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Level 1: Ride Guide (with an intro to instruction)

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION – RIDE GUIDE (with an Introduction to Instruction)

Length: 2.25 days. Course includes a classroom portion, field practice and practical exam.

Cost: $450 USD for current IMBA members. $500 for non-IMBA members. Course prices are for U.S. events only. In some cases, course pricing may be increased due to a higher-than-average usage fee for the facility.

The IMBA ICP Level 1 course offers hands-on training to prepare students for leading rides and mountain bike guiding in a group situation with an introduction to instruction. Along with comprehensive training on the fundamentals of mountain biking, Level 1 participants will create a foundation for future ICP courses including personal riding skills, terminology, and common knowledge within ICP’s training program. Completion of the course, in addition to passing a practical exam will qualify an individual to:

  • Lead individual or group mountain bike rides
  • Assess the level of each rider in their group through a pre-ride skills assesment
  • Prepare and implement action plans in an emergency situation
  • Make responsible choices in picking trail routes for specific groups
  • Assist ICP Instructors and Instructor Trainers at clinics/camps/events

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Level 1 Pre-requisites:

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
  • Three or more years of mountain biking experience
  • Good communication skills with a strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
  • Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shifting adjustments)

Level 1 Course Topics:

  • Risk Management
  • Leadership
  • Group Management
  • Pre-tour skill assessment
  • Instruction principals
  • Safety and etiquette
  • The ten fundamentals of mountain biking