Motorcycling is a popular means of transportation. Many riders commute to work, while others ride for recreation. Regardless of the reasons, motorcycling is an enjoyable means of transportation, but not without some inherent risks. Motorcycles and their riders are more vulnerable than cars and their drivers. Motorcycles aren’t as stable as a four-wheel vehicle. Because of these and other factors riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, especially without some form of formal training.
To reduce the number of motorcycle related crashes and casualties, the Marine Corps offers several Motorcycle safety Foundation riding courses for a variety of skill levels.
All military motorcyclists aboard DoD installations must successfully complete a recognized motorcycle safety course. To register for a course, individuals must go to their motorcycle president or their 3 shop and sign up through Enterprise Safety Applications Management System (ESAMS). In addition, military members under the age of 26 must present a valid Driver Improvement card to qualify for any of the courses.
All participants that have their own street legal, insured and registered motorcycle will use it for the course. Loaner bikes are available on a limited basis. Also proper Personal Protective Equipment (DOT Helmet, long pants, full fingered gloves, boots, long sleeved shirt or jacket) are required to take the course. Helmets and gloves are provided for those that require it for the course.
For more information call 760-830-5008 or email the Traffic Safety/ Motorcycle Program Manager.
Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The primary goal is to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of safe, responsible motorcycling. The course is designed to prepare riders for entry into the world of motorcycling. Upon successfully completing the course the rider will be able to acquire a motorcycle license or endorsement without completing the “riding” portion of the DMV test (in most states). The California approved course, Motorcycle Training Course (MTC) is not offered aboard the installation. If an individual already possesses a motorcycle endorsement, that qualifies as level one training. Civilians and spouses are encouraged to attend as well. Those with a California Driver’s License wanting a motorcycle endorsement, contact your S-3 or Traffic Safety/Motorcycle Program Manager at (760) 830-6154.
Basic Rider Course (BRC) requirements
All active duty personnel must take the BRC regardless if they wish to ride on or off base. The Basic Rider Course is designed for all street legal motorcycles and not specific to any make, year or model. The rider must possess current registration and insurance for their motorcycle. A Department of Motor Vehicles permit is not necessary but would be helpful when attending the course.
The Basic Rider Course is a three day evolution that takes a novice rider from basic riding skills to advanced turning and braking and swerving techniques. The rider will spend one five hour day in the classroom and two five hour days on the range. The classroom portion familiarizes the rider with the skills that will be introduced on the range using group and individual adult learning. And the range portions help the rider become more proficient with the skills and help them gain confidence in their abilities through repetition and professional coaching.
BRC Course Length is three (3) days with one day classroom, two days riding. The course is offered three times per month.
Advanced Riders Course (ARC)
Designed specifically for experienced motorcyclists that have either completed the BRC, or possess a motorcycle endorsement. Special emphasis is given to self-assessment, rider behavior, riding strategies, and overall skill development. Braking, cornering and swerving are some other aspects where special emphasis is given. The ARC is MANDATORY for licensed military riders. Civilians and spouses are encouraged to attend as well.
Course Length: One (1) Day.
Any military member that rides bike on or off this military installation must complete the ARC. A rider is eligible to attend the ARC only if they have completed a BRC or possess a motorcycle endorsement. An ARC rider student should have a high level on confidence in their riding abilities. They should have continuous saddle time and have a firm grasp of the basics as this is a next level of training. Individuals are required to take the ARC within 180 days of BRC completion.
All Terrain Vehicle Course (ATV)
Designed for a novice ATV rider. This 4 hour course begins with fundamentals and riding positions and takes the rider from basic riding techniques and graduates to trail riding concepts. The ATV course is available to all Marines, Sailors, DoD Civilians or military family members. Although no longer required, it is highly recommended.
The ATV course is offered on an as needed basis. Usually once per month.
Dirt Bike School (DBS)
Designed for a novice dirt bike rider. This 4 hour course begins with fundamentals and riding positions and takes the rider from basic riding techniques and graduates to trail riding concepts. The Dirt Bike School is available to all Marines, Sailors, DoD Civilians or military family members. Although no longer required, it is highly recommended.
The DBS is offered on an as needed basis. Usually once per month.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation