Western Bay Riding has been operating in Tauranga and surrounding areas since 1997. It is owned and operated by Chris Welch, who has continued to build on the success and excellent reputation of Western Bay Driving School.
Christine is a Kiwi but is UK trained (BSM) instructor. In the UK, training to be a motorbike and car instructor can take up to 2 years to qualify. The training is very intense but guarantees a highly qualified instructor.
After finishing her 2 years training, Chris went on to gain more advanced high speed motorway training on one of the UK's busiest motorways, the M6.When Chris moved back to NZ, dropping her UK standard was not an option and she has carried on with the high quality of instructing.This is reflected in her 99% pass rate! Chris is also a motorbike instructor with over 35 years of riding experience, 10 years of which is motorcross.
Chris owns and operates Western Bay Riding and prides herself in keeping the highest quality, and will endeavour to never drop her standards.
I've been riding for 33 yrs. I was born in NZ but moved to the UK where I started my motorbike instructors training with the metropolitan police 15yrs ago. After two years of intensive training, I was qualified as an advanced motorcycle Instructor, I became a motorcycle instructor for the metropolitan police and paramedics in London, and I trained them to ride safely at speed through the traffic of London. This was intense and required a lot of concentration for the rider.
In 2015 I started training with Western Bay Riding. I'm very lucky to be working in a firm that has high qualified instructors where we all teach the same but at a very high level. We all like to have fun when we're teaching, have a laugh but at the same time keeping you very safe.
My Interest in Motorbikes began 10 years ago when I gave up a life of Horse Riding and competing. I was a late starter with motorcycles, however, I took to it like duck to water, and it became a passion for me that I didn’t realise was there.
During the last 10 years, I worked at a Motorcycle store and have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge relating to various bike models, and setting riders up in the correct riding gear. Safety is of the utmost importance to me.
Group rides have been a very important part of my riding experience. Leading out large rides from the Motorcycle shop I worked at, gave me the confidence and expertise to handling organised rides. This includes my passion with the Womens Ride group I started in my personal time, prior to working at the Bike shop. I have always had an open mind where Rider Training is concerned. If it helps you to be safer on the road, then I agree it’s a good thing to do.
I have also completed all Levels of the CSS, (Californian Superbike School), and many other training courses that were available at the time. During this time, I’ve frequently practised at various Track days, including Taupo, Hampton Downs, and Pukekohe. These have helped me develop my skills as a rider, mentor and more recently, an Instructor.