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Excellent experience at NORA’s Offroad Driving Essentials class! – John (NYC), May 2022
“As someone with very limited offroad knowledge, though very interested, I could not have asked for a better learning experience. The professionalism and expertise of the NORA staff quickly put my mind at ease that my new vehicle was in safe hands. The pace and trail difficulty was perfect for my experience level. And I never felt awkward asking questions or for help as the instructors made for a very comfortable, inclusive environment. I walked away from the class with a much greater appreciation of the value of professional training, the capabilities of my vehicle, and how much fun responsible offroading can be. I highly recommend NORA and look forward to my next adventure with them!”
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2024 Off-Road Driving Essentials Public Class
Priced using your own vehicle, rentals are available at additional fee.
1st Driver: $415
2nd Driver: $195
Passenger 13+ $95
Kids 7-12: $50
NORA Rental rigs available, click here for rental options & pricing.
This class may also be taken as Private Training with one-on-one instruction.
Learning, Adventure & Fun – our ‘Essentials’ class consistently delivers all three! Watch a recorded presentation covering off road driving technique, skills & tips before your training day. While onsite, you and your instructor(s) put theory to practice on NORA’s natural terrain obstacle courses. Soon after, you are driving on rugged terrain including hills, trees, ledges, rocks and more with lesson stops on the trail. Training is safety focused with themes of people, vehicle and environmental preservation. A delicious sandwich or salad lunch from local eateries is included for all participants. Your onsite time at NORA is outdoors and in your vehicle. All students must register in advance to attend a class, no ‘walk-ins’ accepted.
Length: 1.5 hour online recorded presentation + 5 hours on-site
Location: Your email will be enabled to view the online presentation about 1 week before your class. Onsite training is held at our Ellenville, NY Training Center.
Who: This class is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to learn safe, low speed off road driving techniques used in Overlanding and recreational/commercial off road driving. This is also a great family fun experience.
Off Road Driving Experience Level: From no experience to moderate experience.
What’s Covered: This two-part class (online presentation & onsite instruction) covers 4 wheel drive systems, driving on various terrain, working with a spotter, minimizing environmental impact and off-road driving safety. Students drive on our obstacle courses and navigate our 75-acre trail networks with instructors and guides walking by their side. There are plenty of natural terrain obstacles used as lesson stops along the way.
Vehicle Requirements: Bring your stock (unmodified) or modified 4 wheel drive vehicle with 4-low. Vehicle must be street legal, registered, insured and drivers must have a valid license.
Vehicle Rentals: Rent a NORA trail rig for the class; contact us to confirm availability before registering.
Lunch on the trail is included: We have supported our local economy for many years by offering lunch selections from local markets.
Gift Certificates Available: Click here to purchase an Essentials Class Gift Certificate
Private Training: Click here to learn about Private Training options
NORA has worked with over 10,000 clients since 2011 and received Trip Advisor Awards for consistently earning great reviews from travelers. We are ranked within the top 10% of properties on TripAdvisor! Our team of instructors and guides are all passionate about what we do, and we strive to give you an exceptional experience. See our testimonials.
Cancellation Policy (send email to firstname.lastname@example.org):
Credit only (valid for 1 year), no refunds
7 days prior to class date: Full credit
6 days up to day before class date: Full credit less $50 service fee
Day of class – 50% credit
A big thank you to our sponsor OK4WD Vehicle Outfitters for providing a $50 gift card raffled at each Essentials Class at NORA. OK4WD has also provided suspension lifts, rooftop tents, awnings and other great gear for our vehicles. NORA has partnered with OK4WD for many years and appreciates their continued support.
Another big thank you to our sponsor ICECO for providing a 68.7 QT VL65 Dual Zone Fridge Freezer to keep our catered lunches cold for our Essentials Classes! Click on the logo above and check out their website to see their many mobile refrigerator/freezer configurations.