VATA Training Schedule

Course dates below are open to the public unless otherwise noted

All course fees must be paid in full at least three days prior to class dates. A 50% deposit will be required at the time of registration (you will be prompted to submit this deposit via PayPal after completing your registration form) to hold a student's spot and the remaining balance will be due three days prior to the class. Students are welcome to pay their entire course fee at the time of registration if they would prefer to not make two separate payments. If you need to make a second payment, you can do so via the Paypal link below the list of course dates on this page.

If you are registering for Intro and Level I in the same weekend, no need to fill out two separate registration forms. Please just make a note on your form that you are signing up for both dates and choose the appropriate deposit amount for both days from the drop down menu when you reach the payment page.

We offer multiple discounts, including a military and law enforcement discount. You can find more details on discounts at the bottom of this page.

Deposits and payments are only refundable in the event that VATA cancels or postpones a course for any reason other than inclement weather. In the event of a non-weather-related cancelation, refunds will be issued minus a 5% service charge, or a student can choose to keep their full deposit/payment amount on file as a credit to be put toward a future VATA course within 18 months. If a student needs to withdraw their registration from a course, they must do so at least one week prior to the scheduled course date. If a cancellation is received at least one week prior to the course, the student's deposit/payment can be held on file as a credit that can be put toward any future VATA course within 18 months. If a cancellation is received less than one week prior to the course date, the student's deposit/payment is non-refundable and cannot be held on file as a credit. If a course must be postponed or canceled due to inclement weather, all registered students' deposits/payments will be held on file as a credit to be put toward a future VATA course within 18 months of the original training date. We will also no longer be accepting credit card payments for merchandise sales on course dates. All merchandise sales will be cash or check only.

If you have any questions regarding deposits and payments, please contact us.



Intro to Force on Force Pistol

June 10-11, 2017
Price: $550 (no ammunition required)   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Engage in realistic shooting scenarios against real life aggressors to test your skills using Simunition FX marking cartridges to see what it’s really like to be in a gunfight.

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Low Light Pistol

June 24, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level I

Focus strictly on shooting in a low- to no-light environment and cover choice of sights, handheld versus weapon-mounted white light selection, and the proper techniques on how to use them. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Low Light Pistol and Low Light Carbine in the same weekend.

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Intro to Tactical Shotgun

June 25, 2016
Price: $200   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Progress from basic handling and marksmanship skills to advanced shooting drills focusing on techniques used in an urban environment.

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Intro to Tactical Carbine

July 8, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Develop understanding and proficiency with a tactical carbine, progressing from basic handling and marksmanship skills to advanced shooting drills. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Tactical Carbine Level I

July 9, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Intro to Tactical Carbine

Advance your skills to reduce reaction time and shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy and increase your confidence with your carbine. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Intro to Tactical Pistol

July 29, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Develop the foundation of combative shooting skills needed in a tactical setting by exercising these skills in a variety of shooting situations. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Tactical Pistol Level I

July 30, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Intro to Tactical Pistol

Advance to skills that will reduce your reaction time, allow you to shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy, and increase your confidence with your handgun. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Pistol Tuneup

August 19, 2017 (Morning)
Price: $100   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level I

Four hours of DRILLS! No excuses. Get out on the range for a quickie practice!

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Carbine Tuneup

August 19, 2017 (Afternoon)
Price: $100   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level I

Four hours of DRILLS! No excuses. Get out on the range for a quickie practice!

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Intro to Tactical Combatives

August 20, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Take a real world look at street defense, focusing on the methods of violent attacks and how to protect, attack, and escape through practical exercises where you will physically strike and grapple with instructors and classmates.

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Tactical Carbine Level II

September 9-10, 2017
Price: $400   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Carbine Level I

Refine your skills by diving into advanced shooting drills in realistic shooting situations utilizing unconventional platforms and close quarters and contact shooting.

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Tactical Pistol Level II

September 23-24, 2017
Price: $400   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level I

Dive into advanced shooting drills simulating realistic situations, utilizing unconventional platforms and close quarters and contact shooting.

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Practical to Tactical with Max Michel

October 6–8, 2017
Price: $800   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: VATA Tactical Pistol Level I AND Tactical Carbine Level I (or equivalent)

VATA teams up with world champion speed shooter Max Michel for three action packed days of pistol and carbine. Students will be given instruction on the fundamentals of speed shooting, advanced firing positions, transitions, movements, shooting on the move and much more. Course will be limited to 12 students.

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Intro to Tactical Pistol

October 21, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Develop the foundation of combative shooting skills needed in a tactical setting by exercising these skills in a variety of shooting situations. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Tactical Pistol Level I

October 22, 2017
Price: $200*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Intro to Tactical Pistol

Advance to skills that will reduce your reaction time, allow you to shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy, and increase your confidence with your handgun. *Discounted rate of $375 if you attend both Intro and Level I in the same weekend.

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Vehicle CQB

November 4-5, 2017
Price: $500*   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level II

Learn tactics for fighting around and inside a vehicle and the realities of what vehicles can and can not provide you in a gunfight, plus engage in Simunition scenarios on day two!

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PRIVATE Women's Defensive Pistol

November 11, 2017
Price: $200   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

This date is not open to the public. If you would like to schedule a private group class, please email casey@vatatrainingcenter.com
Ladies only! Starts with safety and the basics, then slowly builds the new shooter’s confidence in manipulating and firing your weapon.

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Advanced Concealed Carry

November 18-19, 2017
Price: $400   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level II

Learn to work around a concealment garment through advanced drills, blind shooting situations, and a low-light shoot.

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Intro to Force on Force Pistol

December 2-3, 2017
Price: $550 (no ammunition required)   |   Location: Slidell, LA   |    Prerequisite: None

Engage in realistic shooting scenarios against real life aggressors to test your skills using Simunition FX marking cartridges to see what it’s really like to be in a gunfight.

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We always send out a course announcement email when we post new course dates. If you would like to be added to our email list, let us know by emailing casey@vatatrainingcenter.com


Course Payments

Due to the nature of their work, it is a possibility with any given course date that Owner/Operators Destin and Greg may not be able to be present. They have assembled a team of highly experienced adjunct instructors that have proven themselves in combat and are subject matter experts who can take the helm of any courses in Destin and Greg's absence.



Available Discounts

Weekend:
Discounted rate of $375 if you sign up for both one-day classes in a single weekend. (This does not apply to two-day classes)

Referral:
For each new student who signs up for a course and lists your name in the "how did you hear about us" section of their registration form, you will receive a 20% discount, which can be applied to a single day of training (so if you're applying the discount to a 2-day class, it will be applied to half of the course fee). You can rack up as many of these as you can and they can be combined with LEO/Military discounts.

Military/LEO:
20% off for active law enforcement and military personnel (can not be combined with the two-day discount or the repeat customer discount, can be combined with the referral discount). To receive this discount, student must email us proof of current LE/Mil employment.

Repeat:
Students who sign up for a course they have already taken will receive $25 off a single day course and $50 off a two-day course.