I have launched a new website http://www.dsctraining.org which is designed to help people who cannot (or do not want to) attend a three day course to get their DSC Level1. I thought I would explain here how it came about.
Last year, a friend and I were in exactly that position. We couldn't afford the time to go on a three day course and because we have been stalking and shooting for some years now, including witrh target shotting clubs, we didn't feel it necessary to spend time again going through the basics of shooting and safety.
There are many different ways to learn. I find it easier to be given questions and answers to learn rather than read everything in a book. I design websites and presentations so looked at some of the interactive DVD's which are on the market. I'm not going to decry these products because they do a good job, but I thought I could do it differently. I developed a presentation which we used to learn the theory, then took our test on a single day at http://www.doningtondeermanagement.co.uk/ with Dave Stretton and Mark - great guys and a great service!
I am pleased to say that I only dropped 1 question in the whole of the test (my mate dropped 4 ).
After that I began building the website and it has been used by friends who have also gone on to pass their tests - so we think it works well.
As I have said, I am not going to decry other products but a word of warning, particularly to those who pass copies of things around. The DMQ who manage the DSC frequently update their questions, and it's these updated questions which you will face in your DSC test. So, if you have blagged a copy of a training manual, or maybe a copy of the Jelen or BASC DVD's, you may be doing yourself a dis-favour. Apart from the fact that piracy is illegal, it may be that you haven't got their latest most up to date version, so you could get to the test and find that you haven't seen some of the questions.
The good thing about the website is that we don't have that problem. As soon as we become aware that there has been a change, we update our question bank to suit.
Another word of caution here. If you are not experienced in shooting or stalking, you cannot learn enough from these types of services in themselves to pass the test. You really should get some practical tuition about the safe handling of rifles, and how to shoot safely.
So, if you are thinking about doing your DSC level 1, have a look at the website http://www.dsctraining.org and other training services to find the one which suits you best, swot!, then take your test .... Good Luck!