i am looking into doing the DSC 1 course in N.ireland
SACS are running a 2 day course soon for £150, but this does not award the DSC 1, it only gives a certificate to apply for a "deer caliber rifle" - this does not interest me, as i want the DSC 1 qualification
BASC and BDS run the DSC 1 course at a price of around £300 ! however it is a 4 day course ! which would mean finding accomodation close to the course location, so say an additional £100 for 3 nights accomodation, and then food etc after that, makes it £400+ which in my book is an expensive certificate (which,as yet, is not a compulsary qualification to hold)
So why does it take 4 days to run the DSC 1 course in N.Ireland, when other shooting establishments in Scotland can run it over 2 days, for less money ??
as much as i would like to have the qualification, i just cant justify it, as we can go to Scotland for the weekend and stalk deer (and bring home the carcass) for around half the price to do the course
there are 3 of us, possibly 4 who are wanting to do the course. I have read on the BASC web site that it is possible to arrange to have your own assessment day, 6 stalkers being the ideal number, however no training is given, so you need to know your stuff before hand. Anyone interested in this and want to make up the numbers, give me a shout and i will make more enquiries, i have no idea on how much this would cost. but as its only 1 day, should be no where near £300, i hope.
any advice or guidance appreciated