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Training Courses for marshals at the TT & MGP

Author: Isle of Man TT Marshals Association Limited
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 08 2005

Once again great effort is being put into training more marshals; several courses here on the island have been fully subscribed in the past months. Courses were also held across in the UK and were very successful. There are now three more dates available for anyone wishing to attend a course here on the island and two dates in Birkenhead Liverpool.

For anyone unsure what the training course or marshalling is all about here is a brief summary; the training is generally run by St John Ambulance and is conducted in one day.

You will see presentations dealing with trackside incidents, what to do first and how to do it, the proper use of flags and instruction in the use of the new TETRA radio system. Helicopter procedure is another presentation, how to approach and load a casualty safely. The other part of the course deals with first aid, again what to do first and how to do it. You will learn many things how to remove a crash helmet safely, how to put a casualty in the recovery position, how to load them on to a stretcher. The First Aid element is the new Emergency Aid for Motorcyclists course run by St John Ambulance. The courses are paid for by the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association Limited.

Dates for training in the IOM are:
27th February
13th March
9th April

These are held at the St John Ambulance HQ Douglas Start at 8.45 am for registration.

Dates for training in Birkenhead Liverpool are:
19th and 20th March

These are to held by the St John Ambulance in Birkenhead Liverpool. Start at 8:45am for registration. Further details can be obtained from our Secretary.

For anyone who has never marshalled before, but is interested in marshalling at either the TT or MGP races, hereís what you can expect to do. Carry out course security and keep the road clear of any unauthorised people, check road and course barriers are in place where they should be. Make sure essential equipment is where it is needed, medical kit, stretcher, fire extinguisher etc. During racing you monitor the riders and machines for any potential problems, deal with any incidents that may occur as to your ability and training. After the roads are open you need to remove road barriers and clear all equipment away. You will not be on your own in this there is always someone experienced who will be with you, marshalling is a team event.

It is a popular misconception that you have to be Manx to marshal at the TT or MGP, this is not the case. So who can marshal on the TT Course? Anyone aged over 16 (aged between 16 and 18 parental or guardian consent is required), who is able bodied and wants to join us. You donít have marshal at both the TT and MGP races, or attend every practice and race session, but the more the better.

Anyone who fancies the idea of all this can have a preview of us and what we are about if they are at the Stafford Bike Show on April 24th & 25th and the Bike show in Dublin on March 4th, 5th and 6th. We will be having a stand there with presentations showing many aspects of the duties of being a marshal and the first aid criteria. Amongst others present at Stafford will be Dr David Stevens MBE, he is the TT and MGP chief medical officer and a director of the Isle of Man TT Marshalís Association Ltd.

For more information about the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association Limited, IMC courses and marshalling on the TT Course we can be contacted by email at

Bill Carden
Isle of Man TT Marshals Association Limited

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