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South Wales Advanced Motorcyclists (S.W.A.M)

The group is run by volunteers with a committee voted for by the members at the AGM.

We are affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM RoadSmart).

Our IAM Group number is 1124.

We are a registered charity.

Our charity number is 1077703.

Group members will either be:

Associates – motorcyclists who are working towards obtaining their IAM Advanced Riding Certificate.

Members – motorcyclists who have obtained their IAM Advanced Riding Certificate.

Fellow - An enhanced membership tier that recognises and rewards your commitment to keeping your advanced skills up to date with a three year retest

Observers – IAM members who have been trained in helping others achieve full membership and are accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry - IMI (


How can the group help me?

Training towards the IAM Advanced Certificate will normally take place 1 to 1 with a Local Observer or on our training days.

We run a set of 6 training days in Spring, which is then repeated in Autumn.

Attendance of all 6 training days is not compulsory.

For example, members may choose to attend either all or a few sessions in Spring depending on their availability, with a chance to pick up the missed sessions when they are repeated in Autumn.

The training days do offer an opportunity to help reach test standard in a shorter timeframe, while also socialising with other group members.  

We start with a classroom session followed by an observed ride, then a lunch stop with a second observed ride in the afternoon.

Don’t worry if you cannot attend a training day (for example you are working or have a family commitment) an Observer will usually be able to make alternative arrangements with you on a 1-2-1 basis. 

If preferred outside the Training days 1-2-1 arrangements can be made throughout the year. 

Joining the group as an associate, you will be invited to take part in an initial assessment.

On completion of the assessment, you will be allocated an observer who will prepare you for your advanced motorcycle test. 

Observed runs can typically cover distances of up to 40 miles, but of course, this may vary. 

Your Observer will advise you through observations made during the run on what you need to do to meet the standard required for the advanced test.

Observed runs are organised between you and your observer.

We recommend that a minimum of six two-hour sessions is allowed for associates to reach the required IAM RoadSmart standard.

Please see our Social activites and events pags for details of what is on and where.

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Interested in attending an event? Want to find out more information? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you.

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