South Africa's #1 Tactical Self Defence Training Program For Women

Come For The Training, Stay For The Family

Be Your Own First Responder!

Only 1 Saturday Per Month Will Change Your Life



No Need To Have Your Own Firearm, You Can Use Ours

you only pay for ammunition

DISCLAIMER : This is NOT a job offer, nor does this course count towards getting you a job as a PSD anywhere in the world. This is a fresh approach to training in South Africa – for anyone who wants more from training and improving themselves. Please do NOT send cv’s. We will just bin them.

South Africa, 2023. One of the most violent countries in the world.

Every day men and women are being attacked in their homes and communities at an increasingly alarming rate.

We live in a violent time and you need to know how to protect yourself, your loved ones, your property and your community.

Defending yourself and your family from violent attacks is critical.

Civil unrest is a long-standing reality in South Africa and economic and political turmoil will lead to higher levels of anarchy and crime.

And it will only get worse.

You need to be able to defend yourself, your family and your property if you want to keep living in SA.


In general, the person who has the means, access and opportunity to commit a crime will. In South Africa it does not just stop at house robbery, our recent history shows that mob rule and the level of violence that accompanies it is out of controlYou are on your own…

How can you protect yourself and your family in this dangerous environment?

To stay alive against this requires more than just training, more than just mindset, more than only kit. It requires something more – it requires Operators.

Be Your Own First Responder!

The Police may not respond at all and your armed reaction company may be minutes too late in a situation that can go deadly in seconds.

Course Director Leo Prinsloo

Introducing Lone Operator

A course that runs over 12 months will empower you to become the “Sheepdog” that can look after himself, his loved ones and his community in an emergency and life-threatening situation.

Developed by ex-SAPS Task Force Members for civilian applications, the Lone Operator program is designed to take you on a 12-month journey (just one Saturday per month), exposing you to top-quality instructors, teaching you to become self-reliant and preparing to protect yourself, your family and your community from violent attacks and disasters.

It is the ONLY training of its kind in SA.

In the end, you earn the coveted Lone Operator badge.

Over 650+ Lone Operators Trained So Far


Watch – What Our Lone Operators Say

“Thank you Lone Operator , because of your training and tactics I was able to adequate defend my family and stopped a potential home invasion. While staying safe and keeping calm because the mind was prepared for the shit that comes. No shots fired and they got away but my family is safe. It is scary when your wife calls you and says there is someone busy at our back door and she is home alone with our youngest daughter.
Thanks Deon, Leo and the team.”

Become Part Of Our Unique Family When You Join Lone Operator

Baie dankie vir n ongelooflike leersame oggend. Die instrukteurs het soveel geduld met ons klomp gehad. Baie van ons vrese is nou besweer. Dankie Deon en Morne


Wes Vrystaat

Thank you for hosting an awesome camp. Great balance between knowledge transferred, tasks given and fun throughout. Defenitely opening new perspectives and loads to think about. Looking forward to level 2 survival course!



The Lone Operator program really through the different instructors all imparting their experience and understanding, really provides collective wisdom to us who learning. The willingness to impart their knowledge is really what makes this program so valuable.

Patrick Damon


The Lone Operator program is more than just a monthly get together and training session, it puts like-minded people in the same room, it breeds friendships and camaraderie that you take home with you. It creates a sense of purpose, puts your mind and intentions back in the right direction. The fact that the instructors and courses are top tier only adds to the overall experience. Fortis have done a fantastic thing here, they have managed to put power and ability back into the average South African household.

Bernard Troskie


Yesterday was amazing, and thank you so much to everyone who never stopped to convince me to face my greatest fear !!! I have absolutely no words to convey my gratitude. Leo - a special thank you, you are an exceptional person. I personally think if you ever get tired, everyone else will be dead. Fortis Team - you have a good thing going with great instructors. May you all be blessed with great success.



The Lone Operator course is probably the single most beneficial thing I could have chosen to do, to improve not only my shooting skill but gain a complete new set of mental tools at my disposal, to use when absolute force is required. The Instructors are ALL top class! As an extra bonus, once you are part of the Lone Operator family, you cannot help but stay

Mia-Daniel Bester


Dear Nelis & Riaan, I woke up early on Saturday morning with mixed feelings whether I should attend the course on Saturday as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and if this is really for me. I have always felt intimidated by any violence, guns, knives and crime, even in the movies. What an eye opener and being pulled out of my comfort zone attending the Knife & Pepper Spray Defence Course presented by Fortis! Being a woman on my own most of the times, it has taught me to be more aware of my surroundings at all times. The course has taught me techniques which I knew nothing of and enabling me to defend myself in any unexpected situations that might occur. I would highly recommend this course to all my friends (guys & girls), my family and any members of the public to attend such a course, even if it’s only once. Thank you for your patience, motivation and the way you have dealt with each and every person on different levels and personalities on Saturday. I look forward to the next courses offered by Fortis Pro Active Defence Solutions group.



I was a first time shooter. Deon made me feel comfortable with the weapon in my hand. Excellent instructors



I attended a training course on 28 May 2016. Wow! What an experience! Dedicated instructors, committed to transferring knowledge!



Uitstekende diens. Hierdie manne weet waarvan hulle praat en is meer as bereid om te help en raad te gee.



I have been on LO for 2 years. It has at times been hard and at times my personal timings have been tricky to Navi around the course dates. But NEVER have I stopped learning. And the fees are half the price of a standalone course that never gets built on. Hey his course is not tons of ammo down rand he in the hope that massive repetition will make me better. It’s low round four QUALITY instruction from the he very best South Africa has to offer in trainers.

Craigh Ramsden


I really dont know what to say other than what has already been said. Well done to everyone for sticking it out to the end! It has been a priveledge to train and learn from fellow course members and instructors. Thanks for putting up with a guy that is a bit slow some times. Fortis you really do have a good thing going here. I look forward to seeing you on the range for some qualified Lone Operator action soon! Rest well and look after yourselves.



Lone Operator The True Heroes

Malinda is an exceptional inspiration in the LO family. This lady has not once shied away from any exercise or drill we threw at her. No complaints, only putting her head down and soldiering on with it. She has been with us for 2 years now, has completed 2 SEREs and 3 benchmark sessions, and still she is pushing forward.
Malinda, we salute you. You have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that age is just a number and that ladies can be just as hard-core as men. You are an inspiration to everyone on LO.
Big respect!

What we are looking for?

We are looking for people willing to commit to a 12-month time frame of training. Someone committed to learning. Someone who is not afraid of pushing themselves to the next level.

This course is for people who are not afraid to push themselves mentally and physically. Physical Training will be done during every session. Stress inoculation is present at all sessions. Understand what this is about.  When under attack, you are under stress, and the Lone Operator course is going to empower you to handle that stress.

This is not for fun shooters. This is not a sport shooting event. The whole course is aimed at self-preservation.

You have to be able to be self-reliant and train on your own in between sessions as you will be evaluated in order to be able to progress.

Fortis will expose you to a variety of the best instructors in South Africa to ensure you get the best instruction.

Training is focused on defending the self, using all weapon platforms and more.

You will have to pass an evaluation halfway through the course to continue onto the second phase. You will be required to keep a certain level of fitness and be willing to commit to the complete 12-month session. Dropping out at any time means you will have to start at the beginning again.

You will cover and practice some of the following topics:

  • Firearm fundamentals
  • Handgun tactical shooting
  • Knife Defence
  • Hand-to-hand combat
  • Close quarter battle tactics
  • Marksmanship 
  • Tactical Medical
  • Urban And Nature Survival
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Night patrols
  • Combat Fitness
  • Mental fitness and more.

The curriculum is developed to make you your own first responder in an emergency life-threatening situation.

Now Also Included: Home Defense Video

The training will culminate in a SERE weekend in order to earn your Lone Operator badge.

People ask WHY do we do this? Simply because we’ve had enough of being pushed around as citizens in our own country. We need more people who can fight back against crime. 

To apply you will need to be medically fit enough to do exercise and be able to pass a basic army fitness test. You will also need to own your own, licensed handgun.

Fortis is a registered dealer with most suppliers and should any kit be required, it can be acquired through us at a discounted rate.

No contract, no obligation, you can cancel at any time. The only rule is – dropping out at any time means you will have to start at the beginning again. Do not expect a military-type boot camp scenario where instructors shout military-style commands at you.

Do expect professional instructors with legit backgrounds, teaching you in a professional manner. We are looking for self-motivated, driven individuals with a hunger to learn.

If you fit the above and agree to the rules, then please register below.

You will then be provided with an info pack whereupon the program will be unfolded.

Over 650 Lone Operators Trained

Get More As A Lone Operator!

During Your Lone Operator Training You Qualify For The Following :

  • Percentage discounts on items such as plate carriers, torches and more from Geardo
  • 5% discount on all kit from Tactical Quartermaster – The Quarter Master
  • discounts on selected courses by Fortis
  • to be part of a unique brotherhood and create friends that share the same values and experiences (priceless)

What You Need to Know

Only 1 Saturday Per Month

This is a part-time course that is presented 1 Saturday a month and is aimed to get you to become your own first responder when it comes to violent contact crime.  You have 1 session per month on a Saturday and then have access to specific stand-alone courses at a hugely discounted rate. (In Cape Town it is mostly done on Sundays due to range availability)


We get this question all the time. Why fitness? What are the fitness requirements? How fit must I be to do the course?
The fitness is not done to disqualify you from the course.

Sadly, however, the fact of the matter is that you will not be able to defend yourself successfully if you are not functionally fit.

This means you need to be able to drag yourself or your partner out of harm’s way, need to be able to go down prone, roll, get up on the knees etc.

Furthermore, the fitter you are the better you will cope with the Body Alarm reaction. Your body will also be better able to cope with stress should you be wounded. And obviously, the fitter you are, the quicker your mind will react.

You do not need be super fit to do the Lone Operator Course, But Need At Least Functional Fitness In Order To Kneel, Crawl, Wrestle and Move About Quickly And Efficiently

The fitness test on Lone Operator is to firstly create a benchmark and then cultivate a fitness mindset. The video below shows some of the exercises you will be doing on the LO course.

So even if you can only do 4 pushups, 0 pullups etc, the fitness part of this course is intended to get you to start a regime of fitness, not to disqualify you from the course.

This is NOT a selection requisite, but a mindset cultivation. 

Once on the course, everyone quickly realises where their fitness levels are lacking and you can work towards improving your fitness. You need to be able to get yourself dirty, down on the back, up, down on the stomach, up, down, roll, pull your own body weight, and be able to carry another person (injured). This is the type of fitness required.

The expendables program is only for people who are physically restricted from doing the above.

Watch The Video Below To See What To Expect ITO Physical Activity

No need to own a firearm, we can provide you one if you do not have one. 

You can off course bring your own licensed handgun, mags and holsters.

You need your own licensed handgun, mags and holsters. If you do have a plate carrier/vest, bring that along. You also have the option to buy the Geardo plate carrier at a discounted rate through us. You can also buy an ifak from us on the course. Then you will need the normal eyes, ears, hat, sunscreen and range clothing. That means closed shoes. You are responsible for your own food and drink during sessions. It is important to stay hydrated.

The course will cost you R940 pm for 12 months. Included in this fee is the main session’s range fee. You also get a Lone Operator cap and access to some of Fortis’ online courses. You also have free access for life to our exclusive online portal with videos and notes on all the modules. 

Included in this fee are the following

1. Range fees for the Lone Operator program (1 session per month)
2. Access to other modules of the program – *excluding other sessions range fees
3. Lone Operator Cap
4. Free access to some of Fortis’ online courses
5. Discount on stand-alone courses from Fortis and its partners

Excluded from this fee are the following

1. Travelling to and from venues used for training
2. Ammunition needed for training
3. Range fees for courses outside the normal program
4. Any kit needed over and above what you currently have
5. Food and drinks

Every session starts off with PT (Physical Exercise) and for these, you can wear PT clothing. Thereafter you change into range clothes. Pants, shirt, closed shoes. Remember we are shooting from all positions so your clothes must be able to handle dirt and wear and tear. A hat and shooting glasses are good. We do have shooting glasses and ear muffs you can use on the range if you don’t have your own, or you can buy from us. Sunblock can help.

Included in your monthly payment is your main session’s range fee. Any other sessions you attend you will need to pay the range fee on the day in cash.

You must supply your own ammo. As a Fortis Member, you can check with our vendors for specials. Or you can buy ammo from some of the instructors – NB – this ammo cannot be taken home and has to be used on the range as per law.

You can work on 100 rounds per session – sometimes 150 sometimes 50 – average it out on 100 rounds per session

The program runs over a 12-month period – with 1 Saturday session per month as the base. You are allowed to join other modules from other groups on other Saturdays as well (only having to pay the range fees on those sessions). This means you can do more than 1 course per month for the same monthly fee. (Note – in Cape Town most sessions take place on a Sunday due to range availability)

The first 11 sessions are just 1 Saturday (set aside the whole day for them) with a night shoot as well. The 12th session is a weekend starting on a Friday eve and ending the Saturday afternoon.

The Saturdays are pre-determined and a program is handed out when you sign up so you will have the year program in advance so that you can plan. Do note that the dates are set and are set for the year in advance, so please plan accordingly. Although the dates are set and will not change, the event itself may change – iow we may swap a fundamentals shoot with a knife session or similar.

You can catch up on a session with another group if there is another group nearby that does the same session

Payment is made on a monthly basis irrespective of whether you miss the session or not, payment is due, and you will then have to catch up on missed sessions with other groups as stated above.

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The ranges may differ and differ on short notice, depending on availability. In Pretoria we use Ground Zero @ Out There, and for non-shooting events we may use other venues. In Capetown we use Falsebay or Somerset West, and for non-shooting events we may use other venues. In Durban we use Broadway shooting range, and for non-shooting events we may use other venues. 


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