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. PADI is the largest scuba diving certification agency in world, plus it is the envy of most recreational instructor organizations. 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."
Bob has overlanded across the USA, in Egypt, Israel, all over Mexico and Baja, and Belize.
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.
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.
Bob is the 4X4 Training Columnist for OutdoorX4 Magazine
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Bob has six books completely written. His first published book, Live Long to Wander - Basic Survival for Vehicle-Supported Adventures, is now for sale on this website and Amazon. Click here to see the book on Amazon.
Bob is now taking photos for his next book to be published: The Total Approach to Getting Unstuck Off Road - 4WD Self-Recovery and Vehicle-Assisted Recovery. This will be the largest and most complete book ever written on the topic.
Could you survive a backcountry vehicle problem? No? In doubt?
This is why Bob wrote:
Live Long to Wander - Basic Survival for Vehicle-Supported Adventures.
As a survival trainer and invited survival educator at Overland Expo four years running, Bob can help you easily avoid and overcome problems should you be remote and solo and your vehicle let you down. Even if you travel with others, you still need to know how to signal for help and disinfect water in the backcountry.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT OFF-ROAD AND 4WD INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION: Currently, there are many fine off-road and 4WD instructors teaching in the field. Some are not so good. How do you differentiate between the good and poor instructors? Some of these instructors are "certified" through off-road and 4WD instructor organizations, some are not. Currently, none of the off-road and 4WD instructor organizations openly publish detailed specifics of their instructor training curriculum (what it takes to become a "certified" instructor), or their minimum training standards by which all of their instructor-members must teach by. Unlike other, more mature recreational instructor certification organizations (scuba diving, sky diving, pistol shooting, wilderness first aid, etc.), off-road and 4WD instructor organizations are in their infancy and fairly unorganized (especially in the USA). Internationally, there is no universal body regulating these off-road or 4WD instructor organizations. There is no national or international consensus on minimum instructor or student training standards. Further, there is no universal quality control of their member instructors ("Are their instructor-members teaching to a minimum set of standards and acting professionally in the field?"). In the recreational scuba diving industry for example, professional instructor certification organizations (such as PADI, SDI, NAUI, SSI, etc.) belong to the WRSTC - World Recreational Scuba Training Council. The council is made up of representatives of all the truly professional instructor training organizations. At this moment in history anyone can say they are an off-road or 4WD instructor, and that they are certified through “this or that” instructor organization. If you choose to be taught by an off-road or 4WD instructor that says they are "certified," ask to see their credentials for being a true educator, not just a subject-matter expert. Do they know learning and teaching theory? Ask to see the minimum standards under which instructors in the organization must teach by. Ask to see how their instructor organization "audits" their instructor member's professional behavior during a course and adherence to the organization's training standards.
For you, the prospective student wishing to enroll in an off-road or 4WD training course, the main point is this... We've all had teachers or professors that knew a lot about their subject, but couldn't teach worth a darn. Their courses "wander," and are inconsistent from one course to the next. These off-road instructors tell lots of "war stories," don't have specific course objectives, and are more focused on showing you how much "they know" rather than focusing on you and your needs. Their courses are "ego-centric." Being successful as an off-road educator has more to do with what their students say about them than an instructor saying "I'm certified through X, Y, or Z organization." Off-Road Safety Academy has a track record of satisfying corporate and government clients, and teaching recreational 4WD courses in such as way that students truly learn and remember what they are correctly taught. Even though Off-Road Safety Academy offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on its courses, no one has ever asked for their money back.