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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 trainer’s and/or to join the TLCC recovery team, however application for membership to either is not considered necessary as a reason for undertaking this course and completion of the course does not imply an invitation to join either team.

For this course, multiple members who are currently financial and have done basic training are allowed per vehicle.

The course requires physical work from every participant. We will be working on sloping ground and loose rocky and uneven surfaces while lifting and carrying equipment, hand-winching, crawling under vehicles etc.

The weekend is not suitable for children. All participants will be deeply involved in the activities and away from the shed for most of the days and the course is high-risk with vehicles moving and being recovered.

Front and rear rated recovery points are mandatory on all vehicles involved.

You will need to bring your recovery gear. Minimum kit to be as per the club hand book as handed out at Basic Diver Training.

  • Snatch strap (rated, appropriate to your vehicle).
  • Cable Dampener.
  • 2 rated shackles – 3.25 or 4.75 tonne (or one of each).
  • Tyre-pressure gauge.
  • Tyre deflator.
  • Shovel.
  • Leather work gloves (riggers gloves best).
  • In vehicle installed 5 watt UHF radio.
  • Four lengths of rope, each about 1.5 times the length of your vehicle.

If you have a winch you will also need.

  • A snatch block (at least one).
  • Cable dampener.
  • Tree-trunk protector.
  • Additional rated shackles.

Other recommended equipment.

  • Bridle/equaliser strap (either chain or plasma rope).
  • Extra rated shackles.
  • Rated chain. 

Cost: Free
Location: Willowglen
Duration: 2 Days

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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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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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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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