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! Learn all about motorcycle riding safety with our courses.
Most riders will choose the full Ride Safe Learn to Ride course (two weekends, 32+ hours of Theory, Motorcycle Skills, Motorcycle Skills Assessment, Traffic Skills training). This is the most complete motorcycle training course, and graduates will enjoy significant insurance discounts. We provide helmet, jacket, gloves, and motorcycle for the course and for the final Road Test. We highly recommend this as your course of choice.
We also offer group discounts, for groups of 4-16 people, with up to a 25% discount!
We also offer a $75.00 gift voucher for referrals – call us for details.
Alternatively, riders may choose to take the Novice Skills course (weekend one of the Ride Safe course, 18 hours of Theory, Motorcycle Skills, and the Motorcycle Skills Assessment). We provide helmet, jacket, gloves and motorcycle for the course. Students may add Traffic Skills at a later date.
Our new 2017 Learn to Ride courses are now ready to book. Please note as well that we are offering the theory night on Thursdays as well as Fridays, so make sure you know which is your start date. If you are interested in the Learn to Ride course and want to learn more you can register for one of our FREE info sessions below!
Please click on the following link for the Motorcycle Training Program Application form: LTR Application Form
KDSC’s Ride Safe Learn to Ride Course includes 8 hours of Theory, 10 hours of Motorcycle Skills, 2 or more for the Motorcycle Skills Assessment, and 12 hours of Traffic Skills. This is the most in-depth program that you’ll find, and it provides students with more “saddle” time than other programs.
- 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
- 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
- Lane changes
- Intersection behaviour
- Lane changes
- Hill starts and stops
- Downtown, one-way streets
- Fueling up
KDSC has a wide variety of group training course options, and if none of them work for you, see the toggle below for information about customized training!
Note that the Ride Safe Learn to Ride course is structured over two weekends:
- Weekend One – Thursday or Friday (5:30pm – 9:45pm), Saturday & Sunday (8am – 5:30pm)
- Weekend Two – Saturday & Sunday (8am – 3pm)
Students registering for the full Ride Safe course ($749 total cost) will attend all course dates. Students registering for the Novice Skills course ($550 total cost), will attend the first 3 dates of a course (Thursday/Friday night, Saturday, Sunday). Novice Skills students may add a Traffic Skills Course at a later date, either as customized training or with a group if space is available, ($300 total cost). Scroll down this page for a full listing of all available course dates.
Kelowna Learn to Ride (*Thursday theory)
K1 — Mar 24, 25, 26 April 1 & 2
K2 — March 31 April 1, 2, 8, 9 (full)
K3 — April 7, 8, 9, 22, 23
K4 — April 20*, 22, 23, 29, 30
K5 — Apr 28, 29, 30, May 6, 7
K6 — May 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 : LADIES Only
K7 — May 12, 13, 14, 27, 28
K8 — May 25*, 27, 28 June 3, 4
K9 — June 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 : Penticton location
K10— June 16, 17, 18, 24, 25
K11— June 23, 24, 25, July 8, 9
K12— July 6*, 8, 9, 15, 16
K13— July 14, 15, 16, 22, 23
K14— July 21, 22, 23, 29, 30
K15– August 11, 12, 13, 19, 20
K16– August 17*, 19, 20, 26, 27
K17– August 25, 26, 27, Sept, 9, 10
K18– Sept. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17
K19– Sept. 22, 23, 24, 30 Oct. 1
If KDSC’s group training schedule doesn’t work for you, we also offer customized one on one training options that are ideal for people who work or live out of town, work a non-traditional schedule, have limited or split days off, have many family or recreational commitments, or who just prefer a one-on-one learning environment.
When customized, the Ride Safe Learn to Ride course can be completed in as little as 3 full days, or 18 hours, (weekday, evening, and weekend options available). Course dates can be consecutive or spread out to work with your schedule. It’s the same great training and the same curriculum that is offered in our group classes, including theory, parking lot, your motorcycle skills assessment and traffic skills, and including as well all your gear and a bike for your road test if needed.
The total cost for a complete private customized course is $950.
If you can sit in with a LTR group for the theory portion you can save $50, paying only $900 in total.
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.
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.
KDSC has a fleet of over 44 bikes, including cruisers, sport bikes, and dual sport bikes. Most of our bikes are 250cc, with a few 125cc bikes. 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
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.
Choose KDSC and you’ll see why our Ride Safe Program 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!
Learn to Ride $749 total cost!
Learn to Ride – FREE Info. Sessions in Kelowna
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Novice Skills $550 total
Traffic Skills $300 total