2-DAY TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT MODULE
The two-day AIR MODULE is a professional training course that can be used in a variety of ways, by PMBI instructors beyond the Level 1 Certification.
This module includes two days of on-bike training, rider improvement, teaching practice, assessment and feedback, plus access to the PMBIA Reference Guide & AIR Module Booklet.
The first day focuses on skill-based teaching, reviewing the intermediate to advanced skill development ideas on the AIR Instructor Course; including concepts such as skill blending, what/why/how/when/how-much, plus example lesson presentations and practice teaching. Common example lessons reviewed in the AIR Module include bermed corners, flat corners, descending, steeps/rocks rolls and pumping.
Day two will see instructors review the maneuver component of the ‘Air’ Instructor Course, as instructors learn about and practice-teach “intro to jumps and drops” lessons, to intermediate riders. Additional workshops including the AIR MODULE worksheet (to be completed before the course), goal setting and suspension set-up, will also be included.
The module will provide a detailed look into the riding and teaching standards of the full Air Instructor course as they relate to the Level 2 and 3 standards, while providing an opportunity for instructors to calibrate their own performance and skill level against these standards.
WHY TAKE THIS MODULE?
Some of the key reasons Level 1 or 2 instructors take this course are;
- To develop overall riding skills, including jumping, drops and cornering skills
- To learn about how to teach more advanced riders, including introducing students to jumps and drops. PLEASE NOTE: Simply taking this module will NOT certify candidates to teach advanced riders, including jumps and drops. To be certified, you must complete the four-day Air Instructor Course.
- To PREPARE for the full, four-day Air Instructor Course, as part of the Level 2 or 3 Certifications.
- To RETEST to complete the Air Instructor Course, as part of the Level 2 or 3 Certifications.
- To RECERTIFY the Level 2 or 3 Certification.
WHO IS THIS MODULE FOR? AM I READY?
- Confident, intermediate mountain bikers who are passionate about teaching and keen to develop their riding and teaching skills to teach intermediate to advanced students.
- Instructors with experience teaching beginner to intermediate students, in a variety of terrain.
- Participants on the AIR MODULE should therefore, as a minimum, be aware of the Level 2 Riding Standards and be comfortable riding at speed on technical blue and single-black diamond trails, while learning or consolidating maneuvers such as jump and drops.
- Riders who are comfortable riding with and leading groups in an outdoor environment, in challenging terrain in all conditions, while being responsible for the welfare of other adults and children.
- PMBI Level 1 Certification mandatory
- 2+ seasons teaching experience highly recommended, but not mandatory.
- Kids Module is an asset, but not mandatory
- Completed AIR MODULE Worksheet
- Confident riding at speed with mostly consistent form and technique on technical and flowy intermediate to advanced terrain; including green, blue and black trails.
- 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) expected but not mandatory, as per the Level 1 recommendation.
PRE-COURSE READING & WORKSHEET: 1 – 2 HRS
The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for the AIR MODULE, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the comprehensive PMBIA Reference Guide and appropriate Course Booklet, before completing the course worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 1 – 2 hrs to complete. These will be provided in your member profile following registration.
To learn more about course logistics, such as booking accommodation, weather protocols, timing and equipment requirements, please visit the AIR MODULE FAQ page.
The assessment criteria on the AIR MODULE depends on the reasons for taking it. Therefore, with the exception of riding re-tests, all candidates will be expected to practice-teach both a skill and maneuver based lesson:
PREPARATION: If you are taking this module to simply prepare yourself for the full, four-day Air Instructor Course, there will be no official (pass/fail) assessment. However, candidates will be expected to practice-teach at a minimum, either a skill or maneuver-based lesson. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development.
TEACHING RETESTS: As part of a teaching re-test, candidates will be asked to practice-teach both a skill and maneuver-based lesson. In this context, candidates must meet the relevant teaching standards according to the level of certification they are trying to complete. You can view the Level 2 and 3 teaching standards here.
RIDING RETESTS: As part of a riding re-test, candidates will not be asked to practice-teach both a skill and maneuver-based lesson. However, in this context, candidates must ride with the group and be able to demonstrate the riding skills at the standards according to the level of certification they are trying to complete. You can view the Level 2 and 3 riding standards here.
RECERTIFICATION: As part of the three-year PMBIA recertification cycle, instructors are required to refresh, update and recertify their skills, every three years. As a previously certified AIR INSTRUCTOR, there will be no official (pass/fail) assessment. However, candidates will be expected to practice-teach both a skill and maneuver-based lesson. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development.
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.
- RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP – how to recertify, what’s included in the membership
- WHAT RIDING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
- While Level 2 “AIR” instructors (and those recertifying) must be able to perform advanced maneuvers such as jumps and drop offs, those participating in the AIR MODULE for personal development (e.g. PMBI Level 1 Instructors), should at least be at a stage where they are comfortably learning these things, if they haven’t already. For more details on what the riding level could look like on the AIR Module, check out the Level 2 Riding & Teaching Standards, here.
Participants on the AIR MODULE should therefore, as a minimum, be aware of the Level Riding Standards and be comfortable riding at speed on technical blue and single-black diamond trails, while learning or refining maneuvers such as jump and drops. Be aware that these trail ratings are based on technical, B.C. trails that are often more challenging when compared to other riding destinations. For example, a Whistler-grade blue trail, may be more similar to a black trail, somewhere else.
- 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 outdoors. If clients want to ride in the rain or heat, within reason, the instructor or guide has to. With the exception of extreme weather and/or lightning, the course runs so make sure you are dressed appropriately and have spare clothes, if required. Spare socks and gloves go a long way on rainy, cold days.
- Be ready to ride every day of the course, regardless of weather; be sure to dress appropriately for conditions and bring spare clothes as required. The course will not be canceled 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, may result in a course being rescheduled.
To view our Booking & Cancellation Policy, please click here: pmbia.org/policies
- 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.
- For courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
The AIR Module includes riding on green, blue and black, mountain bike trails, with tabletop jumps and drops. We therefore recommend participants are comfortable riding at this level and over these features, before attending the course.
The PMBIA recommends a good working downhill or modern “Enduro” bike, with approximately 125 – 160mm (5 – 6 inches) of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires; to help avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks.
A good condition, full face helmet that fits correctly and knee pads, are mandatory. Gloves, elbow pads and spine protection are recommended, but at the discretion of the individual.
Pedal recommendations for courses in lift-accessed bike parks and trail networks: Candidates can choose to use either flat pedals or clipless pedals on PMBIA courses, whatever they are most comfortable with. However, for teaching, demonstrating and learning purposes, if possible, the PMBIA does recommend using a flat pedal, combined with an MTB-specific shoe, like Five Ten.
- OTHER EQUIPMENT
- Instructors and guides must be self-reliant and therefore capable of 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
RECERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP
- I TOOK MY PMBI LEVEL 2 COURSE MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, DO I NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE COURSE AGAIN?
- Any PMBI Level 2 instructor who took the AIR Instructor Course (previously named Level 2 Air, prior to 2022) course more than three years ago, can sign up for the two-day AIR MODULE Course to satisfy their recertification. The greater time, experience and skill level required to take the PMBI Level 2, exempts these instructors from having to retake the whole, four day course again.
- HOW LONG DOES MY PMBI CERTIFICATION LAST? DO I NEED TO RECERTIFY?
- The PMBIA certification is valid for three years. If you wish to remain up to date you must recertify before your certification becomes older than three years and expires. This also ensures our members maintain a minimum level of competency and skill, to ensure the PMBIA upholds a professional standard within the industry.
- HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP & WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- To be a member, you must have a current PMBI certification (see above) and pay for a yearly membership. Annual PMBIA membership will allow members to enjoy its many benefits including access to all the latest teaching materials, pro-deals, newsletters, training tools, and more.
The membership fees also help genuinely support the PMBIA. These fees go directly towards paying for the administration of the association, developing new course materials, website and resource improvements, researching new locations, building new industry partnerships, and a whole lot more!