DART Training Academy

DART Training Academy offers a unique approach to simulation courseware by providing pre-built training modules consisting of video instruction and customized drills designed to focus on specific real-world learning objectives.

Block 1: Skill Building and Tactics Training, is divided into six 20-minute training modules designed to illustrate and teach specific real-world learning objectives. Every lesson consists of video instruction and courses of fire designed to be used with the DART system. Video demonstrations are provided to ensure consistency in training and communication. Students have the ability to practice any portion of the training module as often as they would like.

View a sample introduction from one of the DART Training Academy lessons below.

i  From the Holster

i  Moving Targets

i  Firing on the Move
i  Positional Shooting
i  Weak or Off-hand Shooting
i  Course Review

You can see preview introductions for each of the six courses here.

Instructor Profile

Brian Gaynor proudly served his country for eight years of active duty as a United States Marine. Deployments included foreign, domestic, and combat duty assignments. He recently retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where he served as the agency’s Chief High Liability Instructor and Department Armorer and held the rank of Inspector.

Brian started his career with FDLE as a Special Agent assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit. He continues to stay active as a certified U.S. Department of State combat tactics contractor, providing training to foreign national tactical groups.

Prior to his thirteen years at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Brian was a Deputy Sheriff at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned to the SWAT team, warrants division, narcotics unit, surveillance and undercover operations, multi-agency investigations with DEA, FBI, US Marshals, ATF, and FDLE drug task forces.

DART Courses

Optional premade courses that are ready to run inside your DART system. They can also be edited to your liking with DART Creator or DART Studio.

Precision and Combat

Precision and Combat consists of 30 courses and accompanying lesson plans designed to practice the fundamentals of marksmanship. These courses feature the look and feel of a traditional flat range where targets move front to back and show what can be done in a virtual range where there are no safety concerns or restrictions on target movement.

The package also includes an additional 15 courses that move away from standard range targets and feature decision-making courses in which targets are free to move anywhere on the screen. All courses and lesson plans still have fundamental skills associated with them; however, these courses become more challenging as the shooter is asked to move in response to threatening or moving targets.

Instructor Profile

Richard Rippy has been an active law enforcement officer in the state of Florida for 33 years. He is a retired Lieutenant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He spent 17 years as the Range Master at the Institute of Public Safety in Lake County Florida. He has achieved several certifications including a BS Degree in Criminology from the University of St. Leo, but his passion has remained in firearms training.

Rippy has been involved in and survived three law enforcement shootings and continues to promote the importance of firearms training in the law enforcement industry. Rippy also served in the United States Marine Corp where one of his many functions was as a primary marksmanship instructor.

Discretionary Courses

The new discretionary courses were developed in DART 4 and take advantage of the latest features in DART. The package contains seven unique courses and 59 stages featuring a wide array of shoot/no-shoot targets including silhouette targets, photo targets, and 3D TruTargets. Because the courses take advantage of DART’s random behavior features, many of the courses will vary each time they are run, ensuring that students don’t anticipate target movement.

Traffic Stops Vol 1

Video-based scenario training.

New for DART 4

Traffic Stops Vol 1 is a set of 17 video scenarios that present the officer with a range of situations that they may encounter on the job. These are not typical “quick-draw” scenarios. Each course begins with a video introduction and ends with a recap to help the officer understand possible options and strategies that they might employ should they encounter the same situation in the real world. This training comes bundled free with DART 4.

Designed for Repetitive Practice

The goal of these scenarios is to help the trainee decide what an optimal response might look like for various encounters. Once a plan has been formulated on what you should do, the courseware encourages the trainee to put it into practice by running the same scenario multiple times using those proper actions. This helps create correct brain file memories that allow the officer to be better prepared when similar situations arise.

De-Escalation Training

De-escalation Training is 35 minutes of video discussion on the timely and relevant topic of de-escalation.

Although “de-escalation” is a new buzzword, it’s been around for generations. We’ve all heard the stories of the old cops responding to violent calls without backup, and being able to defuse the situation without incident. Or the lone officer making the arrest on a wanted felon who was in a car with three family members who were not pleased. How did they do that? The answer: a cool head going into it, good communication throughout, and keeping their wits about them.

Each of these videos is about five minutes long and features concepts and ideas relevant to de-escalation. We hope you find them useful.

These videos do not require a DART system and are provided as a free service.

Download the videos here.

i  Posture and Proximity

i  Respect and Retreat

i  Listen and Let Vent

i  Avoid “Contempt of Cop”

i  Courteous Communication

i  Contact with Citizens

i  Communication During Control

i  Change in Behavior

i  Closing Thoughts

Live Training

In-person and online.

Classroom

A full day of training on all aspects of the DART system – from setup to building your own courses. Training can be conducted at your facility (additional cost for travel) or for free at our headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Contact us to schedule classroom training.

Online

An industry first! We offer a live one-hour online class with a DART expert designed to teach the basics of the DART system with suggestions for integrating DART into your existing training program. DART online training is offered for free. Click here to schedule an online training session.