Wanna be a Mountain Bike Instructor?

May 4, 2010 at 8:47
by ZEP MTB Camps  
Have you ever found yourself always giving your mates a few tips every time you go out for a ride? Are you the person people always turn to when their girlfriend/boyfriend wants to start riding and they need you to give them a lesson? Maybe you teach a winter sport like snowboarding and want to do a similar gig in the summer? Maybe you just want an excuse to go ride with a pro instructor and get some decent coaching for a few days?

If any of these apply to you, look inside for the 2010 PMBI Instructor Training Course details & schedule...As the mountain bike industry continues to thrive, the need for safe, effective, well-trained mountain bike instructors is now higher than ever. More and more bike parks and mtb companies are offering coaching, camps and clinics as the idea of "getting a lesson" continues to grow in our amazing sport of mountain biking. In the interests of promoting safe, effective, consistent instruction, we started the PMBI courses in 2000 as part of an "Instructor Training Program" for a series of summer camps in The 'States. A few years down the line, and with plenty of experience training instructors in both mountain biking and snowboarding (working as an Examiner for the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors), we started to run our own courses in Whistler under the official Professional Mountain Bike Instructor-PMBI name... unsatisfied with the current training courses that were available at that time.

Fast forward five years and the PMBI courses are doing great. Having just returned from training a group in Utah, we now have more PMBI Training locations and dates than ever, for 2010. The PMBI Instructor Training courses are now an industry leader in mountain bike instructor training and are currently recognized by;

Kicking Horse Bike Park
Silver Star Bike Park
Trek Dirt Series
NONSTOP Adventure Bike Camps
Whistler MTB School Cross Country Connection
Elevation Outdoor Programs Association
BaSE Mountain Bike Camps
Idaho Bike Ranch
Trailsports Inc. and more...

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The PMBI courses offer professional training with a modern approach. We will develop your skills and enthusiasm into a passion for teaching others, and possibly even into a career!

The main focus of the 95% practical-based courses (lots of riding!) is to provide a detailed understanding of the theory behind how we ride, safely guide and teach, and therefore act as a professional mountain bike instructor; which in turn allows you to adapt your knowledge and skills to any mountain biking situation. Whether you are leading a group ride on XC trails or ripping with some clients in a DH setting, you'll be able to ride and teach effectively in either discipline.

PMBI Level 1 Main Content:

"Six Skill Concept" training - Riding Development & Theory
Teaching, Sessioning & Guiding Practice, Development & Theory
Rider Analysis, Improvement and Feedback Sessions
Skill Based vs. Maneuver Based teaching
Terrain & Feature use in teaching
Client Safety & Satisfaction
Riding & Teaching Evaluations



PMBI Level 1:
June 15 - 17th


PMBI Level 1:
May 21st - 23rd
May 28th - 30th
June 11th - 13th
June 19th - 21st


PMBI Level 1:
July 2th -4th

PMBI Level 2:
July 8th -11th
Sep 9th - 12th


PMBI Level 1:
June 7th - 9th

PMBI Level 2:
July - TBA

Instructor Training is what we do and what we've always done... training new instructors to help ensure safe, effective instruction is a key way to help promote our sport to new riders and keep current riders happy and progressing safely. For more details, testimonials, FAQ answers, info and how to sign up for a course, log on to www.professionalmountainbikeinstructor.com

(PMBI courses are run by ZEPtechniques... supported by Transition Bikes, Fox Racing Shox, Straitline Components, MRP, 661, and Sunline)


  • 15 0
 What an ideal job.
  • 2 0
 that would be so sick well owning your own bike shop would be sick too damn i don't know what i would choose...
  • 8 0
 Being a mountain bike instructor is one of the best jobs out there.
  • 2 0
 when they coming too england Wink and i dont care if its a low wage i bet you could live off it and with other perks such as free riding, and more than likely discounted lift passes and parts it would save me tons of money anyways!
  • 1 0
 i hearing what your saying! the pros of this job out weigh the cons! no stop riding and being payed to do somethign you love! i only stop riding to work not even for the gf! haha so to it for a job would be a dream come true! bring it to the UK ....
  • 1 0
 Wish I knew you were going to be in Utah. Definitely would've signed up.

Where did you do this? How many people did you get?
  • 1 0
 i would love to do this as a job and seriously considering doing it i dont care if it is low paid its got to be better than the job im in now.
  • 2 0
 ow much is it? to become an instructor?
  • 2 0
 stoked for my cert in idaho!
  • 1 0
 i wonder how old you have to be to be an instructor??
  • 2 0
 you probs just have to be the legal age to work in your country... mind you most employeers will take the older + more experienced riders...
  • 1 1
 I dont see what the point of the video was... as for becoming an instructor that would be semi-sweet.
  • 1 0
 Just signed up for the Kicking Horse course! I'm pumped!
  • 1 0
 nice photo.....
  • 1 1
 totaly agree with charlie brown
  • 4 3
 So true, same thing goes for ski/snowboard instructors. Trust me, I was one in Whistler for 3 years before I realized it was actually making my skiing worse. When you teach, you have to lessen your speed/difficulty, adjust to the students abilities.... If your a ripper, you'll just get annoyed with the whole thing after a while. Just ride with your friends full speed and get an afternoon job so you can ride all day!!!!!!

If you pass the course, it does not mean you will get a job. Better scout the possible jobs before enrolling and dropping 500$ of hard earned cash on some "teaching lessons" ... Being a Recognized course does not mean its Required to be a MTB instructor...
  • 1 0
 true true, but if you really have love for it and want to do it all the time and get paid for it and teach it to others as well..then itd be a great job.
  • 2 0
 surely you can teach guys similar to your level, its not like your always teaching beginers

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