PMBIA Level 3 Instructor Course

LEVEL 3 MODULE

2-DAY PROFESSIONAL TRAINING MODULE

DESCRIPTION

The two-day L3 Module is a professional training module to help Level 2 Instructors prepare for the Level 3 course. This module includes two days of on-bike training, rider improvement, teaching practice, assessment and feedback, plus access to the PMBIA Reference Guide & Level 3 Course Booklet.

The first day focuses on Theme and Skill-based teaching, reviewing the teaching concepts on the Level 3 course, while riders receive riding skill development and feedback. Day two will see continued rider development and instructors practice present and gain further training on the Level 3 Course Materials and Course Standards.

WHY TAKE THIS MODULE?

  • Prepare for the Level 3: This module includes two days of training and feedback on your riding and coaching to help prepare for a more successful, fun Level 3 course! If you’re a Level 2 instructor and you’re not sure if your riding or teaching is ready for the Level 3, this module is a great chance to ‘get a taste’ of the full course while receiving some critical feedback and training to help assess where you are, relative to the Level 3 course standards.
  • Level 3 Retest. If you were unsuccessful on the Level 3 Course on either your riding or teaching components, you must take the two day module as your retest. This provides further training and more opportunities to learn, progress and to meet the course standards.
  • Improve your riding. If you’re a Level 2 Instructor and want to feel more comfortable in expert terrain, including black and double black trails.
  • Improve your coaching. This introduces some of the key concepts covered in the full Level 3 course to help give your advanced coaching a kick start for new ideas and how to coach riders in long term program.
  • Level 3 Recertification. All PMBIA Certifications are valid for 3 years. This two-day module also serves as the recertification course for current PMBIA Level 3 Skills Coaches. It’s a great chance for current Level 3’s to update and refresh their skills, to stay sharp and at the top of their game as fully certified PMBIA mountain bike instructors.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • PMBIA Level 2 AIR and L2 Trail Module, OR Level 2 TRAIL and L2 Air Module
  • 5+ seasons working full time as a Mountain Bike Instructor.
  • 3+ seasons teaching mountain biking (or other sports such as snowboarding) to intermediate riders and beyond.
  • Confident riding at speed on technical and flowy, advanced to expert terrain, including green, blue, black and double black trails.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) highly recommended.
  • 80hr Wilderness First Responder Certification (or equivalent) strongly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • A minimum age of 20 is recommended for Level 3 to ensure the instructor has not only the appropriate knowledge and technical skills, but also the depth of experience (time), risk management skills and sense of responsibility required when legally responsible for students, while teaching advanced skills in potentially dangerous terrain.
  • Other instructor or coaching certifications (skiing/snowboarding) a strong asset, but not essential.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • PMBIA Level 2 AIR and L2 Trail Module, OR Level 2 TRAIL and L2 Air Module
  • 5+ seasons working full time as a Mountain Bike Instructor.
  • 3+ seasons teaching mountain biking (or other sports such as snowboarding) to intermediate riders and beyond.
  • Confident riding at speed on technical and flowy, advanced to expert terrain, including green, blue, black and double black trails.
  • 40hr Wilderness First Aid (or equivalent) highly recommended.
  • 80hr Wilderness First Responder Certification (or equivalent) strongly recommended, but not mandatory.
  • A minimum age of 20 is recommended for Level 3 to ensure the instructor has not only the appropriate knowledge and technical skills, but also the depth of experience (time), risk management skills and sense of responsibility required when legally responsible for students, while teaching advanced skills in potentially dangerous terrain.
  • Other instructor or coaching certifications (skiing/snowboarding) a strong asset, but not essential.

READING MATERIALS  (2+ HRS)

The pre-course workshop is essential to prepare for the course, so you can get the most out of your PMBIA Training. It involves reading the PMBIA Reference Guide and completing the Level 2 Worksheet. Please note the reading and worksheet takes approximately 2 – 3 hrs to complete.

LEVEL 3 BOOKLET

This is the Booklet for the LEVEL 3 Course. Candidates on the L3 Module will gain access to the booklet to help prepare for the full 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 L3 Module, candidates should ideally review the full Reference Guide but should read the following sections, as a minimum:

  • Teaching Skills
  • Riding Skills
  • Level 2: Teaching Beyond Intermediate (orange)

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.

COURSE LOGISTICS

WEATHER
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 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, 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
For courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):

The L3 Module includes riding on green, blue, black and double 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 6+ inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires & inserts; 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.
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 PMBI Level 3 taking this course to re-certify, candidates will not have to “re-test” to maintain the PMBI Level 3 Certification. Simply attending the two-day L3 Module will be sufficient. However, there will be a performance review, to provide feedback on any areas for improvement in your riding, guiding and teaching skills.

For Level 2 Instructors using this module to prepare for the Level 3, their will be feedback with respect to your riding and teaching skills to help you prepare for the course, but here will be no official pass/fail evaluation during the module.

Examples of the Level 3 Riding and Teaching Standards, are below.

RIDING & TEACHING STANDARD

Below are some of the main examples of the riding and teaching skills required on the PMBI Level 3 course. With the Level 2 teaching and riding skills previously dialled, a Level 3 candidate should be able to confidently and consistently teach advanced riders using a variety of different instructing and coaching techniques, in any and all situations. All Performance Factors must be taken into account to effectively develop the skills of any rider, in any terrain.

Candidates are able to critically assess the skills of a student, further prioritize the skills based on the stage development for each skill, and then use a combination and/or variety of biomechanics, exercises, tasks, terrain or maneuvers to effectively address and refine each skill deficiency, in a safe and consistent manner.

Some Terrain, Riding and Teaching examples include;

  • Developing and refining the technical skills of advanced to expert riders on black diamond trails
  • Developing and refining jumping skills on trails such as “A-line” and “Dirt Merchant”
  • Developing and refining technical skills on steep, rough terrain, such as “Angry Pirate” or “Schleyer”
  • High Speed cornering in flat, off-camber & banked corners (berms)
  • Steeps, rock rolls and technical terrain with roots and rocks
  • Drop-offs with different speeds and shapes (e.g. take-off angle vs landing angle)
  • Table top and gap jumps exceeding 12ft, with different speeds and shapes
  • Advanced Maneuvers; manuals, wheelies, bunnyhops, stoppies, whips

 

  • Expert Guiding & Risk Management Skills through the Safety Rules, Class Management & Terrain Communication Protocols
  • Expert lesson structure integrating the IACRCV Skill Development Model to refine delivery of technical information and feedback
  • Expert teaching skills to adapt parts of the Training Wheel and IDEA Progression accordingly, to suit the specific terrain and intended outcome
  • Clear Outcome-based approach with a strong understanding of not only what the students are working on and how, but also why these techniques will ultimately benefit
  • A clear understanding of instructing vs. coaching and when to favour each approach
  • Refined explanations to deliver specific, technical concepts in a simple, easy to understand presentation
  • Refined lesson content, through an expert knowledge and technical understanding of the Skill Components within each of the Six Skills
  • Coaching to encompass all Performance Factors (Equipment, Environment, Technical, Tactical, Physical, Psychological) within each session
  • Mechanic skills: suspension set up with sag, rebound, compression (high and low) for all types of bike, bike fit, BB and headset maintenance, brake bleeding, basic wheel truing. Bike fit.

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

GENERAL QUESTIONS

DO I NEED A DOWNHILL BIKE FOR THE L3 MODULE OR LEVEL 3 COURSE?
Candidates considering either the L3 Module or Level 3 Course, should be comfortable on any level or type of terrain, from green to double black trails. Candidates should review the riding and teaching standards closely for the Level 3 course, to understand the general level or riding skills required for the L3 Module or Level 3 Course.

Candidates should be comfortable jumping on black jump trails, riding steep terrain with speed control (including rock slabs and rock rolls) and comfortable on technical, rough terrain.

Because the L3 Module and Level 3 Course is currently held in Bike Parks, a downhill bike is suitable. However, a good quality, modern Enduro bike with a downhill-focused set up (DH tires, 160mm + travel, 200mm brake rotors, etc), can also be suitable for the course. What bike you bring is based on your comfort level in expert terrain and which bike will help provide a safe, successful learning experience, for you.

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 are 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 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 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, 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
For courses in lift-accessed, downhill bike parks (lift up, ride down):
The L3 Module includes riding on green, blue, black and double 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 6+ inches of suspension front and rear, quality disc brakes (200mm rotors) with downhill or enduro casing tires & inserts; 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.
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

RE-CERTIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP

I TOOK MY PMBI LEVEL 2 COURSE MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, DO I NEED TO TAKE THE WHOLE COURSE AGAIN?
All PMBIA Certifications are valid for 3 years. The two-day L3 Module also serves as the recertification course for current PMBIA Level 3 Skills Coaches. It’s a great chance for current Level 3’s to update and refresh their skills, to stay sharp and at the top of their game as full-certified PMBIA mountain bike instructors.
HOW LONG DOES MY PMBI CERTIFICATION LAST? DO I NEED TO RE-CERTIFY?
The PMBIA certification is valid for three years. If you wish to remain up to date you must re-certify 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 you to enjoy it’s many benefits including access to all the latest teaching materials, pro-deals, newsletters, training tools, and more.

The memberships 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!

Please note, the PMBI Level 2 is a mandatory requirement before registering for the L3 Module

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Level 3 Module – Whistler, BC – August 26-27 2021

August 26 @ 8:45 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm
Whistler Bike Park, BC, 4545 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4 Canada
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