Being a great rider and even a great racer does not by default make you a great coach or instructor, it is certainly beneficial but it is also important to learn how to teach and to keep up with current training methodologies.
Our staff have many years of riding and racing in a range of disciplines including XC, 4X, DH, Trials and Enduro. They are always keen however to learn more and continue to develop their teaching.
There are now a few different qualifications available in the industry and we invest heavily in maintaining what we believe to be the highest and most relevant qualifications available. For ease of explanation we break training into 3 broad categories
- Skills Instruction
- Fitness Conditioning
Skills instruction is about teaching people how to ride and this covers everything from beginner basic skills to advanced downhill technique. PMBI is by far the most comprehensive skills instruction methodology and is quickly becoming the standard throughout the world. Dynamic Motivation has Level 1 and 2 Skills Instructors including our director Mic Longhurst who is currently the only Instructor Trainer outside North America and one of only 6 in the world. Mountain Bike Australia now has a Level 0 Skills Instructor Qualification that is designed as an entry level ride leader qualification and Mic is one of the national Instructor Trainers for this course.
For us Coaching is more about sports science and developing training plans to maximise riding performance from a fitness and nutrition perspective. In Australia the standard for this is the MTBA Level 1 MTB Coach with a few coaches also holding the international UCI Level 2 MTB Coach. The sports science components of these qualifications are great and provide the ability to work with riders to develop seasonal plans, short term training plans, nutrition and race preparation and strategies. While these certifications do have an element of Skills Instruction we find them to be very basic, and as such, we teach to the much higher standard of PMBI. Mic however holds both the MTBA Level 1 and UCI Level 2 qualifications.
The fitness industry in Australia has its qualifications managed under the the Australian VET training scheme. All our Gym staff hold Cert III, Cert IV in fitness or BSc. and are experienced in running our programs.
SINCE THEIR INCEPTION IN 2006, THE PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE INSTRUCTOR (PMBI) CERTIFICATION COURSES HAVE BECOME THE MOST WIDELY AVAILABLE AND ADOPTED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSES IN NORTH AMERICA, US, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AMERICA, NEW ZEALAND AND CURRENTLY MOVING TO EUROPE.
For more information on why PMBI is the best method of training head to www.pmbia.org