My father returned to riding ten years ago. The following year I took my motorcycle course and our first road trip was to Americade in Lake George, NY. Eventually my brothers got motorcycles and we had some unforgettable family vacations together travelling around Canada and the USA. Some people ride to commute or as a means of transportation (I do, too), but I find it difficult because I just want to keep going and prefer to ride for much longer distances. I just want to keep riding.
A few years ago, I was looking for volunteer opportunities when I discovered the OSC was training new motorcycle instructors. It seemed like a good match for me with my background as a swim instructor and a desire to improve my public speaking. Although, I have to admit, the compelling factor was that it involved motorcycles! The training was fun and I started to get to know my fellow trainees quite well. Weekly classes of motorcycle instructor training helped to pass the winter months. My first year was a busy one but I got to work with several experienced teachers to help solidify my training. My relatively short time with the OSC has been a rewarding experience and I hope to continue the legacy of those who came before me.
I enjoy the fact that we celebrate and recognize the great and dedicated instructors in our organization and are always looking for ways to improve the motorcycle program. Our students are wonderful, enthusiastic, and I take pride when they receive their licences at the end of the course. There is such a diverse group of people involved with the program, both the students and instructors, yet we share a strong passion that unites us. A weekend spent learning to ride is one you will never forget. Being able to relive that experience through teaching is even more rewarding.
If becoming an instructor sounds interesting to you, the OSC will be holding a new instructor info night on January 12th, 2017 at the OSC office.
Those interested are encouraged to fill out a volunteer application through our website: https://www.ottawasafetycouncil.ca/motorcycle-training/
By Graham Benning