ATV Safety Institute to Expand Online Training

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The ATV Safety Institute (ASI) says its suite of free online safety courses will be moving from beta testing to production near the end of March.

Launched last June at www.atvsafety.org, the beta ATV eLearning safety courses have attracted more than 5,000 people. The courses are designed for specific target audiences: adult, teen (12 to 15 years old) and youth (6 to 11 years old). The adult e-course also includes advice for parents and guardians to coach and supervise youth throughout their learning process.

In the first six months of the beta program ending in December, enrollees included 3,672 adults, 1,009 teens and 445 children. ASI’s goal in providing the interactive online courses is to complement traditional ASI training offerings with a convenient 24/7 option.

“We realize how critical the Internet is to the educational process, and what an essential communications tool it is for American families today,” Paul Vitrano, executive vice president of the ASI, stated in a press release. “We’re very pleased with the strong response to the beta launch of ASI’s e-Learning courses. Day or night, weekdays or weekends, adults, teens and children can prepare in advance for the hands-on ATV RiderCourse or brush up on skills and safety information after taking the course. The combination of the ATV RiderCourse and online e-courses provides an expanded learning experience that enhances rider safety.”

Each self-paced course runs about two hours and focuses on ASI’s Golden Rules and the fundamentals of the ATV itself and riding, with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance. The online courses include videos from a rider’s point of view, animation, interactive learning exercises and quizzes.

To engage teenagers and youth, the ASI e-courses are introduced by avid ATV riders Christopher and Kyle Massey, stars of the Disney Channel TV shows That’s So Raven and Cory in the House and the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101. Their mother, Angel Massey, implores parents and guardians in the adult e-course to supervise their children while riding, as she does when riding with Christopher and Kyle.

Posted by Arlo Redwine