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Certified Security Driving – A Student’s Review

 

By Einar Myklebust

While recently attending the ICON Executive Protection Academy I found that one of the skills they stressed over and over as vital to an individual working in the protection business was to have knowledge of motor vehicles and how they work.  I mean as protectors working with clients, we spend a lot of time in and around cars.  When asked for their recommendation, one company name kept popping up.  Tony Scotti and his Vehicle Dynamic’s Institute.  With that in mind, I did some additional research and made the decision to attend as to add “more tools in the toolbox”.  Fast forward to me on the road to southern New Jersey to attend Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute (TSVDI) for their Protective Driving Course.

When I arrived at the track at 11:30 PM the night before the class began, I was met at the gate by the Director of the TSVDI Program, Joe Autera, who was there to greet me, make sure I got in ok, give directions to the lodging, and additional information on how to find the part of the track where lessons were going to be conducted.

Day One

Started with a few hours in the classroom, where we learned a wealth of information about cars and their handling properties. One topic was G-force and the importance of calculating it for each specific car.  Another topic covered during the day was the importance of, often overlooked, tire pressure and preventative car maintenance in general.  Along these lines, there were many other details about cars that I had previously known nothing about, but which turns out to be paramount to vehicle dynamics.

Then we were told we were going to be evaluated on where we were as drivers, skill-wise, so we could chart our progression as we continued through the course.  A weather related note: as we walked outside to start our driving — It was raining hard and the wind was blasting. We had standing water in many parts of the training track.  In my mind I thought, “Well this can’t be conducive to high performance driving”. Boy was I wrong.  Thinking back, I am glad it was raining that hard as it afforded me the opportunity to learn a lot about car handling in adverse weather and see what a car is capable of in a controlled environment.

Day Two

Started at 8am with a short briefing on the day’s exercises, followed by a full day of driving. When Joe tells you “we teach to a standard, not a clock”, it’s not just words.  TSVDI actually does it. We got back to our rooms around 9:30 PM that day. They ran the attendees through our paces, over and over, until we got it right. And if anyone wanted a few extra runs for good measure, all you had to do was ask and it was done. We performed J-turns, backing up drills around cones, into garages, slalom, braking drills, straight in turns at high speed.  You name it we did it.

Day Three

Another early morning with the students finishing up a few drills, then back into the class room for a briefing on lessons learned from security driving to car jacking’s stories.  We then entered the testing phase, appropriately named Carjackistan.  A timed event encompassing runs on the track of the drills we had worked on over the 3 days of class, with unknown obstacles and a few surprises tossed in.

No review of any school or program can be accurately complete without also mentioning the instructors. TSVDI’s instructors are top notch. From their lead instructor (Janine Paul) on down the ranks, I have nothing but good things to say about their enthusiasm, skill, and attitude. I would highly recommend this school to anyone seeking to add security driver to their resume and I am confident that I came out of the program a much better driver than when I went in.  As Mark “6” James of Panther Protective Services so aptly put it in one of his remarks on the program, “You can find different, but you can’t find better.”  I agree with every word.

Einar Myklebust, ICON Alumni.

With Tony Scotti, Founder of Tony Scotti's Vehicle Dynamics Institute
With Tony Scotti, Founder of Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute

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Be a better Security Driver with Tony Scotti

I always say “if you want to be the best, learn from the best.”   With that said, if you want to learn more about security driving, I can’t think of a better instructor than Tony Scotti and his organization.  Here are some of the upcoming courses he has on the horizon:

The Security Driver Seminar:  A guide to providing same & effective Executive Protection Driving

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 1, 2010

A 2 day seminar custom tailored to further enhance the capability of security practitioners – from entry-level to experienced professionals – to meet the challenges associated with one of the most critical aspects of executive protection – planning, managing and providing safe and secure ground transportation.

Through a series of intensive and informative discussions, participants will gain valuable insight into industry recognized best practices and proactive strategies that have been proven effective for detecting, deterring and responding to the full range of likely risks and potential threats which may be encountered while getting the principal from Point A to Point B…and beyond.

Key Topics to be Discussed Include: The Role of the Security Driver and How it has Evolved The Three Critical Factors of Secure Executive Transportation Fulfilling Security Needs While Meeting Expectations Legal Questions and Considerations Protective Intelligence; the Foundation for Success Surveillance Detection and Why it’s So Important Integrating Security Driving into the Broader EP Function

This is a rare opportunity for the practitioner to gain valuable insights from some of the most recognized experts in this highly specialized field today

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Security Driver & The Business of Protection

OCTOBER 22nd & 23rd, 2010

Industry Expert Tony Scotti will be conducting  2 executive protection seminars in the Boston Massachusetts area on October 22nd and the 23rd.  Day one will focus on Security Driving, while day 2 will concentrate on the skills needed to succeed in  the executive protection industry.

Click on links below for additional information.

Security Driver Seminar
This one day classroom program, developed and instructed by Tony Scotti, based on his 38 years of experience conducting training programs and vehicle operations in all types of environments.
http://www.securitydriver.com/training/advanced_security_driver_seminar.html

A Seminar on the “Business of Protection”

The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential – Calvin Coolidge
You can spend more time on training that increase’s your potential, or you could spend your time on training that releases your potential. Unless you can get your potential to the market place, all it is -is potential.http://www.securitydriver.com/training/business_of_protection_seminar.html