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Four Wheel Driving

There’s nothing quite like heading off that the beaten track to explore hidden waterfalls or to pause in pristine spots that are rarely visited. Splash through a creek or pull up at an old outback hut. You can carefully traverse rocky terrain and discover stunning vantage points to admire our amazing world.

 

Ideas for Special Interest Area Projects

 

Suggested Goals:

  • Participate in an Activity Leader Basic 4×4 Level 1 course.
  • Participate in an easy/medium day trip.

Suitable For:

  • Scouts who hold a learners permit and access to a four-wheel drive vehicle
Suggested Goals:

  • Organise and run an easy/medium weekend trip in unfamiliar terrain
  • Prepare pre-trip notes and maps
  • Report on track conditions
  • Report to 4×4 Service Unit on trip

Suitable For:

  • Scouts who have previously undertaken a trip and have already completed the Activity Leader Basic 4×4 Level 1 course.
Suggested Goals:

  • Set yourself a challenge – such as taking on a mutiday track, or perhaps visiting a series of remote lighthouses

Suitable For:

  • Scouts who have completed the Level 2 Activity Leader Advanced Course

Scouts SA 4WD Team

The SA Scouts 4WD Group offers training to its members to Guide and Instructor 4WD Level. We hold day and weekend activities to build our skills and have fun

Contact:
bc.4wd@sa.scouts.com.au

4WD Expectations

Expeditions are to be planned to the ?Adventurous Activities Standards.
A5’s are to be submitted to the bc.4wd@sa.scouts.com.au 45 days prior to the activity.

Trip Leaders

Trip Leaders must hold a Certificate of Adult Leadership,

Trip Leaders must have completed the Activity Leader qualification requirements including the Activity Leader Basic 4WD Level 1 training course or an approved equivalent.

Trip Leaders must produce a Log Book showing experience in areas to be undertaken. For example alpine, desert and preferably have training to an advanced level [Activity Leader Advanced 4D Level 2] for hard trips.

trip Leaders must be able to assess the suitability of vehicles and drivers for the trip.

It’s recommended that an assistant Trip Leader has similar qualifications.

Contact the bc.4wd@sa.scouts.com.au for help if you don’t have a qualified Trip Leader willing to run your activity.

Vehicles

There must be at least two or more vehicles on every trip.

All vehicles should have suitable tyres and basic recovery gear [shovel, recovery strap].

One or more vehicles should carry a hand winch [2.5T capacity] and accessories.

On challenging trips, one or more vehicles should have a power winch [3.6T capacity] with experienced operators.

For trips to alpine resorts, and other trips where snow is possible, vehicles must carry one pair of wheel chains.

On trips involving non-resort snow driving, two pairs of wheel chains should be carried, plus equipment for an unplanned overnight stay.

Consider passenger comfort when allocating seats. Leave spare seats to allow for a disabled vehicle.

All occupants must be seated in legally approved seats with seat belts fastened – not in trailers or the back of utilities.

Avoid sideways facing seats especially for younger passengers.

Youth members must not travel in vehicles driven by learner drivers.

Limitations

Inexperienced passengers can be injured in rough rides so we impose limits on the types of activities for the different Sections.

Joeys and Cubs:  Mainly High Range with some low range. Road tyres.

Scouts: Mainly High Range with some low range, non challenging. Terrain tyres.

Venturers: Significantly low range. High ground clearance. Terrain tyres. Winch/recovery equipment. Experience drivers with suitable vehicles.

Rovers: Extensive low range. High ground clearance. Terrain tyres. Winch/recovery equipment. Experience drivers with suitable vehicles.

Snow – snow driving in non-resort areas should be classified as Extensive low range and requires experienced drivers.

Training and Skill Development

Scouts Australia offer 2 nationally recognised levels of Proficiency that provide the Skill Levels required to undertake Four Wheel Driving within the Scouting Movement in Australia as well as other workplaces. These Skill Levels are based around the National Vet Units that Scouts Australia Institute of Training currently offer and can be registered against your USI number.

Level 1 - Activity Leader Basic

VET Courses:

  • SISODRV201A  Drive AWD/4WD vehicles on unsealed roads.
  • SISODRV302A  Drive and Recover a 4WD vehicle
  • TLIB2003A  Carry out vehicle servicing and maintenance
  • TLIH3002A  Plan and Navigate routes

Costs: $100.00 per person which covers include 2 days and 1 night of training.

Requirements:

  • Participants are to supply their own 4WD vehicle. 2 drivers per vehicle is acceptable
  • A Learner’s permit is OK, providing an adult with a full licence is with them

 

Level 2 - Activity Leader Advanced

VET Courses:

  • SISODRV303A  Guide 4WD Tours
  • SISDORV404A  Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain
  • SISODRV405A  Coordinate recovery of 4WD vehicles
  • TLIH2004  Carry out vehicle inspection

Costs: $120.00 per person which covers the cost of access to off road parks

Requirements:

  • Participants are to supply their own 4WD vehicle. 2 drivers per vehicle is acceptable
  • 4WD Level 2 will require a mounted winch with the vehicle and recovery gear
  • A Learner’s permit is OK, providing an adult with a full licence is with them.

 

The courses are programmed for 3 times a year, though nominated group weekends can be added.

Contact: training.4wd@sa.scouts.com.au

Four Wheel Driving References

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