For over fourteen years now it's been my pleasure and privilige to teach the Mike Waite course to civilian riders.
Very few "Advanced Riding Instructors" have any qualifications at all. Some so called advanced instructors have only a riding qualification or are only qualified to teach learner riders.
Motorcycling is potentially DANGEROUS
Beware of amateur instructors
Entrust your training to a properly qualified professional
Trained by Mike Waite (ex Police Motorcycle Instructor) in Advanced Police Riding Techniques to Instructor Level
National Diploma in Advanced Rider Training.
DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) Enhanced Rider Scheme Trainer
FBOS (First Bike On Scene) First Aid Certificate
DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme Trainer
Chosen by Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership to train Cheshire Fire and Rescue riders in advanced riding techniques.
I have also guested on BBC radio programmes in my capacity as a professional advanced riding instructor and I am available as a guest speaker for interested groups.
The Mike Waite courses consist of the UK Police Advanced Riding System as applied to everyday riding. It is the best road riding method in the world.
I am absolutely convinced of this and also of the fact that the best way to learn it properly is to get out on the road with the right instructor.
I know this because of my own experiences as a rider before getting proper training from Mike for myself.
I tried learning it from:
an Advanced Riding group
the Blue Book (police rider's handbook)
Mike's DVD of police advanced riding techniques
What was the result?
Well, the result was that I thought that I knew how to do it!
After all I was a proud holder of the ROSPA Diploma! (an advanced riding training qualification) so I must have known how to do it mustn't I?
What happened to change my belief that I knew what was what?
I'll tell you:
One day another rider lent me a DVD (or rather a VHS video as it was in those days). It was of course Mike Waite's excellent “Police Advanced Riding Techniques”
I liked it - so much so that after watching it a few times I thought that I must get my own copy.
What happened next changed my riding forever.
I called Mike to order it and got chatting with him about riding. I thought that I would impress him by telling him that I had the diploma qualification and his response shocked me!
He said, "Oh yes, I had a chap on the course who had that diploma (pause) I wasn't impressed."
I didn't waste any time booking a course with Mike for myself, we would see!
Once I got out onto the road with Mike it was a real eye opener, listening to the commentary, following him, it didn't take me long to realise that I didn't really know how to do it at all!
Mike soon put me right of course and then, when he eventually retired, he paid me the great compliment of asking me to carry on where he had left off.
So I am convinced that the only way to learn how to ride properly is to get out on the road with a trainer who really knows how it's done.
This is why I am passionate about teaching riding:
The right way!
The only way!
The professional way!
Ride with a trainer who is specially trained in the highly efficient, personalised radio commentary way of training as developed by Mike Waite.
I'm often asked about speed. A rider should choose a speed that is comfortable for them. This varies greatly from rider to rider.
You will not be asked or expected to ride faster than you are comfortable with.
The courses are about discovering the techniques and getting used to using them. This is best done at moderate speeds to allow the necessary time to:
listen to the commentary
take in and understand
relate to what you can see
try the techniques - and
notice the advantages
Once you have the techniques you will find that they work at any speed you choose, slow, medium or fast.
Students are delighted to discover for themselves that using the techniques automatically increases their pace, their safety, stability and control.
It also reduces unwanted surprises and vastly increases confidence and the enjoyment of riding.