Marines Hone Riding Skills as Camp Pendelton Hosts R.E.S.T. Program

February 19, 2016
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Video By Cpl. Keenan Zelazoski
Marine Corps. Photos by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea

Camp Pendleton hosted a demonstration of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Safety Division’s proposed Rider Essential Skills Training (R.E.S.T.) course Feb. 10. Marine Corps officials are in the process of revamping the course to further reduce motorcycle accidents in the Marine Corps.

Marines get rider training in the R.E.S.T. program at Camp Pendleton.

“It’s a requirement for every Marine to take the Level 1 training here on base in order for them to obtain their California license,” said Cpl. Trevor Hoyt, Basic Motorcycle Training Course Instructor, in the video.

The Rider Essential Skills Training teaches basic motorcycle operation and control, instrumentation layout, and how to stop proficiently. Students are then subjected to different courses and different scenarios at real-world speeds to practice what they learn. The course is tailored for all riding styles.

Marine REST Training at Camp Pendelton

“We want that Marine, the first time he goes out on the freeway or highways and byways, to have already at least practiced higher-speed braking and cornering before he gets put in a situation where there’s oncoming traffic or some other hazard in their roadway,” said Maj. Don Williams, Riding Essential Skills Training Course Instructor, in Camp Pendelton Hosts R.E.S.T. Training video.