The fall is a great time to learn to ride a motorbike.
The Kelowna & District Safety Council has three courses schedule, with start dates of Sept. 19, Oct. 3, and Oct. 17.
So if learning to ride has been on your mind, register for training this fall and you’ll be ready to roll when the snow melts next spring!
“We’ve had a really busy year,” says Tania Meyer executive director. “People may think about riding more in the spring and summer, but fall is a great time to learn to ride as well – class sizes are smaller, traffic isn’t as busy, and students don’t have to battle the heat of the summer.”
KDSC’s two weekend Ride Safe program costs $705 and consists of eight hours of classroom theory, more than 10 hours of skills training in a parking lot, the Motorcycle Skills Assessment, and 12 hours of in-traffic training.
For this course the KDSC provides the motorcycle, full face helmet, jacket and gloves for all training and for the ICBC Road Test. And to help fend against colder weather, KDSC has a supply of heated vests, which make shoulder season courses much more comfortable and enjoyable!
While group training is still the most popular option for people, KDSC also offers customized training. “Customized, one-on-one training has increased in popularity as so many people work shift work, work out of town or out of province, or just have really busy lives,” says Meyer. “With customized training, we can build a schedule that works for that student and it allows our instructors to really design and pace a program that’s individual to each student’s learning style and experience. Although it costs a bit more, students love the flexibility, which accounts for the 50 per cent increase we’ve seen in this type of training this year.”
KDSC also operates a driver training school and offers individual driving lessons, discounted packages for new drivers, and the full 32 hour Graduated Licensing Program (GLP). Driving assessments and Road Test preps for seniors who have been called in for ICBC or Drive Able re-exams also keep KDSC’s three driving instructors busy, as well as Defensive Driving Courses for corporate clients.
KDSC has been offering professional rider and driver safety training since 1980. As a non-profit organization that also operates the Little Travellers’ Safety Village for children, KDSC aims to make our community safer one person at a time. Call 250-765-3163 or visit www.kdsc.bc.ca to learn more about all of KDSC’s programs.