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BORDA Winching Course

BORDA's standard for training winch operators

The objective is to equip drivers / riders with the very latest skills and knowledge to operate a vehicle mounted winch in off highway situations for work and private use.

  • Is the Association's minimum recommended standard for the basic operation of a Vehicle Mounted Winch and may require further training for specific conditions, machines and equipment.
  • Requires continuous close supervision from a BORDA Specialist Trainer (winching)
  • Assumes appropriate driver competence for vehicle and conditions, BORDA Standard level course recommended as pre-requisite for winch training.
  • Recommended Training Ratios
  • Minimum 2:1 ratio
  • Maximum 6:1 ratio
  • Course Duration Between half and one day depending on training ratios

The most commonly used winches are operated electrically from the vehicle's battery supply, however there are shaft and hydraulically driven winches, all of which have different load ratings. Although BORDA recognises and makes reference to "capstan" winches this CoP gives general advice for "drum" type winches with integral ropes and recommends that specialist advice and instruction is obtained for "capstan" winching.