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4WD Courses

4wd training courses

Basic 4WD Training

The TLCC Basic 4WD Course consists of three Driver Training Modules. When you first join the TLCC, your membership is Provisional and it is a requirement of full membership that all three driver training modules be completed within 3 months of joining the club.

It is also a requirement that Driver Training must be completed before you access the Club property's or attend any social event held on Club lands.

For full details and course dates, visit the 4WD Training page


Advanced Driver Training/Advanced Recovery

This course is mandatory for people wanting to become Driver Trainers and/or join the TLCC Recovery Team. Under the watchful eye of our Trainers, learn how to tackle some of the harder tracks at Willowglen. This course is top of the range in difficulty, skill and vehicle preparation. You will learn and practice a number of the more advanced vehicle recovery techniques such as safely rolling a vehicle from its roof back onto its wheels without damaging it (too much). There will also be lots of two and three vehicle winching. The driving portion involves some of the harder tracks at Willowglen and recovery and/or winching during this course should be anticipated - definitely a course for the more adventurous.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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Advanced Recovery Training

Advanced Recovery teaches the vehicle recovery skills you may need when your 4WD trips become more challenging.

Once you have completed this course, you can also elect to become a member of the TLCC Recovery Team, which performs the recoveries for a number of 4WD competition events including our own Willowglen Challenge, the Nissan Trials, Tuff Truck Challenge and the Woodpecker Challenge.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 Day

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First Aid Course

The Club organises a First Aid Course on behalf of Club Members, by an External Training Organisation. 

Cost: $130.00 per person, non refundable.
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 (10 Hour) Day

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Auto Electrical Workshop

This course is designed for members to learn how to wire up accessories in a vehicle.
This course also covers solar systems for vehicles.
The course will cover the theory around wire sizes, fuses, aerial cables and techniques, as well as the opportunity to work on your own vehicles with guidance.
Basic electrical tools that are recommended you bring along include a soldering iron, wire cutters and pliers. Bring whatever materials you think you may need.

Cost: Free
Location: TBA
Duration: 1 Day

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Chainsaw Training

Promotes a high emphasis on safety; this course is delivered by professional chainsaw operators. You will need to bring your own chainsaw to the practical part of the course. The chainsaw is the most lethal item one can use without a licence.

Theory will be held on the Wednesday night prior to the weekend and we will cover the theory and everything that you need to bring for the weekend. The Theory is at Yagoona and starts at 7.30pm. As the venue is a Club, there is the usual dress code, which includes no vests or thongs. 

Practical training is on the following weekend at Willowglen (Saturday and Sunday).

Topics include ~

  • Saw safety
  • Clothing
  • First Aid
  • Starting Procedures
  • Use
  • Fuels
  • Maintenance
  • Chain Sharpening

Cost: Free
Location: Theory Yagoona, Practical Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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Communications Training

The Communications course covers the operation of 27 MHz and UHF CB style radios as well as HF, satellite phones, mobile phones and EPIRBS. You don't need your own radio to participate and learn. This course is very practical and many calls are made on the various radios.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 Day

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Fire Fighting Training

Run in conjunction with the Windellama Rural Fire Service in and around Willowglen.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 Day

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GPS Training

The "Getting the most out of GPS" course is designed for GPS users that are new to using a GPS.

Extensive use of practical exercises throughout the day on YOUR GPS reinforce the features of a GPS. If time permits, the use of software on a PC or laptop is also covered.

Topics include ~

  • Creating and using way-points
  • Routes and tracks
  • Navigating using a GPS
  • Map reading
  • GPS settings
  • Changing screen layouts
  • An explanation of all those wired and wonderful numbers and graphics

Cost: Free
Location: TBC
Duration: 1 Day

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Hema HN7 GPS Training

This is a 2 day course dedicated to Hema HN7 GPS. The first day will be devoted to the PC software supplied by Hema – this is a customised version of OziExplorer and is used to plan trips. These trips can then be downloaded to the HN7. Actual data from completed trips can also be uploaded to the PC for storage or other analysis. The second day is devoted to the HN7 GPS device – all configuration settings will be discussed as well as the method of using the device on trips. Participants will need to bring their HN7 and a laptop with the HN7 software already installed.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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Navigation Training

Navigation course covers some theory and all the practical you wanted to know about GPS and Map reading. This is not a GPS course but rather gives you the details required in order to use a GPS effectively.

Topics include ~

  • Understanding and reading topographic maps
  • Map co-ordinates
  • Using a compass
  • Relating maps to the ground
  • GPS systems and use
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Way-points

Cost: $15 pp
Location: Koolandilly
Duration: 1 Day

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Oziexplorer Training

This is an introductory level course. Participants will need their laptop and must have their own LEGAL copy of OziExplorer. OziExplorer allows you to work with maps on the computer screen that you create from scanned or digital maps. Ideal for planning trips for boating, 4 wheel driving, flying, hiking etc and as a real time navigation aid.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 Day

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OziexplorerCE Training

OziExplorerCE is used on a wide variety of devices including phones, PDA’s, tablets and specially created hardware. To get the most from this course, a hand-held device is preferable to a device permanently mounted in the vehicle.

The course will take participants through all the configuration options and show the settings used by the course presenter during trips.

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 1 Day

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Sand Driving Training

Under the scrutiny of our Driver Trainers, you will be instructed in the requirements for safe and successful 4WDing and vehicle recovery in sand conditions. This course is held at Stockton Beach (near Newcastle) as we don’t have much sand at Willowglen and we can’t quite afford to buy a beach of our own! A fun and educational day for all the family.

Cost: Free
Location: Stockton Beach
Duration: 1 Day

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Suspension Workshop

Ultimate Suspension at Ingelburn have offered to run a workshop to cover suspension basics and how all the different systems work.

Cost: Free
Location: Ingleburn
Duration: 1 Day

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Towing Course

The towing course covers the legal, theoretical and practical aspects of towing everything from the box trailer to caravans.

You do not need your own trailer or caravan as there are usually a few spare trailers about. Of course if you do have one, bring it along so you can practice using your own trailer or caravan.

Topics include ~

  • What can be towed
  • Who can tow
  • Advantages and disadvantages of towing
  • Legal requirements
  • Tow-bars and towing equipment
  • Electrical, brakes, axles and tyres
  • Loading
  • Driving and towing outback
  • Gas cylinders
  • Practical driving and reversing

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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Trip Leaders Training

You have enjoyed the trips and now would like to lead a trip yourself but lack the confidence. Take this course to learn from the experiences of other trip leaders.

Although you don't need to have completed this course to lead a Club trip, there is a lot of very useful information available through this mentoring program.

This course is highly practical and runs over an evening and two days, commencing at Koolandilly. Much of the fun from the course comes from leading a real trip with lots of encouragement and assistance from very experienced trip leaders.

There will be a number of challenges thrown in that are designed to build your confidence, decision-making skills and flexibility.

Topics include ~

  • Selecting an appropriate trip
  • Planning
  • Taking Bookings
  • Meeting Point Convoy procedures
  • Communication procedures
  • Recoveries and Breakdowns
  • Itinerary Changes
  • People Problems
  • Trip Reports

Cost: Free
Location: Koolandilly
Duration: 2 Days

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Trip Preparation & Camping Training

This course is especially designed for the new members. We understand that buying a 4WD doesn’t automatically make you a camping expert. You will get practical advice on what to consider taking for different sorts of trips.

Topics include ~

  • Selection of Camping gear
  • Camping etiquette
  • Camp cooking
  • Vehicle preparation
  • Trip preparation
  • Bush activities

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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Vehicle Preparation & Maintenance

An essential course teaching the most important issues for safe and hassle free 4WD touring. It is designed for non-mechanical people to learn how to prepare a vehicle and to anticipate and manage maintenance issues as they may occur on a trip. Tools are not required.

Cost: Free
Location: Koolandilly
Duration: 1 Day

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Wheel Bearing Training

This workshop will cover the repacking of the front axle wheel bearings and front axle rebuild of IFS and soild axle Toyota vehicles.
You must be prepared to get dirty for this workshop.

Cost: Free
Location: Near Windsor. To Be Advised by email one week before the course.
Duration: 1 Day

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