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Advanced Motorcycle Rider Training - six reasons to choose Survival Skills

SURVIVAL SKILLS | PUTTING THE TRAINEE FIRST

Advanced motorcycle rider training courses | from Survival Skills Rider Training

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1 Training that is relevant and practical

Let's start by explaining what these courses are not. I don't offer progress-oriented 'police pursuit' style courses - you're not required to ride at high speeds to 'make progress' - you will not be pushed beyond your limits. There's no 'riding style' needed to pass an advanced test. Instead, I aim for practical improvements in the areas that apply to YOUR riding. 

"I've done Bikesafe & dabbled with the IAM, but the most practical & genuinely lifesaving training experience I've had was via Kevin... the course was short and intense. Post training the bugger's still in your head... and provided instant solutions to many situations I hadn't even predicted at the time." Jim Lynn

Survival Skills courses are, by deliberate intent, highly relevant to real-life riding. I take a pragmatic view of road users - everyone on the road, including ourselves, makes mistakes - so I believe effective training looks at how we and other drivers make errors, how to avoid them, and how to get out of trouble when it does go wrong - that's why I teach Survival Skills!

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2 Qualified and Experienced Instructor

Your rider coach is Kevin Williams. With a million miles riding time and tens of thousands of hours instructing experience, Kevin holds an independent BTEC in post-test training, has considerable experience at Direct Access and CBT levels, and holds an an NVQ in online tutoring skills.

 

As well as spending 16 years as a courier, Kevin is a former 'Blood Runner' and was one of the original members of the National Motorcycle Escort Group. With a background of an MSc in the sciences, you can be sure that Kevin's courses are not only thoroughly researched but that Kevin already has the practical experience of having dealt with virtually every riding situation you are likely to need advice on.

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3 Structured, individualised & flexible training courses

Here in the UK, the biggest advanced riding organisations have standard training syllabuses and standard advanced tests. That's all very well in its way, and fine if what you are looking for is a benchmark to compare yourself against others. But as a result, the training delivered tends to be one-size-fits-all, because you need to ride in a particular way to the necessary standard to pass that test.

But the fact is that no two of us are the same. We don't ride the same bikes, in the same places or in exactly the same way.

 

And that's why Survival Skills Rider Training focuses on delivering coaching that's appropriate to YOU as an individual. Our BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD and PLATINUM courses are one-to-one (unless you want to train with a friend or family member). That means your course will revolve around your needs, and move at your pace. You won't get bored nor pushed too far, too fast. By discussing where you want to improve and any issues you want to fix, each course focuses on the riding you want to do. If you want to learn about cornering, we'll ride on twisty roads. If you aim to become a competent commuter, we'll head into town. If you want experience on fast dual carriageways or motorways, that's where we'll ride.

By personalising training, our courses are equally relevant to everyone from the newly qualified rider on their first big bike to an experienced rider with many miles under the belt. You can be sure you're not getting the same content 'rebadged' on a Survival Skills course - you can be absolutely certain that with Survival Skills you will get the focussed tuition you want and need.

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4 Innovative Course Content

As an independent training school, Survival Skills is not constrained by the need to use a 'standard 'syllabus' and to stick to repeating what's written in 'Motorcycle Roadcraft'. Instead, we have looked world-wide to see how other countries and rider coaches tackle motorcycle training, in oder to draw on the best to be found around the world. countries. Firstly, our course content  is researched in-depth, firmly based on science, and continually reviewed and improved. The course development material was  also subject to external scrutiny and appraisal during the submission of my BTEC. There's no hand-me-down "that's what was taught to me so I'll carry on teaching it" tradition at Survival Skills - just rider coaching with a breadth and depth unmatched anywhere else.

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5 Sensible start times, short sessions & modest mileage

"Sign on at 8am, classroom session from 8:30 to 10:30, then coffee break till 11. You'll be paired up

with another rider, briefed, then it's time to kit up and get out on the road at 11:30,

returning at approximately 4:30 and concluding with a debrief, before signing off at 5:30.

Make sure you arrive with a full tank as you'll be covering around 150 miles on the road."

 

That was the structure of one training day I myself attended. As well as the 150 miles on the training loop, I rode another 120 miles through rush-hour traffic to get to the training venue and back. To get there for 8am, I had to leave at 6:45 which meant being up at 6am, and I didn't get home until after 7pm - a near-thirteen hour day. I don't mind telling you after that day, I was shattered. And as full-time professional biker, I'm used to long hours in the saddle.  

And as a former basic trainer, I know that when training sessions are this long, it's not just the trainee who gets fatigued - so does the rider coach! As the day rolls, the standard of instructing inevitably drops off just as much as your ability to learn.

So Survival Skills does things differently with our on-road sessions kept short for two important reasons - your attention span and your safety!

 

Firstly, we remember you have to get to us and get home again - our sensible start and finish times mean you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn and you'll be home at a reasonable hour too. Second, our short on-road sessions cover the necessary learning points whilst you are still fresh, in short, "punchy" sessions. Third, our training routes are carefully selected to produce the challenges needed to help you put the theory into practice without riding miles. Fourth, the interactive nature of the training makes for frequent halts for discussion, so in a typical training day you'll cover around 75 to 85 miles.

 

Eight or nine hour days and 150-200 mile rides might sound good in principle - especially if you are counting £s per mile - but they almost always end up being counterproductive. 

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6 A thoughtful blend of best practice & technology

Before you choose a course, we will discuss your needs by email or telephone. Having outlined and picked the course best suited, you will be sent by email a thorough briefing for the course, as well as a lesson plan to give you an outline of how you will spend your time, and a brief summary of the main teaching points of the day(s). Some courses make use of home study "distance learning" to cover some of the theory before you arrive for practical training.
On arrival over a cup of tea, we'll once again discuss your needs and ensure you fully understand, and are happy with, the plan for the day.
Courses are structured and employ fully researched and proven teaching techniques. Using the "learning loop" of explanation, demonstration, practice and correction, you are set clearly understandable and achievable goals at all times. Where appropriate, video clips and other training aids will be used to illustrate the points being made.
On the road, Survival Skills courses use professional quality Motorola bike to bike radios, allowing real-time coaching and correction, as well as a commentary ride by the instructor, something many trainees find a real eye opener. Weather permitting, on-bike video footage will allow you to see yourself riding, allowing for easier-to-understand debriefs and fault correction. A CDROM of the videos is normally available after your course is completed.
All regular training routes are risk assessed, minimising the dangers of unexpected hazards. If you fail to read a sharp bend, the radio link allows for a verbal warning. A variety of routes provide for different training scenarios. Simpler routes can be chosen for newer and less confident riders, but as ability improves, more technically difficult roads offer a challenge to competent riders.
One day courses will be summed up with a verbal and short written assessment. Two day courses will sum up with a verbal debrief and longer written assessment.
After all courses, support is available in the form of the Survival Skills "Course Notes" CD-ROM as well as full "after sales service" in the form of unlimited help and advice via e-mail.

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7 Value for Money, and above all, FUN!

OK, we said we'd give you SIX reasons for choosing a Survival Skills advanced motorcycle rider training course, but quite simply, Survival Skills courses are not just top value for money, they are HUGELY ENJOYABLE!

Survival Skills might emphasise the risks of riding on the road, but that doesn't make for dull riding. The fact is motorcycling is enjoyable, but it's even more fun when we aren't scaring ourselves silly every time we ride. Understanding where, how, why and when things go wrong and having a strategy for dealing with those situations when (not 'if') they occur offers us a far more enjoyable riding experience than lurching from near-miss to near-miss.

 

And training's really NOT that expensive either. The price of a one-day BRONZE Survival Skills course is no more than the cost of a broken mirror and a snapped-off lever.


So why settle for less? Book a Survival Skills course now for the very best in independent advanced training.

More About Survival Skills Rider Training

Established back in 1997 as one of the first independent advanced rider training schools in the UK, Survival Skills Rider Training has helped thousands of motorcyclists achieve their goals on two wheels. 


Our courses use multidisciplinary approach to education that combines technical and hands-on learning, coaching riders to succeed in real world riding tasks.

Survival Skills remains committed to providing the very best in advanced motorcycle rider training here in the south of England, and offers a range of online resources and coaching allowing riders anywhere in the world to access the very best in rider training available in today’s world.


With flexible program options and a highly qualified, highly experienced full-time instructor in Kevin Williams, we’re sure you’ll be more than satisfied. Get in touch to learn more.

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