The Observers (Trainers)
The training section of the group is run by volunteer members who are there to promote approved advanced riding techniques as detailed by the IAM. Training to become an Observer involves on-road sessions and classroom studies which ends with written exams to become a qualified IAM Observer. This qualification is reinforced by an observed road test every year. DAM's National Observers are retested by IAM every 5 years. All Observers give their time freely except for a contribution from the Associate towards their petrol and running expenses. Currently £20.00 per training rideout.
The Associate (You) All observed runs are on a one-to-one basis and consist of briefing and discussion sessions and observed runs. Runs are typically up to 50 miles or 2 to 3 hours. The Observers will give as much help and encouragement as possible but it’s up to you (the Associate) to study and practice between observed runs. Good knowledge of 'The Highway Code’ and ‘Advanced Rider Course’ handbook is essential. Another worthwhile read is 'Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider's Handbook to Better Motorcycling'. Always bring your driving license to an observed run and your bike must be road legal. Your Observer may cancel a session if he/she feels that your bike is unsafe for use on the road or if you are not suitably clothed.
To improve your general standard of riding. To become a safer rider. To reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. To become a more confident rider. Other reasons are:- Get rid of bad habits. To demonstrate to others that your riding is of a high standard and to influence other people’s riding. Gaining insurance discounts. Improving fuel efficiency. For your job.
New associates joining the IAM Advanced Riders Course pay a one off fee of £175 which covers the IAM fee, advanced test and 1st year IAM membership, one year DAM associate membership, a copy of the 'Advanced Rider Course' book and a certificate on passing the IAM Advanced Test. If you are an existing member of the IAM but are a new motorbike associate the cost is £136. Annual fees are payable 12 months from your last renewal date and are as follows: Cheque or cash - • DAM Full Member - £5 • DAM Associate Member - £5 After the first year all DAM members must also pay their annual IAM subscription.
The first stage is to join IAM. Click HERE to purchase the IAM’s Advanced Riders Course. You'll be asked to enter your local Advanced Motorcyclists Group location. Please use Durham, enter your date of birth and click "Continue". You will automatically join DAM when you join IAM.
Alternatively, you can come to one of our monthly club meetings and apply there. It's as easy as that!
New members are called Associates and you'll be invited to club meetings where you can meet with other like-minded riders.
DAM is one of the best clubs in the UK and we have won top awards from IAM for our training and pass rates. We have an active riding and social scene and literally have something for everyone.
We very much look forward to meeting you and wish you a warm welcome to our club.
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You will be contacted by our Observer / Associate Co-Ordinator. He/she will allocate an Observer (trainer) to you for your one to one tuition, who will contact you directly to arrange your first run. Once you have submitted your application forms you can attend the regular runs on Tuesday evenings (summer time only) and Sundays, that are open to all DAM associates and full members. This is in addition to any arrangements you make with your observer for one to one sessions. The dates and times for these regular runs are detailed in the latest DAM Diary on this website in the Diary and News page.