personal safety strategy in place before you need it.
 
Refuse To Be A Victim® is a 3-hour interactive workshop designed to offer men and women a variety of options from which they can choose to prepare their own crime prevention and personal safety strategies.
 
The workshop teaches easy-to-understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation.  In just three hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about:
  • The Psychology of the Criminal Predators
  • Home Security
  • Physical Security
  • Automobile Security
  • Out-of-Town Travel Security
  • Technological Security
  • Self-Defense Physical Training
  • Workplace Violence
  • Parents and Children Security Issues
  • College Student Security
  • Senior and Persons with Physical Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence and Stalking
Students also receive:
 
80-page Student Handbook that includes Workplace safety, Parents & Children safety, and Senior Citizens and Persons with Physical Disabilities information • Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure • Course Completion Certificate
• And much more
 
This workshop is offered to businesses, civic groups and religious organizations for a flat-fee for the Instructor.  Classroom materials are charged on a per-student basis, in addition to any facility fees for the workshop.
 
Length of Class:  3 hours
 
Instructor Flat-fee:  $350
 
Classroom materials fee:  $4 plus shipping cost per student
 
Facilities fee:  Actual cost or free if held at business/organization location.
 
Prerequisites:  None
 
 
Available in:
 
BAY AREA: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties
CENTRAL VALLEY: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo Counties
 

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Defensive Sprays and Stunning Devices In California
 
This dynamic 2-hour hands-on workshop will provide you with California law information, Safety Awareness instruction, product demonstrations and 'best practices' guidance on how to safely use, store and maintain a defensive spray or stunning device.
 
In this workshop, through the use of interactive discussion, video clips and demonstrations, you'll learn:
  • Device overviews and comparisons - strengths and weakness of each type
  • California pepper spray and stun gun law overview
  • Device features and most effective usage techniques
  • How to safely carry, store, maintain and test your device of choice
  • Developing effective Personal Safety and Defense Plans including reviewing and planning for 7 different threatening situations. • Attacks in Public • Road Rage • At Home Alone or While Traveling • Ambush • Unexpectedly Occupied Home or Office • Workplace Violence • Unsafe "safe" Situations (Date Rape)
Students also receive:
 
Student handbook • "What Is Right For Me?"  worksheet
• Domestic and International travel restrictions
• Additional Personal Protection education opportunities
 
NOTE:  No Pepper Spray or other defensive sprays are dispensed during the seminar.  Only canisters with inert contents are used during demonstrations.
 
This workshop is offered to businesses, civic groups and religious organizations for a flat-fee for the Instructor.  Classroom materials are charged on a per-student basis, in addition to any facility fees for the workshop.
 
Length of Class:  2-3 hours
 
Instructor Flat-fee:  $350
 
Classroom materials fee:  Actual printing cost if classroom materials are printed by the sponsoring organization, or $7 per student if provided by Bison.
 
Facilities fee:  Actual cost or free if held at business/organization location.
 
Prerequisites:  None to attend the workshop.  Please note that you must be 18 years old to buy and possess pepper spray, tear gas, stun guns or Tasers.  Other restrictions apply to younger individuals.

 
Available in:
 
BAY AREA: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma Counties
CENTRAL VALLEY: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo Counties
 

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NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation
 
Are you considering the purchase of a handgun but don't know whether you need a semi-automatic or a revolver?  Do you own a handgun but don't feel comfortable in knowing how to use it?  Are you concerned about the proper usage, storage and other safety issues related to responsible firearms ownership?
 
Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new or prospective handgun purchasers or current handgun owners wanting to refresh their skills.
 
NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation for handguns. This course is 4 hours long and includes classroom instruction and demonstrations, student gun-handling exercises and range time learning to shoot both semi-automatic and revolver handguns. 
 
For prospective handgun buyers, this class gives you the opportunity to determine which type of handgun is the best for your unique individual lifestyle, location and purpose BEFORE you make the purchase.
 
Students will learn:
  • The NRA’s rules for safe gun handling and storage
  • Shooting fundamentals - for both semi-autos AND revolvers
  • Pistol parts and operation
  • Ammunition selection and storage
  • Cleaning the pistol
  • How to determine which type of handgun is best for your needs
  • Continued opportunities for skill development
Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate, and Lesson Plan.
 
NOTE:  No live ammunition is allowed in the classroom by students or instructors.  Live ammunition is only allowed at the firing range during the live-fire portion of the instruction.
 
Length of Class:  Four hours - which includes live-fire training.  
 
Price: $99 per student. Price includes classroom instruction, live-fire training, all of the materials listed above, plus range fees and targets.  Students are responsible for providing their own handgun, ammunition, plus eye and ear protection.
 
Don't own a handgun yet?  For an additional $25, we will provide you with rental access to a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition plus eye and ear protection.
 
 
Prerequisites:  18 years of age or older unless pre-approved by our Chief Instructor.  Mandatory pre-class telephone interview  with our Chief Instructor for all students.  Students will not be admitted to the class without this interview.  When registering online, ensure your contact information is accurate.

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Defense of The Home

Many firearms owners have purchased handguns to defend their homes against robbery, home invasions and general mayhem.  They may be unaware of the risks involved  - to themselves and other family members - if a well-considered plan is not in place.

The consultation starts with prevention and escape/evasion techniques, then proceeds to the tactics and strategies you can use to prevent harm from coming to you or a loved one when escape is no longer an option.

In Defense of the Home, students learn:

  • Home Exterior and Interior security review and recommendations.  Includes a schematic of YOUR home identifying strengths and weakness, and suggestions for improvements.
  • The difference, and importance of Cover versus Concealment - using common home design elements to increase your chances of safety.
  • How to identify and establish a Safe Room in your residence or apartment
  • What to do when other family members are also present during an incident
  • The best choices for ammunition for self-defense
  • Safe, yet accessible firearms or other self-defense tool storage suggestions
  • The safest ways to discharge your self-defense weapon in your home
  • How to use the provided 911 Call Script to protect your life and legal rights

NOTE: This is an in-home consulting service.  No weapons or ammunition are used or present.

Length of Class:  90 minutes

Price:  $150 per residence.  $99 per residence when combined with any of our other firearms or defensive sprays safety classes or workshops.

Available in:
 
BAY AREA: Solano, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Sonoma Counties
CENTRAL VALLEY: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo Counties

Prerequisites:  None.

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Private Lessons:  Intermed. & Advanced Pistol

Intermediate and advanced pistol training for individuals that wish to develop and enhance the basic, fundamental shooting skills they already possess.  The focus is not so much on traditional Olympic-style marksmanship, but in developing the skills for the defensive use of a handgun.

Firearm safety is paramount.  We believe that every, single shot needs to be on target.  The "pray and spray" handgun use seen on TV and in movies  - shooting rapidly and hoping a few shots hit the target - is not only dangerous, it is ineffective.

We teach how to quickly acquire your target and place shots where you intend them to go.  Every single time.

We evaluate your current shooting skill-set and present you with progressively advanced, hands-on practice routines.  You have the option of taking your training as far as you believe is necessary for your particular circumstances and lifestyle.

Instruction can include:

  • Consistent shot placement
  • Rapid target acquisition skills
  • Rapid fire skills
  • Personal defense against multiple assailants
  • Offhand/weak hand shooting skills

Price - $60 per hour, two hour minimum unless previous arrangements have been made.  Students are responsible for all firearms, ammunition, range fees plus eye and ear protection. These are generally available for purchase or rental at the gun range.

Prerequisites:  18 years of age or older unless pre-approved by our Chief Instructor.  Mandatory pre-class telephone interview  with our Chief Instructor.  No online registration is available for this service.  Please call 925-658-4457.

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Practical Defensive Pistol

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This 3-hour introduction to Advanced techniques class (see prerequisites below) is limited to 4 students per session.  In it, participants will learn 8 practical shooting skills and tactics for self-defense with a pistol.  The class culminates with two scenarios where these skills are combined and utilized in mock defensive situations.

Each skill and scenario is first explained and demonstrated by the Chief Instructor.  Every student then performs a "dry fire" test of the skill/scenario, followed by two or three live-fire demonstrations by each student.

Our philosophy is that you must make EVERY shot count - no "pray and spray" shooting as we all see on TV and in the movies.  Our intent is to move you out of your "comfort zone" - shooting at static targets at fixed distances - and introduce you to the skills needed for dynamic, defensive situations.

These skills include:

  • Proper and effective unholstering of your gun
  • Weak-side shooting
  • One-handed shooting
  • Accurate rapid fire shooting
  • Multiple Targets
  • Shooting around barriers

Plus much, much more.

The class begins with a 30-minute safety orientation, with the remainder of the class being dedicated to learning and practicing new techniques and tactics.  At the conclusion of the class, students are given a copy of our, "Keeping Your Skills Sharp" training pamphlet.

What this class IS NOT: 

We will not make any recommendations regarding WHEN to use a firearm for self-defense.  The laws in California are simply too vaguely written.  We will provide each student with a copy of the California DOJ Firearms Law Summary section titled, "The Use Of Firearms In Defense Of Life And Property".  Students are strongly encouraged to read and understand this information, and to consult their own attorney if they have any questions.

The class is taught by an NRA Nationally Certified Pistol Instructor and member of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), but this is NOT an NRA class.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Handgun (no larger than .45 ACP for semi-autos or .357 Magnum for revolvers)
  • Holster (strong-side belt-loop, paddle style or Inside/Outside The Waistband ONLY - no weak-side, shoulder or small of the back holsters allowed).  STRONGLY recommended to have a rigid holster made of Kydex or polycarbonate that can be re-holstered with one hand.  CALL US for inexpensive recommendations.  We also have a limited number of rental packages available.  We are fairly flexible with this, as the focus of the class is not holster techniques, but shooting techniques.
  • 2 magazines for semi-autos (3 recommended) OR 2 revolver speed loaders (3 recommended)
  • Weak-side Magazine pouch
  • 150 rounds of ammunition (may be purchased at the range)
  • Eye and ear protection (may be rented at the range)
  • Long pants with belt, and shirt with no/minimal neck opening
  • Comfortable flat-heeled shoes (such as tennis shoes)
  • Recommended:  Magazine Speed loader, light jacket, gun cleaning kit, baseball cap

PREREQUISITES

In addition to a mandatory pre-course interview with our Chief Instructor, course participants must be at least 18 years of age and experienced shooters to ensure they are able to maximize what can be learned from the course.  Students may validate their experience by any ONE of the following:

  • NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Course Certificate
  • NRA Basic Pistol Certificate
  • NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Certificate
  • Bison Risk Management Intermediate or Advanced class participants
  • Pistol qualification/BSIS Guard Firearms Permit
  • Military DD214 with pistol qualification
  • Concealed Carry permit, or
  • Passing the Pre-course Evaluation

Pre-Course Evaluation

  1. State, Explain and Demonstrate the three NRA fundamental rules for Safe Gun handling.
  2. Demonstrate the proper loading, cocking, uncocking and unloading procedures with the pistol and dummy cartridges.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to shoot groups with the pistol from an unsupported, standing two-handed position at a distance of 5 yards.  Must shoot 3, 5-shot groups, each of which can be covered by a circle nine inches in diameter.

If a pre-course evaluation is required, it is scheduled at a time conducive for the student and Chief Instructor (this can be done at any time prior to the class).  The student is responsible for any range fees, ammunition or other fees that might be incurred.

Length of class:  3 hours

Price:  $125 per student

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