OTOA Basic SWAT School

Principle Based Decision Making


Students will be introduced to basic SWAT topics, tactics and techniques including a historical overview of SWAT, team organization and structure, resolution of barricaded suspect situations, individual and team movement, searches and room clearing, less-lethal options, warrant service and multiple field training exercises. 

This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field.


Basic SWAT School Equipment List

The following is a detailed list of what the OTOA recommends each student bring to the 5-day Basic SWAT training

List of equipment - MANDATORY

 Body Armor is MANDATORY for this class. Any of the following three options are acceptable:

  1. Level III “Tactical” body armor 
  2. Plate carrier and Level II or Level III soft body armor
  3. If you DO NOT have "Tactical Body Armor", Concealable Level II or Level III is acceptable 

Ballistic helmet (if issued)

Primary Weapon System (long gun) AR-15 variant or sub gun
(4) 30-round magazines is optimal, (3) 30-round magazines at a minimum is required
All rifles and sub guns are required to have slings mounted
All rifles and sub guns are required to be zeroed BEFORE day one of SWAT week
 Weapon mounted light mandatory. Bring extra batteries.

Secondary Weapon System (pistol)
(3) pistol magazines minimum
 Weapon mounted light recommended.

500 rounds For EACH weapon system

OTOA RED TEAM training cadre are all certified Scenario and Safety Certification Training Course graduates.

Students are encouraged to bring agency owned weapon conversation kits and marking cartridges.

Simunition © FX .556mm marking cartridges are not permitted in any OTOA training. All other Simunition © branded marking cartridges in 9mm and .38 caliber are permitted.

Force on Force conversion kits and marking cartridges for AR platform rifles (5.56/.223 ONLY) will be provided to each student in the course that does not have agency owned force on force conversion kits and marking cartridges.  

The OTOA uses Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) bolt and Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) marking cartridges.  


ANY / ALL EQUIPMENT for a “call out” or SWAT / SRT activation

  • Tactical team or training uniform – mandatory
  • Gloves – we recommend gloves compatible with weapons manipulation 
  • Clear eye protection – mandatory on range day
  • Hearing protection – mandatory on range day
  • Ball cap – mandatory on range day
  • Pen and notebook – mandatory for day one (Monday) and day four (Thursday)
  • Water and food – mandatory (Monday is the ONLY day there is a scheduled lunch. Every other day is “on the fly”)
  • Gas Mask & Filter – Highly recommended. Borrow one from a teammate
  • Bug spray and sunblock - recommended
  • Inclement weather gear for both cold and wet weather - recommended
  • Simunition © / Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) /Force on Force protective gear – recommended

Optional Equipment

  • Breaching Equipment - Rams, pry tools, etc
  • Ballistic Shields
  • Mirrors


If you are allergic to bees, outdoor plants or animals, please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication.

Life threatening allergies and pre-existing injuries or conditions must be reported to the OTOA training staff on day-one of training.

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