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Professional Mountain Bike Instructors


INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

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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 & AUSTRALIA.

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

CANADA

Whistler Off Road Cycling Association
Whistler Bike Park
Kicking Horse Bike Park
Silver Star Bike Park
Sun Peaks Bike Park
Panorama Resort Bike Park
Canada Olympic Park
Blue Mountain Bike Park
Elevation Outdoors Programs Association
Trek Dirt Series
Cross Country Connection
Canmore Trailsports
The BaSE MTB Camps
Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching

USA

Alyeska Bike Park
Angel Fire Bike Park
Specialized All-Ride Tour
Idaho Bike Ranch
Moab MTB Instruction
Epic MTB Tours
Pedal Your Bike MTB
Red Mountain Lodge
Canyons Resort, Park City

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



COURSES

PMBI LEVEL 1

3 day First-time MTB Instructor Course

The 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 course

This 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 Course

The 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 Course

It 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 essential

Pass-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.



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DATES & REGISTRATION

TO 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 | AUSTRALIA | NEW ZEALAND | USA | CHILE | JAPAN

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

TATHRA

LEVEL 1
April 3rd - 5th

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 11th - 13th
June 14th - 16th
September 12th - 14th

LEVEL 2
June 14th - 17th

NORTH CAROLINA

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

IDAHO, BOISE

LEVEL 1
June 6th – 8th

CANYONS RESORT, PARK CITY, UT

LEVEL 1 June 20th - 22nd

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.

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PRICING

All 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

   Whistler Canada & USA Australia New Zealand UK
Level 1 $355* $375* $495 AUS $595 NZ £295
Level 2 $455* $485* $595 AUS $695 NZ £395
Level 3 Skills Coach $535* $575* N/A N/A N/A
Min # Req. 4 5 5 5 5
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*Rates are shown in Canadian dollars and do not include tax.

NOTE: These costs do not include lift passes, should the PMBI course be at a Bike Park.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full payment will be charged to your credit card upon registration for the PMBI course. Cancellations made 15 days or more prior to the start date of the PMBI course will be offered a 50% refund. Cancellations within 14 days of the PMBI course start date will not be offered any refund. ZEPtechniques Ltd. reserves the right to cancel activities due to inclement weather, insufficient bookings or any events beyond our control. Alternate dates will be arranged in this case or a full refund will be provided.



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CONTACT US

Phone: +1 (604) 938 3498
Email: pmbi@zeptechniques.com




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