PMBI Instructor Riding Berm




The PMBI Ride Guide is a one-day training course designed for club volunteers or local riders who wish to take other people on organized, group rides. The course provides the necessary training to learn how to organize a ride, beginning with a meet ’n’ greet, bike check and safety talk. Guides will learn how to assess riders skills, perform bike checks and warm-ups safely, allowing them to plan and execute a safe, fun ride.

The course will include an online pre-course worksheet, complete with reading materials to begin your training before we even see you. Topics such as risk management, class size and terrain choice will also be discussed, as well as a chance to practice guiding the group, to gain some feedback on your own personal guiding, risk management and communication skills.

Additional workshops throughout the day will also discuss the recommended mechanic and first aid skills required by guides, and how to find this training, if necessary.

The day will mostly be spent on the trails, riding bikes and learning outside. It’s a fun day with great people and also a good chance to get some tips and feedback on your own riding skills.

Why take this course?

  • Learn how to safely lead group or club rides: There’s a ton of fantastic volunteers out there in the biking community who want to help out with local group or club rides. This course is perfect for providing the necessary training so you can safely manage and lead a group of beginner to intermediate mountain bikers, out on the trails.
  • Improve your riding skills: The course will mostly focus on Guiding Skills but will also review the key riding skills and provide you with personal feedback, to help progress your confidence and technique, while leading others.
  • Build essential leadership and confidence skills: Talking in front of other people can be challenging, but it’s a great life-skill that mountain bike guiding and teaching can help develop. Similarly, leadership skills, problem solving, team work and confidence skills can all be developed during this course, with a friendly PMBI Mentor.
  • Some key things you’ll learn: Guiding skills such as safety rules, class management and terrain communication. Risk management and organizational skills to run safe, fun group rides. Bike set-up and assessment, plus first aid and mechanics workshops.
  • Become more skilled, versatile and adaptable as a rider and as a person.
  • Have fun! It’s a day of riding bikes, learning and getting stoked!


Below are some examples of the guiding & riding skills that are developed on the course, or are used to assess each candidates viability as a PMBI Ride Guide. While the course does not include a strict “pass/fail’ assessment element, participants are expected to show a minimum standard in competency, in order to complete the training. Specific skill requirements include:

  • Prioritizes safety and guiding at all times.
  • Ride Introduction, with meet ’n’ greet, equipment check and safety talk.
  • Assesses skill level accurately and warms the group up safely.
  • Clear communication skills.
  • Chooses safe and appropriate terrain for student ability level.
  • Describes upcoming terrain and maintains a safe riding pace.
  • Manages class in both open areas and on trail.
  • Maintains safety rules at all times and enforces them when necessary.
  • Consistent Position & Balance skills through the ‘Climbing”, “Neutral” and “Ready” Positions, combined with a good range of movement.
  • Consistently maintains an efficient cadence and straight chain line.
  • Can brake without skidding on loose terrain, using both brakes.
  • Climbing and descending on technical, single track (intermediate) terrain.
  • Banked and flat corners on various terrain surfaces.
  • Maintain chosen line in technical (rooty/rocky/uneven) terrain.
  • Front & rear wheel lifts - standing
  • Seated front wheel lift, using a pedal stroke (very basic wheelie)
  • Switchbacks - slow, tight turns
  • Basic mechanics: adjusting a bike to fit, suspension sag and rebound set-up, flat tires, broken chains, replacing brake pads, adjusting headsets, correct cleaning and maintenance.


  • Confident riding at trail speed on intermediate terrain, including green, blue and “light” black trails.
  • A minimum of 36 months mountain biking experience.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid Certification, or equivalent, strongly recommended
  • PLEASE NOTE: Successful candidates will be eligible to work as a ride guide only, and will NOT be certified to teach mountain biking. Guiding students and leading them on safe, organized rides involves a very different set of skills and risks, than teaching people how to ride better. If your goal is to learn how to teach other riders, the PMBI Level 1 course would be the recommended option, since the PMBI Ride Guide course will not train you how to teach skills.


While this course does not involve a strict “pass/fail” assessment criteria, there is an expected minimum level of competency in each students’ riding, guiding and teaching skills. The goal is for each candidate to learn in a fun, non-stressful environment, while still providing a standard to aim for, to receive the “completion certificate” for the Ride Guide Certificate.

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