2021 Updates from the Executive Director

November 2021

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope you’re doing well! This month we come to you with important updates from our Executive Director, David Gagnon, in regards to our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM), as well as information for those who would like to apply for a seat as a Director-at-Large on the PMBIA’s Board of Directors.

2021 Updates from the Executive Director, David Gagnon

Due to the pandemic, 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenge for everyone. Rolling into the year 2021, the rapid increase of enthusiasts in the cycling industry forced us to make quick changes to a sudden growth in the demand for instructor courses. As countries looked into strategies to reopen their economies, our industry had to constantly adapt to the implementation of COVID-specific safety protocols. I would like to give credit to the entire PMBIA family who has stepped up to these challenges by contributing to the safeguard of all course participants and course conductors, while navigating the complexity of the fluid state of the regional and national restrictions. Our organization has proven its resilience and dependability with all our members.

Even with these challenges, we continued to make progress towards our established goals. In 2021 we’ve updated the organization’s by-laws, and we have continued to build on our successful partnerships with the PSIA, Whistler Adaptive, and conducted another Adaptive Module. To reflect the importance of sustainability in its corporate governance, this year the PMBIA created a Nomination Committee to oversee the succession plan.

For efficiency and better timing with the organization’s end-of-year financials and operations, the BOD has decided to schedule all future AGMs to the end of January.

 

2021 Annual General Meeting

Safety is once again the priority for our upcoming Annual General Meeting – so we’ve decided that in-person participation by the members will unfortunately not be possible. Members will be able to exercise their voting rights through the online video platform. Registration for the 2021 AGM will be opened at least 14 days before the AGM. The AGM agenda, meeting links, and packages will be distributed to active members once they register.

For the upcoming AGM, January 24th, 2022, the Nomination Committee is seeking 2 nominees with diverse backgrounds, competencies, and perspectives to contribute to the organization’s governance and growth. The priorities are:

* audit/accounting

* corporate and social responsibility

* corporate finance

* legal/regulatory

* risk management

If you are interested in applying for a seat as a Director-at-Large on the PMBIA’s Board of Directors, please visit the application information link below. Applications will be accepted until December 7th, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT.

Application Information

On behalf of our executive management and our PMBIA community, I would like to thank you, our members, for your continued trust during these extraordinary times. The PMBIA has navigated the pandemic remarkably well, implementing the long-term strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, while taking care of the many pressing challenges of today.

Stay safe and happy trails, and #neverstoplearning

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David Gagnon, Executive Director

 

 

Online Recertification Training !

Time to do your Level 1 recertification? We are asking all our members this year to re-certify via the Level 1 Online Recertification Program. 

Regardless of any courses or training you take, your level 1 re-certification has to be completed online every three years. This ensures instructors stay current with the latest teaching methodologies & information that specifically relate to teaching beginner to intermediate riders; which is still the most common student type within the mountain bike coaching industry. You can learn more and register below!

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Share the Stoke, Share the Knowledge!

June 2021

Dear PMBIA Members,

First of all, we hope this email finds you well! This month we want to take the time to highlight some key insights of becoming a Level 1 Certified Instructor and some reminders for those who are already Level 1 Certified. The sport of Mountain Biking is growing exponentially, and it’s expected to grow globally by 10% over the next 6 years (source: Market Future Research). That’s huge! With these projections, we can anticipate a massive increase in beginners entering the sport. New riders mean more people looking to enter the sport safely & with proper instruction. Here’s where you come in:

Share the Stoke
Most people generally get into guiding or instructing because they want to turn passion into a career, right? We can say from experience, there’s an additional & incredible byproduct of becoming a certified L1 guide: sharing the stoke for biking with newcomers. Your shared stoke gets the client stoked, and it just snowballs from there! There’s a wonderful satisfaction you’ll experience when helping others achieve their goals. Seeing the “ah-hah” moments when a rider understands their body positioning or does a bunny hop is incredibly rewarding – because most of us have been there. We can remember the feeling when things started to “click” and the confidence that comes with it. It doesn’t just skyrocket your level of fun on the bike, but the sense of accomplishment bleeds into other areas of life. As an instructor, you get to be this conduit for success time and time again.

Share the Knowledge

Level 1 instructors don’t just get clients stoked on life, at the core of it all they’re teachers who have a deep passion for sharing knowledge. To assist riders in advancing and developing safe skills on the bike, you must be able to share examples of “dos and don’ts” and be able to clearly communicate riding techniques. We can’t highlight this enough: any professional instructor must have an equally present passion for teaching as they do riding. The Level 1 Certification will show you how much teaching is a skill in its own right and how to develop effective communication tools to increase your clients’ skills and fun on the bike! Once you’ve developed this skill, you’ll be able to more effectively communicate with your students and help prepare them to be better, safer riders.

Find your Level 1 Cert Here

 

Share Responsibly

It’s highly important to share responsibly and teach within your certification level. Code 5 of the PMBIA Code of Ethics states:

“At no point can a member ride, guide, or teach outside of their certification level while working as a mountain bike instructor. Each member must respect the limits of their training, knowledge, and experience, as per their certification level.”

What does this mean for Level 1 Certified Instructors?

  • Instructing or guiding beginner to intermediate riders
  • Sticking to green and blue, single-track terrain
  • Guiding in a “front country” environment, no more than 1hr away from emergency medical care
  • Small group lessons, ranging from 2 to 3 hr teaching blocks (a full day could be two, 3hr lessons)
  • Guide with an established mountain bike school, club or coaching service

 

New Online Recertification Training is Here!

We are proud to announce the Level 1 Online Recertification Course is officially here! For those of you who missed out on your re-cert in 2020 due to Covid related restrictions, we’ve given you an extension to recertify until the end of 2021. The online certification makes this easier than ever! We’re also happy to offer this course for $59.00 CAD.

Register Now!

Stay safe, ride your bike and #neverstoplearning.

Happy trails and see you soon!

The PMBIA Team

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PMBIA Membership Benefits & Sneak Peek at Re-Certs!

May 2021
Dear PMBIA members,

First of all, we hope this email finds you well! This month we want to bring you insight into your PMBIA membership benefits, as well as give you a sneak peek into the online recertification course we are developing (read-on for more on that!).

But first, what does being a PMBIA member mean? Simply put, you’re in a community of people who are passionate about the advancement of mountain biking skills, safety, and generally speaking, want to get more people on bikes! Being a member also provides continued support to PMBIA, and as a not-for-profit, this is something we are truly grateful for. Your support ensures the continued growth and development of PMBIA, its programs, and its position within the industry. So, if helping to grow this amazing sport isn’t enough for you, here are a few reasons to become a PMBIA member!

Pro-Deals

We all know mountain biking isn’t a cheap sport by any stretch of the imagination, so we have partnered with several brands to ensure you have access to pro-deals. This enables you to keep your equipment up-to-date and running well. Safe and well-maintained equipment is essential for any professional Instructor to perform their best during work (and look good!).

PMBIA members who are in good standing and have paid their dues will gain exclusive access to pro-deals from PMBIA’s partners. Pro-deals have both limitations (for personal use only) and certain expectations outlined on the pro-deal page. Some of the brands you can look forward to representing are Chromag, Stan’s No Tubes, Troy Lee Designs, Vorsprung, Transition Bikes and Anvl Components, Suspension, MRP, Raceface – Fox – Easton Cycling & Marzocchi and many more from our partner at IPA Collective.

International Recognition

It’s safe to say that devout mountain bikers follow their passion all over the world. This sport is so much more than, well, a sport. It inspires us, defines our communities, and spurs us to seek out the best riding, even if that means switching hemispheres. Being a PMBIA member means you have an internationally recognized certification, allowing you to guide or instruct from anywhere in the world. One Instructor Certification for one sport… no need to recertify if you travel.

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Member Resources

The best instructors or guides know that to be a proficient and profound coach means you never stop learning. Continually advancing your skills, refining teaching techniques, and staying up to date with the latest information is vital to becoming a highly regarded guide or instructor. PMBIA members have exclusive, year-round access to the PMBIA Reference Guide, Course Guides and Worksheets, through our online member’s area. If you need to remind yourself of skills, drills, or safety procedures, or even continue your training and learning to the next level of certification, you can.

 

Job Opportunities

As the most respected and recognized mountain bike certification provider, PMBIA members are highly employable. Your future employer will know you’ve been held to the highest of standards to obtain your certification, as well as possess the latest teaching techniques and skills. This is an automatic win for your resume! Instructors can also seek employment from any of our industry-leading partners, through our Official PMBIA Supporter List. These companies are all over the world and represent the most senior, experienced providers of mountain bike lessons, camps, and tours in the industry.

 

New Online Recertification Training!

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, an adverse impact on the global economy, the cycling industry, and our ability to provide our programs. With the disruption to international and inter-state/province travel and business operations, many members in need of renewing their certifications may have been unable to find a recertification opportunity to keep their existing membership up-to-date as per our PMBIA Code of Ethics.

To answer this challenge and to better support our members globally, we will roll out a New Level 1 Online Recertification Training. This will adequately prepare Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 instructors to stay current with the fundamentals of teaching, coaching and guiding methodologies, and be accessible from the comfort of your own home. This new service will be available in a couple of months and we will inform everyone when it will be available. Until then, all members who are due to re-cert will be granted a grace period until the Online Recertification is live.

In addition to completing the Level 1 Online Recertification, Level 2 will have a grace period and will have to recertify using the Level 2 modules, same as in previous years. Level 3 instructors will be required to attend a two-day Level 3 module which can be used as a preparation for the Level 3 certification course and current Level 3’s will use it as a recertification.

More details will be revealed in the next few months so bear with us as we are working hard to upgrade our 3-year recertification programs.

Until next time, stay safe, have fun on the bikes and we’ll hopefully see you guys online or on a course, very soon!

Happy Trails,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching

PMBIA Certified instructors

March Course Updates for 2021 and COVID Booking Policies

March 12, 2021
Dear PMBIA members,

REGISTRATION UPDATE: 
 
This is an update to the previously announced 60-day booking window for 2021 course registrations.
 
Due to the ongoing updates with Covid restrictions and vaccines becoming more widely available and in conjunction with with feedback from members and future course participants. We are excited to announce:

!! The 60-day booking window remains active until the registration system becomes updated on the dates below: 

ALL CANADIAN COURSE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 19th 2021
 
ALL U.S.A. COURSE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 22nd 2021

 

*Registrations will remain open until the courses are sold out or will close 7 days prior to the course start dates.
 
Please note that as the safety of our members and staff is the utmost priority of the PMBIA, the PMBIA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses in specific areas/regions based on ongoing updates to COVID restrictions. In these cases registrations will either be transferred to the new course dates or refunded in full at the request of the participant. For all other Booking and Cancellation Policies please click here.

Happy trails and see you in 2021,

The PMBIA Team

#PMBIA | #skillsbasedteaching #neverstoplearning

PMBIA Certified instructors

Course Updates for 2021 and COVID Booking Policies

December 12, 2020
Dear PMBIA members,

Normally at this time of year, we are preparing to release our full course schedule for the upcoming year. However, we can all appreciate that 2020 was not a usual year. As such, we would like to update everyone on what they can expect in regards to course schedule releases and new registration procedures for 2021.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 caused many scheduled courses to be canceled or have dates amended due to the many health and travel restrictions in place. Therefore as we prepare for the 2021 season, we would like to take this opportunity to share with everyone the updates that have been implemented with regards to the PMBIA course schedule and registration process. These new procedures are intended to help both our members and new course participants with their planning for and attending courses. In turn, this will also allow the PMBIA to manage registrations, credits and rescheduling of courses (if required) with the least amount of impact on registrants.

Please read and review the information below for all of the current updates. Please note any changes to these policies and procedures will be announced as required or as the situation changes.

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Course Date Release:

New Zealand – The 2021 preliminary course calendar for New Zealand has been released and is available on our website. Please note that Level 2 courses and modules for the second half of the year will be added to the calendar in early 2021. In addition, Kids Modules and recertification course dates will be announced in the new year.

Australia – The 2021 preliminary course calendar will be released by December 18, 2020. This schedule will include Level 1 and 2 courses as well as Kids modules and Re-certification courses. Please note additional courses for the second half of the year will be added to the calendar in early 2021.

North America (Canada & USA) – Course dates for North America will be announced in mid-January, 2021. At that stage, approximately 80% of scheduled course dates in North America will be announced. Additional course dates will be added to the calendar in the first quarter of 2021.

All other international locations – Course dates for international locations will be announced by mid-January 2021. At that time, approximately 70% of scheduled course dates at other international locations will be announced. Additional course dates will be added to the schedule in the first quarter of 2021.


Registrations:

In order to best manage health advisories and travel restrictions, registrations for courses in 2021 will adopt the following procedures. Please note that if the “booking window” outlined below is no longer required we will issue an update.

ALL course registrations will now open 60 days prior to the course start dates and close 7 days prior to the course start date.

Courses will be listed on the PMBIA website “Dates & Registration” page based on the Course Date Release schedule outlines above, however, the registration link will only appear 60 days prior to the course start date.


Cancellation and Booking Policies:

Please review the PMBIA booking and cancellation policy here: https://pmbia.org/policies/

We ask that you only register for a course if you are able to travel to the course location at the time of registration. Please do not register if you are hopeful that travel restrictions will ease before the course start date. All course registrations are subject to the listed cancellation and booking policies with the following exceptions:

  1. COVID-19 travel restrictions or health advisories change within the 60-day window of the course start date (after you have already registered for the course).
  2. If you are showing any signs of illness at the start of the course, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in required isolation due to exposure to COVID-19.

If these situations arise, we ask that you email us at info@pmbia.org as soon as possible. We will be issuing all registrants with a self-screening form, if you have any concerns about symptoms or your health please seek medical advice.

I have a credit from 2020 – What do I do?

If you hold a credit from a 2020 course that was canceled or rescheduled you will be receiving an email in January 2021 with a voucher code (if you haven’t already received one). This code will allow you to use your credit when you register for a 2021 course.

You will be provided with early access to the 2021 course registration for the course scheduled in the same location as you registered for in 2020. For example, you had signed up for a course in Bend, OR in 2020 you will automatically have early access to register for the courses scheduled in Bend, OR in 2021.

This early registration will commence seven (7) days prior to the general registration. You will receive an email when your registration opens with the early access code and details.

If you are unable to attend a course in the same location that you registered for in 2020 and would like to attend a course in a different location, please email us at info@pmbia.org at least 7 days prior to the registration window opening for the course you would like to attend. We will be able to provide you access to the new locations pre-registration.


The PMBIA would like to thank all of our members and new course participants for your patience and understanding in 2020 as we navigated through the pandemic. We look forward to your continued support and to returning to as many locations as possible in 2021.

Holiday Office Hours: The PMBI office will be closed from Thursday, December 24 to Monday, December 28 and again from Thursday, December 31 to Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Finally, we would like to wish all our PMBIA members and participants safe and happy holidays! Stay healthy and all the best for the New Year.

Happy trails and see you in 2021,

The PMBIA Team

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