Everybody in the pool!

One way to increase officer safety and enhance firearms proficiency is to have your trainees perform certain firearms drills in a swimming pool.

"There is no better exercise for building speed than to practice against resistance," according to Chris Ghannam, president of Sark Securities, an independent advanced-training organization based in Tampa, Fla.  "Providing controlled resistance around an extended arm is difficult in most training environments but if you’re...underwater you have consistent 360-degree resistance around your gun arm. This builds muscle strength, and when you’re shooting on land without the resistance, your movement will be much faster," Ghannam tells PoliceOne.

Drawing incorrectly underwater will feel like you are dragging a paddle through the water.  "If you’re punching out correctly, from the center of your body rather than in a sloppy arc, it’s more like a blade piercing through the water. This allows you to self-correct and consciously develop perfect practice," Ghannam says.

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