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Introduction Level - 4 days | Prices from £500.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

This course will cover the core skills required for biathlon. You will learn rifle safety and the skills required to shoot a .22 bore rifle at 50m targets in the prone and stand positions. You will also be introduced to rollerskiing which is used as the summer alternative to cross country skiing on snow.

Additionally there will be opportunities on this course to learn fitness techniques and skills specific to biathlon.

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Dates & Prices

27/09/18
Cost (with accommodation): £600.00
Cost (no accommodation): £500.00
 

Is It For Me?

This course will cover the core skills required for biathlon.  It is aimed at individuals who have no or little previous shooting experience.  You will learn rifle safety and the skills required to shoot a .22 bore rifle at 50m targets in the prone and stand positions.  You will be introduced to rollerskiing which is used as the summer alternative to cross country skiing on snow.

To get the most out of these four days we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness.

Prior to your course, please complete the attached questionnaire summarising your previous experience and detailing equipment requirements, returning to Glenmore Lodge at least 1 week before course start date.

Course Aims

Learn and develop shooting skills, and be introduced to rollerskiing, as required for the sport of biathlon.

Course Content

This course shall include Rifle Safety and Set up, positioning and shooting skills, Introduction to Rollerskiing with some fun shooting competitions.

Safety & Course Acceptance

Rifle handling and shooting is a serious business.  Glenmore Lodge reserve the right to decline attendance on this course should they become aware of, or have prior knowledge of, an individual’s unsuitability for this course.

Instructor

Your course instructor will be Mike Dixon, MBE, BEM.  Mike competed in 6 Winter Olympics for Great Britain, one in cross country and five in biathlon, between 1984 and 2002.  Mike reigned as Britain’s top biathlete from 1987 to 2002.  At the Albertville Olympics in 1992 Mike was the first Olympian to ever shoot a perfect score in the Olympic 20km race.

Mike is a dynamic and inspirational instructor who has been coaching rollerskiing, cross country skiing and biathlon for the last twenty years.  He is a Senior Tutor in Cross Country Skiing and Rollerskiing for Snowsport England.  In 2004 he started the first biathlon development club for children.

For the last ten years Mike has been commentating for Eurosport’s Winter Season in Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined and occasionally Ski Jumping

What Will I Need?

Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Running wear and shoes
  • Midge repellent / Midge Net
  • Sun screen
  • Plenty of warm clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Thin gloves for shooting/thick gloves for rollerskiing
  • Long sleeve top to simulate ski suit
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Rifles, ammunition and shooting equipment supplied.

All rollerskiing equipment, boots and poles supplied, but if you have your own, you are welcome to bring them.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Day Sacs

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

General level of fitness for 4 days activity.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews Read all reviews

Great course, great instructor, great accommodation, great location. This was a repeat visit for us and we'll definitely be back again.
David Maddock Reviewed on 22/06/2016
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This is the third biathlon course that we have done at Glenmore Lodge & it was up to the usual high standard.. It's also good to measure our progress in improved shooting scores & better roller ski-ing.
Claire Attridge & Darren Clark Reviewed on 05/06/2016
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We (David & Katie Maddock) had a fantastic time on this course. Although we had primarily booked to improve our rollerskiing, we got hooked on the shooting also. Mike Dixon, our instructor, was excellent providing just the right amount of advice and encouragement and also a degree of autonomy that was great. We certainly progressed much further and faster than we could have imagined before we started.

The Lodge itself is great; all the facilities you would need, clean, tidy and welcoming. The food was excellent and the access to tea and coffee whenever required was a godsend.

We will definitely return for another course.
David Maddock Reviewed on 08/06/2015
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Another excellent biathlon course at Glenmore Lodge. Just wish we could come up there more often !
Claire Attridge Reviewed on 12/05/2015
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Everything perfect, as usual!
Sheila Tucker Reviewed on 12/05/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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