One of the Objects and Purposes of the Club, as laid down in the Club’s Constitution, is the development of four wheel driving skills and techniques, the responsible use of four wheel drive vehicles, and the improvement of four wheel driving abilities of members and others, and to encourage them to participate in four wheel driving activities. (Part VI, 36 (1 b and c), and (2) of the Club’s Constitution). Part IV, 13 of the Club’s By-Laws sets out the responsibilities of the Driver Trainers and Education Team with regard to the education program for Club Members.
The Education Policy has been framed to meet these Objectives and Purposes.
The following points have been taken into account in framing the Education Policy, which focuses on the Club’s Driver Training but includes other education courses.
- The safety of the instructor, student and vehicle is paramount,
- Driver training and other education courses must be consistent with the Club’s Constitution and By-Laws,
- It must be aimed at imparting and maintaining the skills needed to undertake Club activities,
- It must provide a process for training interested members to a standard which will qualify them to instruct other club members in the practices and techniques of four wheel driving.
The Education Policy covers the full range of driver training provided by the Club, and ancillary education courses. The training covered by the policy will equip members with the skills to undertake Club Trips up to and including Grade 6 level. The grading for trips is set by the Committee and described on the Club Website.
The full Education Policy can be viewed here.
The Education Policy covers the full range of driver training provided by the Club, as well as a range of ancillary education courses. The training covered by this policy will equip members with the skills to undertake Club Trips up to and including Grade 6 level. The grading for trips is set by the Committee and described in the Club Magazine. Training courses have been categorised into three groups. Mandatory Training, Supplementary Driver Training, and Ancillary Education courses. Basic Driver Skill Training is the mandatory course required to fulfil the requirements for the various Trip Gradings. The Supplementary Driver Training courses and Ancillary Education Courses are designed to impart specific skills and techniques which will complement the skills and techniques gained on the Mandatory driving course. Mandatory and Supplementary Driver Training courses are run by the Driver Training Unit, with Ancillary Education Courses run by skilled and experienced facilitators. In addition to Driver Training and general education courses, this policy specifies the processes to be followed in order to train members to a standard which will qualify them to instruct other members in the practices and techniques of four wheel driving.
The Specific Training Courses covered under this policy are:
‘Mandatory’ course is required before participating in Club trips graded higher than 2.
- Basic Driver Training – “Safe One” Basic Driver Training.
Supplementary Driver Training Courses:
- Sand Driving and River Crossings
- Basic Winching and Recovery
- Intermediate Winching and Recovery
- Intermediate Driver Training
- Advanced Driver Training – Very Difficult Terrain and Advanced Recovery
Ancillary Education Courses
- GPS and Electronic Mapping
- First Aid
- Trip Leader
- Chainsaw Awareness (maintenance and safe use)
- Camper Trailer Towing
- Other specific training relating to Club activities.