PMBIA Level 1 Kids Module




The one-day L1 Kids Teaching Module as a professional training module to further the skills and knowledge of PMBI Level 1 Instructors, specifically for teaching kids.

This training module is perfect for Level 1 Instructors working regularly for kids mountain bike programs.

Instructors will spend the day exploring the Level 1 content in more detail, as it relates to kids. More time will be spent discussing the different teaching considerations for the different physical and mental conditions of each specific age group.

Instructors will see and practice different kids teaching scenarios as well as explore trail and guiding options for each specific age group.

The training module provides access to all the PMBIA Course Materials and L1 Kids Teaching Worksheet.


  • Learn more about teaching kids. If you’re a Level 1 instructor and plan to teach kids programs a lot, this training module is ideal.
  • Improve the safety of your lessons. Learn more about guiding kids on suitable terrain, given their age, size and physical capabilities.
  • Make your lessons more fun! There’s lots more to teaching kids than simply “playing games”. If they are riding bikes and improving, they’ll be having fun. Learn to deliver the best lessons in the best way for each age group, so your kids keep coming back for more!
  • Learn from the best. The PMBI Course Conductors will work with you on your own riding and demonstrating techniques, helping you feel better on the bike, while providing friendly feedback on your practice teaching, so you can deliver the best possible learning experience to the kids your teaching.


  • PMBI Level 1 Certification
  • Completed L1 Kids Teaching Worksheet (available upon registration)
  • Confident riding at trail speed on technical, 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 (but not required to take the course)
  • The minimum age for the L1 Kids Teaching Module is 15 years old. However, the PMBIA does recommend instructors younger than 17, work with an assistant coach of age to help deal with any personal, first aid or emergency situations, should they arise.


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.

L1 KIDS TEACHING WORKSHEET: Candidates must complete the L1 Kids Worksheet (at the back of the course booklet), prior to the course commencing.

This worksheet acts as your “written assessment” portion of the course. Please print or copy (handwritten is fine) this worksheet, along with your answers and submit to the course conductor on the morning of DAY ONE of the course. Alternatively, you can email your worksheet to the course conductor, when you meet them on the morning of day 1.

L1 KIDS TEACHING BOOKLET: This provides an outline of the one day course, including the agenda and summary of the key information and workshops presented during the course.

PMBIA REFERENCE GUIDE: This is the complete, detailed Instructor Reference Guide to be used for course preparation before the course, during the course and for continued learning after the course.

Prior to the course and in order to complete the L1 Kids Teaching worksheet, candidates should read the following sections, as a minimum:

  • Teaching Children (Teaching Skills section)
  • Level 1: Beginner to Intermediate (yellow section)
  • To view these items, log into the Members Area (after you have registered for the course), go to ‘My Courses’ and click on the relevant course.


As a previously certified PMBI Level 1, candidates will not have to “re-test” during the L1 Kids 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. Examples of the Level 1 Riding and Teaching Standards, are here.


Below are some of the main examples of the riding and teaching skills required on the PMBI Level 1 course. Candidates should be able to guide students safely, while effectively teaching using the PMBI Skill System, teaching models and terminology.

  • 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.
  • Consistent trail scanning for smooth, efficient riding.
  • Can begin to show bike-body separation through some angulation and rotation skills.
  • Climbing and descending on technical, single track (strong 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 ladder bridges/raised trails
  • Prioritizes safety and guiding over teaching, at all times.
  • Consistent use of Lesson Format & Training Wheel for well structured, safe and effective lessons.
  • Clearly Explain & Demonstrate techniques
  • Choose safe, appropriate terrain for student Practice
  • Assess students and provide positive, simple feedback to continue learning
  • Can begin to use the “I.D.E.A Progression” to improve organization and delivery to lessons.
  • 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.

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.


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.
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.


Be ready to ride, regardless of 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:

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):
Ideally, the PMBIA recommends a good working, modern “Trail” or “Enduro” bike with 5-6 inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (180 or 200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires (to avoid pinch flats associated with harder terrain and higher speeds in bike parks). Although not ideal, due to cadence and climbing exercises when practice teaching, downhill bikes can also be used on a course in a lift-accessed, downhill bike park.For courses in cross country trail networks (no lifts, ride up and down):
Modern helmet and good working cross country, trail or modern enduro bike. Downhill bikes will NOT be suitable for courses held in cross country trail networks.
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 L1 Kids Teaching Module

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