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News.bytes Extra, issue 503

Free!  ATV Safety Certification Training Continues at Imperial Sand Dunes 

The El Centro Field Office is pleased to announce the continuation of the popular ATV training course for young riders.  The first classes scheduled in the dunes over the Halloween weekend, on October 29 and 30.  Since the program began in 2009, 664 young riders have received this important and required training, funded through a California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission  grant obtained by the American Desert Foundation. 

Offered free of charge to California residents aged 6-17 years old, the classes provide the training youngsters need to keep them safe, while satisfying certain state requirements for young riders.  Riders interested in attending the class must bring an ATV that is the correct size for them, and wear the appropriate safety equipment (helmet, gloves, goggles and proper footwear).   Classes start promptly at 9:00am in the Imperial Sand Dunes at Duner’s Diner (Gordon’s Well) and Glamis Flats (Vendor Row 2); and at Superstition Mountain OHV Open Area (Oct. 29 only).

Participants are encouraged to register for the class at 800-887-2887.  For more information and additional training dates, please visit www.blm.gov/ca/isdra.

an instructor raises his hands to guide an ATV rider on a course
Students receive training from qualified ASI (ATV Safety Institute) instructors.

- Joya Szalwinski, BLM interpretive park ranger, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, 10/18/11

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Last updated: 10-20-2011