Class registrations taken until 24 hours prior to class start date. The DNR ATV Education Program Skills Course is based on the concept of teaching students to be active riders -- using weight transfer (leaning into turns, leaning forward when going uphill, etc.) to dynamically adjust the suspension and weight distribution of the vehicle as needed in varying riding situations. The goal of the DNR ATV Education Program Skills Course is to expose riders, old and new, to responsible viewpoints on rider safety and to provide a base for rider skill development.
The course is approximately 4 ˝ - 5 ˝ hours in length and is designed to be completed in one day, usually on a weekend. It is a program to teach ATV riders the principles and behaviors of safe and responsible ATV riding. The course consists of both discussion lessons and riding lessons. The discussion lessons provide discovery and discourse on the principles and practices of riding an ATV. The riding lessons provide students with hands-on practice of riding exercises and skill development under the supervision of a DNR-certified instructor.
Skills which are practiced in the course include starting the engine properly, shifting gears, braking, turning, sharp turns, stopping, swerving, mitigating obstacles, U-turns, K-turns, and traversing hills. Students will also be engaged in discussions of risk awareness, risk management, riding strategies, environmental concerns, and the practice of only riding in legal areas and with landowner permission. While anyone is welcome to take this course, education certificates will only be issued to students who are 12 or older and pass the course. Students who are 11 will receive a certificate that will become effective on their 12th birthday. Students who successfully complete the course will receive their education certificate at the end of the class.
Students must take the following items to the class:
•An ATV that is properly sized for the student (student can comfortably reach all of the controls on the machine and can operate them)
•Protective gear that includes:
•Owner’s manual for the ATV
•Drinking water, a snack, and sun screen
•Rain gear, if needed.
*Classes will take place rain or shine.
*Machines must be in good working order, equipped with a proper muffler, and have a current registration. Students will not be allowed to participate in the course if the machine is not properly sized or does not meet all of these requirements.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE WILL EARN THE PARTICIPANT AN EDUCATION CERTIFICATE, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR RIDERS 12 – 17 ON PUBLIC LAND AND ICE IN IOWA AS PRESCRIBED BY IOWA CODE SECTION 321I.25.
AN EDUCATION CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS RECOGNIZED BY MOST STATES. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO YOUR DESTINATION STATE TO CHECK THEIR REQUIREMENTS.
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