Cover varies hugely but *generally* it’s quite easy stuff for novice dogs.
There will be two of you a hunting’s sweep apart (but will vary with cover). You both hunt your dogs up. You will each have a judge walking slightly behind you and there’ll be a ‘gun’ somewhere adjacent too with either a starter pistol or shotguns with blanks.
You hunt up until a shot is fired at which point the dogs are supposed to park their bums and not move. Usually the seen is done first so as the shot is fired it’s thrown ahead. Either dog can be sent for it and the other has to wait patiently. Assuming it’s picked off you go again. The blind is placed behind the handlers and again a shot is fired and whoever is told to send their dog picks it. Hopefully.
You both get a blind and a seen and the same happens again on your second run but you swap judges.
Blinds in a novice vary, I’ve had one laid out for me in a lovely straight 15m line through a convenient gap in trees but there again I’ve also had 30 odd metre blinds over logs, through bogs and around obstacles so your handling has to be spot on too. 😂
A friend of mine trains his dogs to go out to where the electric fence stick is (which is usually the marker) and wins more often than not but I think that completely defeats the object 😂
It’s highly unlikely there will be a water retrieve.