Observer’s Area

This area exists to make available to Observers information, files, data, …, that may be useful. There are also links, below, to enable you to email the Chief National Observer, the Chairman or the Guidance Secretary about Observer-related matters. Click the link below and choose from the Contact form drop-down menu.

Email SAM Chairman
Email SAM Chief National Observer
Email SAM Guidance Secretary

The content of this area has been split into five sections to make the contents easier to access. The sections are:

Local & National Observer Qualifications
IAM RoadSmart Documents 
Training Policy
Training Aids
Use of Radios

If there is information that you would like to see made available here then, please, email the Chairman who, if it is appropriate, will arrange for the file(s) to be uploaded.

Local & National Observer Qualifications

The IAM has introduced two new qualifications: Local and National Observer. Please contact the Guidance Secretary or a Member of the SAM Committee to discuss. We have reproduced four of the relevant documents here but keep an eye the IAM’s website in case of updates.

  1. Becoming a National Observer
  2. IMI performance standards (pdf)
  3. IMI motorcycle marking sheet (National Observer) (pdf)
  4. IMI observing best practice (pdf)
  5. IAM Observer Qualification and Assessment (pdf)
  6. Local & National Observer Application Form

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IAM RoadSmart Documents

Common Confusions

This document was prepared as a result of questions asked at the 2012 IAM Motorcycle Conference and is designed to clear up what appear to be common confusions.

Full Control

This booklet was produced by the Norsk Motorcykkel Union in an effort to do something about the large spike in motorcycle accidents that occurred there every spring as riders poured onto the roads again after their winter. The booklet focuses an effective and precise riding technique, helps you understand the essential physics of the motorcycle and offers you a series of very concrete exercises that you can work on every time you are out riding.

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Training Policy

There are, essentially, two topics in this section: Training Policy and Risk Analysis. The Training Policy documents set out SAM’s attitudes towards the guidance of Associates; The Risk Analysis is linked to this but, in addition, contains the processes to be followed in a variety of Guidance situations.

There are two documents:

1) SAM Training Policy

This is a revised version of the Training Policy that was set out in
2007. It has been brought up-to-date to reflect the Training Sub-committee’s report, included below.

2) Risk Analysis

This is a link to the condensed version of the Risk Analysis for Observers with which every Observer should be familiar.

It takes the main points from the following three documents:

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Training Aids

The contents of this page are designed to be helpful to Observers.

Click here for the link to the associate reading materials

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Use of Radios

The IAM has decided to “formalise” the use of radios by Observers in motorcycle groups. When the process is finalised, it means that, to use radios during a guidance session an Observer will have to be “qualified” at one of three levels:

  1. Radios can be used only for giving directions.
  2. In addition to 1, radios can also be used for giving an Observer commentary.
  3. In addition to 1 and 2, radios can also be used for giving guidance by an Observer following the Associate.

To obtain one of these three levels and Observer will have to be trained and then assessed by someone who has been qualified to train and assess. At present, discussions are still continuing on training and assessing assessors. However, details of the qualification and assessment are given below:

First, the general framework:
Radio skills: guidance for groups (pdf)

Secondly, the details of what is required to become qualified.
Radios skills: competency framework (pdf)

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The purpose of this section is to make available copies of powerpoint presentations given at previous Observer Meetings.  At the moment, the only presentations included are those given at the last Meeting on the 11th November, 2013.

There were two major presentations: the first is on Observer Duties and the second on the new Observer Qualifications system.

Other, earlier, presentations will be included at a later date and new ones will appear immediately after they have been given.

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