Civilian Winching & Recovery


Learn safe winch operation, and use of recovery ropes and straps.

 Learn off road recovery techniques from the professional instructors who train search and rescue personnel, park rangers, firefighters, and the military. 

2020 Dates Hollister Hills SVRA

June 28, 2020

July 26, 2020

August 30, 2020

Sept 27, 2020

October 11, 2020


  • Types of equipment and weight ratings to meet your needs:
  • Recovery straps and ropes Snatch Blocks
  • Screw Pin Shackles 
  • Soft Shackles 
  • Chains
  • Land Anchor

Winch Operation:

  • Safe Winch Operation
  • Winching Accessories
  • Team Work with Winches
  • Self Recovery

Problem Solving:

  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Direction Changes
  • Multi-line Pulls
  • Calculating Required Pull Force
  • Calculating Required Anchor  Force

Use of Recovery Straps and Ropes

  • Proper set up
  • Communication Between Drivers
  • Actual dynamic recovery participation

Realistic Scenario The class will culminate in a realistic offroad scenario where you will be presented with a realistic recovery problem.  You will decide what equipment is needed, you will calculate pull force required, you will rig the recovery, and you will execute the recovery, all under the guidance of our expert instructors.  The Driving Company will provide all necessary gear for use in this course.  At the end of the course, you will have all the information you need to decide what gear you want to buy for yourself.  Unless you already have gear, do not buy anything new until AFTER you have attended this course. This way, you will know exactly what to buy. 

Custom Courses Course Dates Available for Groups of 8 or More​   

Prices per person. Hollister Hills SVRA1-Day Winching / Recovery: $320

We schedule these recovery classes on a day following one of our 1-day Basic Off Road Training classes so you can make a weekend of it! 

ENROLL HERE IN 1-DAY CIVILIAN winching & recovery class