Originally Posted by rando
Oh Patrick, you;re in that OREGON
group.... I've heard about you guys....
I would really like to hear more about the Oregon program and know what all the fuss is about.
Actually, with only weekends scheduled between march and Nov. it would be next to impossible to do that many classes and maintain a "day" job. I would love to be able to teach exclusively. But alas, other commitments and such won;t allow that. It pays well, but not that well.
I do agree that a coach needs to do a certain amount of classes to stay at a proficient level. I know my first class of the year is always a bit rusty. I agree that a class or two per month would be ideal, once one gets the hang of it. And it takes 6 - 12 classes to really feel comfortable with the materials and processes.
I also agree about the doing different levels and taking other classes to help you remember what it's like to be a student.
If you base this on the (BRC,BRT ,or MRC:RSS) then you are correct in that it is impossible to teach that much and maintain a day job. However, the amount of classes one can teach grows rapidly when the one day classes (that we offer here in Oregon) are factored in. For example, the intermediate (IRT) advanced (ART) and Rider Skills Practice (RSP) are all one day classes, so realistically an instructor can teach two classes in one weekend. Our program runs year round with midweek classes offered in the summer.
I understand that training programs are not universal and that Oregon is different. I should have taken that into account in my previous post.
If I ever have a real job again then 6, to 12 classes a year will be my maximum (even in Oregon).
< "I would really like to hear more about the Oregon program and know what all the fuss is about." >
I am not at liberty to discuss the "fuss" , nor do I have any information that has not been been covered in depth in Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN) in the past two years.
While I'm very enthusiastic about our program, it would be impossible to summarize any of our courses and how they are taught. It would be like trying to explain instructor preparation (IP) to someone that has not experienced its (IPs) pain and gain.
All I can say is that Oregon has one hell of a good program.