Tom Severin, President Badlands Off-Road Adventures
Tom Severin is an International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers Association© certified professional 4WD Trainer
and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).
He is a instructor for the United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the California Association of 4WD Clubs.
As a former Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the State of Pennsylvania, his duties included law enforcement activities,
game stocking; public relations and speaking; hunter education; landowner
relations; small animal complaints and highway-killed deer retrieval.
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He has an extensive background (forty plus years experience) with four-wheel
drive vehicles, on and off road, in various conditions and countries. He
imported a Jeep while living in England and used it on vacation in France.
Tom is a graduate of Purdue University and a recognized expert in
shared service accounting management
and management information systems.
Tom is an accomplished leader with a comprehensive background directing
global support centers
processing high volume transactions and high volumes of customer interactions.
He was a presenter for the 1996 International Conference on the Study of Work Teams and was a frequent speaker on
self-directed work team concepts.
Badlands Off-Road Adventures offers 4WD training and 4WD guided tours specializing in Four Wheel
Drive vehicles. The company has trained hundreds of students, including the Orange County (CA) Sheriff's Department, the Gas Company,
the National Park Service, and the
US Marine Corps.
Badlands Off-Road Adventures strives to provide instruction in a friendly, casual, non-judgmental environment.
Non-lethal mistakes are encouraged as a way to learn under the
watchful eyes of the instructor.
Death Valley Excursion:
An Overland Adventure with the Right Mix of Guide and People
Story by Denis Snow
Off Road Adventure Magazine August 2013
Picking the right 4WD guided tour operator is like picking your friends. You want them to be intelligent, loyal, trustworthy, knowledgeable and easy to be around; because for the duration of your adventure, they are the ones you’ll be depending on to: lead the way, set the pace, be your spotter, help with trail repairs, be the source of information on every rock, plant, crawly thing, and safety as well as on the human and geological history of the area, AND tell great stories around the campfire.
Tom Severin, President of Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc. is just such a tour operator. In business for 12 years, he is an International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers Association© certified professional 4WD Trainer and a Wilderness First Responder among many other certifications. He’s obviously, very knowledgeable and leads
several excursions throughout the year as well as conducting clinics on such subjects as: beginning off-roading, basic to advanced winching, tire repair on the trail, wilderness first aid, etc. He also frequently emails out various articles
covering subjects like: Building Your Own First Aid Kit, Reading the Weather, Keep Recovery Gear Accessible, etc., and other valuable advice, tips for safe wheeling, new
gear reviews, inside hints on upcoming events, etc. You can sign up for these
"Master Tread Trainer Certified"
-- which is the highest level of training available through Tread Lightly.
Please contact Badlands Off-Road Adventures if you would like Tread Trainer training for your club.
International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers Association©
The mission of the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers' Association© (I4WDTA©) is to set the highest level of standards
to promote safe and professional 4-wheel drive training.
United Four Wheel Drive Associations -
Protecting, Promoting, and Providing 4x4 opportunities worldwide
Through the UFWDA 4WD Awareness program, UFWDA has trained and introduced thousands of four wheelers on the components of their 4×4 vehicle,
proper off-highway driving techniques, proper vehicle recovery, courtesies related to four wheeling, and environmental awareness
utilizing the Tread Lightly! philosophy.
Wilderness First Responder by Wilderness Medical Associates
This 8-day (72 hour) course is the industry standard for outdoor professionals.
The course is recommended for outdoor professionals as well as outdoor recreationalists who lead adventure trips
and those who are in the backcountry for days or weeks and may have to care for a patient for days
Wilderness First Responder courses developed by Wilderness Medical Associates are widely considered the most complete medical training
for outdoor professionals.
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