The club has a 4WD Training Officer who is a member of the executive committee and an Assistant 4WD Training Officer who is an Officer Bearer. Both positions are voluntary and are elected by the members at the AGM in October each year.
All new members MUST complete our Club's 4WD Theory and Practical Training to satisfy Club Bylaws and Insurance Policy. 4WD Training consists of a theory night and practical weekend in the bush. It will be held approximately every 8 weeks or as required.
Theory must be completed before practical. If you have dual membership, then your partner must do their practical training in another vehicle or on another session.
There will be a maximum of eight and a minimum of four vehicles at each practical training session. The theory will usually be held on a Tuesday night, shortly before the practical weekend. Four Wheel Driving is a family pastime, so bring your partner to the theory night (but no children please). All are welcome on the practical weekend.
Both theory and practical 4WD training must be completed before you can take part in any 4WD activity, such as trips, Trophies, etc. For the practical weekend, each vehicle should have a rated snatch strap and rated shackle (both available from our sponsors).
Your vehicle must have front and rear suitably rated tow/recovery points, jack, wheel brace and a full tank of fuel. All vehicles must be roadworthy, in good mechanical condition and the driver must hold a current driver's licence valid in Australia.
Communication between vehicles during the weekend is via UHF Radio. A car mounted radio is preferable but a hand held radio is okay for the weekend.
Driver Training - Theory Night
Please contact the Driver Training Officer to confirm your attendance at least 7 days prior to the theory night. This starts at 7.00 pm sharp, and finishes around 10.00 pm. Please try to arrive by 6.45 pm.
Theory course consists of the following subjects
- Introduction to the club
- Differences between 2WDs and 4WDs
- Safety in the bush
- 4WD mechanicals, (differentials, gearboxes, transfer cases, etc.)
- Driving adverse terrain, (steep hills, rocks, sand, rivers, mud, etc.)
- Stall recovery
- Vehicle maintenance
- Trip grading
- Camping in the bush
- Care of the environment
Driver Training - Practical Weekend
Members will be introduced to practical four wheel driving, including convoy procedure, safety, recovery, hill climbs, side slopes, mud, sand and river crossings, rock steps and protection of the environment, under the guidance of the 4WD Training Officer and his assistant. On the Saturday night we will camp in the bush and you will be introduced to the social graces of four wheel driving.
Practical course consists of the following subjects
- Club convoy procedures
- Basic recovery equipment
- Radio communications
- Snatch strap demonstration and practice
- Vehicle inspection and assessment
- Highway driving in convoy
- 4WD Accessories
- Rolling convoy procedure
- Stall recovery practice
- More steep hills
- Side slope practice
- River crossing
- Drive through bogholes
- Drive up and down rock-steps
- Drive up and down steep hills
- Finally, a stall recovery on a very steep hill and a voluntary attempt at the hill
- Overnight camp in the bush with nibbles supplied by the club
Although the Training Officer will provide guidance throughout the weekend, it is up to the participant to accept responsibility for their vehicle and its occupants as there will be some B grade rock steps, steep and rutted hills, and the possibility of a deep mud hole and deep river crossing.
NB - If in doubt about front and rear recovery points please call in to check with one of the Club sponsors before undertaking driver training.
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