Chris is the President of the International 4WD Trainers Association and a Certified Master Instructor. He has also contributed a great deal to the development of the I4WDTA Testing for Certification (TFC) curriculum. Chris’ driving experience ranges broadly from two wheels, to regular size SUV’s and pick-ups, to large military and civilian vehicles. He is an accomplished engineer and fabricator and has built several expedition vehicles ranging from standard SUV’s to large vehicles.
Chris has served in the military and has vehicle combat experience. He has postgraduate qualifications including in Adult Education. He trains commercial and military personnel internationally, with a focus on training people to be 4WD instructors.
Using his knowledge and experience, Chris developed the Safe-Xtract Vehicle Recovery Procedures, Safe-Xtract Vehicle Recovery Kits and patent pending Safe-Xtract App.
“I’ve been lucky to have worked with Chris Cole over many years. His thorough understanding and scientific approach to heavy-vehicle recovery has set a benchmark for equipment use and development. The Safe-Xtract system is the culmination of years of field work and experience distilled to a simple and reliable system for vehicle extraction and extrication! Equipment for life-circumstance, safe use and ease of fulfillment – Safe-Xtract just plain makes sense!
I4WDTA Certified Master Instructor
“I have over 30 years of Off-road driving and recovery experience, both military and civilian. In my lifetime and career I have had the privilege to know and work with many brilliant and talented people. Few have made as profound an impact on me as Mr. Chris Cole. It is a rare treat to find a person whose knowledge and passion for his craft and vocation share the same level of excellence. Chris’ vast experience and qualifications put him at the pinnacle of expertise within the world of off-road driving and recovery. I can say with confidence that I have learned more about safe vehicle recovery from Mr. Cole in 6 days than I have in most of my career as a Special Operations tactical mobility expert and instructor.
MSG Tony Cerruto
3D Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Tactical Mobility Instructor
I4WDTA Certified Instructor