FAQ

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What are the similarities and differences between PRS and other schools?

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Some similarities with motorcyle instruction are that motorcycle instructors in British Columbia have to be certified by ICBC. Also, most schools have an approved certified program allowing for “in-house” MSA testing. All schools provide a motorcycle, helmet and a set of gloves and they conduct practical training in a rented parking lot. Schools often hold practical training in public areas such as in a mall or college parking lot.

At Pacific Riding School, the difference starts with our experience and accreditation. Firstly, you will be trained by eight-time Supersport Champion Mark Kruger. Secondly, the curriculum was developed by Dat Louie, a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Education. We have a professional program that is based on sound educational andragogy that is unique and extremely effective. Your training will be conducted in our privately owned 1.2 acres training ground, to ensure a safe and controlled environment. We also provide motorcycle jackets with appropriate protection for the elbows, shoulder and back.

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What type of riding gear is required for the MSA Program?

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If students do not own their own riding gear, we supply full body armoured jackets, knee and shin guards, gloves and helmets at no additional cost. Rain gear is also available when required (Yes, we will go out in the rain). Students must bring their own boots that are leather, cover the ankles, and have structural support. Jean jackets and casual leather jackets are not acceptable riding jackets.

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What do I need from ICBC to get started?

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You need your motorcycle learners license and you can find more details about obtaining that at the following link: http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/types-licences/Pages/Get-your-motorcycle-licence.aspx

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When is PRS’s next available course?

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PRS does offer four different schedules to accommodate you and new courses start every Monday. Call our office for the next available course to avoid disappointment, as our courses do fill up quickly.

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What are your policies regarding cancellation in case I can’t make it?

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Our polices are available to be viewed here: Policies

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Where does PRS train?

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Unlike other schools, we do not rent our parking lot area from another business. PRS training facilities are owned and operated by Pacific Riding School, ensuring a safe controlled environment.

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How much of a deposit do I require to hold a spot?

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50% of the cost of the course, the remaining balance will be paid on the first day of your course.

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Can I change course dates, if I have already pre-registered?

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Give us two weeks notice and we can reschedule your course.

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How much riding experience do your instructors have?

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Current industry standards require only 3 years, which is far below the PRS standards. All of our lead instructors have 23+ years of riding experience and all of our other instructors have a minimum of 10 years.

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Where do we ride?

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Throughout the lower mainland including Surrey, downtown Robson, Chinatown, Gastown, Little Italy, Metrotown, Kitsilano, UBC, New Westminster, Richmond and North Vancouver.

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I have no previous riding experience? Is this course right for me?

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Absolutely! Our MSA course is designed with the new rider in mind, we start from absolute basics to more intermediate techniques. It is not a requirement that you have any driving experience prior to taking our course. If you would like to prepare for your training, we would suggest you start out with a pedal bike, as this will help you gain your balance.

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Do you welcome and encourage female riders?

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Definitely! We do not discriminate our students based on age or gender.

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I am worried about my height, small stature, and physical challenges. Am I fit to ride a motorcycle?

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We will provide pointers to address all your concerns, as well as adjusting the controls of a motorcycle to suit your needs. Check out this quick video at our YouTube site.

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Little nervous about going on the road, how is the instructor going to coach me?

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PRS uses KENWOOD FM frequency radios with an effective range of 8KM. With a dedicated radio frequency, instructors can provide immediate instructions and feedback to keep you from harm.

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I have been riding for years, but I do not have a full license. Do you offer a refresher course?

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Our MSA course is an all inclusive course designed to start from absolute basics to more intermediate techniques. Students with previous experience have found the parking lot training invaluable as our techniques focus on the psychological aspects of riding, as well as the physical.  The instructor also challenges each student individually based on their progression.

If you are looking to take your riding to the next level, there are various organizations in Canada and USA that offer closed circuit training, including ones listed under "Additional Training" in our LINKS page.