About Us

We conduct rappel instruction at your site for Law Enforcement, SWAT, Fire-Rescue, Military, and Contract Security personnel.

At Tactical Rappel Instruction, we have been instructing tactical personnel for over 19 years.  Our instructors are Certified Rappel Masters and Helicopter Rope Suspension Training (HRST) Masters. We come to your agency and train on your tower and we don’t confuse you with hidden charges to travel to you. We offer the most current curriculum, providing instruction on the newest equipment and techniques available in the industry today. This guarantees you the best and most affordable rappelling instruction available for your agency’s training dollar. In addition, it allows your tactical personnel to remain local, where you need them, when the SWAT callout comes.

We also provide students with the training items needed to complete each course; we don’t require you to buy equipment you don’t need prior to our courses.

Tom Young, Commander, SWAT Leader, Rappel Master, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, FL

 Tom Young has owned and operated Tactical Rappel Instruction for over 20 years. The company has had the opportunity to travel the country and has taught internationally, conducting multiple levels of rappel training. Prior to starting his own company, Tom instructed for the Florida SWAT Association for 7 years. Tactical Rappel Instruction has taught over 40 class both nationally and internationally.

Tom is serving his 29th year with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office where he currently serves as the Commander of Court Security Services, supervising and managing 70 personnel and the security of 3 courthouses. Tom spent 14 years as a SWAT operator and team leader of special impact weapons, rappel master and command post manager.

Additionally, Tom is a retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant, Security Forces member where he served 26 years, 13 years as active duty and 13 years as a reserve. He spent over 9 years as an Emergency Service Team (Air Force SWAT) member and team leader/ instructor.  

Tom has handpicked his team after observing their talents during his training courses.

 Tom brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to you: 40 years with Law Enforcement and Military, 17 years SWAT operations/leadership, 24 years certified Rappel Master, 23 years certified Rappel Master Instructor, Florida State Fire College certified in all levels of Rope Rescue. Primary Rappel and Fast Rope instructor for NASA Swat at Kennedy Space Center, FL. U.S. Air Force certified instructor in Helicopter Rappel/Fast Rope operations with 21 years experience. Certified in Tower Climber/Tower Rescue by GRAVITEC Inc.



Sergeant Chris Neel has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s office for 16 years.  He is currently the supervisor of the Fugitive Task Force. Chris has been an operator and team leader on the SWAT team for over 11 years. He has been the team Rappel Master for over 12 years. He has been an instructor for Tactical Rappel Instruction for over 7 years.


Course hosting includes a comprehensive inspection of your tower and all team equipment and new equipment recommendations.

Call or email us for any free consultation about your facility or equipment needs.

Tom Young
Melbourne, FL
321-543-0184 Mobile