Learn to Ride

Kelowna District Safety Council’s team of experienced professionals is here to help get you on your way to being a skilled and confident motorcycle rider. We are the most respected name in the Okanagan, and because we are a non-profit you pay no additional taxes – you won’t find better instruction at a better value.

We have two basic Learn to Ride options: group instruction or 1-on-1 (individualized) training.

Both options are offered as three packages – Bronze ($599 group/$799 1-on-1), Silver ($699 group/$899 1-on-1) or Gold ($799/$999 1-on-1). For most people, we recommend the Silver or Gold package, which includes on-street traffic strategies. The Gold package is the best value for individuals who might want a little extra time and practice, or/or prefer to learn at their own pace.

The Group Learn to Ride course is structured over two weekends for a total of 23-1/2 to 37+ hours, depending on the package you choose.

  • Weekend One – Thursday or Friday (5:30pm – 9:45pm), Saturday & Sunday (8am – 5:30pm)
  • Weekend Two – Saturday & Sunday (8am – 3pm)

The 1-on-1 Learn to Ride training is structured according to your own schedule (pending instructor availability) and can be completed in 12 to 18+ hours. Contact KDSC at 250-765-3163 or Toll Free at 888-580-7233 and we can customize a training package that will suit your needs.

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GROUP LEARN TO RIDE PROGRAM: Fall 2018

Info Sessions (7pm – 9pm): Kelowna – March 6 (Tuesday)

Kelowna Learn to Ride (*Thursday theory)

  • K13 – Sept. 7, 8, 9, 15, 16
  • K14 – Sept. 13*, 15, 16, 22, 23
  • K15 – Oct. 12, 13, 14, 20, 21 

(additional courses may be scheduled according to demand and weather)

New for KDSC previous Learn to Ride (LTR) and Advanced Rider Training (ART) graduates! As of July 1, if you are a KDSC LTR or ART graduate, and refer a new Learn to Ride student (they must provide your name and email address), you will receive a $25 Amazon.ca eGift Card, which can be used toward the purchase of millions of items store-wide at Amazon.ca (eGift cards are sent after the new student has registered and paid their tuition to Kelowna & District Safety Council).

Not only that, but the new student you refer will receive $50 off our regular Learn to Ride tuition (after payment and registration, a $100 cancellation fee will be assessed to the student if they subsequently withdraw). Referring more than one student? Get a $25 Amazon.ca eGift Card for every student that registers and pays their (discounted) tuition!

Call 250-765-3163 to find out about other special sales and discounts. (We also offer group discounts, for groups of 4-16 people – call us to find out more).

2018 LTR brochure  click here to download our 2018 brochure outlining all of our courses for 2018 (note that prices have been updated – see new rates below).

Please click on the following link for the Learn to Ride application form:  LTR Application Form

What You'll Learn

KDSC’s Ride Safe Learn to Ride Course (Silver and Gold Packages) includes classroom theory, parking lot skills, skills assessment, and on-street traffic strategies. (Bronze packages do not include on-street traffic strategies.) This is the most in-depth program that you’ll find, and it provides students with more “saddle” time than other programs.

Theory

  • Licensing & insurance
  • Safety Equipment, conspicuity, riding environment
  • Types of motorcycles
  • Regulations, safe riding standards and strategies
  • Hazard awareness
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Safe riding practices
  • Riding dynamics

Motorcycle Skills

  • Pushing, mounting, and starting a motorcycle
  • Slow speed riding – straight line, turns, braking
  • Operating the clutch, friction zone
  • Gear changes
  • Controlled stopping, swerving, brake and evade
  • Counter-steering
  • Lane changes

Traffic Skills

  • Pre-trips
  • Intersection behaviour
  • Lane changes
  • Hill starts and stops
  • Downtown, one-way streets
  • Fueling up
Gear Requirements

For students’ own safety, KDSC’s gear requirements are stricter than the minimum standards required by BC law. KDSC provides students with free helmet, jacket, and glove rentals, but these gear loans must be pre-reserved at time of registration.

Click here for more information

Fleet

KDSC has a fleet of over 41 bikes, including cruisers, sport bikes, and dual sport bikes. Most of our bikes are 250cc, with a few 125cc bikes and we’re starting to build up an inventory of 300’s. Light and agile, they build student confidence and make learning to ride easy and fun! All major manufacturers are represented in our fleet, with a great selection of cruiser, dual sport, sport, and standard seating bikes. Due to the range of styles in our fleet, we are able to accommodate students from 4’10″ to 6’8″.  Click here to see a few of our bikes

Testimonials

Great course. Terrific instructors. Everything was first class!” Phil A.

“This course has taken me from a person who didn’t know how to start a motorcycle to someone who feels comfortable in traffic! Unbelievable how good this course is! It should be mandatory for all riders.” Kees S.

“Could not be happier with this course! Was great to try out so many different bike styles. Can’t wait to come back and take more training in the coming years!” Tara J.

“What a great course, the instructors were A+. I loved the Ride Safe program so much.” Mark K.

“Wonderful experience!! Wish I did this years ago.” Linda J.

“This course was fun, informative, eye-opening, and fun!! Wow! Worth every penny!” Alan H.

“Great customer service. Awesome! Positive Reinforcement! Great support and encouragement.” Bonnie H.

Choosing KDSC

Choose KDSC and you’ll see why our Learn to Ride is the largest, most widely recognized and the most highly recommended course in the interior of BC:

  • Experienced, friendly instructors and staff
  • Convenient course schedules
  • Proven, step-by-step curriculum
  • Our instructors administer the Motorcycle Skills Assessment as part of the course
  • We provide the motorcycles, full-face helmets, jackets, gloves, and heated vests for the course and your Road Test
  • Store-front office open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • We can book your ICBC Road Test for you
  • We’re a local registered charity that has been providing quality safety training for children, adults, and seniors for 37 years!