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WFTR 132 - Snowmobile Safety
Snowmobiling - now a $6 billion a year industry in North America - is quickly growing in popularity. Most riders are sensible. But why do 90 Canadians die every year in snowmobile incidents?

The Snowmobile Rider Course provides hands-on training with emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson. Students will learn basic techniques for riding a snowmobile responsibly. The lessons include introduction to snowmobile operation, rules to follow during practice, controls/safety equipment, riding strategies, starting/warming-up/stopping the engine, moving backward and forward, braking, turns, obstacles, safe riding practices, riding over hills, as well as day/night riding. Snowmobiles must have proper windshield with capping, all lights working and in good operating condition and must pass a safety inspection by the instructor. According to Section 16.53 of WCB Regulations the employer must ensure that each snowmobile operator is properly trained in the safe operation of the vehicle. Students must supply own snowmobile, approved helmet, goggles, gloves, proper footwear and warm protective clothing


Hours: 7 (Lecture Hours: 1; Seminars and Tutorials: 1; Field Experience Hours: 5)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
The following topics are covered in this course:
Introduction to the Snowmobile
- Parts of the snowmobile,
- Types of snowmobiles
- Snowmobile clothing
- Snowmobiling and the law
- Manufacturer's corner
- Review and safety check
Snowmobile Driving Techniques
- Pre-ride safety check
- Positions while driving
- Maneuvering the snowmobile
- Passenger and group riding
- Crossing roads and railroad tracks
- Review and safety check
Snowmobile Driving Conditions
- Trail riding
- Off-trail riding
- Ice riding
- Mountain riding
- Terrain variations
- Review and safety check
Snowmobile Preparedness
- Regular maintenance
- Emergency maintenance
- Trailering and security
- Emergency procedures
- Pre/post season maintenance
- Review and safety check
Snowmobiles and the Environment
- Effects of winter
- Medical first aid on the trail
- Respecting the environment
- Pollution controls
- Private property

- Review and safety check


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course participants will know and be able to demonstrate how to operate a snowmobile in a safe, responsible manner.


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: Pass (is up to the Instructor)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


- Students must supply their own snowmobile, helmet (both need to pass a safety inspection by the instructor) and appropriate winter clothing.
- Computer Based Snowmobile Safety Tutorial supplied by Training Institution


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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