LEVELS OF TRIPS & DUTIES OF GRADES (JULY 2016)

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LEVELS OF TRIPS & DUTIES OF GRADES (JULY 2016)

Post by AD4x4 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:31 pm

1. LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF TRIPS
1.1 ANIT:
a) The only equipment required to attend an ANIT trip is a 4X4 vehicle with front and rear recovery points
b) Half an hour to an hour briefing presenting AD4X4 club: mission and vision, club rules, safety standards, equipment, description of a typical trip and convoy discipline.
c) The AD4X4 ANIT Briefing document should be used to ensure briefing covers all necessary aspects.
d) Explanation of club grades and the logbook system. It should be highlighted that we are a family oriented club and we come to enjoy the desert, not to chase signatures. Doing the minimum number of trips does not guarantee an upgrade - Marshals will sign when they are confident the member is ready for the next level.
e) Explanation of risks: roll overs can happen, costly hobby, off road insurance required etc.
f) Trip should be easy couple of hours drive with regular breaks for chat, questions, and to check all members are feeling ok about the driving
g) Official ANIT trip should be attended by new members to gain their first star. Members can join a newbie level trip without attending an ANIT first (if the Marshal chooses to accept them) however they will not receive their first star until they attend a proper ANIT trip
h) Following completion of the first ANIT, subsequent ANIT trips can be signed as a newbie trip in the logbook and counted towards the member’s upgrade
i) Trips attended prior to obtaining a logbook are not counted toward the member’s upgrade
j) Emergency contact details and the red boxes in the logbook are mandatory fields that must be completed by the member prior to getting sign-off for a trip

1.2 Newbie:
a) Full safety briefing and reminder of convoy rules given before start of trip
b) Easy level drive with breaks every hour if no stucks
c) Easy straight cresting, medium downhill slip faces
d) Explain the risk of fighting gravity and how to turn down safely
e) NO SIDE SLOPING! NO SIDE CRESTING! NO BOWLS!
f) NO NIGHT DRIVE (except direct way out from a BBQ area)
g) NO LIWA!
h) Newbies should witness recoveries made by higher level drivers, which should be explained by the supervising Marshal
i) There is no mandatory equipment required by the Newbie apart from a 4x4 with front and rear recovery points (equipment requirement is only for upgrade to intermediate).

1.3 Intermediate:
a) Full safety briefing and reminder of convoy rules given before start of trip
b) Extended trip duration, up to full day of drive. Increase speed of trips
c) Spice up the route and difficulty level, after an easy start to assess the members’ capabilities
d) Level of the trip is adjusted to the weakest member
e) Introduction to small side sloping – explanation and demonstrations to be provided
f) NO SIDE CRESTING! NO BOWLS!
g) Easy night drive
h) Easy Liwa (stay out of the bowls and the highest dunes)
i) Doing their own recoveries if easy, supervised by a Marshal
j) GPS Skill sign off, where the member demonstrates the ability to program and navigate to an easy waypoint, should be on last trip before upgrade to ADVANCED and it is mandatory
k) The equipment required by the member is as per the upgrade requirements from Newbie to Intermediate level

1.4 Advance:
a) Full safety briefing and reminder of convoy rules given before start of trip
b) Side sloping, side cresting, high dune climbing and bowls are introduced and explained
c) This is a learning level! Level of the trip is adjusted to the weakest member
d) Lead and sweep trips organized
e) Second lead and sweepers should be advance
f) Learning about advanced recovery techniques
g) GPS training and accumulating waypoints for common areas
h) Upgrade to expert only
i) The equipment required by the member is as per the upgrade requirements from Intermediate to Advanced level.

1.5 Expert:
a) Full safety briefing and reminder of convoy rules given before start of trip
b) Only one limit: safety
c) No night drive in Liwa


If you are unsure of any of the above rules please send a PM to a Sr. Marshal or SC who will clarify it further for you.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation to maintain the high standards of AD4X4

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AD4x4 Management

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