Tom Severin. Photo by CarlaKing.com

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 an 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.

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.

Excerpt from 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. (Click here to read the full article )

Tom Severin, President of Badlands Off Road Adventures, Inc. is just such a tour operator. In business for 19 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 at: https://www.4x4training.com/w/contact-us/

Ron Delgado – Instructor

Ron Delgado, Instructor Badlands Off-Road Adventures

Ron Delgado holds a California Teaching Credential. He was an instructor at Mission College Fire Science Program and Santa Clara County Joint Fire Academy. He has extensive background in Training Personnel in the use of off-road 4 wheel drive vehicles used in Wild Land Fire Suppression.

He has a lengthy career as a Fire Fighter in every aspect including California Deputy Fire Marshal and Fire Chief. He is also a trained EMT, (Emergency Medical Technician).

Ron has been an active outdoorsman, hike leader, hunter, fisherman and desert explorer. In addition, he has extensive experience in Public Safety, Search and Rescue and Emergency Response


Russell Lee – Instructor

Russ Lee, Instructor Badlands Off-Road Adventures

Russell Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and started camping, hiking, and exploring the backcountry at a young age with his parents. Russell’s off-road experience started when he was a teenager going on day-long motorcycle trips deep into the coastal mountains. He had a long phase of exploring those same unpaved roads on road and mountain bikes, and now enjoys exploring the mountains and Desert Southwest with multi-day trips in his 4Runner.

After careers as a research engineer and a community college instructor helping students master engineering, physics, and math, Russ now likes nothing more than being in the outdoors while helping folks learn new skills and new ways to experience the outdoors safely and responsibly in their 4WD vehicle.  Vehicle details, predicting the outcomes of different lines, and the best use of various rigging scenarios for safe recovery of a stuck vehicle are a lot more exciting when you’re out on the trail!

Russ is a licensed HAM operator, certified in wilderness first aid, and is always looking to learn new techniques and discover new places with a group of great folks!

Tim Fallon – Instructor

Tim Fallon Jr, Instructor Badlands Off-Road Adventures

Tim has been involved in the outdoors and trip leadership starting back as a child in the Boy Scouts. Tim’s passion for the outdoors has found him participating in variety of adventures from canoeing, bike touring, and hiking and off-road trips. Tim as always had a passion for teaching others and loves the “light bulb” moment.

Tim has spent 20 years working in the entrainment industry working on Ride and Drive events, concerts and live events. Those years of planning logistics, and contingency planning has transitioned directly over to Off Road adventures. Tim loves working on solutions on the trail or in pre-planning.

Tim can be found teaching with Badlands Off-Road Adventures most weekends, or leading Adventure trips in his 2011 JKUR.

Bruce Bogart – Instructor

Bruce Bogart, Instructor Badlands Off-Road Adventures

Working with Badlands Off-Road for 12 years, Bruce (Slim) is an instructor and guide for Badlands Off-Road Adventures. He had guided over 15 multi-day trips on the Rubicon trail.

Bruce has a Bachelors degree in business. He has been operating off road vehicles for almost 30 years.

Prior to development of his four-wheeling addiction, he was an executive with an investment company and subsequently a real estate agent in the Beach Cities.

He is now a successful auto mechanic specializing in exotic and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Bruce is the recipient of the prestigious Liars Club award recognizing excellence in campfire truths.

Mike Moutes – Instructor


Mike Moutes, Instructor Badlands Off-Road Adventures

A Southern California native Mike started his outdoor adventures at an early age.
After attending CSUN Mike pursued a career in the commercial construction industry.
A retired licensed building contractor in California and Hawaii, Mike now enjoys working with
guests in the Badlands classes, touring with them in the outback and wrenching on his Jeeps.
A licensed ham operator and certified in Wilderness First Aid, Mike continues his education in all
aspects of off-road life.

Tom Severin is a Master Tread Lightly 4WD Trainer Tom is 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. 4WD Trainer Tread Lightly
Certified 4WD Trainer by I4WDTA 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.
Certified 4WD Trainer with UFWDA United Four Wheel Drive Associations Protecting, Promoting, and Providing 4×4 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 Certification is a must for a 4WD Trainer 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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