Intermediate Skills Instructor
An online self-study course, followed by a 4-day in-person course that certifies an individual as a Intermediate Skills Instructor.
With the solid foundation covered in the Ride Leader and Level 1 Fundamental Skills Instructor course, you are ready to focus on developing your skills instruction. The skills portion of this course will add an additional 10 skills to your toolbox.
Each move is broken down into basic steps including follow-through and safety notes. Much of this course focuses on error detection and correction, working with you to improve your observation and how to effectively communicate errors in the riders being taught.
Each student will be tested on their ability to demonstrate, teach, and provide feedback through error detection and corrections.
In order to pass the BICP Level 2 course, participants must demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation, and pass a written test.
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This course introduces stability and biomechanics, teaching strategy, site selection, goal setting, proper demonstrations, keywords, progressions, and error detection for all the Level 2 Intermediate Skills.
We will expect that you are comfortable and fluent with all current keywords along with proper demonstrations and progressions performed using FLAT PEDALS.
An online self-study course followed by a 4-day in-person course that certifies an individual to instruct intermediate Mountain Bike Skills.
This price includes:
- Online video resources + teaching materials
- One-time BICP USA licence fee
- Participation Fee 4-day in-person Course
Annual dues to the BICP Europe of €20 per year to maintain the certification.
Current previously BICP-Level 2 Certified Instructors should contact the administration for subsidized pricing prior to registering.
Completion of the course, in addition to passing a practical exam, will qualify an individual to:
- Instruct individual or group mountain bike skills clinics in a professional, systematic, and safe manner
- Assess the level of each rider in their group through a Pre-Ride Assessment
- Assess and diagnose common errors within each rider’s fundamental & intermediate skills
- Prepare and implement teaching plans, progressions, and goal planning for future skills clinics
- Make responsible choices when instructing mountain bike skills clinics
- Assist BICP instructors at clinics, camps, and events
Level 2 Prerequisites:
- BICP Level 1 Leader Certification
- First Aid/CPR Certification
- Wilderness First Aid Certification strongly recommended
- Three or more years of mountain bike experience
- Volunteer work or work experience in the bike-related industry
- At least 18 yrs. old
- Good communication skills
- A strong desire to help others have more fun and progress safely
- Ability to perform basic trailside repairs (flat tires, broken chains, and shift adjustments)
- Fluent in the English language including reading and speaking
- Trackstand (15 seconds or longer)
- Front Wheel Lift ( Perform a Front Wheel Lift over a 4-inch (10 cm) high feature)
- Rear Wheel Lift ( Perform a Front Wheel Lift and then a Rear Wheel Lift over a 4-inch (10 cm) high feature)
- Level Lift (Perform a Level Lift over a 4-inch (10 cm) high feature – both wheel land at the same time)
- ¼ Punch Front Wheel Lift ( Perform a ¼ Punch Wheel lift up/over a 4-inch (10 cm) high feature, adding unweighting of the rear wheel)
- North Shore Dismount (Safely jump off the bike, off an elevated feature 12 inches high)
- Manual Front Wheel Lift (Perform a Manual Front Wheel Lift over a feature. Minimum of 5 ft = 1.5 m)
- Advanced Braking (Perform an Emergency Braking Stop at running speed, in the correct order demonstrating all the body movements in order)
- Steep Descending (Descending an Intermediate (Black Trail) for 30 ft (9 m) or longer (Technical Trail) demonstrating proper use of the Ten Fundamentals)
- Roll Down Lunge (14 inches =35cm)
- Intermediate Cornering (Maintain balance and control while leaning the bike through a 180-degree corner, at a high speed – in both directions)
- Berm Cornering (To maintain a consistent speed while riding perpendicular to the terrain)
- Pumping (To accelerate and carry momentum using proper technique)
- Bunny Hop (To perform a Bunny Hop over a row of cones on the ground – both wheel land at the same time)
- Jumping (Land in control on the back side of a 4 ft (1,2m) high x 1 bike length tabletop jump – both wheel land at the same time)
- Drop (To perform a Basic Drop off and elevated feature 18 inches = 45cm high – both wheel land at the same time)
Level 2 Course Topics:
- Level 1 Fundamental Skills review
- Creating teaching plans
- Skills analysis
- Effective teaching
- Error detection and correction
- Skill progressions
Level 2 Course Skills:
- Review of Level 1 Fundamental Skills
- Front Wheel Lift
- Rear Wheel Lift
- Level Lift
- ¼ Punch Front Wheel Lift
- Manual Front Wheel Lift
- Advanced Braking
- North Shore Dismount
- Steep Descending
- Roll Down Lunge
- Intermediate Cornering
- Berm Cornering
- Bunny Hop
- Introduction to Jumping
- Introduction to Drops
In order to pass the BICP Level 2 course, participants must pass a series of pretests, demonstrate an understanding of the material, perform a suitable teaching simulation.
The certification holder must maintain their annual membership dues.
The certification holder must maintain a current basic First Aid / CPR training certification.
The Certification is valid for 4 years from the date issued.
An in-person recertification course is required every 4 years