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“Gearing Up” – Motorcycle Training Program


Canada’s Motorcycle Safety Riding Skills Course
Gearing Up, Canada’s Motorcycle Skills Course, is a nationally recognized state-of-the-art course developed BY motorcyclists FOR motorcyclists. In operation since 1974 over 10,000 beginning riders have completed the training. The course is recognized by the motorcycle industry, federal and provincial governments, the insurance industry and other private organizations across Canada.

Why you should learn to ride with SafetyNL.

Our instructors are highly experienced riders and qualified trainers in motorcycle safety and are all graduates of the National Gearing Up Motorcycle Course and Canada Safety Council’s training for instructors. We are fully certified in motorcycle safety skills and each instructor meets the annual recertification standards established by the Canada Safety Council. All instructors have current certification in WHMIS and First Aid.

Ride Our Way

Whether you’re an experienced rider or just starting up, there is always something to learn. Here are some of the topics covered:

  1. Pre- Ride check and maintenance
  2. Balance, braking and steering control
  3. Riding tactics, awareness techniques and safety skills
  4. Slow speed riding and control
  5. Higher Speed Maneuvers and skills
  6. Basic traffic behavior techniques
  7. Emergency/accident avoidance and risk management.

Our Course is an enhanced course which has the following features:

  • Focus on safety and survival techniques in today’s traffic environments and riding conditions
  • 18-21 hours of instruction of which 15% is in classroom. The remainder of time is based on interactive lessons, on-bike practice & demos.
  • Large self contained training areas which are set up to simulate an urban environment with street layouts, traffic signs and lanes, crosswalks and contoured surfaces.
  • SafetyNL provides a large selection of up to date well maintained motorcycles suited to every students needs.
  • Well-paced instruction/demo format which enhances the learning environment. Plenty of space and time on the bike for practice exercises and skills improvement.
  • Accredited by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Motor Vehicle Registration Division) to do Motorcycle Road Testing under the “Graduated Driver Licencing Program”.
  • For those who do not successfully complete the course the first time, two hours can be made available for additional practice, at no additional charge. Private lessons “one on one” with an instructor is also available at a rate of $ 60.00 (no tax) per hour. When you feel you are prepared to repeat your final course evaluation simply contact the office and have it scheduled for the next available evaluation date.
  • When students have obtained a learner’s permit, and need “on street” practice towards their motorcycle rider Class 6 licence upgrade, private lessons are available with an instructor at a cost of $ 60.00 (no tax) per hour using SafetyNL bikes.

How it Works

Upon successful completion of our course you will receive a course certificate. Present the certificate to the examiner at Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) for an exemption of their balance test (covered during our course curriculum). Once you have passed your MVR written and vision tests you will receive your learner’s permit allowing you to ride (accompanied by a person who has had a motorcycle licence for at least four years) for a minimum of 30 days (Graduated Licencing Program restrictions apply – check the Road Users Guide for details). After the minimum waiting period expires you have the option of either being road tested by our instructors on SafetyNL bikes ($ 20 fee charged) or on your own bike at Motor Vehicle Registration.

MVR ROAD USERS GUIDE… click here to view

What you will need for the course:

  • Helmet that is not more than five years old. It can be full face, ¾ or “shorty” and must be DOT, BSI or SNELL approved. Novelty or beany type helmets which do not carry authorized DOT or other acceptable safety rating are not acceptable.
  • Leather boots which provide ankle coverage with flat soles and low rise heels (sneaker boots are not permitted).
  • Leather or other textile full fingered motorcycle gloves
  • Motorcycle jacket (leather or textile) with armour in elbows, shoulder and back. Denim jackets would be acceptable but be aware that they do not provide the level of protection as leather or standard motorcycle jackets.
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, sunglasses or safety glasses).
  • Jeans, protective leather or textile riding pants
  • Rain gear (optional) but is recommended


SafetyNL offers the Gearing Up Course in St. John’s Metro, Grand Falls-Winsor, Corner Brook and other areas where sufficient demand for the course exists. The weekend course starts on Wednesday evening (Mount Pearl Centre) and Friday evening (all other centres) and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday. In St. John’s Metro we also offer evening courses comprising of six evenings in total starting Wednesday evening (classroom) and on-bike sessions take place beginning on Saturday evening and continue to the following Wednesday.

You may register in person at Safety Services’ office @ 1076 Topsail Road/Mount Pearl between 8am-4pm Monday to Friday; online or over the phone (754-0210 or toll-free 1-877-754-0210) with Visa/MasterCard (Visa Debit is not available), or you can mail a certified cheque or money order, along with your contact information and preferred location/course date, to the address at the bottom of this page.

Online Registration:

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

We require 48 hours’ notice to transfer or to cancel a registration. A $50 administration fee will be charged on all cancellations. If a student cancels less than 48 hours’ prior to the start of the course and no replacement is found, no refund will be issued. Individuals who register and fail to attend or fail to complete the course will not be eligible for any refund.

All refunds must be requested before October 31st of the current year. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Many SafetyNL courses are available province-wide upon request. Certain conditions apply.