How we safeguard our People and our Programmes

The number one goal of every RDA Group is to enable and support riders to achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes by providing a professional, effective, high quality and safe RDA programme.

We do this by:

Safety Checking including Police Vetting

All our people are safety checked which includes police clearance and reference checking.

Qualified Coaches

We require that all RDA groups have a qualified coach or coach enrolled in our qualification running all RDA sessions. Coaches must attend NZRDA face to face training at least once every two years and hold a current NZ Comprehensive or Level 2 first aid certificate.

Annual Operational Certificates

All Groups must pass an Annual Operational Certificate to ensure they meet all legislative and regulatory requirements and all NZRDA policy and processes.  Committees must commit to ongoing compliance with all standards on a daily basis.


Training of all RDA people is key to the delivery of high-quality RDA programmes and supports good rider outcomes. It also helps ensure the safety of everyone at RDA. Training consists of an induction process and ongoing training.

All operational volunteers/staff must complete an induction before starting work at RDA and attend NZRDA approved training at least once every two years. This could be regional training, attendance at the annual conference, online volunteer induction modules and special interest webinars and forums.  

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