Offroading 4x4 Training in Egypt

This is a complete package of 4x4 training enabling absolute beginners to jumpstart their dunes-bashing 4x4ing career in the middle-east by a giant step.

We will try here to answer everything that we have ever been asked.

It's made of 2 modules and it covers huge materials and skills not taught anywhere else including science of dunes (to better read the field from a glance), the dynamics of dunes driving (to apply the knowledge of dunes science), 4x4 detailed anatomy, desert code and ethics and a lot more. More modules will be added in the future as the followers grow to cover 4x4 Leadership and 4x4 modifications design.

An old flyer for this as project for the non-Commercial SaharaSafaris Club could be found here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8HQv2XqlbrebGpwcXRQbmNUalE/view

And the only way to apply for any of our courses is in this Registration Form (you need to know the date and the course you are applying for): https://goo.gl/forms/TakE5M6g23nMt2tV2

Caption: This is part of learning your limits. Engines have to be used carefully. Jeep Wranglers are NOT designed to make high jumps like, say Rally Cars, so you learn your limits.

Caption: This is part of learning your limits. Engines have to be used carefully. Jeep Wranglers are NOT designed to make high jumps like, say Rally Cars, so you learn your limits.

 

The courses are conducted from October and April every year (the offroading season in Egypt) many years ago with tens of batches filling every niche in the Offroading community from Club's Crew of Leaders to Rally drivers, etc.

This registration form is used for registration of any 4x4 course (you have to know the dates announced and register using them)

At times, there are too many in waiting list so please be patient.

For full list of current events of SaharaSafaris Club, go to our Facebook Page's Events list.

PREREQUISITES شروط التحاق

Few practical ones:

  1. own your properly maintained 4x4 (some "4x4"s are not permitted, so make sure you announce it in the registration form)
  2. willing to attend from first hour of Lecture Day.

RESERVATIONS للحجز

Reservation are done strictly on Registration Forms (link below). Anything else will remove you from priority and main list of registrants.

Permanent Course Registration Form

 

https://goo.gl/forms/TakE5M6g23nMt2tV2

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING TO COURSE

For lecture really nothing, but for the full course, please read below.

Required

  1. Your 4x4. properly maintained and fully functional
  2. Carpet 2x3m (any smaller will not work for this course or any safari) We sit on the clearn sand or beaches of desert lakes on this. Get one and leave always in your 4x4
  3. One jerrican of gasoline (ask on the group for those who will register on how to get and fill one). Not necessary but usef for emergencies
  4. Walky talky: safe standard permissible ones available in market for offroaders. Ask on our Facebook Group for used or new ones if you don't have one. GET BATTERIES or rechargers. We are on it all day and night.
  5. Sleeping bag: some prefer to sleep in stone-rooms of Zowara Ecolodge (if cold) in own sleeping bag. Certainly necessary in tent. Ask about best ones for Egyptian winters in desert on our Facebook Group.
  6. Note book and pen. You'll be asked to record things for your own 4x4 to use in your Career from now on. Use it whenever asked.
  7. During the rides of the course, everything in the back must be well tied to car floor or separated from rest of the Cabin not to hurt people if car jumps harshly.

Optional

  1. GPS (OruxMaps.com for Android is best so far. Any GPS could be useful for you). You will not be instructed on it (different course we used to give 15 years ago and may bring soon again).
  2. Your Logbook (ask Crew for one) useful to maintain every ride you have in the desert from now on.
  3. GoPro or normal Cameras. We allow it all the time but we don't wait for it.
  4. Snacks for the roads. Although we have takeaway lunches but your own snacks is nice suprirse for you and your colleagues there.

 

DATES AND SCHEDULES

This is a generic Info Page only. Please refer to Crew (Admins of SaharaSafaris Facebook Page and send them a message asking about the upcoming course dates.

WHY 4X4ING NEEDS A COURSE

Many in the mid-east may criticize outdoors sports, but they're the closes thing to appreciate any country by roaming its terrain and loving what it offers and understand the risks of the forefathers who have ventured through its travel.

Outdoor adventures are character building sports. They are respected everywhere in the world and protected and secured to enable its participants including Egypt and other middle-east countries.

Even more wonder why a Course for 4x4 offroading (we use 4x4ing to differentiate from motorbike offroading). Answer could be summarized here:

  1. Middle-east natives are disconnected from their own forefathers past legacy of travelling so much it is lost and needs to be understood in form of lectures.
  2. Much of the knowledge of recent sciences also needs lectures
  3. Following a well organized trip for some is not enough. Now they can attend this course to understand most of whatever they wandered about and build a career for themselves.

ABOUT THE COURSE

If you own a 4x4, we recommend the Full Course (Step 1 and Step 2 which are always announced together in one event). For flexibility, we allow some who are considering to buy a suitable 4x4 to attend only Step 1 (lecture day).

4x4 and Dunes Knowledge Lectures Day (Step 1)

Lecture day in a room in Cairo crashed in 8 hours with enormous material touching on everything including dunes science, 4x4 anatomy and how and why to modify, navigation, ethics, gharz recovery techniques, types of 4x4s, why safety rules, 4x4 sports including local one, etc etc.

It's open for any curious one and for all ages. No printed handout but 90% of material is on our website www.SaharaSafaris.org/how-to-do-desert-4x4ing

Survival Recovery, Re-learning of your 4x4 Controls, Learning Your Limits and Mastering the Dunes and (Step 2)

Practical instruction in Ghoroud Samuel (participants bring their own 4x4s) up to Level 1 which enables you to many trips in dunes (dependent on your final evaluation with Instructor).

Whole weekend with sleep over in Fayoum (Ecolodges with toilets and all payment excluded from fees). Instruction fees are per 4x4er who are encouraged to bring passengers to help along (no shared driving nor distraction). You pay for your lodging and food.

Passing Step 1 and bringing your own 'approved' and properly maintained 4x4 for the course is obligatory.

And then....

Very advanced level practical instruction weekend

About The History of 4x4 Training in SSC (SaharaSafaris Club)

In the Club, every trip is a type of training for 4x4 offroading which brings enormous new experiences under the experienced leadership and skills of the Crew Leaders. But the Club has started early in the century a special course dedicated to bring many existing and new 4x4ers to safe levels of high-risk experience and skills to handle even more advanced trips.

Caption: Always great bonding experiences for even family to join their mothers or fathers participating in the course.

Caption: Always great bonding experiences for even family to join their mothers or fathers participating in the course.
 

Look, we understand that this is a dangerous sport (dunes-bashing 4x4ing), and through the years we know some who died because of unsafe practices, so whatever anyone tells you that it's easy and safe, we tell you (from first-hand expereince) that it is not as safe as you think (same like airplanes would be extremely unsafe if its checks or licenses were given no safe rules/equipment/practices/training that is very strict)

So a prime objective of this course is Safety. Then we take you to the sky to fly on the dunes with us and open the world of extreme dunes-bashing 4x4 offroading to you to join any group with enough skills and knowledge to enjoy and protect yourself. (Hint: that's why some veterans insist to join the course and we got extremely high satisfaction of theirs now they know what they were doing blindly, how to enhance it further, how to acquire more, what to research further, and where to go for extreme (as well as safe) practicing.

Formats Of The 4x4 Course

We have several formats for the course to customize for several needs. Currently the Full Course is served only in the Single Long Weekend Format as below.

The Single Long Weekend Format

The course is called "SSC Advanced 4x4 Dunes-bashing Offroading Course" and it is designed to fit in 3 modules all taught in one package (you canntot skip one because it is highly structured and everything is leading to next steps):

  1. Step 1: Essential Knowledge of 4x4 & Dunes -- Lectures Day: Single day in a lecture room rented. If you don't know the names and the causalities and what's there for you, you'll not get anything from practicals following this. 9 hours with hundreds of slides, videos and concepts are hard to repeat then. You can learn here even if you still haven't bought your first 4x4 (well, you need to know before you buy)
  2. Step 2: Practical in your own 4x4 of Survival Recovery, Re-learning 4x4 Controls on slippery surfaces, Learning your limits and Mastering the Dunes: (3 days of about 40 hours of training and discussions and repeated trials makes up the rest of the Practical Dunes long Weekend in Ghoroud Samuel sitting in Zowara Ecolodge just outside the dunes-field.

The Teaser and Families Format

Only 3 hours course, with or without a Safaris.

Sometimes, we are giving a very short version of the course theory (only 3 hours) for all your family and friends and curuious ones who maybe interested. It's a good version for your School, University, or Club too. It's done by the same instructor of the Professional full course of SaharaSafaris club so although very simplified, it's highly accurate and engaging from real trips pictures and tools.

The 3 Weekends Format

We no longer provide this course

See our Facebook Page's Events to see if there's one soon titled (تبسيط علم ال4×4). Or send to Admins asking for one customized for you.

What Differentiates This Course in Egypt from Other 4x4 Courses in Mideast

This is a dunes-focused, advanced yet open for absolute beginners, and extremely practical (nearly 45 hours in the field) but theory-packed (9 hours crash lectures) organic course (extremely localized for Sahara and available 4x4s locally. Besides, this course is now very popular among young students and ladies 4x4ers willing to take the adventure safely and with skills.

كورس قيادة الوعر المتخصص فى الصحراء العربية لسيارات ال4×4 وخصوصا فيادة الغرود من خلال حوالى 9 ساعات نظرى و45 تدريب جاد جدا فى وسط منطقة متقدمة من "غرود صمويل". وبالرغم من المستوى المتقدم جدا الذى يصلح لمن قاد فى وعر الصحراء من قبل الا أنه يقبل ومصمم للمبتدئين من الصفر أيضا وذلك بسبب المعلومات الغزيرة التى تنقص من الكثيرين بل وخطأ بعض الممارسات الشائعة. هذا الكورس اصبح شهيرا فى أوساط الطلبة وأيضا السيدات قائدى ال4×4 الراغبين فى مغامرة قيادة الوعر الصحراوى بأمان ومهارة.

Caption: Can Terios cars (and other AWD) join the course? Well, the lady owning this one was taking risk and the great effort to compete with more serious 4x4s, and we obliged. She impressed others. 

Caption: Can Terios cars (and other AWD) join the course? Well, the lady owning this one was taking risk and the great effort to compete with more serious 4x4s, and we obliged. She impressed others.

IMPORTANT NOTES (DEPENDS ON COURSE PLACE AND TIME)

  1. Ladies are highly encouraged to attend. We'll be doing our best to accommodate all their needs but to be strict in course and evaluation. This season they pay half fees only for the practical weekends.
  2. Anyone under 24 (by ID) is eligible this season for 66% off of fees. If they proven good in skills and loyalty to sports ethics they may have a chance to join the SaharaSafaris Crew as assistants in the future :)
  3. Usually the Lecture Days fees is egp100 per person to cover the costs.. Location is announced in event
  4. Full fees of Practical Course is announced on event (with any special discounts)
  5. This course is designed to jumpstart you gaining experience and NOT to replace experience. Dunes crossing is dangerous enough and we help you deal with it and know the risks involved in the sport generally anywhere in the world.
  6. Reservation of every Step is separate and will be announced in separate events. Try to finish them all in sequence quickly.
  7. All 'GOING' on this FB event is not reservations. Please follow reservations as above.
  8. This event (for fb reasons) is closed to members of the group only. Please invite them to both the SaharaSafaris Club group and to the event to see it.