PMBIA Adaptive Teaching Module

ADAPTIVE TEACHING MODULE

1-DAY PMBIA Adaptive Teaching Module

INTRODUCTION

Adaptive Mountain Biking is an exciting and emerging sport, providing a unique opportunity for persons with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors, stay active and meet other people. With recent advancements in adaptive bike design and technology, particularly with e-bike motors, the time for people to try adaptive mountain biking has never been better.

The goal of this PMBIA Adaptive Module & Booklet is to provide certified PMBIA instructors with the tools required to provide safe, fun, learning and riding experiences for students with disabilities. This has been made possible in collaboration between PMBIA and WASP (Whistler Adaptive Sports Programs), with support from CADS (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports).

PMBIA’s mission has always been to help get more people on bikes, through, safer, better learning experiences. This Adaptive Instructor Module empowers the industry to continue to build on its inclusive culture, enabling all persons, of all abilities, to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of riding bikes on trails.

DESCRIPTION

The one-day PMBIA Adaptive Teaching Module is a professional training module to further the skills and knowledge of PMBIA Level 1 (or higher) Instructors, specifically for teaching adaptive riders on three wheeled, electric, adaptive mountain bikes.

This training module is a great introduction into the world of teaching Adaptive mountain biking.

Instructors will spend the day exploring the Level 1 content in more detail, as it relates to guiding and teaching adaptive riders.

More time will be spent discussing the different teaching considerations for the different physical and cognitive considerations of adaptive riders, along with a detailed workshop covering adaptive e-bikes and equipment.

Instructors will see and practice different teaching scenarios as well as explore trail and guiding options, specific to adaptive bikes and riders.

The training module provides access to all the PMBIA Course Materials and Adaptive Teaching Booklet and Worksheet.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • PMBI Level 1 Certification, as a minimum
  • Completed Adaptive Teaching Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • A minimum of 36 months mountain biking experience.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid Certification, or equivalent, strongly recommended (but not required to take the course)
  • A genuine interest and desire to work with Adaptive riders.

READING MATERIALS & COURSE PREP (<2 HR)

Pre-course preparation is the best way to get the most out of the course, prepare and learn as much as you can during the course. Please allow plenty of time to read the materials and complete the
worksheet.

ADAPTIVE COURSE BOOKLET: This provides an outline of the one day course, including the worksheet, agenda, and detailed information and workshops presented during the course. This will be available to download in the member’s area, after registration.

ADAPTIVE WORKSHEET: Candidates must complete the worksheet prior to the course commencing. The link to the worksheet is at the back of the Course Booklet. This worksheet acts as your “written assessment” portion of the course, but more importantly, helps you learn and maximize your time during the one day course. The worksheet is to be completed online via a Google Form.

ADAPTIVE VIDEOS: Please watch the PMBIA Adaptive Youtube Videos:

NOTE: It is expected the PMBIA Level 1 teaching and riding standards are maintained, as a minimum, throughout the Adaptive Module. It is therefore strongly recommended participants also review the Level 1 Course Booklet and PMBIA Reference Guide, prior to attending the course.

There is a wealth of information out there on working with people with disabilities, so the more prepared you can be, the more tools you will have to ensure the best experiences for your students. In addition, the pre-course preparation includes visiting the following websites, reading and watching the following videos.

Learn more about Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) – a world leader in adaptive mountain biking, having offered AMTB camps for over ten years, pioneering the programming, equipment and logistics for AMTB; https:// whistleradaptive.com. There’s some great videos and resources on this page: https://whistleradaptive.com/volunteers/training/program

Learn more about Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) – Canada’s leading governing body in adaptive snowsports and competitive adaptive athletes. https://www.cads.ski

COURSE LOGISTICS

WEATHER
Be ready to ride, regardless of the weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms, or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: pmbia.org/policies

TIMING
Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.
EQUIPMENT
Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, and quality disc brakes for the Adaptive module.
Alternatively, E-mountain bikes (with similar specifications to above) are also permitted on the Adaptive Module.
A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.
OTHER EQUIPMENT
Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable or carrying and using the following equipment. Please be sure to bring the following items as a minimum…

  • working phone
  • pen and paper
  • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…
    • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit
    • tire levers and pump
    • multi-tool and chain tool
    • first aid kit
    • rain jacket
    • water & snacks
    • lunch, or money for lunch

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

As a previously certified PMBIA Level 1, 2, or 3, candidates will not have to “re-test” during the Adaptive Teaching Training Module. As a training module, it is purely a professional development course to improve your existing knowledge to help better adapt your lessons to working with kids.

However, there will be a performance review at the end of the day, to provide feedback on any areas for improvement in your riding, guiding and teaching skills.

Please read through the details below for information on common questions, before emailing us:

  • GENERAL QUESTIONS – age, first aid requirements, rain, never taught before, etc.
  • COURSE LOGISTICS – booking travel, times, weather, lunch, first aid requirements and equipment.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

DO I NEED MY FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE?
No. While the PMBIA strongly recommends all instructors be a minimum 40hr Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid certified before working as an instructor or guide, you do not need a first aid certificate, prior to participating in the course.
WILL THE COURSE RUN IF IT’S RAINING?
Yes, the course runs rain or shine. Mountain bike instructors and guides work in the outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exceptions of extreme weather and/or lightning, the course runs so make sure you have dressed appropriately and have spare clothes if required. Spare socks and gloves go a long way on rainy, cold days.

COURSE LOGISTICS

WEATHER
Be ready to ride, regardless of the weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be cancelled due to rain or hot/cold weather. Only severe weather conditions such as heavy rain (which damages the trails), heavy snow, lightning storms, or extreme heat waves, may result in a course being rescheduled.

To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: pmbia.org/policies

TIMING
Please be punctual and arrive ready to listen, learn and ride! Plan your journey to the course location and if in doubt, take extra time to avoid being late. We will take up to an hour for lunch each day, between approximately 12pm – 1pm. Please bring food or money for food, depending on course location. Days typically finish between 4-5pm.
EQUIPMENT
Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, and quality disc brakes for the Adaptive module.
Alternatively, E-mountain bikes (with similar specifications to above) are also permitted on the Adaptive Module.
A modern helmet that fits correctly, is mandatory. Knee pads, gloves and elbow pads are strongly recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.
OTHER EQUIPMENT
Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable or carrying and using the following equipment. Please be sure to bring the following items as a minimum…

  • working phone
  • pen and paper
  • small backpack or hip-pack to carry these things…
    • spare tubes and patches/tubeless puncture kit
    • tire levers and pump
    • multi-tool and chain tool
    • first aid kit
    • rain jacket
    • water & snacks
    • lunch, or money for lunch

Please note, the PMBI Level 1 is a mandatory requirement before registering for the Adaptive Teaching Module

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