After spending numerous hours researching for a group designed exclusively for women, shooting, and defense, I found none. Shooting Divas of DMV was born from my desire to create a group solely for women who wanted to learn how to shoot, and stop feeling intimidated when acquiring this type of training that is generally taught and mostly attended by men. The concept of this group is designed to take female instructors and teach other women.
Perhaps you are ready to strangle your partner or a friend who has lost patience with you when trying to show you the essentials in shooting. But then again, you might be looking for a group of women to just go shooting with. The Shooting Divas of DMV is a group designed to offer support to women who are interested in learning how to improve their shooting skills, learn alternative self-defense skills, and socialize with women who have the same interests. Experience level is never an issue.
As a woman, I understand how it feels to be initially treated with "kit gloves" and as if I should be ignorant when it comes to shooting or self-defense because I am a woman. For many years I served in federal law enforcement consisting of the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Air Marshal Service, and U.S. Customs. Aside from my law enforcement career, I have also served as a bodyguard to the Saudi Royal Family. Throughout my career, I have assisted many women who have struggled with shooting or wanted to improve. As a certified NRA Firearms Instructor, I have taught over hundreds for the concealed permit and Basic Pistol or First Steps.
My professional experience has taught me that women need to be able to learn how to physically defend ourselves and improve our situational awareness skills that arm us against the violent acts that primarily target women. Shooting Divas offers additional programs focusing on these areas and works with local law enforcement, organizations, and guest speakers to make sure that our members receive up to date information impacting our safety.
We appreciate each woman for the talents and the myriad of experience that each brings to the group. You are welcome regardless of color, age, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, career, and background. In other words, we will accept you as a member because each woman has a talent and wisdom to offer.
Shooting Divas offers meetings that circulate throughout the DC metropolitan area. Aside from shooting and self-defense meetings, we encourage and welcome all ideas such as fun events open to all women.
If you are a male or someone outside of the group that wishes to have a Basic Pistol handgun class or private lessons, please feel free to contact me at 571-723-3560. I also provide NRA handgun instruction to the public. Meanwhile, this is a group exclusively for women taught by women!
We hope that you will join us! Please feel free to check out recent articles regarding The Shooting Divas of DMV in the Washington Post or London Times.