The very first class I taught (about 8 or 10 years ago ... seems like longer) I had no NO experience in teaching a class but I had a decade or two of competition experience, so I thought I knew everything I needed to know to teach people how to shoot in USPSA competition.
I didn't know how little I knew, and neither did my home club (Albany Rifle and Pistol Club in Oregon). So when I was approached by the club president to teach this class, I had no idea how little forethought had gone into the proposition by the club president. He wanted to encourage people to participate in club matches (a money maker for the club) and thought it was a fine idea to find a willing
I was the Willing Sap.
I had full control over the class; nobody else was willing to touch it.
The people who signed up for the class (there were 13 of them) were typically people who were not ... through no fault of their own ...competent to shoot a pistol in any venue, let along in competition. I had no help, no assistant, and I accepted anyone who showed up at the date and time and place designated.
Some of the people not only didn't know that they had to keep their pistol on 'safe" from time to time, they didn't even know that their pistol had a "safety catch"!
And it got worse from there; fortunately, nobody actually fired their pistol until they thought they were on target. Other than that, it was like herding cats.
Some didn't know that part of IPSC-style competition involved reloading their pistol. Others didn't know when, how or why to reload. Of the 13 students, at least a few didn't know that when their pistol stopped working ... they didn't need to have permission from their instructor (me) to reload.
Some only had one or two magazines; there was no agreement among them about how many rounds they should load into their magazines. Most expected the Range Officer (me) to tell them what to do next, why, or how.
(I take back that comment about "herding cats"; Cats at least know how to yowl and run away. There were times when I wished I was as wise as a cat; I stuck around, and tried to learn faster than my students.)
Since then, the club has initiated a number of 'supportive' classes, not the least of which have been "introduction to pistol shooting" where the students are taught all of the controls on their pistols, when why and how to use them, and what those 'controls' do.
I am very grateful that my club has been willing to learn as fast as they can. The folks who pay for instruction on such courses as "Introduction to Pistol Shooting" get their money's worth.
More important, when they show up at my "Introduction to USPSA" class, they have been taught the rudiments.
Unfortunately, that class has often been scheduled immediately before the "Introduction to USPSA" class, which I teach. People who take two classes "back-to-back" are sometimes overwhelmed by the instruction,
It may be a better plan to allow "new shooters" at least a week to assimilate the instructions that they have already been taught, before they are advanced to more complicated competitive techniques such as those which I teach.
ARPC might take notice of this, and consider rescheduling classes. But I doubt it will happen.