Thank you for the question. I would like to respond in my role as a coach and instructor, the first female instructor in Canada.
To get into the sport of IPSC is not very simple. It can take six to eight months. You need a Canadian firearm safety course. You need a Canadian restricted firearms safety course. You need a restricted possession and acquisition licence, an RPAL, and those holders in Canada, who number hundreds of thousands, are monitored 24-7.
You need membership with a shooting range or a club. You need to take the club-level safety training or their new member course. You need insurance coverage. That's a federal requirement. It is mandatory. Then you proceed to take your black badge course, but as a coach, I will not have you come into this sport if attitude is an issue, regardless of your age. Your age doesn't matter. You could be a junior, a senior or a super-senior. If you have an attitude, we ask you to leave, to exit.
You have to have basic minimum skills and basic minimum equipment, the right attitude and the willingness to learn and train. As coaches and instructors, we will put you through several drills, an intensive course of two days or more to ensure that you first of all meet safety standards and then, secondly, that you are ready to compete in our sport. By the way, an elongated paper and steel stop sign is out target, which sometimes I equate to looking like a snow cone. Those are what we engage with as athletes in our sport, and as a coach and an instructor, I ensure that people are ready to come into this sport.
It is a long process. It is not something that comes tout de suite. You don't get in because you decide that you want to get into this sport. No. There are lots of hoops and steps that you must follow.