PMBI LEVEL 2
4-day advanced instructor course
The PMBI Level 2 course focuses on teaching and guiding strong-intermediate to advanced riders. Skill development is typically much safer and easier when students learn techniques in terrain appropriate for their ability level. Candidates will learn how to further consolidate intermediate skills in their students, while introducing more advanced skills at higher speeds, mostly on green and blue terrain.
A strong focus is given to further analyzing the Six Skills of riding during the course, to ensure a deeper understanding of the physics, skills and biomechanics involved in riding at the advanced ability level. In addition, advanced teaching skills are also presented on the Level 2 course that require a consolidation of the Level 1 Teaching Material. Typically, at least a season of full time teaching is required between the two courses for a successful result.
This four day course is practical-based, spending each day riding and teaching on the trails, gaining valuable insight and feedback from the PMBI Course Conductor. Additional PMBI Workshops covering topics such as suspension set-up, skill development models, goal setting and performance factors, take place at the start or end of each day, to further build your knowledge and skill set during the course.
Split into halves, one side of the course looks at teaching the fundamental “Six Skills”, through skill-based lessons. The other side looks at teaching advanced maneuvers.
Why take this course?
- Develop your teaching: gain more advanced tools to help analyze students, plan and execute truly fun, effective lessons at an advanced level of riding and teaching. Learn how to guide and teach high end riders so they can jump better, ride faster, explore harder terrain, stay safer and continue to push their skills.
- Improve your riding skills: learn to rail all types of corners, glide through technical, rough terrain, charge the steeps, float over jumps and tackle larger drop-offs consistently, efficiently, and safely. Learn how to “drive” the bike, create power and performance in your riding.
- Learn Coaching skills: advanced instructors often end up coaching... this course teaches you the difference between the two, and builds on your foundation as an experienced instructor to begin to learn how to coach.
- Become more skilled, versatile and adaptable as a rider and instructor.
- Have fun: it’s 4 days of riding bikes, learning and getting stoked!
- Become your own coach: Through a greater knowledge of riding skills and learning theory, your increased understanding of the sport will help you analyze your own riding and enable you to teach yourself!
- Become Certified as The Best: Gain the industries most professional, in depth and toughest mtb instructor certification, the PMBI Level 2 Certification Course.
LEVEL 2 AIR VS. LEVEL 2 TRAIL
The Level 2 course is essentially the same course, regardless of whether it’s the “Air” or “Trail” Level 2. The Skill-Based Teaching part of the course remains the same, as well as the Teaching Theory, Workshops, Course Materials and Assessment Criteria. The only difference is during the maneuver portion of the course.
The “AIR” Level 2 maneuver module trains instructors how to introduce intermediate riders to jumps and drops.
The “TRAIL” Level 2 maneuver module trains instructors how to introduce intermediate riders to drops and technical maneuvers, such as wheelies, manuals, or bunnyhops.
Instructors can therefore choose which course will best suit their teaching requirements, based on where they live, teach and ride. Teaching advanced maneuvers, inherently comes with more risk and complexity. By offering two “types” of Level 2 course, PMBI can ensure the necessary depth and detail is given to each specific maneuver focus, to ensure the safest, most effective teaching practices possible.
RIDING & TEACHING STANDARD
PMBI Level 2 instructors must be able to comfortably ride intermediate and advanced terrain so they can focus on their students’ safety and concerns, while executing an effective lesson.
Below are some of the main examples of the riding and teaching skills required on the PMBI Level 2 course. With the Level 1 teaching and riding skills previously consolidated, candidates should be able to guide students safely in green, blue or black terrain, while effectively developing their skills.
- Climbing and descending on technical, blue and black-diamond trails
- High Speed cornering in flat, off-camber & banked corners (berms)
- Steeps, rock rolls and technical terrain with roots and rocks.
- “TRAIL” Level 2 Maneuvers: Manuals, Wheelies, Bunnyhops, Short Nose Wheelies
- “AIR” Level 2 Maneuvers: Small to Medium tabletop jumps (“Crank It Up” style and size). Drop-offs up to 5ft high using a variety of techniques
- Strong Guiding & Risk Management Skills through the Safety Rules, Class Management & Terrain Communication Protocols
- Strong lesson structure using both the Training Wheel & I.D.E.A Progression Teaching Models
- Strong lesson content, through a clear knowledge and technical understanding of the Six Riding Skills.
- Strong People Skills & Instructor Traits are required to present a fun, student-tailored learning envi-ronment.
- Specific, technically sound and well structured Explanations.
- Uses a variety of Demonstrating techniques with consistent technique.
- Detailed analysis of student techniques and biomechanics
- Delivers positive, specific, technically correct feedback.
- Adaptability & in-depth knowledge of advanced riding, guiding and teaching skills
- Intermediate mechanics: suspension set up with sag, rebound, compression (high and low) for all types of bike, bike fit, BB and headset maintenance, brake bleeding, basic wheel truing.
- PMBI Level 1 Certification (Mandatory Requirement)
- At least one season of teaching after the PMBI Level 1, to consolidate and practice the Level 1 course material.
- Confident riding at speed on technical and flowy, intermediate to advanced terrain, including green, blue and black trails.
- 80hr Wilderness First Responder Certification (or equivalent) strongly recommended, but not mandatory. 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) expected, as per the Level 1 recommendation.
- A minimum age of 17 is required for insurance responsibility reasons. Guiding and teaching mountain biking is inherently dangerous and being legally responsible for other adults and chil-dren, warrants a minimum age for certified instructors.
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 all day long on intermediate and advanced terrain, while effectively guiding and developing their students’ skills on green, blue or black trails.