Bill Tidwell and his wife Cathy have been teaching firearms safety and marksmanship in the Bay Area for over 35 years.
They are both Certified National Rifle Association Instructors for Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Home Firearms Safety and Refuse To Be A Victim. Bill is also certified in Reloading, Muzzleloading (Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun) and as a Hunter Clinic Instructor for Wild Turkey, Western Big Game and Whitetail Deer.
Serving in the U S Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970, Bill maintained expert ratings for military rifles throughout his enlistment and in recent years has earned Distinguished Expert ratings in Handgun, Light Rifle and Defensive Pistol I & II in the Marksmanship Qualification Program of the National Rifle Association.
From 1983 to 1992 Mr. Tidwell and his wife Cathy served as instructors for the San Leandro Junior Optimist Marksmanship Club.
As NRA Training Counselors, Bill and Cathy conduct the courses necessary for experienced shooters to become Certified NRA Instructors, Range Safety Officers and Chief Range Safety Officers.
Bill and Cathy are also Certified California Firearms Safety Certificate Instructors. In 1995 Bill was named one of the first Master Hunter Education Instructors in the State of California and charged with the responsibility of helping new instructors to become proficient in teaching techniques and procedures. In November 1998, Bill Tidwell was recognized as the first Hunter Education Instructor of the Year for the State of California in a ceremony held at the State Department of Fish and Game meeting held in Yosemite National Park.
Bill and Cathy have taught over 18,000 people how to shoot safely and look forward to teaching many more!