This is Off-Road Safety Academy's two-day beginning 4WD course.
(More advanced drivers will find it useful as well or your money back!)
Want to learn more about your 4-Wheel Drive vehicle? Want to improve your off-road driving skills? Interested in keeping
you and your loved ones safe while off-roading? Off-Road Safety Academy™ will safely teach you in one weekend what it
takes most people years to learn on their own.
Course Goal – The goal of this course is to begin you on a path to safely and ecologically off-road alone. Although it is always best to off-road with other vehicles, this is not always possible or desired. Upon completion of this course you begin to understand the limitations of your vehicle and your driving skills allowing you to intelligently choose excursions and trails to match your capabilities.
Prerequisite: None (Except a desire to learn and have FUN!) Length of Course: Two days; 8:30am to 5:00 pm.
Day One - 1/2 day Knowledge Development (classroom). During lunch you'll get an overview of remote electronic communications, map use, and off-road survival and bushcraft. Afternoon: 1/2 day "Getting to Know Your Vehicle (Priority Customization for your Vehicle)," Tire Repair 101, 4WD Gearing, Beginning Hill Climbing.
Day Two - Airing Down and Inflating Tires, Driving a Level Rocky Trail and Spotting, Driving in Sand and Use of Sand Ladders, Methods of Lifting Your Vehicle Off the Ground (Hi-Lift Jack, Bottle/Scissor Jacks, Inflatable Jack), Changing a tire on soft and uneven terrain, Winching 101 with Powered Winches and Hi-Lift Jack, Proper Use of Kinetic Energy ("Yank") Straps, Off-Camber Driving, Electronic Traction Control and Locker Use (for those that have these features), Trail Driving.
Target Audience: All inexperienced off-road drivers that want to learn the basics of four-wheeling in relative safety and comfort. This course is for the owners of any new or used 4-Wheel Drive vehicle (e.g., Jeeps, Explorers, Hummers, Land Rovers, Xterras, Land Cruisers, Pathfinders, flat-bed trucks, etc.). Even inexperienced owners of highly modified off-road vehicles are welcome at this course. The curriculum is primarily designed for novice off-road drivers owning stock or slightly modified 4-Wheel Drive vehicles. During this course, you'll begin to learn how to off-road on your own and launch adventure expeditions in relative safety and comfort.
Vehicle Requirements: Any reliable 4-Wheel Drive SUV, SUT or trucks with:
Use of Instructor Equipment: During this course you will be introduced to safe winch and HiLift Jack use,
plus other essential off-road equipment. You will not need to own or bring equipment other than what is listed.
What You'll Learn in this One-Day Course:
What You'll Learn in this One-Day Course:
This course leaves off where the Discover Off-Roading Course ends and is only offered as a private one-on-one course.
Course Goal: As a continuation of the Discovery Course, the goal of this course is to extend your knowledge and skills to safely and ecologically off-road through remote and wilderness areas solo. Although it is always best to off-road with other vehicles, this is not always possible or desired. Upon completion of this course you will fully understand the limitations of your vehicle and your driving skills allowing you to intelligently choose excursions and trails to match your capabilities. Prerequisite: Completion of Discovery Course or proven basic off-roading experience. Length of Course: Two days. Target Audience: Those individuals that have either completed the Discovery course or can demonstrate basic off-roading knowledge and skills. Vehicle Requirements: Any reliable 4WD SUV, SUT or trucks with:
Equipment & Accessories "Nice-to-Haves:” This is a list of equipment that will help you take full advantage of the training in this course. However, you are not required to have any or all of this equipment to enroll in the course. The Instructor's vehicle will have all of this equipment, allowing you hands-on training.
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