Survival Rider Training

The Survival Rider Program, ProRide’s feature course, is an ICBC-Approved training program. During this 5-day all-inclusive course, students will be given an opportunity to ride a variety of school motorcycles while covering such topics as Rider Psychology, Control Fundamentals, Vehicle Dynamics, and Survival Riding Strategies. Additionally riders will be taught how to manage Space, Time, and Visibility, as well as develop and reinforce good riding habits for a variety of riding conditions.

During this program, motorcycle skills are assessed on-site and graduating riders may qualify to have the Speed and Supervisor restrictions lifted from their motorcycle learner’s license**.

Though these classes are designed with the beginner rider in mind, many experienced riders have taken this course to upgrade their skills to the most current standard. As lifelong learners, we welcome and encourage riders of all levels to continue to develop their skills, and to learn or relearn new or different ways to enjoy riding motorcycles!

ProRide Training Lot
At 2.25 acres, ProRide’s training lot is the largest in Metro Vancouver!

Before the course begins:

  • Students should be comfortable riding a bicycle. If you haven’t ridden one as an adult, we strongly recommend you obtain a bicycle and refamiliarize yourself before the 1st rider training class.
  • Motorcycles are primarily manual-shift.  Manual shifting is thoroughly covered in the course, but any practical experience driving a manual-shift car will be helpful.
  • Students need to visit an ICBC Driver Licensing branch and qualify for a Motorcycle Learner’s License. You must present your learner’s license on the 1st day of the course.
  • ICBC’s “Learn to Ride Smart” manual is required reading for this course. Students are encouraged to complete this reading before the 1st class; you may obtain a printed copy free at any ICBC Driver Licensing Office, or read and study it online.


How to Register

Self-serve registration is available 24/7 using your smartphone or computer.  Our convenient online calendar is updated in real-time; Click the Schedules button below to view up-to-the-minute class availability.

  • 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;

  • Also Included:
    • Motorcycle Skills Assessment – Included (upon successful completion of all required modules)
    • Use of a school bike – Included for all course time and testing;
    • A 2nd Traffic Session (+3 hrs) – Included at no additional charge ($79 value);
    • Road Test Support Package (+2 hrs) – Included at no additional charge ($159 value);
  • Total Instructional/Support Time = 28 hours

Click the FAQ button below for more info on Course Scheduling, Availability, Apparel Requirements as well as our Motorcycle Fleet!
Frequently Asked Questions

Survival Rider Group Program Tuition:

  • Motorcycle Training: $789+gst

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** ICBC Motorcycle Skills Test may be waived upon successful completion of the Approved Course and Motorcycle Skills Assessment.

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After the Course

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Your ProRide experience doesn’t end after 5 days! We find that students who ride 1000km or more after finishing the course are more confident, better equipped and more likely to pass the ICBC Road Test on their 1st attempt. To help you prepare, ProRide Graduates get access to a full menu of Graduate Support Services such as:

All Graduate Support Services are provided at an additional cost, but don’t forget that 1 additional Traffic Session AND the Road Test Support Package are included with your course tuition! You can be confident that ProRide will walk you through step-by-step until you are ready for your ICBC Road Test!

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Road Test Support Package — Included!

ICBC Motorcycle Road Test

When you’re ready, let us help you challenge the ICBC Motorcycle Road Test! Graduates get access to preferred road test scheduling, available only through ProRide! After booking your test, you’ll be invited to join us for our Pre-Test Simulator. Consider this a rehearsal before the “big show”; we’ll outfit you with a radio and follow you around in traffic just as they do on the actual ICBC road test. Don’t worry — it’s not real and it won’t count, but we’ll let you know how you’re riding and what adjustments you can make for the real road test!

For the Pre-Test Simulator you’ll have access to a school motorcycle if needed, or BYO. We’ll also meet you at ICBC for your actual road test to provide you with the same bike again, if needed, as well as give you test-day support on-site before and after your test.

This package is valued at $159 but it’s included at no additional charge with every Survival Rider Program!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register?

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.

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Where are your courses held?

ProRide Survival Rider courses are conducted at Capilano University in North Vancouver.  Click the button below for more information on this beautiful facility, as well as directions and a map.

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When is the next available course?

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.
Real-time Schedule

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What is the course schedule?

Classes run on three different schedules depending on the time of year:

ProRide Class Schedule
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.

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The date I want is unavailable; can you put me on the wait list?

There’s always a chance for a last minute cancellation, however we do not keep a wait list.  In fairness to all students, whenever possible anyone with an existing registration is notified first of any sudden openings, and given an opportunity to move up.

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What happens if I have to cancel or miss a class?

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.

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I don’t have the right gear; can I still take the course?

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.

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Which bikes will we be riding?

ProRide Motorcycle FleetWe 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, Suzuki, and Harley-Davidson.  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
Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

ProRide is the only school in Metro Vancouver with Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in our school fleet, thanks to our friends at Trev Deeley Motorcycles!

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.

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What if it rains?

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, generously provided by our friends at Trev Deeley Harley-Davidson,  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.

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When can I do my Road Test?

ICBC assigns ProRide various road test times each year for our students. These times tend to vary from year to year, but you’ll be given the opportunity to book a road test through ProRide once you’ve completed your Survival Rider Training Course.

That said, after completing the Survival Rider course, we encourage students to ride 1000kms or more before challenging the ICBC Road Test, as you are more likely to pass on the 1st attempt with significant road time under your seat.

Please Note:

  • The licensing process can take several months.  ICBC requires that you complete your road test before the Expiry Date printed on your learner’s license; please monitor this date closely.  Students with time constraints are encouraged to discuss your needs with ProRide administration at your earliest opportunity.
  • Road test demand often exceeds supply. ProRide can make no guarantees regarding the timeliness of road test availability after the course.  It is wise to plan several months ahead for road testing.

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Where can I do my Road Test?

ICBC Lougheed, BurnabyProRide’s preferred testing schedule is provided by ICBC at the Lougheed Highway location in Burnaby.  All Test Day services provided by ProRide are at this location only.

ICBC Lougheed
3880 Lougheed Highway
Burnaby BC
V5C 6N4
604-661-2255
M-F 8am-5pm

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