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Overview - Drive and Recover a 4WD Vehicle

Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package; this unit applies to outdoor recreation leaders working for outdoor education or adventure providers; volunteer groups; not-for-profit organisations or government agencies.

Family Special; $545 for 2 participants in the same vehicle; receiving one training pack.

This one day course is designed to give you basic 4WD skills. We limit the number of vehicles on each course, and maintain an instructor to student ratio of 1:6 people so that you can experience our excellent training standards. This course covers operating your vehicle over a variety of terrain, water crossings, snatch strap recovery, and wheel changing.

4WD Course for Low Range Capable Vehicles

RTO ID No: 90547
Duration: - 1 day plus time for pre-reading & pre-course questionnaire

Mode of delivery: Blended learning (Pre-learning & face to face)

Includes: Fully comprehensive "Getabout Training 4WD Guide Book", which contains Basic to Advanced 4WD driving techniques & information. 

This Course provides Nationally Recognised Training in the following Units of Competency

National Code: SISODRV302A Drive and Recover a 4WD Vehicle (Formerly SRODRV001B)


  1. Plan for four wheel driving.
  • Determine structural and handling differences between a conventional two wheel drive and a four wheel drive vehicle.
  • Identify the purpose and use of front wheel hubs where appropriate, recovery points and mounting features.
  • Identify factors affecting tyre size, fitment, rating, and pressure.
  • Identify hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment.
  • Select equipment and check working condition according to manufacturer's recommendations and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Access relevant sources to interpret weather and environmental information and determine activity plan.
  • Determine food and water requirements according to principles of nutrition and contextual issues.


  1. Perform pre-departure checks.
  • Perform routine pre-departure checks and take action to correct any deficiency.
  • Apply safe vehicle loading practices and secure personal items according to organisational policies and procedures.
  • Advise passengers of safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
  1. Drive in a variety of terrain types.
  • Survey track to identify hazards, asses risk and select routes that minimise damage to the environment.
  • Apply smooth accelerator control strategies over a range of terrain types.
  • Apply recommended braking techniques for hard top surfaces and off road conditions.
  • Identify situations where the engagement of four wheel drive is required.
  • Engage 4W drive and front hubs or centre differential lock where required.
  • Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.
  • Perform a stop and reverse on a moderate incline.
  1. Recover a vehicle.
  • Identify risks associated with vehicle recovery and develop and implement strategies to minimise risks according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Identify recovery points and prepare vehicles for recovery.
  • Apply recommended mounting strategy on the four wheel drive vehicle and use of rated recovery equipment.
  • Apply techniques for joining recovery or snatch strap.
  • Coordinate safe recovery of a four wheel drive vehicle using a single snatch strap.
  • Perform post recovery checks and repairs.
  • Apply techniques for arresting the snatch strap in case of breakage during recovery
  1. Perform maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Access maintenance equipment and conduct routine maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Check, where necessary, brakes and undercarriage after negotiating varying terrain.
  • Demonstrate safe use of a jack to support a four wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground, according to organisational policies and procedure and manufacturer's specifications.
  • Complete vehicle performance reports and notify designated personnel.
  1. Evaluate four wheel driving activity.
  • Evaluate relevant aspects of the activity.
  • Identify improvements for future four wheel driving activities.

Course Description (SISODRV302A_R21.pdf, 142 Kb) [Download]

Awesome experience!
Matthan 22.06.2016, 00:20