Monthly Meetings

The monthly general meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at the Deakin Football club. Interested in joining, visitors are welcome to attend, it's a great opportunity to find out more about the club.

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Supplementary Driver Skill Training

Supplementary Driver Skill Training

Water Crossing Course

This training course is one evening of theoretical instruction and one day of practical instruction and is designed to equip members with the knowledge and skills to confidently undertake water crossings. This course will include the theoretical aspects of water crossings followed by a practical application of the theory. Run in conjunction with the Sand Driving Course (below) over a weekend.

The course includes:

Theory

  • Vehicle preparation including the use of blinds;
  • Assessment of river bed, water depth and stream flow;
  • Methods of entering, crossing and exiting the river;
  • Dangers to vehicles and members inherent in water crossings;
    • Currents;
    • Depth;
    • Ability to swim;
    • Wild Animals.

Practical:

  • Vehicle preparation Instructor assessment
    • Blinds;
    • Waterproofing;
  • Students making individual assessments under guidance.
  • At least four practical crossings at a depth to at least hub height

The curriculum, course content and assessment process will be made available to members attending this training.

Sand Driving Course

This training course is one evening of theoretical instruction and one day of practical instruction and is designed to equip members with the knowledge and skills to confidently undertake sand driving. Run in conjunction with the Water Crossing Course (above) over a weekend.

This course will include the theoretical aspects of sand driving followed by a practical application of the theory.

Theoretical aspects:

  • Driving on soft sand and hard sand;
  • Beaches and Coastal Dunes;
  • Desert driving;
  • Vehicle preparation including the importance of tyre pressures;
  • Dangers to vehicles and members inherent in sand driving.
  • Environmental and ecological impacts.
  • Sand driving Occupational Health and Safety components (use of flags, other drivers, tourists, fishermen etc).
  • Vehicle preparation.

Practical Aspects:

  • Vehicle preparation;
    • Tyre Pressure;
    • Flag fitting.
  • Demonstration by Instructors on sand driving technique.
  • Supervised practical training in deep sand.

The curriculum, course content and assessment process will be made available to members attending this training.

Basic Winching and Recovery Course

This course is designed to assist in understanding your winch and how to use it. You will get the opportunity to use your winch taking in recovery techniques at the same time in a secure environment.

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NEVER use a towball for recovery

This course has proven to be very popular giving our members the important background knowledge to use their winches and recovery gear in a safe and efficient way.

This practical hands-on course is designed for club members to set up and use their winch (both electric and hand) and all their recovery gear in a real but safe and supervised environment. Many club members have winches but how many have used them for real?

Requirements Basic driver training, vehicle with electric winch or hand winch, full recovery kit and any other equipment you would like to have inspected or trial.

Theory

  • When to winch
  • Securing the vehicle
  • Winching equipment and its load rating
  • Battery management
  • Types of wire and soft rope
  • Communications and signals
  • Stowage and Packing away.

Practical

  • Layout and Examination of all recovery Gear
  • Marking of winch cable
  • Set up and use of a single line pull
  • Set up and use of a double line pull
  • Correct use of hand signals
  • Re-stowing the cable onto the drum
  • Use of the handwinch

The course content includes a short theory session, followed by students recovering their vehicles working in pairs using their own gear and a variety of techniques. Driver trainers oversee and advise club members on set up. Safety is strictly maintained.

Intermediate Winching and Recovery Course

This course will take your recovery skills to the next level. The course is designed for those who have completed the Basic Winching and Recovery Course and who are likely to find themselves in more difficult terrain or more complex recovery situations.

The course will cover

  • Safety Awareness in Recovery Situations – particularly in complex recovery environments
  • Advanced recovery techniques
  • Correct use of your winch and other recovery aids in complex environments
  • Proper Vehicle preparation for advanced recoveries

You will then have the opportunity to practice recoveries in a variety of situations including very steep inclines and vehicle roll over situations. You will also practice a range of different techniques.

Practical Map Reading, Navigation, Route Planning and GPS

Training in Practical Map Reading, Navigation, Route Planning and GPS will be provided as required. Training will be by classroom and practical field exercises to introduce maps, the compass, the GPS, mapping software and the relationship between a map and the terrain.

Theory

  • Understanding and interpreting map data.
  • Map based route planning.
  • Using maps, including the use of computer based software packages.
  • Using a GPS and relating data to a map.
  • Risk factors inherent in map reading and use of a GPS.

Practical

  • Classroom exercises and basic route planning with a map
  • Field exercises.

The course content includes instruction, immediate feedback advice and assistance, and the opportunity for personal assessment through practical exercises. The curriculum and course content including assessment processes will be made available to members undertaking the course.

Other Specific Training

Other specific training courses may be run depending on the level of interest from members and the availability of Instructors.
Examples of courses the Club has run include:

  • Navigation
  • First Aid
  • Trip Leader
  • Chainsaw maintainance and safe use

An example of a other types of courses that could be run is Camper Trailers towing.

Membership

The club provides two levels of membership

full member           family member

To be a Full Member you must own a suitable four wheel drive vehicle and hold a driver's licence. Basic Driver Training is provided only to the Full Members. Partners and family members of the Full Member are categorised as Family Members and may undertake Basic Driver training by becoming full members but pay only the annual membership fee component (not the joining fee) and may revert to family membership after 12 months. Details of all membership entitlements are provided at Section 3 (1) of the club by-laws.

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