Trail MTB Bike Leader Award
It focuses on games and skills development, group management to fulfil the four e's for your group:
- ensuring safety
It includes essential navigation and trailside maintenance skills; roles, responsibilities and ride preparation principles. Dynamic risk assessment and dealing with emergencies also form valuable parts of the course.
As the main entry point for virtually all mountain bike leaders and instructors, Trail Leaders gain valuable fundamental competencies that form the backbone of their role, whether in Trail terrain, or having moved on to Technical environments, Go-mtb Award delivery, the Skill Instructor Award or the CTC Trainer Awards for delivery of relevant further CTC courses.
Those with previous leading and personal riding experience will find the specific group management and skill development elements key to their future mountain bike leading (and potentially progression into the Technical Leader Award course) - one of the aims of this course is to translate riders into leaders, and outdoor leaders into mountain bike leaders. The skills associated with this should not be underestimated.
You may find that the Trail Leader provides all you need. Where you wish to lead in further environments, once the Trail Leader Award has been achieved, followed by completion of a minimum of 6 led rides you may progress to the Technical Leader Award.
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It is essential for most adults to start at the Trail Leader Award. Before attending, you should:
- Have at least one years experience of regular riding experience in trail terrain. This should be a minimum of 30 rides.
- Have an interest in cycle instruction and/or mountain bike leading.
- We recommend that you hold a valid and appropriate first aid certificate (or obtain one shortly after your course).
- Be able to understand the basic principles of maps (what they represent and how).
- Have attempted to fix punctures.
- Be at least 17 years of age. In this case, you cannot be provided with a full Trail Leader certificate until you reach 18, but you may be provided with an Assistant Leader Award for the interim period.
You may (but are not required to) also have:
- Completed skill awards or the Assistant Leader Award.
- Previous experience in mountain biking and / or leading groups in the outdoors.
- Other teaching / youth work / outdoor activity experience and qualifications.
- Additional navigation and/or maintenance experience or skills.