Passing the Advanced Test is only the start of the skills programme
CWAM has on offer. If you're a keen biker who wants to enhance and develop your abilities there are several avenues available. CWAM provides assessment and/or further
development opportunities by means of one-off sessions or a specific course with a Senior Observer. The course can be designed around the memberís particular needs or
targeted at the IAM Masters Certificate.
The sessions are pre-booked and last two to three hours. The format is similar to
a standard check ride, starting with a briefing, followed by approximately 40 miles of riding on all classes of road. At the end the attendee will receive a full verbal
debrief and a mark sheet detailing their riding standard in specific skill areas. These assessments must be pre-booked through CWAM's post test trainer, Paul Lewis, and a contribution of £10 each plus refreshments is the norm.
Riding skill development
The stage beyond a post test assessment is Riding Skill development for those members who wish to improve their understanding and execution of the Roadcraft system of riding.
Upon completion the member will be able to display a greater level of precision, smoothness and planning beyond test standard with a more relaxed, confident and progressive
style. Sessions can be one-offs, multiple, or part of a planned development course leading to the IAM MASTERS CERTIFICATE. Lasting about 3 hours, these one to
one tutorials include on-road coaching and demonstration rides. At the end of each session the attendee will receive a full verbal debrief and a mark sheet detailing their
riding standard in specific Roadcraft skill areas. The usual contributions towards the National Observers running costs are observed. If you wish to undertake the Master's
Programme please contact Ian Collard, CWAM's masters mentor.
Group riding skills
These are specific on-road workshops that are intended to increase
memberís riding quality and confidence. Each session incorporates a heavy emphasis on
anticipation, planning and safety within the riding plan. The sessions run with one or two National Observers and need at least two attendees over a short run of roads. The
roads are ridden a number of times within the session with a different rider leading each time. Self analysis and cross analysis between the attendees is strongly encouraged
as a learning aid and that is why a short repeated set of roads is used. It must be emphasized that these sessions are not in any form a challenge to see who can go faster
and leave the others behind. They are a serious tutorial in the discipline of riding with other motorcyclists. These workshops are advertised well in advance in the Events Diary and publicised in the Newsletter
Police Instructor Assessment
This is an on-road session led by the resident CWAM police instructor. These are designed to be a relaxed and enjoyable half day of riding where oneís personal Roadcraft skills can be honed and weaknesses and strengths confirmed.
There is a maximum of three attendees for each session. The session starts with a demonstration ride given by the instructor with each attendee taking it in turns to ride in
the number two position. Then each attendee takes their turn to lead with the instructor in the number two position for about 20 to 30 minutes, stopping for guidance as
required. Morning sessions are debriefed over lunch. Each attendee receives a written report plus an overall score. The score provides a target for members to better at
subsequent attempts. A £15.00 contribution is required from each attendee towards the course running costs. These sessions are generally held once a month and
details are in the Events
Slow Riding Training Days
These half-day events are held at least twice per year and are open to all associates and members. The days are designed to provide a
benefit to all regardless of the riderís skill level. You can learn the art of slow riding from scratch in a relaxed atmosphere or just attend with the intention of
practicing or honing existing skills. There are usually two layouts provided: one for getting the basics right and one more advanced and complicated just for the sheer hell
of it. National Observers and our police instructor provide mentoring, guidance and instruction as required or requested. One-to-one sessions can also be arranged for
individuals outside of these arrangements under the Riding Skills. Again, these are advertised in the Events Diary.
IAM Rider Skills Day
These training sessions are national events for members and associates. They are conducted at local race
tracks but are not track days in the recognised sense. The skills days have been put together by the IAM to provide expert tuition in rider skills and motorcycle control
whilst in the safe environment of a race track (good road surface and no oncoming traffic or junctions). There is one instructor per four attendees and you stay with your
instructor throughout the session as you complete the various exercises and enjoy the freedom of the track. These days are excellent for improving oneís on-road confidence
and familiarisation with the behaviour of oneís own motorcycle. Bookings must be done through the IAMRoadSmart. See their website for latest details.
Further details on each of the rider development courses above can be obtained from the CWAM training
Become a Qualified Observer
One of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can do is train to
prepare and coach CWAM associates. The CWAM training team has developed an excellent observer training course and if you're the right type of person, CWAM mentors will guide
you through the various written and practical stages. By taking up the challenge, not only will you learn how to pass on your knowledge and improve your roadcraft, you will
have the immense satisfaction of knowing that you played an significant role when associates you have helped, pass their test.