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Frequently Asked Questions

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How fast will I get to drive at DirtFish?

A:  That depends on you, your abilities and your comfort level. However, speeds above 60 MPH are actually very rare in rallying, given the nature of the roads. We can tell you that you will feel the thrill of driving on dirt and gravel faster than only a few people get to do, but do so in a way that is always within your abilities. Overall, the purpose of DirtFish Experience is to allow you to experience driving on gravel and dirt, learn, and have fun. Your top speed will almost be a non-issue, although it will get your attention!

What if I'm not comfortable driving as fast as others in the class?

A:  Our instructors are well-trained to help you stay in a zone that is comfortable, without being too comfortable, and you will never be pushed beyond what’s safe for you and the others in the class. In fact, we like to say that you’ll get “comfortable being just slightly uncomfortable.” If you’re ever too uncomfortable doing something the instructors are asking you to do, just say so.

Will I have my own instructor riding with me?

A:  You will always have an instructor in the car with you. Throughout the day you will have more than one instructor working with you, allowing you to learn from multiple instructors. Having an instructor ride with you is critical for two reasons: First, the instructors can see what you’re doing, and give you instruction and feedback in real-time. And second, rallying is all about having a co-driver riding with you, giving you instructions.

What kinds of things will I do during my experience?

A:  First of all, lots of driving! Driving on a skid pad to learn car control skills, on a handling course to tune those skills further, on a slalom to develop the skills to turn the car by changing its balance, and on real rally stage-type roads. All of these driving experiences are in special areas of our 315-acre custom-designed facility – a facility developed specifically to help drivers learn about and experience rally driving.

What about classroom instruction?

A:  There is a minimum amount of classroom instruction – just enough to give you the knowledge and background to do what you really came for… driving on gravel and dirt. Yes, the real classroom is behind the wheel of the car. However, you’ll enjoy the time you do spend in the classroom, as we’ve developed what we believe is the most up-to-date, interactive and fun classroom training.

What if the weather is poor – raining, or even snowing?

A:  Perfect! Rallying is all about dealing with varying conditions, and our facility is set up to handle them all, from hot and sunny to cold and raining, and even snow. In fact, because the conditions will change how you drive, some drivers will want to experience a course in the summer, and then again in the winter.

What happens if I damage the car I’m driving?

A:  Damage to our vehicles does happen, however our instructors are trained to help ensure it doesn't happen too often. All of our experiences now come with crash damage insurance included, so you will not be liable for any crash damage unless we deem your actions to be outside of normal training.

How many other students will be with me, and how many instructors teaching us?

A:  The maximum number of students for our 2-Hour Taste of Rally is 9 students. All of our other programs fill up at 10 students each, with 1 instructor in every car and 1 instructor outside of the cars at all times.

Can I use my own car?

A:  No. Our cars are specially prepared for what you’ll be doing. Exceptions can be made for rally legal cars used for private coaching.

Do I have my own car, or do I share it with someone else?

A:  You will be sharing a car with another driver(s). While you are debriefing with your instructor, the other driver will be driving, and vice versa. You will also be able to compare to, and learn from the other driver(s). It is an effective and efficient method of learning. Our Two Hour Taste of Rally has a 3 to 1 ratio – 3 students share one vehicle. All other experiences have a 2 to 1 ratio.

What about meals – do I need to bring my own?

A:  We provide lunch as part of our 1-Day, 2-Day and 3-Day Programs, and snacks and refreshments are available during all of our experiences. However, feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks. If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us well in advance of your scheduled course.

Is there an age requirement to take a class?

A:  We require that the student be at least 16 years old. For any students under the age of 18, we do require a minor waiver be signed by the parents or guardian of the student before being allowed to take part in the experience.