ARGO Operator Course

ARGO- Amphibious UTV

Your work demands that you get to remote sites through challenging terrain with your equipment and crew. Performance and time are crucial factors in the success of your operation. Designed for reliability in the toughest conditions, the amphibious ARGO crosses ponds and streams , travels through deep mud and over rocks, deep snow and ice. (ODG 2012)

The Canada Safety Council ARGO course has been developed in consultation with it’s manufacturer ODG. It is a hands-on course with particular emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson.

There are two ARGO Operator courses available.

Level 1- ARGO Operator Course

The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to Safety Awareness and Risk Management
  • Personal Protectice Equipment-PPE
  • ARGO controls and Information labels
  • General operating information: Operators with Disabilities – Equipment – Payload – Water – Land – Brakes and Steering
  • Starting your ARGO: Starting Procedure – Transmissions
  • Riding Straight – Stopping – Turning – Backing up
  • Riding on Different Terrain: Angles, Hills, Slopes, Water
  • Maintenance information
  • Cleaning and Storage
  • Accessory information:Tracks, Outboard Motor Bracket, Bilge Pump, ROPS
  • Winching
  • Riding Strategies: Reading the Terrain – Choosing proper speeds – SIPDE
  • Safe Riding Practices: Plan ahead, Signs, Laws & Regulations, Tread Lightly
  • Survival Skills:Build a fire, Shelter, Emergency Survival Kit, Ground to Air

Level 2 – Argo Amphibious Operator Course

If workers will be operating the Argo in a body of water which is deep enough to cause the vehicle to float, it is considered a vessel by Transport Canada. Therefore  the operator must hold a boater’s licence and complete the Argo Level 2 course.

The Canada Safety Council’s Argo Level 2 course covers:

  • Carrying Cargo
  • Track System
  • Winching
  • Amphibious Operations