Members of the Bundaberg 4WD Club Inc recently attended a weekend at the club campsite to participate in a drive and recover a four-wheel drive vehicle course.
The four-wheel drive vehicle course is part of a nationally recognised qualification conducted by the clubs three accredited trainers.
Bundaberg 4WD Club president Brad Praed said Four Wheel Drive Queensland, as the registered training organisation, had set up the great resource for the financial club members to hone their skills and receive the certificate.
“Before attending this course, it was expected that participants had already attended a range of trips over a reasonable period of time to gain knowledge and experience within their vehicle’s capabilities, over a range of off-road terrain types,” Brad said.
“This course is not designed to teach the theory of four-wheel driving but to assess the skills that members had already gained.
“Attendees needed to demonstrate the competencies against the standards of RIIVEH305F – operate and maintain a four-wheel drive to achieve their qualification.”
Brad said preparing for four-wheel driving, pre departure checks, stall stops/starts on steep inclines, recovery procedures to extract a vehicle bogged using the appropriate devices, exercises including flat tyre changing had all formed part of the course to make sure everyone was up to date on the safest methods to four-wheel drive and how to minimise environmental impact.
“The club is fortunate to have three accredited trainers to put members through their paces and was a great chance for participants to hone their skills and put into practice some of the techniques they may not have used in a while,” he said.
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