HOW TO BECOME A BODYGUARD
WE ARE ABOUT TO SHOW YOU HOW
This webpage will teach you how to become a Bodyguard with tips and advice on training, obtaining work and also techniques used within the industry.
It is never far away from the news headlines that the world is becoming an increasingly more violent and dangerous place. The close protection industry is becoming a rapidly developing area with more and more people taking on Bodyguards for protection for themselves and their families. Clients travelling through politically unstable areas may use up to 300 Bodyguards at a time. With the increase in close protection jobs in response to the need for increased security, subsequent opportunities have arisen to enter this profession. What though makes a candidate stand out from another in terms of personal qualities?
The majority of those taking up the profession of a bodyguard are drawn to the role because of the lure of unpredictability and action. Therefore it is crucial that you can operate in a flexible manner. It is not unusual to be called to an assignment with little or no warning so therefore it is imperative that you have strategies in place in other areas of your life to effectively accommodate this demand.
Due to the variety of people a Bodyguard will be talking to, it essential that communication skills are clear and diplomatic. The Bodyguard will be delegating with household and professional staff members through to mixing with high level executives and diplomats, therefore the ability to converse at different levels and in different ways is paramount.
Physical fitness is a pre-requisite to becoming a successful Bodyguard. It is generally expected that a professionally trained close protection operative would be able to fend off four unarmed attackers. Many Bodyguards therefore have martial art skills.
Having the ability to work as part of a team is another essential quality. Many assignments will see the close protection operative carrying out their role as part of a much wider protection framework. It is crucial then to understand the extent of others roles and how their own role fits into this wider context.
Of course it is also of extreme importance to be able to work in an independent way. Some assignments will demand a significant expectation that the person they have recruited to protect them will have the experience and practical know how to carry through all aspects of the protection process, from planning to implementation quite independently.
Necessary surveillance means of course that observation skills must be finely tuned at all times. A slight misjudgement or lack of concentration regarding observation of the situation could lead to serious consequences.
Client confidentiality is perhaps a less immediate anticipation which initially springs to mind but none the less an essential area. To discuss client life style and practice, again, puts all at immediate risk and breaks an ethical way of practicing which will, very quickly not only cause personal damage, but will also affect the reputation of the Bodyguard. No one wants their personal life discussed without their say so and professionally this would be absolutely inexcusable.
The average professional bodyguard in the UK earns in excess of £50,000 a year!
An understanding of the different roles and key responsibilities of a CPO (Bodyguard)
There are many different roles within the close protection industry and with that comes many different responsibilities. Firstly, roles and responsibilities will be very much determined by the nature of the assignment and the type of client or principal they are protecting. There will be very different operational demands and expectations if, for example the assignment involves protecting a celebrity from papparrazi, where the main objective would be to keep determined photographers at bay, to that of an operation which rests on preventing a client from assassination. So, roles and responsibilities of a CPO will be greatly determined by the potential risk if you want to become a Bodyguard.
A close protection operative will have a given role in any one close protection team. It may be that they are responsible for vehicle protection, accountable for vehicle driving. It could be directly escorting the client on foot, or being part of an ancillary unit that supports background checks on client contacts, provides venue searches or bug detection – the possibilities are far ranging.
This aspect of your training will allow you to familiarise yourself with different roles and different expectations.
The onus will be placed on both individual roles and responsibilities and those of the whole close protection team.
The diversity of this industry will be considered during this area of your training and the different roles explained within the team. Working outside the team independently poses a whole set of different demands and it is crucial that the CPO is aware of this distinction and is familiar with the different techniques and use of equipment to best utilise their role.
Regulations from the SIA – The Security Industry Authority – needs to be adhered to at all times and central to this is that the close protection operative recognises and respects the rationale behind appropriate training and licensing required to meet legal standards of practice.
Continual professional development (CPD) is a further pre-requisite of the Security Industry Authority and this training will offer an insight as to why staying updated in the field is paramount to practicing in order to keep within current legislation and safety.
Notable cases of close protection assignments will be considered here with an opportunity to consider and analyse outcomes, both positive and negative.
This guide has been created in conjunction with current operating bodyguards to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information relating to this astonishing career.
MAIN BODYGUARD CD PRODUCT FEATURES
• Professional information on training to become a bodyguard.
• ‘Hand to hand’ combat information and techniques for you as a bodyguard.
• A Special Forces fitness guide designed to increase your ability to protect.
• Combat and physical protection and what you NEED to know.
The role of a bodyguard, or close protection operative, is highly fascinating and intriguing. However, for people like you who are serious about obtaining such a career the appeal elements are different. You want to take the job seriously, right? You want to genuinely protect your client, yes? If so, then the career of a professionally trained bodyguard is probably for you.
If it is your desire to become a bodyguard then you have come to the right place. The training is tough and the SIA (Security Industry Authority) do not issue licences to just anyone. You will need to work hard, focus on your training and provide evidence that you have what it takes to become an elite member of this community.
Surveillance as a Bodyguard
The ability to use a variety of surveillance techniques is paramount to the role of a CPO. There are a number of techniques which are incorporated into the training to ensure this effectiveness and a range of specialised equipment. Preparing yourself in a number of surveillance practices will ensure that you are able to utilise the market and meet various client demands. The ability to employ reporting, photographic and video recording skills whilst being trained in foot and mobile surveillance will be of enormous benefit.
Whatever the range of surveillance strategies you are engaged in, all aspects demand the most meticulous planning, attention to the most minute detail and exact implementation. It is crucial that the close protection operative is aware at all times of potential threat.
Amongst the different aspects of surveillance is protective surveillance. This is where the threat is actually drawn out and made visible and is used during high level, high risk assignments. Close protection operatives may be placed amongst crowds or indeed engage in blanket photographing clients arrivals and departures on a regular basis in order to cross reference a continuous presence or deploying counter surveillance strategies when gathering intelligence.
Depending on the assignment, the risk assessment and stage of surveillance it will be necessary to employ overt or covert techniques – the choice depends upon the need to be visible or invisible. It is also paramount to beware of the potential issues of moving between these different approaches.
Electronic Surveillance is in common usage within `The Circuit’ and may range from the use of very basic transmitters and receivers through to highly technical vehicle tracking units.
Use of Close Protection Vehicle Techniques
There is much more involved in driving as a CPO then day to day driving. There will be times when it is necessary to operate in extremely hostile conditions and the key objective will be to keep your charge or principal safe. The basic evasive driving techniques will include high speed cornering and short radius turns – the key objective is to avoid further conflict and maintain an environment of safety. If this is not possible however, the close protection operative will refer, in the last instance, to more offensive driving techniques but this use will be in exceptional circumstances only and will be discussed further in your training.
It is unusual that a close protection operative will carry out this role for obvious reasons – namely if the need arises to escort the principle from the vehicle this would leave exposure to further risk. Risk awareness and the skills to manage those risks are implemented alongside evasive and anti- terrorist driving techniques.
As well as defensive driving techniques, it is of the utmost importance to respond to your clients with etiquette and appropriate protocol. Therefore chauffeuring skills are also to be seen as a key element in your training.
In addition to the actual practical driving techniques the CPO will be trained in, they will also need a thorough understanding of the strategies which are forefront in maintaining vehicle security, assessing any associated risk. When considering any journey, plans for alternative arrangements will need to have been put in place, should the need arise, and they will need to demonstrate a regard for the legal implications of using a vehicle for CPO purposes.
This essential 100+ page ‘How To Become A Bodyguard’ CD ROM guide will provide you with important hints and tips on the work of a close protection operative.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED WITHIN THE GUIDE -
THE ROLE OF A BODYGUARD
• The important aspects of the bodyguard’s role.
• The major qualities required in order to ensure success.
• Salary and working conditions/Women as bodyguards.
• Surveillance and vehicle work.
• Protecting your client.
• Training to become a bodyguard.
• Information from real life bodyguards.
• Frequently asked questions about the role.
• Continuous professional development.
COMBAT AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION
• Essential combat techniques.
• Vital body targets.
• Striking principles.
• Important self-defence and protection techniques.
• Physical protection documentation.
• In-depth tips on how to protect your clients.
• Inspections and surveys.
• In-transit security.
• Crisis management plans.
• Personal protection measures.
• Executive protection.
• Vulnerability assessments.
• Personal accounts from serving bodyguards.
• SIA training and requirements.
• Crucial first aid information for protecting clients.
• Wearing body armour effectively.
• Self-protection and risk assessment.
• Tactical tips and surveillance.
PLUS MANY MORE PAGES OF ESSENTIAL INFORMATION…
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FREE BONUS – SPECIAL FORCES FITNESS GUIDE
As you will be well aware, the role of a bodyguard requires a unique level of mental and physical fitness. If you are to perform at the highest level then you will need to be constantly alert and tuned into your surroundings. As part of your package we have supplied you with a FREE ‘How To Get Special Forces fit’ information guide. The exercises and training programmes that are contained within this guide are totally different to the ‘run of the mill’ exercise programmes. The guide itself will allow you to pick and choose those exercises that are suitable to your needs. Topics and info contained within your FREE guide include:
- The importance of structured exercise.
- Warming up and cooling down exercises.
- Basic essential exercises and routines.
- Running programmes.
- Swimming technique.
- Combined exercise training programmes.
Please note – the ‘How to get Special Forces fit’ information guide is contained within the ‘How To Become A BodyGuard’ CD Rom.
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