Odyssey Outdoors has been delivering Minibus Drivers Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) training to dozens of Local Authority and Academy school staff as well people involved in driving for voluntary organisations across the Northwest.

We are members of the Community Transport Association (CTA) and deliver both the standard and accessible minibus courses.


This is what people have said about our courses:

"Very informative and relevant pace with thorough coverage where appropriate. Controlled use of participation, very good overall relaxed atmosphere"

"Great that Frank could come to to school to do the training, meant that no time was lost"

"Well led and Very informative about a range of aspects"

"Really useful training - good opportunities to ask questions"

"Good pace to course, everything was explained clearly"

All our driver assessor trainers (DAT's) are very experienced qualified trainers and assessors who retrain every two years.

We come to you to deliver courses using your vehicles, however on request we can supply vehicles.

We deliver the following courses:

  • Induction Training for Drivers of Standard Minibuses
  • Refresher Training for Drivers of Standard Minibuses
  • Induction Training for Drivers of Accessible Minibuses
  • Refresher Training for Drivers of Accessible Minibuses

MiDAS Course, timings

Induction Training Course:

3 hours and 20 minutes of classroom training including a 20 minute theory test, plus 70 minutes of practical driving including a 30 minute period of assessed driving.

Refresher Training Course:

1 hour and 35 minutes of classroom training including a 10 minute theory test, plus upto 75 minutes of practical driving including a 30 minute period of assessed driving.

Accessible Induction Training Course:

2 hours and 50 minutes of classroom training including a 10 minute theory test, plus:

50 minutes of practical demonstration and supervised practice assisting wheelchair users, plus: 20/30 minute period of practical skills assessment.

Accessible Refresher Training Course:

1 hour and 40 minutes of classroom training including a 10 minute theory test, plus:

20/30 minutes of practical demonstration and supervised practice, plus: 20/30 minute period of practical skills assessment.