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ATV Riders Safety Courses


The cost of the course is $100. However, the New Brunswick All Terrain Vehicle Federation offers the following discounts:

  • 80% rebate for children from the ages 6 to 15 with parents who are members
  • 30% rebate for children from the ages 6 to 15 with non-member parents
  • 50% rebate for NBATVF members

ATV Rental:

There is a cost of $35 for the use of a Federation’s machine during the course. Please note that we only have models available for children.


ATV Rider Safety Courses are offered throughout the province. Register yourself or a child by clicking on the link at the top of the page "ATV RiderCourse, register here" or by going on the web site:

The Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI) - a division of the All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) - has joined forces with the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) to offer the CASI ATV RiderCourse.

The hands-on, half-day CASI ATV RiderCourseSM is conducted by licensed CASI Instructors. The course offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a licensed Instructor.

Program highlights include:

  • Most current ATV safety program in Canada
  • Most hands-on ATV safety program available
  • Based on the well-recognized ATV Safety Institute (ASI) program
  • Program enhanced with input from Chief Instructors across Canada
  • Supported and endorsed by the Canadian Off Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and through the Council - all ATV major manufacturers

Our instructors have been trained to teach the CASI Program. The curriculum is as follows:

1. Introduction to the CASI ATV Rider Course;

2. Using a Range of Signals, Rules and Warm-up Exercises;

3. How to control/start the engine;

4. Starting out, shifting gears and braking;

5. Turning;

6. Riding strategies;

7. Riding circles & figure eights;

8. Quicker turns;

9. Sharp turns;

10. Quick stop/swerves;

11. Quick stop in a turn;

12. Riding over obstacles;

13. Safe and responsible riding practices;

14. U-Turn / driving through hills;

15. Circuit or trail riding;

16. Wrap-up & review.
A signed consent form will be required from the parent or legal guardian and they must also attend the course with the youngster at all times.  No child will be allowed to ride without written parental consent and without the parent or legal guardian present during the course. 

As parent or tutor YOU will be reponsible for bringing everything the registered child will need for the course, such as a protective helmet, protective gear and clothing, food, water, and ATV (unless you are renting an ATV from the Federation).

 For more information regarding the ATV RiderCourse, please contact us toll free at 1-888-847-1100 or by e-mail at

Read the owner's manual that came with your ATV and practice the techniques that are indicated in an open area off the road and away from obstacles and other drivers. Enlist the help of an experienced driver. Driving all-terrain vehicles requires special skills and knowledge that will take you a certain period to acquire.

Due to the nature of driving an all-terrain vehicle, it is essential to wear protective clothing. Although there is no garantee that no one will ever get hurt, knowing what to wear and how to wear it insures more comfort and greatly reduces the risk of injury.

Helmets & Protective Gear

Your helmet is the most important piece of protective gear for safe riding as it can prevent a serious head injury. Goggles or a face shield helps protect your eyes from dust and/or debris and also helps with visibility. When purchasing a helmet, please make sure that it meets at least one of the following standards:

  • Canadian Standards Association D230 "Safety Helmets for Motorcycle Riders"
  • Snell Memorial Foundation "Standard for Protective Headgear"
  • United States of America "Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218" and bear the symbol DOT
  • American National Standard "Specifications for Protective Headgear for Vehicle User" Z90.1 (ANSI)


Along with the helmet, the minimum necessary requirements for an ATV rider's protection, is wearing a long sleeved shirt or jersey and a pair of long pants.  Offroad riding gear, such as pants with knee pads and a jersey with shoulder pads, provide better protection. Good gloves will help protect your hands from the cold, or if you take a fall. The best protective footwear is a pair of over-the-calf boots with heels to prevent your feet from slipping off the footrests.

Make ATV Safety a priority for your family

Here are 7 simple guidelines to follow when letting your child ride and ATV...

   7 simple guidelines when letting your child ride and ATV...



Here is a resume of the off-road vehicle rules for young riders that have been in place since May 1, 2009  . 

The Off-Road Vehicle act for young riders talk about snowmobiles, ATVs and dirt bikes.  But I will only be talking about ATVs here.

First of all, any persons under the age of 16 must be supervised and accompanied by a person 19 years of age or older.  AND ..... the supervising adult MUST have successfully completed an approved safety training course if supervising the operation of an ATV by a person under the age of 16.

For any ATV model that is 2009 or older, the rules vary depending on the engine size (cc): 

  • Persons who are between the ages of 12 and 15 years old:

ATV’s engine size must NOT exceed 90cc AND the operator must be able to rest both feet comfortably on the pegs. 


  • Persons who are between the ages of 6 and 11 years old:

ATV’s engine size must NOT exceed 70cc AND the operator must be to rest both feet comfortably on the pegs.

- OR -

For any ATV model since 2010, the ATVs are in compliance with the AMSI / SVIA 1-2007 standard for vehicles that may be driven by a person who is age six or older, and under the age of 16, and will ensure that these vehicles have speed limiters set at the following levels:

  • Category Y-6+ (Youth 6 and over): Maximum speed of 16 km/h;
  • Category Y-10 + ATV (Youth 10 and over): Maximum speed of 24 km/h;
  • Category Y-12+ ATV: (Youth 12 and over): Maximum speed of 24 km/h;
  • Category T (transition models for teens who are 14 and 15 years old, (with adult supervision): Maximum speed of 32 km/h

In resume, all you need to remember is this:

There will be a manufacturer’s decal on these bikes (2010 up to now) that states which category the bike is, and they now have limiters set for each specific level.  So for these ATVs, you just need to respect the manufacturer’s decal that is on the ATV.

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