Off Road Recovery Course  October 27, 2018

Learn off road recovery techniques from the professional instructors who train search and rescue personnel, park rangers, firefighters, and the military.


Types of equipment and weight ratings to meet your needs:

Recovery straps and ropes

Snatch Blocks

Clevis Shackles

Soft Shackles

Soft Shackles


Land Anchor

Winch Operation:

Safe Winch Operation

Winching Accessories

Team Work with Winches

Self Recovery

Problem Solving:

Mechanical Advantage

Direction Changes

Multi-line Pulls

Calculating Required Pull Force

Calculating Anchor Required Force

Use of Recovery Straps and Ropes

Proper set up

Communication Between Drivers

Actual dynamic recovery participation

Realistic Scenario

The class will culminate in a realistic scenario where you will be presented with a realistic recovery scenario.  You will decide what equipment is needed, you will calculate the required pull force required, you will rig the recovery, and you will execute the recovery, all under the guidance of our expert instructors. 

The Driving Company will provide all necessary gear for use in this course.  At the end of the course, you will have all the information you need to decide what gear you want to buy for yourself.  Unless you already have gear, do not buy anything new until AFTER you have attended this course. This way, you will know exactly what to buy.

Off Road Training for the General Public.

We can do off road training for you in any sort of vehicle; from a stock SUV to modified off road vehicles. We will tailor the class to meet your off road learning needs, your level of experience, and your vehicle capability. This class will pay for itself many times over, because the skills you learn will help keep you from damaging your vehicle. 

This is your chance to learn off road driving from the professionals who train search & rescue personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and the military. We are the people who train the personnel at the off road parks in California, including Hollister Hills SVRA. Ask any park ranger, and they will know us!  In your search for training, you may find weekend instructors who offer training through an off road club, but the instructors from The Driving Company are recognized by the State of California (POST) as experts in Off Road Vehicle Operations, and all have been through instructor development training. Our Lead Instructor, Dave Storton, holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education.  The Driving Company has a perfect safety record since we started in 2003.

Topics Include:​
Off road safety in any stock SUV, stock pickup, or modified off road vehicle​  
4WD Theory​  
Ascending and descending steep inclines​   
Approach and departure angles​   
Proper tire pressure​  
Proper braking methods​   
Handling weight transfer​  
Proper vehicle configuration​  
Spotting techniques​   
Custom Courses
Course Dates Available for Groups of 6 or More​  

Prices per person.
1-Day Basic Off Road: $320

​​​4-wheel Drive vehicles available for rent:

$100 per day per student (2 students assigned to 1 vehicle) 

(limited availability- first come, first served)​

What to bring: Also see the FAQ Page!
1.  4-wheel drive vehicle in good working order

(one vehicle per two students is recommended,

but coming solo is just fine!)
2.  Boots with good tread and ankle support.​ 
3.  Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen​ 
4. Notebook       
5. ​Bring a lunch and snacks - there are no places to eat nearby.

(We will have drinks for you.)