What You Need to Know

The ROV Basic DriverCourse (RBDC)

Prerequisites: To participate as a driver you must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid driver license. You must also have completed the ROV E-Course.

The ROV Basic DriverCourse is designed for current and prospective recreational off-highway vehicle users and is conducted by ROV DriverCoaches who are specially trained and authorized, to conduct the course. The RBDC is a partial-day program that has approximately three hours of riding time that includes between-exercise discussions. The RBDC includes six closed range exercises and up to seven optional open trail experiences, depending on terrain that is available. Also, participants use the ROV Tips & Practice Guide booklet (a takeaway document) that provides opportunities for discussion.

The RBDC is a training opportunity that provides current and experienced ROV users to learn and practice basic skills and techniques. It addresses basic operation and emphasizes safety awareness related specifically to ROV operation. The overall aim of the RBDC is to provide for driver development in the areas of skill and risk management strategies. This includes learning experiences to foster driver gains in basic knowledge, skill, attitude, values, and habits.

Drivers practice ROV operation in:

  • Vehicle familiarity
  • Control operation
  • Straight line operation
  • Braking, both normal and quick stops
  • Turning
  • Swerving
  • Driving on various terrains

All students must provide (or pre-arrange with their DriverCoach for loan equipment) and wear the following personal items during ROV operation:

  • DOT compliant helmet
  • Protective eye wear
  • Long sleeve shirt / jacket
  • Long pants
  • Gloves
  • Over the ankle footwear

Course fees
The cost of the ROV DriverCourse will vary depending on training provider and the content offered.

ROVs used in the RBDC
Drivers use their own ROV or one that is assigned to them, with permission from an owner. Only well-maintained and properly operating ROVs may be used. Tires should be in very good to excellent condition and have minimal wear. DriverCoaches make the final determination as to the appropriateness of an ROV. ROVs that have been modified or that have aftermarket equipment added may be permitted as long as there are no detrimental effects regarding safety and learning. The course is specifically designed for ROVs as defined in this curriculum.

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