Do you think you have what it takes to become a bodyguard? You do? Are you sure about that, ’cause it’s not easy.
A career as a professional bodyguard is far from an easy career but it is a highly rewarding career that can see you travel the world, all expenses paid, all year round. If you have made the choice of becoming a bodyguard, or you are thinking about it, the first thing you will need to do is some bodyguard training and then you’ll have to research bodyguard courses. Of course, all the bodyguard courses include bodyguard training, but having training in a combative or contact sport is highly beneficial.
In terms of bodyguard courses, one search on Google will yield over a quarter of a million results. That’s a lot of courses. So you have to narrow it down, look for the ‘about us’ section and check what operational experience these guys have, see who your instructors will be, check that they have adequate insurance and check for testimonials from people bodyguard and driver already trained. If you can’t find any of these four things, forget it; move on to the next one. If this is going to be your career you can’t take any risks, starting now.
There are many different kinds of courses for bodyguards because modern bodyguard are not just a big lump of muscle. We have to be proficient in surveillance – including filming and editing, we should have multiple driving licenses, particularly handy is a Tank license (but a motorcycle license will do). Some bodyguards choose to specialise in Private Investigation and close protection – an interesting multi-disciplined application of our profession. The ‘standard’ Bodyguard Course is Close Protection Training and no matter what course you do or what discipline you choose to specialise in, you will need first aid training. This game is all about certificates – the more training you do, the better the jobs you get, the better jobs you get, the better your bank balance. In this world, how far you go is up to you.
Conclusion There are thousands of out there and your job is to choose one. Remember the 4 question to ask – Do they have operational experience? Who are your instructors? Is there testimonials? Do they have adequate insurance? If they have that: what are you waiting for?
Brian Tough challenges you to train with the best to become the best in close protection, surveillance training, SIA and bodyguard training with Argus Europe.