Instructor training

The Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBI) Certification courses are designed to train you in modern mountain bike riding theory, skills and techniques and then how to safely and effectively teach these to clients – regardless of the mountain bike discipline. They are a result of nearly 20 years experience in mountain biking, studying the physics and biomechanics involved within the sport, while teaching, coaching and instructor training in the mountain bike and snowboard industries since 1998.

These courses offer a modern approach and professional quality of training that will help develop your enthusiasm and skills within the sport into a passion, and possibly even a career, for teaching it to others.

SINCE THEIR INCEPTION IN 2006, THE PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE INSTRUCTOR (PMBI) CERTIFICATION COURSES HAVE BECOME THE MOST WIDELY AVAILABLE AND ADOPTED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSES IN NORTH AMERICA.

PMBI courses have certified over 600 instructors and is recognized, among others, by:

CANADA

Whistler Bike Park
Kicking Horse Bike Park
Silver Star Bike Park
Panorama Resort Bike Park
Canada Olympic Park
Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps
Cross Country Connection
Trailsports, Canmore Nordic Centre
Elevation Outdoor Programs Association
Bettygohard MTB Clinics
Parks Patrol, Fort McMurray
The BaSE MTB Camps

USA

Angel Fire Bike Park
Specialized All-Ride Tour
Epic MTB Tours
Idaho Bike Ranch
Moab Mountain Bike Instruction

AUSTRALIA

Kovarik Racing
Dynamic Motivation Coaching
Dividing Range MTB
Canberra Off Road Cycling Club
Trailmix MTB
Tathra Beach & Bike
Thredbo Alpine Village
The Body Corporate Health & Fitness Centre

PMBI LEVEL 1

3 day First-time MTB Instructor Coursecontent_photo_10The Level 1 course trains instructors how to skillfully teach and guide beginner to intermediate riders. The Level 1 is run in both cross country and bike park (DH) environments. The main focus of the course is to provide a detailed understanding of the theory behind how we ride, safely guide and teach and act as a professional mountain bike instructor, which in turn allows you to adapt your knowledge and skills to any mountain biking situation. So whether you are leading a group ride on some XC trails or ripping with some clients in a DH setting, you’ll be able to confidently ride and teach effectively in either discipline.

PMBI Level 1 Main Content:

  • “Six Skill Concept” training – Riding Theory
  • Teaching, Learning & Guiding Theory
  • Rider Improvement and Feedback Sessions
  • Skill Based vs. Maneuver Based teaching
  • Terrain & Feature use in teaching
  • Client Safety & Satisfaction

Riding Standard & Maneuver Examples:

  • Green, Blue & some Single Black Diamond trails
  • Drops up to 3 feet & small table top jumps
  • Front & rear wheel lifts
  • Basic ladders/raised trails
  • Berms and flat corners

Pre-requisites (recommended):
Confident mountain biker on beginner to intermediate terrain
A minimum of 30 months mountain biking experience
WMA: Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certifications strongly recommended but not a pre-requisite.Pass-requirements:
In order for candidates to successfully gain a PMBI Level 1 certification, they must pass both a riding and teaching evaluation during the course. Candidates must be comfortable riding all day long on intermediate single track/blue trails.

PMBI LEVEL 1 Sample

1 day courseThis is a one-day course that involves instructors attending the first day of the regular PMBI Level 1 course, with an additional teaching practice in the afternoon and personal review with a PMBI Evaluator. This course is designed to be used in three main ways;

  1. SKILLS REVIEW It can be taken at the start of each season as a refresher/review of those skills previously learnt on the PMBI Level 1, in preparation for the biking season to help bring your riding and/or teaching skills up to scratch
  2. TASTER If you have taken another Mountain Bike Certification Course and want to learn more about biking and instructing, then the PMBI Level 1 Refresher will act as a good review of what you know, what you can learn, and show you a little about why the PMBI courses are setting the standards in the industry right now.
  3. PREPARATION If you would like to take the PMBI Level 2 Course but want to brush up on your skills, knowledge and teaching, the PMBI Evaluator can help you with all these during this short course, and further let you know how to best prepare (what you need to do) before the PMBI Level 2 Course.

 

PMBI LEVEL 2

4 day Advanced Instructor Coursecontent_photo_11The PMBI Level 2 course is designed to follow on from the Level 1 courses and train instructors how to teach and develop the skills of intermediate to advanced riders. The Level 2 course is only available in a bike park (DH) environment. During the 4-day course, candidates will learn more advanced riding, teaching and even coaching techniques to take their instructing and riding skills to the next level. Using the PMBI “Six Skill System”, candidates will learn how to safely teach jumping, drops and develop the technical skills of riders on advanced/black run terrain.

PMBI Level 2 Main Content:

  • “Six Skill Concept” training at the Advanced level – Riding Theory
  • Advanced Drops & Jumping Progressions
  • Teaching, Learning & Guiding Theory continued
  • Rider Improvement and Feedback Sessions
  • Terrain & Feature use in high-end teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Strategies
  • Coaching vs. Instructing
  • Analysis & Improvement Workshop

Riding Standard and Maneuver Examples:

  • Single & Double Black Diamond Trails
  • Drops up to 6ft and large tabletop jumps (A-line style)
  • Intermediate to Advanced ladders
  • High Speed cornering, off-camber & berms
  • Technical Terrain & Steeps
  • Wall-rides, Manuals, Pre-jumping

Pre-requisites:
Comfortable riding on advanced terrain (black runs) all day
PMBI Level 1 (or equivalent 3 day minimum mountain bike certification course)
PMBI Level 1 Refresher recommended (not mandatory) for non-PMBI Level 1’s
1+ season Instructing experience recommended
WFR: Wilderness First Responder Certification recommended, but not mandatory
Pass-requirements:
In order for candidates to successfully gain the PMBI Level 2 certification, they must pass two teaching and two riding components – to give a total of four evaluations. Candidates must be comfortable riding on advanced terrain whilst safely and effectively improving advanced riders’ skills using the PMBI “Six Skill System”; including jumping techniques, cornering and technical terrain.

PMBI LEVEL 3 Skills Coach

5 day Experienced Advanced Instructor Coursecontent_photo_13It is the aim of the PMBI Level 3 Skill Coach Course to help develop a strong network of well-rounded, fully equipped coaches to not only take their athletes to the next level of competition, but also the sport of Downhill Mountain Biking to the next level of professionalism.

The PMBI Level 3 course is for experienced instructors and coaches in the Mountain Bike Industry who are primarily involved in the coaching of expert riders, athletes and/or racers who are competing from the amateur level, right up to the National and World Cup stage.

This course is designed to equip coaches with the tools they need to help take their athletes to the next level of riding skill consistency and awareness, and therefore results! Many elite riders/racers (amateur and pro) are naturally very fast on a bike. It is the coach’s job to be able to critically assess their athletes performance in terms of their mental, physical and technical abilities, preparation and performance, then plan and coach accordingly; to make them even faster.

The Level 3 course largely focuses on training a coach to assess, plan for and develop the technical skills of their athlete. Furthermore, PMBI Level 3 Skills Coaches will be able to train their own athletes how to coach and analyze themselves, making for an incredibly efficient athlete-coach-results relationship.

“If a rider knows why he crashed because of what he did or didn’t do technically, he is going to be able to objectively look at his mistakes (crashes) in far more detail than, ‘I missed my line, got all squirrely and went off'; and so learn better how to not make the same mistake again. ‘My hips were too far to the inside of the turn so I lost balance… that caused me to miss my line. I need to control my hip movement better in steep hairpin berms so I can hold my line and speed down the rest of the trail.’. Technically stronger and more aware racers ride smarter, more consistently and so in the long term, faster as well.”
– Paul Howard PMBI Program Developer

PMBI Level 3 Skills Coach Main Content:

  • “Six Skill Coaching Model” Training
  • Learning Assessment (Feedback) Development
  • Athlete Performance Assessment & Planning
  • Pedagogy Module & Training
  • PMBI Coaching Strategies
  • Athlete Skill Development Planning
  • Short vs. Long term Coaching
  • Coaching vs. Instructing
  • Analysis & Improvement Workshop

Riding Standard and Maneuver Examples:

  • Single & Double Black Diamond Trails
  • Drops up to 6ft and large tabletop jumps (A-line style)
  • Intermediate to Advanced ladders
  • High Speed cornering, off-camber & berms
  • Technical Terrain
  • Wall-rides, Manuals, Pre-jumping

Pre-requisites:
PMBI Level 2 Mandatory (it acts as pre-training for Coaches attending the PMBI Level 3) 3+ Seasons Coaching Mountain Biking (or other sports such as snowboarding) at a high level Past/present racing experience an asset, but not essentialPass-requirements:
In order for candidates to successfully gain the PMBI Level 3 Skills Coach certification, they must pass an overall riding competency module at the advanced level, technical skill understanding module, two coaching practices during the course and complete a three month rider/athlete coaching log, to give a total of five modules.

DATES & REGISTRATION

content_photo_15TO REGISTER for a PMBI course, please email us with the following details:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Course Level and Dates you would like to attend

We will then send you a Course Registration form. Once the minimum number of people have registered, you will receive the relevant course information regarding meeting times, places, eprep worksheets, what to bring etc. Email early to avoid missing out and REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE 3-5 PEOPLE (and if we are available!), WE CAN SCHEDULE AN ADDITIONAL COURSE JUST FOR YOU!

*Note: PMBI LEVEL 1 SAMPLE course dates are simply the first day of any PMBI LEVEL 1 course.

PMBI SCHEDULE

CANADA

WHISTLER, LOST LAKE TRAILS

LEVEL 1
May 16th – 18th
May 23rd – 25th
June 6th – 8th
June 13th – 15th
June 27th – 29th
July 11th – 13th
July 25th – 27th
August 8th – 10th
September 12th – 14th

WHISTLER BIKE PARK

LEVEL 2
July 17th – 20th
August 28th – 31st
September 25th – 28th

KICKING HORSE BIKE PARK

LEVEL 1
July 18th – 20th

SUN PEAKS BIKE PARK

LEVEL 1
June 27th – 29th

SILVER STAR BIKE PARK

LEVEL 1
June 27th – 29th

LEVEL 2
July 1st – 4th

BLUE MOUNTAIN, ONTARIO

LEVEL 1
June 20th – 22nd
July 12th – 14th

LEVEL 2
July 8th – 11th

CANADA OLYMPIC PARK, CALGARY AB

LEVEL 1
August 1st – 3rd

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC

LEVEL 1
August 15th – 17th

AUSTRALIA

CANBERRA

LEVEL 1
April 9th – 11th
April 12th – 14th
October 17th – 19th

LEVEL 2
March 29th – April 1st

BRISBANE

LEVEL 1
April 18th – 20th

MELBOURNE

LEVEL 1
October 10th – 12th

THREDBO (TBC)

LEVEL 1
April 4th – 6th

NEW ZEALAND

QUEENSTOWN

LEVEL 1
March 21st – 23rd
March 24th – 26th

UNITED STATES

ALYESKA BIKE PARK, ALASKA

TBC

ANGEL FIRE BIKE PARK, NEW MEXICO

LEVEL 1
June 18th – 20th
June 21st – 23rd
September 12th – 14th

LEVEL 2
June 21st – 24th

NORTH CAROLINA

LEVEL 1
May 26th – 28th
May 29th – 31st

IDAHO, BOISE

LEVEL 1
June 6th – 8th

PARK CITY UTAH

LEVEL 1 June 11th – 13th June 14th – 16th

CHILE

SANTIAGO

LEVEL 1
April 4th – 6th
April 7th – 9th
April 11th – 13th

JAPAN

TBC

PMBI COURSE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

If none of the above dates work for your schedule, you have a minimum of 4 people (friends/colleagues etc) interested in a PMBI course and you have a suitable trail network/bike park for the purposes of the course, we can add courses to our schedule through this program and come to you to run a course… click here for more details on this program

PRICING

content_photo_12All courses include downloadable access to PMBI Instructor Training Manuals, PMBI Course Prep Info, Worksheets and Lesson Plans relevant for each course. A hard copy (professionally bound and printed in color) of the PMBI Manual is available upon request, and at an extra fee of $40.

Scheduled courses outside of Whistler are more expensive to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of the PMBI Evaluator. Prices are in $CAN

 

professionalmountainbikeinstructoradmin / March 6, 2015 / Uncategorized

Two of Many Popular Hunting Bikes

For hunters who are mostly going to mountains and forests, it will help them save time by just riding hunting bikes which comes in huge variety. Among the most popular are the ultimate hunting e-bike and cogburn cb4 hunting fat bike. But for know you should at least understand each of this bikes so you can make a choice.

Ultimate Hunting E-Bike

Mountain bikes are amazingly applicable for hunters but they can perform even more when you add some electricity to them. You should opt to this hunting e-bike if you are also using the run and gun techniques in hunting deers. Pedaling and shooting can help you hunt more animals because predators cannot stands for miles without using a noisy vehicle. E-bikes cost a fraction because of their electric operated parts.

This ultimate hunting e-bike will surely serve the hunter because of its custom-painted brown for better concealment. The basic features of this hunting e-bike includes a Kona race light Aluminum 7005 frame, a solid rear rack , hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano 30-speed drive train, and rock shox front forks. In addition to that, it has sports 29-inch wheels to maximize off-road abilities over rough terrain and obstacles while in the mountain grounds.

Cogburn CB4 Hunting Fat Bike

CB4 is the ideal fat bike for most hunters because it has big tires which are set up 3.8 inch from surly, a rack a camouflage frame. It is believed to be the best alternative for ATV because the younger hunters may find a motorized option perfect. This cogburn hunting bike has disc gears and brakes, an aluminum frame and a rock. Also the rims, cranks and handle bar of the bike are no glare black which complements the color of the surroundings.

The pedals of CB4 are color black, wellgo platform type and with knurled rubber black grips. The seat post is kalloy 31.6 in diameter with 400 mm length excellent finished in Black. Its seat clamp kalloy 34.9 mm and bead blasted. The bake and cable housing is made from jag wire stainless and full length compression less housing. The overall appearance is great plus an incredible performance this could be the best reviews scope you are looking for.

professionalmountainbikeinstructoradmin / May 1, 2015 / hunting bikes

Exercise Bikes vs Ellipticals

Lots of people who subscribe to gym are quite often torn between the two most popular cardio machines: Elliptical and Electrical Bike. However, when you are looking forward to have workout sessions within the confines of residence, certain things have to be considered before making a purchase. Each of these have their own pros and cons, but a conclusion would be required to decide what suits your lifestyle best.
Exercise Bikes vs Ellipticals –
Focus Region – Cardio exercises require the ability to take in, transport and utilize the oxygen. The more oxygen you are capable of utilizing, the long lasting workouts can be. The cardiovascular strength enhances as vigorously as you work out. A high intensity work out can be obtained both through Ellipticals and Exercise Bikes. The bikes typically requires lower oxygen levels since it focuses on waist below region. Meanwhile, Ellipticals focus on the entire body because it comprises of levelers that involve high intensity arm workouts, and hence requires much more oxygen.
Calorie Burning – Ellipticals and Livestrong Exercise Bikes are specifically structured to provide unconditional calorie burn, given that you use one of these at an elevated page. However, Exercise Bikes, although. stress on your lower body, you are much more likely to burn calories a tad more than on an Elliptical trainer. According to various experiments, vigorous pedaling on an Exercise Bikes burn calories a lot quicker than on Elliptical machines. On an average, a person weighing in at 150 pounds would burn about 380 calories during a thirty minute workout on both the machines.
Target Customers – A research conducted long ago, suggests that the Exercise Bikes are the most ideal for those who deal with unbearable joint or back pains, because Exercise Bikes do not require extensive abilities, nor is it weight bearing. On the other hand, Elliptical Machines are comfortable for heavy workouts, for the runners who are looking for intense training schedules further ahead. A common misconception suggests that people tend to buy these machines from a weight machine point of view, but that is not even the case. These machines help you in achieving aerobic workout indulging your heart and lungs. Both the machines are concerned with exercises for strength training.
Conclusion –
As above, both Ellipticals and Electrical Bikes have their own pros. Although Ellipticals requires a bit more out of you, both of these machines make lower impact than outdoor activities such as running. Ellipticals are for the users who are keen in their workout sessions, and for those who don’t easily get bored. On the other hand, Exercise Bikes can typically be used whilst you are in front of your TV set. Hence, a blend of both would output better results.

professionalmountainbikeinstructoradmin / March 15, 2015 / fitness