The ATV Rider Course.
The hands-on, half-day ATV RiderCourse is conducted by licensed ASI Instructors. It offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a licensed Instructor.
Students practice basic safety techniques with hands-on exercises covering starting and stopping, turning (both gradual and quick), negotiating hills, emergency stopping and swerving, and riding over obstacles. Particular emphasis is placed on the safety implications relating to each lesson. The course also addresses protective gear, environmental responsibility, and local laws.
Participants receive the ATV RiderCourse Handbook, which reinforces the safety information and riding techniques covered during the ATV RiderCourse.
Individuals six years of age and older may take the class. Riders younger than 16 are restricted to ATVs that match their age according to the Manufacturer’s Minimum Age Recommendation Warning Labels affixed to each new ATV. There are special teaching provisions for students under 16 years old, and parents are encouraged to attend as well. Students younger than 12 must have a parent or guardian present during the entire course.
The ROHVA Driver Course is divided into two activities.
The ROV Basic DriverCourse is designed for current and prospective recreational off-highway vehicle users and is conducted by ROV DriverCoaches who are specially trained and authorized, to conduct the course. The RBDC is a partial-day program that has approximately three hours of riding time that includes between-exercise discussions. The RBDC includes six closed range exercises and up to seven optional open trail experiences, depending on terrain that is available. Also, participants use the ROV Tips & Practice Guide booklet (a takeaway document) that provides opportunities for discussion.
The RBDC is a training opportunity that provides current and experienced ROV users to learn and practice basic skills and techniques. It addresses basic operation and emphasizes safety awareness related specifically to ROV operation. The overall aim of the RBDC is to provide for driver development in the areas of skill and risk management strategies. This includes learning experiences to foster driver gains in basic knowledge, skill, attitude, values, and habits.
The Open Trail Experience
To further develop skills acquired in the Closed Range Exercise (CRE) module of the RBDC; the Open Trail Experience (OTE) allows drivers to apply the techniques on ‘real-world’ terrain, under the guidance of a certified ROHVA DriverCoach.
Gain the experience of driving on rocky and sandy terrain, fording water, and clearing obstacles such as hills, mud, and rocks. ROHVA’s Open Trail Experience allows the student drivers to hone their newly acquired skills under the guidance of a certified ROHVA DriverCoach.