Welcome to Off-Road Safety Academy



Happy Students...

See what folks have to say about Bob's courses below. Each course has a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you are not more comfortable taking your vehicle off grid, off line, and off road after this course, Bob will refund your entire tuition. In over ten years of conducing courses, no one has EVER asked for a refund.

2020 training & Tour Schedule now available

Intro to 4WD - Discovery Course


Recovery Course - Total Approach to Getting Unstuck


Happy Students After Every Course


Here's What Students Say About Bob's Courses

Suzanne E.

"I am an inexperienced off-road driver and also have an older vehicle. Bob left me feeling much more confident. He respected my learning curve and left me with more knowledge and feeling more sure of my ability to handle many situations. It was great to be able to learn with my husband!"

Monica G.

"In just a couple of days, I went from being scared of driving off road to feeling capable and able to travel on reasonable trails. Part of that includes understanding my vehicle and my own limitations. Thank you Bob!"

Lorie M.

"Excellent class for a woman. Great learning environment. I really enjoyed my time!"

Tom B

"Bob has 2 generations of knowledge and practical experience to draw from. He has your best interests and safety in mind. This course is a must for anyone who needs or wants to venture off road."

John B.

"Once you buy a 4WD vehicle, take this course immediately! This course is where you begin."

Greg S.

"Took a private course from Bob - worth every penny. Exceeded my expectations; am excited to explore with more competence!"


Scott H.

"Don't just DO something - STOPA! I learned so much about how to use my vehicle and practical skills and equipment to improve my off-road abilities!"

Teall H.

"I came into this course thinking I knew a lot about 4-wheeling. There was so much more I had to learn to make myself stronger. I'm walking away from this feeling stronger and making new friends that I will be 4-wheeling with for life."

Sheila J.

"I knew I was in capable hands with Bob!"

Gary & Tracy D.

"Taking Bob's course has given us a lot of education and increased confidence to take our vehicle safely off road. We look forward to putting our new knowledge and skills to use, and learning more."

Charles G.

"Bob imparts both high confidence and appropriate caution that comes from a deep well of experience and wisdom. I cannot imagine going off road safely without the kind of information he presented."

Julie M.

"I believe the things I learned this weekend could potentially ave my life someday."

100% Course Satisfaction Or Your Money Back

Take any course from Off-Road Safety Academy at NO RISK to you. If you do not feel more confident and relaxed with your off-road driving ability at the end of the course, Bob will refund your total course fee – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.


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Backcountry Adventure Tours for Four Wheel Camper Owners

Come Along On An Adventure Tour With Off-Road Safety Academy


If You Have A 4WD Truck, Let's Explore Remote and Scenic Trails In The Southwest


Gift Certificate for Courses & Tours

Say "I Care About You" With a Course or Tour Gift Certificate


Do know someone special that ventures off-road or want's to venture off-road in their 4WD? Want to help them be safe in the remote backcountry? This is the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life. The gift of LEARNING or ADVENTURE is always appreciated! You can purchase a Gift Certificate for an Off-Road Safety Academy Course or Tour.

Go To The SHOP Page To Purchase

It's easy to purchase an Off-Road Safety Academy Gift Certificate. Just go to the SHOP page of this website and click on Gift Certificate. Once purchased, call or email Off-Road Safety Academy to provide your email address. Then, Off-Road Safety Academy will email YOU a Printable Gift Certificate to hand to your friend or loved one.

Anytime Is The Right Time

The 2019 Off-Road Safety Academy course and tour schedule is exciting! Purchase a gift certificate now.

Podcast Interview


GHT Overland Interview

Listen to Bob's Interview on GHT Overland Podcast.


"truck Camper Adventure" online magazine ARTICLE

Really fun and informative article about Bob, Off-Road Safety Academy, his Power Wagon, and Four Wheel Pop Up Camper. Enjoy the read.


This Book can safe your life when Your Vehicle Fails

Additional Information

If you are a vehicle-supported adventurer, this infoBook was written your you. You need this book if you drive a 4WD full-size vehicle, ATV, UTV, Dual Sport Motorcycle, or Snowmobile into the remote backcountry.

Drive long enough in the remote backcountry and eventually you will need some survival knowledge. Vehicle complications can occur at anytime, so being prepared is very important. Even when things are good, the knowledge offered within the pates of this books can be helpful on every outing. At the very least, being prepared with help you relax.

Topics Include:

  • The Will to Live
  • Survival Kit
  • Survival Shelter Construction
  • Survival Fire Building
  • Disinfecting Water in the Field
  • Signal for Help

Raising Your 4WD Vehicle Off-Road & In-Field Tire Repair

No Book Like This - EVER


This Book is NOW Available on Amazon!

You NEED This Book

The topics of how to safely and effectively raise your vehicle off-road and in-field tire repair have never been explored and explained so completely. If you travel off-road you need this book.

Reasons For Raising Your Vehicle Off-Road

1. Change to your spare tire

2. Repair a tire

3. Place a bridging ladder and traction board under a tire

4. Repair a suspension, steering, driveline, or other underbody component

5. Elevate a vehicle's frame or axle assembly off a rock, log, or ridge when high centered

6. Elevate a small vehicle to move it laterally on a trail

7. Rotate your tires when in the backcountry on a long overland journey


The Total Approach To Getting Unstuck Off Road

Bob's Newest Book Now Available on AMAZON

If you get stuck when you are off-road, remote, and solo, do you know hot to self-recover? If you happen upon another vehicle stuck in the backcountry do you have the knowledge, skills, and kit to safely help this person on their way? This will be Bob's largest book. Never before has anyone produced a more complete treatise on the topic of off-road recovery. 

Topics Include:

  • How to use the STOPA Stuck Assessment and Recovery Plan Checklist™
  • Field Repair Recovery
  • Traction Recovery
  • Powered Winch Recovery
  • Hand Winch Recovery
  • Kinetic Energy Recovery
  • Towing Recovery


understanding 4x4 Vehicles

This Book Is In Production NOW!

Today’s 4X4 vehicles are more complicated, feature laden, and capable than ever. The mere act of purchasing a new or used 4X4 vehicle can be both mind numbing and nerve racking. This is especially true if you don’t know how a 4X4 vehicle functions and specifically what type of off-roading you are interested in.

If you purchase a 4X4 vehicle at a dealership, don’t expect much technical help from a salesman. Most

barely know the particulars of the 4X4 vehicles they sell, and fewer still have personally driven them off road. Your owner’s manual can provide you with important vehicle specifics , but this book can help you fully understand how your 4X4 operates, make intelligent modifications, and drive your vehicle off-road. Learning from this book can also help you make smart backcountry trail choices – matching the difficulty of a trail to the capability of your vehicle.

Whether you are looking to purchase your first 4X4 vehicle, or you’ve already done so, this book is for you. Look for this book in 2020 on Amazon.

About Bob Wohlers – Owner, Off-Road Safety Academy

Welcome to Adventure

Bob is first and foremost an outdoor adventurer. Simply put, he's a "surf and turf" kind of guy. Regarding the "surf" aspect, for 32 years Bob created curricula and invented training methodologies for PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. He is well respected in the SCUBA industry as a training innovator. For the "turf" aspect, Bob has been an avid off-roader his entire life. He knows the "zen" and "fine art" of safe and environmentally responsible off-road driving. He is prepared to teach you in a short time, the lessons he's learned over many years through the "school of hard knocks."

In North America, Bob is a BLM and National Park Permitted Outfitter and Guide.

Who I've Taught To Off-Road Safely


Bob teaches corporate and government off-road courses. Bob conducts off-road safety training for T-Mobile, Verizon and Motive Energy - three corporations that employ individuals needing to safely off-road to repair remote cell transmission sites. Bob is also a registered government contractor and teaches courses for the National Park System and the BLM. These courses include Park Rangers, Biologists, Geologists, and Maintenance personnel. If the Federal Government, T-Mobile and Verizon trust Bob to teach their employees how to safely and ecologically off-road, so can you. Bob is also an invited trainer at major recreational Overland and Off-Road gatherings, including Overland Expo, Lone Star Toyota Jamboree, BC Overland Rally, and NW Overland Rally.

Bob's Educator Qualifications


With a master's degree in instructional design from the California State University at Dominquez Hills and a secondary teaching credential from the University of California, Irvine, Bob knows how to efficiently and clearly transfer knowledge, proper attitudes, and skills to those wishing to learn the fine art of ecologically friendly, safety-based off-roading. Bob is an educator - not JUST a teacher. He knows HOW to put together effective, efficient, and engaging courses for important long-term memory retention. No other off-road trainer in the industry has better educator credentials.

​Bob is also a Master Tread Trainer with Tread Lightly!Tread Lightly! is the nation’s only source for a full line of motorized and non-motorized outdoor ethics training and education materials. Bob will teach you to be environmentally responsible in all your outdoor adventure related activities.

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