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Date Registered: 10-2005
Location: Orange. NSW.
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Newbies,

The Watagans is a great learning ground for experiencing varying levels of 4wd'ing. If anyone want an intro drive, please let me know. I would be happy to run it as a semi training run if that is what you want.

And by the way, I am an accredited 4wd instructor so I know what I am generally talking about.

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Date Registered: 03-2008
Location: Belrose, Sydney
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Hey Brett,
could have done with some of your training today, it took me three attempts to to get up a rock incline in the Watagans today! emoticon
Anyway Stockton, Ive only driven on the beach once & got bogged instantly, so I need the practice & am free tomorrow! emoticon

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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quote:

DingoMouse wrote:
Anyway Stockton, Ive only driven on the beach once & got bogged instantly, so I need the practice & am free tomorrow! emoticon



Kurnell is closer to you to have that bit of practice and nope, am not free tomorrow emoticon



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Date Registered: 10-2005
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Just to clarify my position as an 'accredited 4wd instructor'.

I have been a senior 4wd driving instructor and assessor with the New South Wales Police since 2005. I have completed several 4wd training courses, including advanced vehicle recovery techniques. I have participated in numerous 4wd tours and tag-alongs all over Australia (exept WA) and have owned low-range 4wd's most of my life. The x-trail is my first soft-roader.

I have obtained my 'Cert IV' in 'Training and Assessment', which enables me to teach and assess small groups.

As part of my annual re-accreditation, I must complete a 3 day training course and examination. Fail this and I don't get re-credited.

I am currently preparing my 'recognition of prior learning' package to acheive national recognition of my qualifications through the 'Australian National 4wd Council'. This will allow me to start my own training company or work alongside already recognised training groups.

So, what does this mean to the forum ???

Well, I can give advice into related subjects from actual experience. I do not soley rely on what I read on the internet and rehash this as being my ideas. Whilst on forum trips, I am able to offer advice based on my experience and knowledge.

When I say that I am willing to run training exercises, this will of course not be affiliated with the forum and no liability will be put back onto the forum or forum owners.

As with our forum based trips, we only use the forum to communicate the details of the trips. Once we are out there, we are on our own and no blame or recourse can be attributed back to the forum for any damage or misadventures. The same applies to my offer of training.

So, I hope this clears up my position. I am willing to offer my 'educated' opinion whenever needed (or wanted), but I am of course, open to the advise and opinons of others. This is the great thing about such forums, gaining a varied opinion base on a vast array of peoples experiences.

Some forums (luckily not this one) are full of hacks who give incorrect or ill informed advice to other forum users. However I have found that on this forum, most of the advice given is accurate and of some benefit to all. We all have a common love for the Nissan x-trail and whether we purchased it to explore its boundaries or not, we are members of this forum to be a part of the experience.

Sorry for the long-winded response or if I have come across the wrong way. I just hope this clears things up. Due to there being several newbies to the 4wd scene who have no off-road experience and seem keen to experience the forum trips, I think those members would feel more reassured having an 'trained' person along for the ride. Whether you listen to or follow my advise, is entirely up to you. My 4 year old doesn't listen to me, so I will not be offended if you don't either.

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Thanks for clearing this up Brett. Much appreciated.

Besides that, there are several official 4WD Training Courses which all newbies to 4WDriving are encouraged to take if they're indeed serious about off-roading or just to gain knowledge of what one can expect from their 4WD and general 4WD guidelines.

These 4WD Courses have been discussed on our forum before and can be found HERE

As a new 4WDriver myself back in 2003, I was fortunate enough to go on trips with Peter from Australia 4WD when he was working for a 4WD Training company and run these introductory courses for our forum. I have gained a lot of confidence and experience from the many trips we have been on and I thank Peter for this knowledge and am sure many others who came along with us, feel the same way.

It is an asset to the forum to have an accredited 4WD instructor with us and such knowledge can be shared by all, as long as we're all act sensibly and responsibly about it because after all, the off-road environment is full of surprises as you may have already experienced and the last thing we want to happen to any of you (our forum members) is putting a trip report showing the extent of damage done to your vehicle should the unthinkable happen.

The Australian X-Trail Forum's position is VERY clear in this regard, but at the same time we don't want anyone getting blamed for any incident that might happen out there while you're having fun, so as Brett correctly stated, Everyone is on their own! when it comes to making a decision to join such an event. This of course does NOT mean you will not receive help and guidance along the way. It simply means you take FULL responsibility for your actions!

In regards to advices being given on our forum (or any forum for that matter) we have clearly stated before that such information should NOT be treated as "Gospel". It comes from various sources and from various people with varying degree of knowledge and interpretation of things/facts. You're to use this advice as the basis to form your own opinion or to explore things deeper to gain your own knowledge about things. The internet is a great source of information and in most cases you will come across advices that come from one's own experience and knowledge and it is not a crime to pass it to your fellow forumers as long as you clearly state the source OR test this piece of advice in real life and share what YOU have actually experienced by following it, only then one can claim they have the experience and knowledge, because they would have done it themselves!

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Date Registered: 03-2008
Location: Marsfield, NSW
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G'day all,


The book "15 4WD Trips close to Sydney" from Boiling Billy Publications may be useful for inspiration. It has GPS references and recommends trips for soft roaders.

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Regards,
Zhivan

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