RIDER EDUCATION PROGRAM
The following seminars are only a portion of the Rider Education Curriculum. These seminars may be presented by properly certified University Trainers. Rider (on bike) courses, Medic First Aid courses, and Parking Lot Practice courses require specialized instructor training and are not part of the GWRRA University Curriculum
Available Rider Ed related Seminars (primary source - the Rider Education Program Handbook):
Core Rider Ed Seminars (these are on Seminar Completion Cards or Riding Course Completion Cards)
- Co-Rider (CRS, CRV – video version)
- Motorcycle Crash Scene Response (MCSR)
- Motorcycling for Mature Riders (MMR)
- Team Riding (TRS)
- Trailering (TS)
- Road Captain Course (RCC) (contains both classroom and riding components)
Other Rider Ed Seminars
- Co-Rider Two (CRTS) – this seminar is NOT a part of the Levels Program
- High Siding (HSS)
- Riding with New and/or Inexperienced Riders (RWN)
- Going, Going, Gone (GGG)
- Riding in the Heat (RDH)
- Night Riding (NR)
- Dealing with the Elements (DDE)
- Helmet Myths (HM)
- How to Use the Rider Ed Database (HRD)
- You’re an Educator – Now What? (YAE)
Non-GWRRA Seminars (for information go to www.msf-usa.org)
- MSF Seasoned Rider (SRS) (similar to the MMR)
- MSF Group Riding Seminar (GRS) (similar to the TRS)
The following is a list of approved Motorist Awareness related seminar material available from GWRRA. (MA)
- Think Motorcycles Seminar
- "Share the Road" Think Motorcycles Seminar
- Why Motorist Awareness Seminar
SEMINAR BRIEF DESCRIPTION
(primary source - the GWRRA University [GWU] Handbook):
- Co Rider – a seminar geared for the Co-Rider but equally informative for the Rider. Subjects covered include preparation for the ride, communication, riding skills, and what to do in case of an emergency. Successful completion of this seminar is a component of the Levels Program for Co-Riders, thus UTs certified in Rider Ed need to be current at their highest level in the Levels Program.
- Co-Rider 2 – This seminar expands on the Co-Rider seminar covering topics like the Co-rider’s job for braking, cornering, swerving, and communicating; emergency information, equipment, communication in an emergency; navigator duties, highways and interstates, routes, roads, streets and avenues 101; and packing and loading. (This seminar does not apply to the Levels Program.)
- Level Up – This seminar includes a discussion of the Levels Program and its benefits, how it works, what is required for each level, the safe and high mileage programs, the master tour rider program, the Rider Education Database and how to promote the program to the Members.
- Road Captain – the seminar provides the basic information that should be covered before every group ride. Attendees are certified as Road Captains after completing the classroom portion a written test, and an observed ride. The objective of the Road Captain Course is to provide Members with education and information that will enable them to be better prepared and equipped to lead safe Team Rides. Although very similar, if not identical, in content and structure, this course is designed more as a leadership curriculum rather than a source for participating in Team Riding. Topics include: what is a Road Captain, team riding review, planning the ride, day of the ride, the ride, and GWRRA Hand-and-Arm Signals. Rider Ed certified University Trainers presenting this seminar are cautioned that there is NO TEACHING allowed during the riding portion of the course. Any feedback will be offered once the group has stopped for this purpose
- Team Riding - The purpose of this seminar is to educate and inform Members about the benefits of team riding and the suggested planning and conduct of a team ride. This should result in: a reduction in riding risk, an increase in riding enjoyment, and a greater sense of togetherness and pride.
- Trailering – adding a trailer to the motorcycle creates new challenges for the rider. The Trailering Seminar should provide: a better understanding of potential problems, a reduction in risk associated with trailers, and an increase in riding safety. Points covered include: types of trailers, suspensions and hitches, set-up of the bike and trailer, weights and packing, braking practice, backing up, curves, turns and obstacle avoidance, and on the road.
- Motorcycling for the Mature Rider – As an individual ages, things like reaction times, strength, and endurance also change. This seminar will focus on physical change resulting from age, identifying adjustments we can make, identifying potential problem areas, enhancing the Co-Rider’s involvement in the riding experience, providing a refresher for riding skills, and techniques for riding after 50.
- Motorcycle Crash Scene Response – This discussion takes a basic look at what Riders and Co-Riders need to do when coming upon an accident scene or being involved in an accident. Seminar topics include: planning and preparation for motorcycle crashes, how to secure and control the crash scene, how to provide rapid and appropriate emergency medical services response, and how to deal with the aftermath.
- High Siding Scenarios – A look at the causes of high siding and what you can do to prevent or lessen the effects of this type of accident.
- Riding with New or Inexperienced Riders – Investigate some of the issues involved with new or inexperienced riders. Discussion topics include: recognition of the signs, who decides what new or inexperienced is, what are we/they getting into, impact of the new rider or vehicle on the group, risk management, placement in the group, Team Riding/Road Captain seminar applicability, determining a comfortable speed, and trip/ride planning with the new and/or inexperienced rider.
- Seasoned Rider - The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Seasoned Rider Supplement for GWRRA is designed to condense and organize the MSF Seasoned Rider Seminar for presentation within a one hour time frame. This is an interactive seminar with group exercises and participation.
- Dealing with Different Elements - Understanding how elements impact risk management. Learn how to: deal with thermal considerations, cope with the four letter word "RAIN", compensate for limited visibility due to weather, expect the unexpected - Black Ice!, manage the wind in your sails.
- Going, Going, Gone – Preparing for a trip. What you need to do to prepare. Topics include reading a map, trip planning, and packing a trailer.
- Night Riding – once the sun goes down riders need to take special precautions. Why are you out for the night? Are you as alert as you should be? How’s your eyesight? As darkness falls things that are obvious in the daylight are harder to see. Animals, road conditions, other vehicles, and truck blind spots are also covered. How can the Co-Rider help? What can you do to be more visible?
- Riding in the Heat – Summer riding presents new challenges for the rider who is less than prepared. This seminar will educate and inform riders about hot weather riding, provide tips for Riders, Co-Riders and Machines to safely ride in the heat. Do you know how to recognize the signs of heat trauma?
- Helmet Myths - Educate yourselves about helmet exaggerations, half-truths and nonsense. Be knowledgeable about riding safely and enjoying our sport. Learn about all aspects of helmets and motorcycling.
- How to Use the Rider Ed Database – a tutorial for Educators as potential users. The Rider Education Program (REP) Database is a tool designed to assist and help the GWRRA Rider Educators, at all levels of the organization, manage and record the Member’s Rider Education accomplishments and achievements. It is intended to provide: Tracking of personal accomplishments and individual achievements for the GWRRA REP Levels Program, Rapid access to REP Education and Training records and individual certification program status.
- You’re an Educator – Now What? – What are the duties and responsibilities of an Educator? Someone asked you to "Step Up" and serve as your Chapter’s Educator but you don’t really know what’s expected of you, or how to accomplish it. This seminar will provide the answers.
- Think Motorcycles - The purpose of this seminar is to make people more familiar with motorcycles. In this presentation topics include: Why familiarity helps, who rides motorcycles, road hazards, why motorists collide with motorcycles, blind spots, driver distractions, and how you can help
- Share the Road - The purpose of this seminar is to share with the public some of the hazards motorists present to motorcyclists and how they can be part of the solution. Topics include: the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA), what familiarity is and why it helps, motorcycle characteristics and who rides them, hazardous road and driving scenarios, why motorists collide with motorcycles, blind spots, driver distractions, how you can help, why motorcycles are harder to identify in traffic, why Motorist Awareness exists, and what is "Share the Road"?
- Why Motorist Awareness? - This presentation was developed with the GWRRA Member in mind. The presentation was derived from commonly asked questions and its purpose is to give Members a better understanding of the M.A.D. program. Points of discussion include: what is MAD, why do we need a motorist awareness program, how is the MAD program set up, how do I become a coordinator, is GWRRA alone in its Motorist Awareness efforts, how do I acquire contacts for doing presentations, and how can I acquire equipment for conducting presentations.
The Motorist Awareness (MA) Program is a part of Rider Education and serves as a way to reach out to the motoring public and make them aware of motorcycles and motorcyclists. Seminars are designed for presentation to Members, school and civic organizations. These seminars may be presented by properly certified University Trainers.
For more information, contact your Chapter Educator or a Rider Education certified University Trainer.