About Overlanding BC

Our staff 

Highly experienced staff

All of the team at Overlanding BC are passionate, well rounded and committed educators. We only use the best.

Have real experience

Experience cannot be replicated. Our staff have extensive experience in their fields – gained over years of training and service.

Are certified

All of our instructors are certified in their own fields, giving you the piece of mind they are the right people of the job.

Are respected

Our company is well respected, testament to our commitment to professional and correct training.

The leading professional off road training company

Who are we?

Overlanding BC is the leading professional off road training company based in British Columbia, Canada. Our operations extend across Canada, USA and further afield.

We specialize in all aspects of off road training, particularly off road driving, vehicle recovery, expedition consultancy & training, Rebelle Rally training, driver assessment, program design, OEM support, press drives, automotive events, and machine operation.

Our instructors are fully certified and have extensive experience in their industry – giving you the very best instruction possible.

Our courses are suitable for all levels of users, from recreation through to industry operators who require specialist training for their job or workplace.

Combined years of relevant training

Individuals taught per annum

Our ethos and process

Overlanding BC provides the very best education in the industry. It is our ethos and processes that consistently allow us to deliver at the very highest standards.

Mission statement

The mission of Overlanding BC’s training programs is to train its students to become critical, thoughtful, productive, safe and experienced individuals who are prepared to operate safely in their chosen environment.

Training philosophy

Our training philosophy has some key components:

First, we seek to make all of our students’ activities meaningful – whether as a form of personal or professional development such as basic navigational skills.

Second, our training is geared directly toward the skills and capacities our students will need to operate safely and efficiently in their applied domains. For example, training tasks could include individual safety, group control, personal skills, intermediate and advanced skills, recovery / rescue, etc.

Third, our overarching goal is to train students in the art of translating our knowledge into action – through teaching, training of external groups, field experience, expeditions, consulting.

To these ends, we seek to ensure that students gain understanding of their chosen program and to provide continuing programs to aid further development. Our instructors are actively involved in their field of interest and expertise both socially and professionally.

Our students receive numerous opportunities in and outside of their programs to practise those activities that best prepare them for their final learning goals. We also offer numerous opportunities for students to learn from other students through combined programs with other individuals if desired. All of these activities contribute to our students’ growth personally and as upcoming experts in their chosen program.

Training goals

We seek to:

  • Instill in our students understanding of their complete environment and its implications / challenges.
  • Promote a safe approach to all tasks and situations.
  • Foster student growth and development.
  • Prepare students to operate in all environments with the best ability and pre-training.

General outcomes: 

  • Student experience & knowledge led programs.
  • Adapted to suite your needs and the desired personal goals.
  • Safe, fun and challenging.
  • Progressive, always leading you to your next goal and preparing you for that.
Quality assurance

To ensure that we deliver at the highest level, all of our instructors are qualified in their various fields along with supporting certifications, including:

  • BC Forest Safety Council Resource Road Driving Instructor
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Off Road
  • City & Guilds Trainer & Assessor
  • OFA 1
  • OFA 3
  • WHMIS
  • Varying levels of driving licences
  • CAA Operations Level 1
  • Rope Rescue Instructor
  • Snowmobile & ATV / UTV Instructor
Where we operate

Overlanding BC is based in British Columbia, Canada. However we can travel anywhere in the world to deliver programs or conduct business.

The instructors

Our current list of staff includes:

 

  • Christopher Walker
  • Paul Cooper
  • Joanne Younker
  • Richard Warrington
  • Penny Dale
  • Keith Hammermeister
  • Colin Hanes
  • Ray Hyland
  • Ken Gallant

Our clients are our best testimonial

I took a half-day winching course from Overlanding BC. I’ve been using winches over the years, but feel much more confident doing vehicle recoveries using this method after learning what I did on the course. I would recommend Overlanding BC to any guys and gals looking to up their recovery game. Thanks gentlemen.

Source: Facebook Review

Some of our experience

Automotive industry

Our staff work in many aspects of the automotive industry across the globe.

 Our experience includes competition training, consumer ride & drives, press drives, testing, photography, film and dealer training.

Lead instructors

Experience and respect allows us to lead training at many large and well known events, including the Overland Expo Series, with our partners, 7P Overland and the Overland Rally Series.

Leading large and dynamic groups in effective education is a skill.

Program design

Our programs are adaptive and have the capability to fit most scenarios. We have designed and implemented many bespoke programs for many aspects of off road training, driving and machine operating.

 

Industrial and government

Overlanding BC specializes in off road driver and operator training for industry and government.

We offer a variety of official programs and certifications that suite the requirements of required training, as required by the Occupational Health & Safety Acts.

The Rebelle Rally

We are a preferred official training partners for the Rebelle Rally. Our skills and experience give you the best training options in preparation for this life changing and amazing competition.

Our experience throughout the rally itself gives a unique insight into what it takes to compete.

Forestry, mining & resources

Our teaching experience is broad reaching and allows us to hold several contracts to deliver specialist training. One example being the BC Forest Safety Council’s light truck driver and atv / utv programs. Perfect for most operations that require relevant training in these areas.

Certified and experienced instructors

All of our instructors are certified under the BC Forest Safety Council and the City & Guilds, often both.

By only using certified instructors we afford the ability to ensure quality assurance in our training standards.

We also only use instructors with a wealth of background experience, both from their industry and from within relevant teaching experiences.

Don’t compromise, use the best, Overlanding BC.

Some of our clients