Survival Rider Refresher Course
So you’ve got a motorcycle that’s been sitting your garage for a few months, or perhaps for a few years. Perhaps your bike’s been parked for the winter, or you used to ride some years ago and are looking to get back on the saddle! ProRIDE’s Survival Rider Refresher Course is your first step.
Is Refresher Training necessary?
Absolutely! Over time, rules and laws change, road and traffic conditions change, and as a whole motorcyclists over the years have learned from their mistakes and gotten better. This Group Refresher Class is a full Certification or Recertification program which will help to reacquaint you with your riding skills, as well as update you on the latest information and Survival Riding strategies. Your friends and family will rest much easier knowing that you are taking every precaution to be safe on two wheels!
After a couple of days in the classroom updating your knowledge, you’ll spend two days in the Training Lot riding on school motorcycles. The final day is spent riding in traffic on your own bike (or use a school bike, no extra charge).
Successful Candidates will earn an updated Certificate of Completion which may qualify you for some insurance discounts. Click the blue button for more info on Motorcycle Insurance in BC:
As lifelong learners we strongly encourage riders of all skill levels to continue learning, and to challenge yourself each day to be a better rider. Despite your experience if you have never taken an ICBC-approved Motorcycle Safety course then we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Is this the right course for me?
Start by asking and answering the following questions:
- Do you already have a BC Class 6 License?
- Has it been longer than 2 years since you last rode regularly?
- Have you been “not riding” longer than you’ve been riding?
If you answered yes to any of these questions …
Then this course is right for you.
For apparel and safety gear check out our Partners:
Or these other fine retailers:
- East Side Re-Rides
- Rubber Side Down
- Louis Leather
- Or any motorcycle dealership
Group Training Includes
- 2x Classroom Theory Sessions: 8 hours;
- 2x Closed Circuit Practical Training Sessions: 12 hours;
- ICBC-Approved course time = 20 hours
- PLUS 1x Traffic Sessions: 3 Hours;
- Total Survival Rider Course Time: 23 Hours
- Motorcycle Skills Assessment
☑ Included (upon successful completion of all required modules), Ensures you are riding to the most current provincial standard
- Use of a school bike
☑ Included for all course time and testing;
- Use of school safety gear
☑ Included for all course time and testing;
Refresher Training for Motorcycles or Scooters: $700+gst
Need individual attention? Find out if 1-on-1 training is right for you.
Click the FAQ button for more info on Course Scheduling, Availability, Apparel Requirements as well as our Motorcycle Fleet!
Frequently Asked Questions
Self-serve registration is available 24/7 using your smartphone or computer. Our convenient online calendar is updated in real-time; Click the Register link below to view up-to-the-minute class availability.NEW – Now you can also register in person at our new Self-Serve Registration Kiosk located at Trev Deeley Motorcycles in Vancouver!
Classes are conducted weekly between February and October each year, including holiday weekends. Each course runs 5 consecutive days, beginning on Thursday and concluding the following Monday. A new course begins each week on Thursday. Scroll down to the next section to see more info on Class Times, or click the “Schedules” button to access our Real-Time Calendar and view the next available course.
Classes run on three different schedules depending on the time of year:
During peak season we run two classes per week. At registration you will be given the option of choosing Day Class or Night Class. Note that Day Class and Night Class share the classroom time on the first two days. While we strive to finish our classes on time, unpredictable traffic conditions which may delay our return times are unfortunately beyond our control.
It is normal for most riding schools to be pre-booked weeks or even months in advance. There's always a chance for a last minute cancellation, however we do not keep a wait list. Our online registration system functions autonomously 24/7, and sudden openings arising from late cancellations will automatically appear instantly in real-time.
This two-step plan is the best way to get in as soon as possible:
- Book in for the next earliest course; as the weather warms up, wait times will start to increase.
- After booking a course, continue to monitor our online calendar. If a sudden opening comes up you can open up your existing booking and simply move it up to the earlier date.
If no earlier opening becomes available, then at least you have booked in to the next earliest course.
Finally, don't forget that a Motorcycle Learner's License is required to attend our course. The Learner's test is available at an ICBC testing centre BY APPOINTMENT only, and ICBC is backlogged by months at this time. If you haven't already obtained the learner's license, then you can follow the same two-step process above to book yourself in at ICBC. More info on licensing:
You may cancel your course on up to two-weeks notice and receive a full refund. Late Cancellations and Missed Classes are addressed in our School Policies.
Our classroom presentation will feature a thorough discussion about safety gear, including an opportunity for Q&A. Some students may elect to defer any large purchases until after this presentation, and that's perfectly fine with us.
Until you purchase your long-term safety gear & apparel, you can wear a short-term solution. A sturdy jacket that zips up, along with a pair of long pants and some hiking boots with high socks may be sufficient for now, but keep in mind that these items provide minimal protection in the event of a fall. Consider wearing your elbow and knee pads if you're worried about falling.
A Full-Face Helmet with chin protection is required for the course. Bring your own or borrow ours. See below for a list of recommended safety gear.
We have a diverse array of bikes in our fleet, including scooters, cruisers, sport bikes, standard and dual sport motorcycles from heavyweight brands such as Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki. Our fleet ranges in size and power, including bikes in the 111-400cc class, as well as the 401-750cc class. Our lowest bike seats at just 26 inches, so even the most petite of riders can touch the ground with their feet flat while stopped or reversing. The bikes are constantly rotating as we are buying and selling bikes frequently.
Each ProRIDE bike has been upgraded with the student's safety in mind, including one or more of the following on each bike:
- Sliders, Engine Guards, and/or Hand Guards
- LED lighting for visibility in daylight, nighttime, and rainy conditions
- After-market horn for a stronger street-presence
The diversity of our fleet is one of the strengths of our school, and each student in our course has the opportunity to ride as many different motorcycles as possible. Not only will this will help to ensure you get the most thorough education possible, but also you'll be better prepared to make an informed decision when it comes time to purchase your 1st bike.
ProRIDE classes run rain or shine. Quite frankly, learning to ride in the rain makes you a better rider. Few riders plan to ride in the rain, but since we live in "Raincouver", getting caught in the rain is not a question of "if", but rather a question of "when". Learning to ride in the rain will help you prepare to face this challenge when it comes.
On the rainy days we open a couple of 10-ft canopies so you can dry off in-between each exercise. We also provide Stormtech Rain Gear, or bring your own. Just the same we recommend you bring a towel and a change of clothes for the drive home, just in case.
Register: Survival Rider Refresher Training
- During registration, your spot will be held for 10 minutes before it is released. Please complete your booking within this time in order to secure your spot;
- Our registration calendar will show you classes up to 3 months in advance; if the class you are looking for is more than 3 months away, it will automatically cycle in 3 months early.