Driver Training 2013
Owning a 4x4 is one thing, getting the most from it is another. The last few years has seen the introduction of various standards designed to self regulate the recreational off-road industry, both in terms of driver training and the use of off-road recreational areas.
That's where we come in. The driver training portfolio of the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa is an accredited Training Service Provider, offering a truly comprehensive two-day weekend course covering in-depth theory and hands-on practical training. The course covers all aspects needed to equip you to deal with virtually every 4x4 situation covered in the SAQA unit standards US254135 and US254154 as agreed by the industry and government.
Course Duration and Venue
The course is run over two days (Saturday and Sunday), and is suitable for 4x4 vehicles with low range transmission only.
Classroom theory, followed by practical ascent/descent, stall starts and cross-axle training is done at our Base 4 Training Facility after which we break for a light lunch (not included).
After lunch we experience a 3- to 4-hour drive which will include everything you have learned in theory, a short river crossing, some interesting long ascents and lots of great off-road driving.
Thereafter we return to Base 4 for dinner (self-catering) and an evening of informal discussion around the camp fire.
The following morning we cover the theory of vehicle recovery followed by the practical use of recovery equipment and the physical extraction of a stuck vehicle.
Base 4 is equipped with numerous grassed campsites situated under indigenous trees at the bottom of the valley in close proximity to the lapa. Rustic ablution facilities with hot and cold running water are located near the campsite. 220 volt electrical power points are also available (a caravan type adapter is required).
You may split your training over weekends that suit you, e.g. attend the Saturday session one month and the Sunday session in a following month, however, in order to minimise administration load and confusion if training is split, the applicable course fee will be payable in full up front, but the club certificate will only be issued on completion of the full course. The onus is on YOU to notify the club and arrange attendance on the second day of training. (Don't just pitch up, you will be turned away. In terms of the Service Level Agreements in place, we need to provide the assessor and moderator with ALL attendees' details in advance).
The driver training portfolio offers exclusive ladies only training weekends. The course content is identical to our normal course, but provides an opportunity for female drivers, without the distraction of a 'backseat driver', to gain the skills that may be necessary should the principal driver of an off-road vehicle become incapacitated during a trip. (Male companions are welcome, but are relegated to tending the camp or lounging around the pool. During the drive out, we leave them at Base 4 in the company of their cooler box. Those insisting on tagging along are left under the first available thorn tree, without the cooler box.)
Assessment for Driver Competency Certificate (DCC)
Assessments for the DCC are held bi-annually, with an entire weekend set aside for those wishing to be assessed. Applicants will be allocated a time slot during the weekend, allowing for better planning and use of personal time. Prior booking is essential.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Due to the document trail the applicant now needs to present as recognition of prior learning, we no longer accept applications for RPL. Those members wishing to invest significant time and effort to pursue this route will be able to do so directly with our service provider. (TETA no longer accepts just a list of trails completed. Evidence now needs to be provided in the form of a logbook detailing trail and obstacle conditions at the time, methodology and techniques used to overcome the obstacle and, ideally, a copy of the entrance receipt to substantiate the logbook.)
Driver Training Course
Members - R800 (Club certificate issued)
15 - 10 days before = 25%, 9 - 5 days before = 50%, 4 - 0 days before = No Refund.
The cost includes: all lectures, practical training, reference materials, trail entry fee, camping and hot water ablution fees, Saturday evening 'bring and braai', tea, coffee and certificate. A light breakfast is provided on the Sunday morning.
NB! Passengers participating in the theoretical part of the course only, are required to pay 50% of the course investment. Spouses/partners of club members have FREE access when attending the course with the relevant member.
Due to time constraints and trail layout, partners/passengers are NOT able to drive on the day. Only the participating drivers and their partners who have paid the course investment in full will be allowed to participate in the course. Children under 18 years of age have FREE access.
Assessment for DCC (Drivers Competency Certificate)
Assessments are held bi-annually, please see the calendar for details.
The course is limited to a maximum of 12 Vehicles ONLY so book and pay early to avoid disappointment.
NB! PAYMENTS AND CONFIRMATIONS SHOULD BE MADE ON THE SAME DATE AS THE APPLICATION DATE OR AT LEAST (7) SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO TRAINING DATE. DO NOT FORGET YOUR SURNAME AND THE LETTERS "D/T" OR "DCC" ON YOUR PAYMENT CONFIRMATION.
Overview for Saturday Training at Base 4
Overview for Sunday Training at Base 4
Meeting at clubhouse at 16h00 to finalise documentation and issue FWDCSA certificates.
Course Time Schedule
08h00 to 11h00:
11h00 to 12h30 Practical (Three groups of four vehicles):
12h30 to 13h00 Lunch (not supplied)
07h00 Free Coffee and rusks available at the clubhouse
Please note that it is the policy of the Four Wheel Drive Club that drinking and driving do not mix.
What to bring with you
Camping equipment for Saturday night *
Preparing your Vehicle
Fill fuel tank* and check fluid levels
NB! Enough bottled water for your consumption at
* NB! Items marked with * are essential.
As a rule, the courses are held on the last weekend of each month. Check
the driver training dates here.
All courses begin at 08h00 sharp and finish at 16h30 - 17h00