Overlanding is a state of mind

Its funny, but when Overland Experts was started, the word Overland was rarely used in America. This word was more popular in Europe and on the African continent. Since then, it has become a more noticeable word, or pursuit. This is both good and bad. "Wheeling" groups wanting to differentiate from "Overlanding" ; or "Off-Road" from "Off Highway" and vice versa; its semantics and grades of definitions and concentrations of what appeals to a person. Overlanding vs. Off Roading is a state of mind, not a state of skills necessarily.

To Overland, you need to drive well, recovery well and repair well. Without these skills, you're unprepared to even pick your vehicle, outfit it, chose a route, and/or take a trip. Your foundation is, to say the least, weak and dangerous.

After you have driver skill, then you need to learn how to outfit a vehicle, navigate, use first aid, learn people skills (so you don't get shot at a border crossing because you're load and obnoxious), situational awareness, major repair skills, and more.

Many people like to think Overlanding is just driving dirt roads. Some Overlanding is that simple and people tend to think, "Well, if I can drive on the road how hard can it be?" In its truest sense Overlanding its much tougher and much more – it's a long term self-sufficient vehicle based expedition; this is long-haul off road driving, which requires the same driver skills and vehicle skills as any off road driving, and more. A well trained Overlander is a very good off road driver and technical wheeler that happens to take really long trips off the grid and therefore needs a bit more skills in their tool box of tricks.

We at OEX differentiate not really because we see delineation, but more so to get people to focus on their own goals and objectives. Our normal 4×4 training tends to push into what some think as Overlanding such as field repair and situational awareness, but really driving, recovery and repair are the focus of our 4x4 and Off Road driving courses.

Curriculum

Our Overland classes include the driving course and mastery of those skills as step one. As with all our training we use a linear, method with repetition, variety of approach, and hands onj works to cement a skill set into a persons mind and body. The Overland course covers the following:

  • 4x4 and Off Road Driving Mobility
  • Expedition Logistics: destination, route, timing considerations and logistics of your plan
  • Vehicle preparation – vehicle choice, modifications, equipment, spares parts, tools, etc.
  • Vehicle security
  • Vehicle maintenance – both shop and field
  • Vehicle systems awareness
  • Field repair – diagnosis, identification, and troubleshooting. – tires, wheels, hydraulics, pneumatics, cooling, brakes, axles, cv/berfields, etc
  • Cultural and ethical awareness – "What am I in their eyes?"
  • Navigation: Compass and map. Software systems, GPS
  • Record keeping: Navigation, photo, film/video, website/blog
  • Communications – radios, Sat phones, etc.
  • On road driving techniques and awareness
  • Medical – base training (we can provide a first aid course run at our location by certifiable agents such as NOLS, SOLO, etc), CDC vaccination issues
  • Passport/visas – what to know
  • Carnet – where, when, why
  • Vehicles Shipping
  • Insurance – the truths
  • Situational analysis and awareness
  • Schedule Training

    Overland Experts trains at your location, or at one of our branch schools in Connecticut or Virginia.

    We come to you… anywhere!

    OEX has a Worldwide Mobile Training Team (WMTT) that is able to come to your location to train, find or act as a local fixer, select routes, help outfit, select vehicles and all such matters. To find out more on this please contact OEX's founder Bruce Elfström directly… 38 years in the field can be useful.

    At our branches do not have group enrollment classes outside of the Modular training and Workshops. All other training is scheduled for you or your group by appointment. To schedule private or group training please contact us directly at (860) 873-9640 or via email at info@overlandexperts.com.

    Vehicles

    At OEX you can use one of our many fleet vehicles or your own. Using your own is always preferable, but if you do not have one, do not want to damage it, or have not done the modifications you want to (this is good. Do not modify until training with us, we will save you money and time by helping you get only what you need), or just want to drive a four door Toyota Hilux Turbo Diesel for instance, then you are welcome to use ours.

    We have examples of the world most common Overland vehicles

    Our fleet is composed to offer a continuum of platform types, from 4 cylinder diesels up through V8 gasoline automatics. It is understanding how to drive ANY vehicle in ANY terrain, under ANY circumstance which allows you to become a truly "good" driver. We do not teach "button" classes for one particular platform. Button classes teach pigeonholed approaches to driving a world that has an infinite variety. We try and match our training to the continuum and unpredictability of the real world.

    Costs

    When dealing with recreational clients these are the factors that determine cost:

    • Private training or group training
    • Using our vehicle or yours
    • Number of days
    • Instructor to student ratio
    • Location of training – on site or at one of our schools.

    Costs using OEX vehicle(s) is as follows:

    One day for 1 person $750
    One day for 2 people $475 per person per day *
    Two days for one person $600 per day
    Two days for 2 people $400 per person per day *
    Three days for 1 person $550 per day
    Three days for 2 people $400 per person per day *
    Four days for 1 person $500 per day
    Four days for 2 people $375 per person per day *
    Five days for one person $425 per day
    Five days for 2 people $310 per person per day *

    * - For three or more people please add $200 per person per day. For example 6 people for three days is $1200 + $1200 + 4( $600 )= $4800 or $266.67 a day per person.

    Costs using your private vehicle(s) is as follows:

    One day for 1 person $600
    One day for 2 people $375 per person per day **
    Two days for one person $525 per day
    Two days for 2 people $337.50 per person per day **
    Three days for 1 person $500 per day
    Three days for 2 people $325 per person per day **
    Four days for 1 person $450 per day
    Four days for 2 people $295 per person per day **
    Five days for one person $420 per day
    Five days for 2 people $255 per person per day **

    ** -For three or more people please add $150 per person per day. For example 6 people for three days is $975 + $975 + 4($450)= $3750 or $208.33 a day per person.

    When we use our vehicles we normally have two people per vehicle, but it can be as few as one or and many as three depending on what we are doing within the training session and how it helps the training.

    If you have questions on pricing please contact us at (860) 873-9640 or via email at info@overlandexperts.com