Survival Skills is a UK-based motorcycle training school established in 1997 by BTEC-qualified rider coach Kevin Williams. Kevin worked as a professional courier for 16 years, spent time volunteering as a ‘blood runner’ and qualified as a member of the National Motorcycle Escort Group before turning to rider training.
With a higher degree in life sciences and an NVQ in distance learning, Kevin is uniquely placed to translate his extensive practical training experience to the written word.
Kevin has been offering help and advice on the internet since 1995, and has contributed to UK motorcycle magazines (RiDE, Two Wheels Only and Superbike) as well as the Daily Telegraph. From 2002-14, he contributed a column on safer riding to every issue of ‘The Road’, the journal of the Motorcycle Action Group. His articles have been published in riding magazines from Canada to Namibia.
Kevin was commissioned by ACEM (Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers) to research the topics and write the text for the Lucky 13 series of cartoons. The format of was designed to appeal to both younger and older riders of motorcycles in a format that could be readily translated into a variety of European languages.
In the late 1990s, Survival Skills Rider Training was an approved trainer for the MCIA’s rider safety initiative, ‘The Edge’. Kevin was involved with the Bucks county council motorcycle safety initiative ‘Be a Better Biker’ in 2004 and went on to work with Somerset Road Safety Partnership for three years at Castle Coombe circuit with other expert instructors such as Mike Hopp of Hopp Rider Training.
Currently, Kevin works alongside Kent Fire & Rescue Service on two different schemes. He devised the ‘Science of Being Seen’ module for the multiple award-winning ‘Biker Down’ course, and also delivers an accident avoidance and cornering skills module at their ‘Ride Skills’ events at Brands Hatch. The ‘Biker Down’ team was presented with a Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety Award in December 2012.
Kevin is the author of three books on better riding skills; ‘MIND over MOTORCYCLE’ which deals with the mental aspect of riding, ‘Tarmac Tactics’ which fills in the knowledge of the kind of situations any rider might encounter on the road, and ‘Survival SKILLS which has been fully rewritten as a paperback and covers machine control and riding theory.
Two further books, ‘The MAG Columns’ and ‘End of The Road’, contain the 40-plus columns written for the Motorcycle Action Group magazines, covering everything from dealing with tricky surfaces to riding abroad.
Survival Skills delivers flexible post-test training courses for all riders, at all levels from novice to experienced and Kevin’s wide experience of riding allows him to offer training with an unrivalled depth of content as well as across a wide variety of needs. Trainees can choose between riding assessments & short two-hour sessions focusing on a single topic, or longer one-, two-, or three-day courses offering a much broader depth of skills and knowledge to a standard that exceeds the standard advanced tests.
Courses take in the latest research and theory of training, and emply educational best practice. Rest assured you’re in good hands with Survival Skills.