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Who's tried to be a Virginia RiderCoach? - July 27, 2015, 01:02 PM

I've run into a few of you over the last few years who were interested in becoming a RiderCoach but got turned off by the process. Since we've been canceling a classes due to a lack of coaches I'm writing a value proposition for the state to bring RiderCoach Training back to Northern Virginia at least 1-2 times a year.

If any of you either took the training, tried to take the training or got put off on the requirements - could you give me a short play by play on your efforts/issues?


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July 28, 2015, 09:52 AM

I don't think I talked to you since that weekend (where I got QAd)... I asked J about Donovan and an RCP in Aug. Nope, was told the next one is at the end of Sept for 10 days straight through. Well, since Donovan will be in paramedic school... guess who is NOT signing up for an RCP? Like you said.... who in their right mind would take 5-6 days of PTO for training for a part time job?

Bring it back to NoVA and have it on the weekends. Sheesh...


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July 28, 2015, 09:55 AM

I'll forward you Bruce's response to my inquiry on the number of coaches by year since 2008. It's amusing

They can't even guarantee a part time job at the end of the process. There's no guarantee you'll pass or get hired. Even if you get hired you'll have trouble getting shifts since we make the schedules in January.

What a cluster.


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July 28, 2015, 09:58 AM

lionlady is considering renewing her VRTP cert since guitardad is having a great time coaching in Lynchburg.

I was told that it doesn't matter that we're not doing as many RCPs because we get enough transfers into the program to cover those leaving the program.


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July 28, 2015, 10:15 AM

Do you believe it?


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July 28, 2015, 10:21 AM

Of course not. Look at our own roster. You see the same names over and over again. And then poor Mick had a heck of a time getting someone to cover his spot this weekend. And because I'm still on Fred's roster, I see the emails coming in from CCs all over the state asking for RCs.


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July 28, 2015, 11:17 AM

I was asked once by an instructor if I'd like to become a coach for MSF. I was interested and asked for details. When I found out I'd have to go to Richmond for training it threw a wet blanket on it because that's far enough away I'd have had to motel it rather than be able to go home each night. So yeah, if there had been training available close enough that I wouldn't have to be out of town overnight I'd have probably taken the training.


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July 28, 2015, 12:01 PM

MD is just as bad. Drives to and overnight stays in Glen Burnie. What a joke.
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July 28, 2015, 12:21 PM

Looked into becoming a RiderCoach down here in North Alabama now that I'm not racing. Same issue down here, it's a Mon-Fri course from 0800-1700 each day, in Birmingham. That's 2 hours away for me. If they did it over the course of 3-4 weekends, I'd be in.

But taking a week off work, spending $500 to become a coach and having to spend money on a hotel just isn't worth it.


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July 28, 2015, 12:29 PM

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MD is just as bad. Drives to and overnight stays in Glen Burnie. What a joke.
Virginia used to do them in each region. Northern Virginia two times a year, then at least one in Roanoke area, Richmond and Tidewater. In Northern Virginia we ran them over three consecutive weekends

As part of the new program, they'll reimburse your hotel stay if you're from more than 50 miles away.

Still I don't want to give up 6 workdays to head down to Richmond


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July 28, 2015, 01:22 PM

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far enough away I'd have had to motel it
They don't exactly make it clear that they will reimburse you for hotel costs if you stay at one of their partner hotels. I drove the hour back/forth but I was (still am) used to commuting that far. But we also did just weekends.


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July 28, 2015, 04:16 PM

Because of some TX weirdness, and the fact that i've been inactive so long, I would have to take the RCP again here in TX

Same issue

During normal work hours, so unless you're retired or unemployed, it's not doable.

It was easy when they ran one on the four consecutive weekends


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