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Shotgun Safety Officers Course


The course is aimed at equipping the candidate with the knowledge, understanding, skills and awareness required to identify and manage issues pertaining to safety on a clay pigeon shoot, with specific reference to shoots on green field sites.

This is not a course in shoot management, and limits its scope to issues pertaining to safety including risk assessment. In applying the knowledge and skills learnt on the course, the Safety Officer should always determine with the person(s) responsible for the overall shoot management their exact limits of responsibility, accountability and authority.

It comprises six modules followed by a practical assessment and written examination: roles and responsibilities; health and safety; risk assessment; shotguns and cartridges; the law and shotgun shooting; Clay trap safety.

Pre course requirements 

An experienced clay or game shooter with knowledge of a large variety of sporting targets.

Held a shotgun certificate for a minimum of 4 years.

Experience with automatic and manual clay pigeon traps.

Ability to complete complicated forms.

Must be over  21 years old

Course Length

One day


BASC members         £100

Non-BASC members £130


In order to decide if this course is right for you and for details of how to book please contact Jane Hatton in the Training and Education Department at BASC on 01244 573018.

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“The trainer delivered the course in a superb manner which enabled me to learn in a way suitable for myself, extremely impressed”

“I feel much more confident in setting up a safe clay pigeon shoot”

“Excellent in all respects. Huge depth of knowledge, but delivered with a light touch.”

“An informative day which refreshed thinking, reaffirmed knowledge and gave cause for new thoughts in some areas”

“Excellent course and trainer. one of the best training days for several years.”

Cancellation Policy

Should there be insufficient bookings, BASC reserve the right to cancel the course. In the interests of fairness BASC will aim to provide candidates notification of cancellation as soon as possible prior to the advertised start date.

We strongly recommend that fees for any accommodation you book are refundable as BASC will not be responsible for any losses incurred by candidates.

If for any reason you cancel your place on the course then the following scale of charges may apply:-

Charge Non- Members


Reallocation to another course (only available 8 weeks or more before the course start date)



Cancellation more than 8 weeks before the course start date

40% course cost

30% course cost

Cancellation less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before the course start date

75% course cost

60% course cost

Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the course start date

100% course cost

100% course cost


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