Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Who is Nigel Bowers - Advanced Motorcycle Instructor Part 1

Nigel Bowers
Motorcycle Instructor
Police Grade 1 Advanced Motorcycle Instructor
Police Grade 1 Advanced Car Instructor
VIP escort trained
NVQ 3 Training and Development certificated in Advanced Motorcycle Training
BTEC in Motorcycle Training and Instruction (Advanced)
ROSPA examiner for both cars and motorcycles
I.A.M. Senior car and motorcycle observer
DSA accredited Post Test Motorcycle Trainer. Enhanced Rider Scheme ( ERS ) (RPMT - Trainer 800026) - Check tested June 2008 - Passed
In 1980 Nigel joined the Traffic Division of Staffordshire Police as an advanced car driver, but opportunities presented themselves and he was soon able to attain further driving and instructor qualifications.  In 1984 he obtained the highest pass (Theory and practical) for my Advanced Motorcycle Course and was awarded the Tunnicliffe trophy. In 1987 he spent 12 weeks at the number 4 Regional Driving School where in October of that year completed an intensive 6 weeks Advanced Motorcycle course and qualified as a Police Grade 1 Advanced Motorcycle Instructor. Earlier in the year in March he qualified as a Police Grade 1 Advanced Car Instructor. Once qualified he spent time at the regional Driving School at Stafford applying his new skills. 
During his time on traffic Nigel was lucky enough to be trained as a motorcycle escort rider for the 'Tour of Britain, cycle race and also VIP escort work. This included arranging and escorting Royalty when they visited Staffordshire.
He left traffic in 1990 after being promoted to Sergeant, and decided to join a local motorcycle training group where he reorganised the Advanced section, using his skills as an Advanced Police Motorcycle Instructor. 
Nigel Bowers
Since 1990 he has been directly responsible for training in excess of 400 riders, and the training provided was recognised by a number of insurance companies. In 2000 he provided a comprehensive presentation for the Prince Michael Road Safety Awards. He got to the final stages, but didn't win..
Nigel's involvement in motorcycling has given him an interest outside of the Police service and it has enabled him to develop his skills throughout the years.  He sits on a number or committees and is involved in promoting Motorcycle Road Safety in Staffordshire, taking an active role in Bike Safe 2000+, the IAM, ROSPA, Bikesense Staffordshire and SMUG.  (Stoke on Trent Motorcycle User Group – Council steered).
Despite the fact that he is highly skilled in a number of areas Nigel has no recognised qualifications, so in 2001/2002 he was successful in obtaining a NVQ 3 Training and Development certificated in Advanced Motorcycle Training, as well as a BTEC in Motorcycle Training and Instruction (Advanced) through Edexcel covering the following skill areas, Advanced Riding, Advanced Coaching, Advanced Assessing and Advanced Training.  In 2004 he became a member of RoADA and a ROSPA examiner for both cars and motorcycles.  In 2005 renewed his membership with the I.A.M. and is now registered as a car and motorcycle observer.  He am also a National Registered RoSPA approved professional motorcycle instructor.
Nigel retired from the Police Force in March 2007 having done his 30 year contract.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has developed a voluntary scheme whereby motorcycle instructors who deliver post-test training can apply for DSA accreditation. In January 2008 he was successful with his application and is now a DSA accredited Post Test Motorcycle Trainer. (RPMT).No longer a a trainer, too much money to re reggoster for the amount of riders enquiring......
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