Recommend an offroad training course in Melbourne?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 15:26
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I'm looking for recommendations for an offroad training course for a young person in Melbourne.

Normal sort of stuff: setting the vehicle up for different types of terrain, water crossings (depth/obstructions/flow), general info (don't drive around the big puddle just because it looks dry), safe recovery, how not to show up on the "I got bogged at Inskip Point" FB page, etc.

He has been watching me from the passenger seat for the past 25 years or so. It's time for him to learn what he doesn't know or understand, and what to forget after watching me.

Suggestion based on your experiences, please.

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Reply By: Member - Cuppa - Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 15:49

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 15:49
Check out 4wd clubs which are associated with Four Wheel Drive Victoria.

Many will run introduction to 4wd'ing courses covering the sort of stuf you have mentioned.

In 2016, before we commenced our full time travels my wife & I both did one of these courses with Ballarat District 4wd Club, which we joined primarily to access the course. It was free for members (& a requirement for any members who wanted to participate in club outings). One evening of theory followed by two days (Sat & Sun) of practical.

They conducted the course twice a year, & we chose to do it at separate times rather than together. The course covered the basics via a syllabus provided by 4wd Victoria & we both came away from it with increased confidence.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 17:37

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 17:37
Margaret and I both did the courses offered by the Toyota Landcruiser Club in Adelaide. We also joined the club (with a Ford F350 4WD motorhome) for that purpose.
We also did a comercial course.
Both were good, but different, and complimentary.


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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:21

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:21
Thanks for that, Cuppa - I should have thought of that supplier.

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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:24

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:24
Thanks Peter - exactly how did that Cruiser get caught trying a traverse like that during a 4WD course:-)
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 14:23

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 14:23
He was a learner, like all of us. Learners can do anything :)
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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 15:18

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 15:18
Ah yes, Peter.

We all have one of those photos in our collections - this one was from Poyungan Rocks in 1975.

Just posting for a friend!

I'm standing in the foreground with the fashionable white bucket hat.

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Reply By: Member - Core420 - Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 20:18

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 20:18
When I bought my new 4wd 5 years ago I went to the Melbourne 4x4 training & proving ground in Werribee. They have excellent facilities that simulate a number of 4wd challenges like river crossing, Gunshot Ck etc.
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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:26

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:26
Thanks for that - good suggestion.

A course where there is a very strong practical component is what I'm looking for.

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Reply By: Jackolux - Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 22:11

Saturday, Jan 29, 2022 at 22:11
If he has been watching you from the passenger seat for the past 25 years + , do you think he really needs to do a course there is that much info on YouTube and Social media now days .
Years ago when my mates and I got into 4wd there was no such thing as a 4wd training course .
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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:48

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:48
I agree to a certain extent - we baby boomers generally learned through doing things and stuffing things up in a pre-WWW age.

In my case I developed these skills layer by layer over many years, starting off in a $500 Land Rover. At the time I worked in an organisation that had a never-ending supply of cheap (often free) spare parts. Some of my experience-gathering activities I still cringe about.

In Cameron's case he knows the basics. He has seen me descend a muddy track in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, but he probably didn't really know or understand what I was doing. My thinking is that he would benefit from a 4WD course that puts into context many of the things he has learned or observed over the years.

He will be doing this in an 80 thousand dollar machine with more electronics than the Star Ship Enterprise, most of which are a mystery to me. I'd rather he did not learn by trial-n-error as I did.

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Follow Up By: Member - Core420 - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 16:12

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 16:12
George, you are right. I learned in an FJ55, then Patrol. The VW I have now leaves those for dead. It's very sophisticated. Whereas in the past it was mainly mechanical, it's now electronic and mechanical. I didn't want to find out what all those buttons do by trial and error in real situations. Since the 4wd course I've learned that the vehicle can do a lot more than I'd be comfortable.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 17:39

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 17:39
During the time I was in the Canberra Monaro Club, the bloke who ran the advanced driver courses sent his daughter along to do the beginners course. I think that is a fair indication of intervention by others is a good thing.
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Reply By: Bricky - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:35

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:35
Used to be a training ground at my neighbours when I lived in Narbethong.
I think this mob may still he it, but not sure.
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Follow Up By: George_M - Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:49

Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 at 13:49
Thanks Bricky - I'll check them out.

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