Q: Is the course price for 1 or 2 people?
A: The course price is per van or trailer with a maximum of two participants. So if you are a couple, you can both be trained for the price. If you are a single, why not bring a friend and split the cost with them?
Q: My partner is very experienced, do they need to come?
A: They don’t NEED to come but it is highly recommended. We don’t call our towing courses “relationship counselling” for no reason . Seriously, we use teaching techniques that your partner is likely unfamiliar with. By learning how we teach, they can support your learning.
Q: What content does the course cover
By attending our Learn to Tow course you will enjoy the benefits of having skilled instructors teach you in a friendly supportive environment. This course is designed to build your confidence and skills with lots of practice.
The towing course has been developed to enable you to understand the relationship between your car and your trailer. This is a very practical course and we will progressively build your knowledge and skill, so you will be able to confidently venture out with your trailer.
This comprehensive course includes practical instruction and trainee manual covering the following:
• Safety and Towing Regulations;
• Trailer Dimensions;
• Types of Hitches;
• Loads and loading;
• Driving techniques; handling characteristics towing a trailer;
• Braking techniques with trailers;
• Turning and parking trailers;
• Positioning on the road for safety
• Judging the width of your combination
• Reversing in a straight line
• Reversing around a corner
• Parking trailers using guides, mirrors and use of low range (if applicable);
• Carry out vehicle and trailer pre & post trip inspections.
The training area is away from the general public, with ample space for manoeuvring the trailers. Hats, sun-smart clothing, and appropriate footwear (closed in shoes) are recommended. Please bring your own lunch, drinks & a chair.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting with you.
Q: Is the course recognised training?
A: We get this question all the time because some training organisations sell you the idea that only a recognised course is worth doing or at least that a recognised course is better. My question is, recognised by whom, and for what purpose? There is no national licensing authority for towing caravans and certainly none that looks more favourably on any particular training course or qualification for recreational caravanners. Nationally Recognised courses are courses that are delivered as VET (Vocational Education and Training). Vocational Education and Training is education and training for work. The VET sector exists to develop the skills and knowledge of learners to help them gain meaningful employment, develop within or change their career. So called Nationally Recognised courses contribute in part towards a Vocational qualification such as a Certificate or Diploma. In the case of “Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers AURTGA001” it contributes in part to a number of certificate qualifications – for example-
SFI40319- Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance 1-2
AUR30516- Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology 1-2
SFI20419- Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support 1
SFI30419- Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance 1-2
AUR30520- Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology 1-2
FWP30216- Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage
If you are seeking such a certificate, by all means go do a “Nationally Recognised Course” otherwise, why not do a course that covers all the same competencies and more with www.LearnToTow.com.au. We issue you a certificate on completion of the course and give you lifetime access to us for any questions. We will shortly have a mobile app that you can carry with you on your phone, to remind you of all you learned.
It is my view that all Nationally Recognised training has done, is push up the prices of some courses.
Q: What qualifications does my trainer have to deliver this course?
A: The business owner, and your trainer has a lifetime of experience as an advanced driving instructor, and was a CAMS licensed rally driver. Your trainer holds the following qualifications
Certificate IV Trainer Assessor- means they are qualified to design and deliver training, design and deliver assessment.
AURTGA3001 – Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers
SISODRV302A – Drive and recover a 4WD Vehicle
SISODRV404A – Drive a Vehicle in Difficult Terrain
SISODRV405A – Coordinate Recovery of a 4WD
PMASUP236B – Operate Vehicles in the Field
RIIVEH305A – Operate and Maintain a 4WD Vehicle
SRXEMR001A – Respond to Emergency Situations
SRXRIK001A – Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities
TLIC107C – Drive Vehicle (Low Risk Driver)
She has trained thousands of people in mining, exploration, remote health and much more. She was driver safety representative for a division of GE in Australia.
Q; I have never towed. Is the course difficult?
A: We’ve had lots of participants who were scared to get behind the wheel. Every single one of them has been delighted with what they learned. Some of the exercises may look difficult but when you know how, they become very simple. Take a look at these reviews-
“I’m overwhelmed by what I learned in 1 day with the lovely Kimberly. The tips she provided throughout the day gave me the knowledge and confidence to be able to tow my caravan home which was 2 hours away and then back the Van from the road down my long driveway into the carport. Totally awesome course and would recommend it to anyone who has never towed. Thanks again Kimberly! You rock.” – Debi
“This was an amazing course! I wasn’t initially sure what I would get out of the course, but I’m now 100% glad that I completed it. I thought I knew how to hitch up a caravan, turn in tight streets and reverse our caravan, but now I know I can do everything so much better! The course is expertly taught by Kimberly, and my wife and I can’t recommend it highly enough! If you are buying a caravan, doing this course before your first trip away is a must!” -Mike
“As a complete novice to towing I found this Course to very informative I felt comfortable to ask questions
Kimberly is a knowledgeable lady who makes you feel at ease, her ways of teaching every thing made sense and gave me confidence”- Lynette
“A very worthwhile course. As someone who’s towed a bit, I still learnt a lot. More importantly, my wife and I now approach things the same way, with the same language and systems. Kimberley was an excellent instructor, giving really clear instructions and help. Highly recommended.”- Ben
Q: Can I hire a trailer/van?
A: You can book a hire trailer with us but if you have your own van/trailer, we encourage you to bring it, as some of the learnings are specific to your set-up. If you buy a van after doing the course, we’ll let you come along for a free refresher on a mutually suitable date.
Q: Do you weigh the vehicle and trailer for us?
A: Truweigh Caravan and Vehicle Weighing does our weighing. Vehicle and trailer weighing requires a fairly lengthy consultation process to ensure the owner understands not only the process but the outcome of the weighing process. The equipment used is state of the art and requires the proper location and some setup time for accurate measurements. Not all of our venues have suitable locations, nor do we typically have the time to dedicate to this tasks when our Learn to Tow clients are focused on learning to tow- a process that itself needs a full day course. We recommend you book a Truweigh consultation. They only cost $199 for a really comprehensive report. www.truweigh.com.au