If you want to take your mountain biking to the next level and combine it with work in one of Canada’s best MTB Parks then this course is for you. You will get local trail knowledge with our guides and trainers, an internationally recognised certification through PMBI and the opportunity to work in the industry putting your skills to use. We look forward to helping you get into the mountain bike industry, with the ultimate holiday or gap year mountain biking.
MTB Instructor Internship Course Inclusions
- Local Program Coordinator on hand 24/7 - meet and greet, airport pick up, social events and more
- Revelstoke Bike Park Season Pass
- Outdoor First Aid Course
- Mountain Bike Instructor Training
- Accommodation for 4 weeks (option to stay on)
- PMBI Level 1 exam
- Industry Work Opportunity - from 25 June onwards
- Discounts and deals at select retail partners
- Pre-departure preparation assistance from our team
Arrival Date 29 May 2023. Runs through late September for full summer season. Late start dates may be available.
The Bike Training
This is focused on making you a better rider, and preparing you for the Level 1 PMBI Exam. You will receive training from experienced local coaches who will help you navigate the local trail network, break down your personal riding skills and mould you into a confident rider. The course is busy with a lot of training but you will also have a few days off to recharge, rest, and work on any bike repairs required.
PMBI Level 1 Exam
After the training you will go through the PMBI Level 1 exam. This is 3 days + pre-course reading and worksheet (2-3hrs), totalling 27 hrs, including assessment. It is designed to both train and assess you both teaching and guiding mountain biking on green and blue (North America) or blue and red (UK/Europe), single-track terrain – to beginner / intermediate students. PMBI is the global industry leader so the certificate is internationally recognised and will be useful wherever you decide to travel to in the future. More about the PMBI here https://pmbia.org/level-1/
Industry Work Component
EA has arranged a limited number of positions for work within the Revelstoke Bike School. You will have the opportunity to teach bike lessons after completing the PMBI Instructor Certification. Industry work component will be a combination of instructing alongside work in other areas of the RMR Bike School e.g. Lift Ops, Mountain Coaster Ops, Trail Maintenance, Guest Services, Rental, Retail. Work flow is busier during Canadian Holiday periods.
More About Revelstoke
The Revelstoke mountain biking scene is legendary for the ease of alpine backcountry access, fun and flowy cross-country mountain biking trails, and downhill mountain biking. Spring and early summer offer lower elevation rainforest trails with tacky dirt and big trees. The RMR Bike Park has gondola access open all summer with both the lower and upper section providing a huge range of trails. RMR Bike Park has put a huge amount of investment into it’s trail network and will now have a total of over 47 kilometres of trails, including green, blue and black trails. Revelstoke is the place to be to really advance your mountain biking and experience true Canadian hospitality.
Accommodation is included from your arrival until after level 1 exam. There is then the option to stay on for the full summer season. Please note that this will need to be arranged and paid for ahead of time. Accommodation for EA programs is typically located in the heart of Revelstoke, British Columbia, just a short walk to the bus stop for the Revelstoke Mountain Shuttle and 5 minutes walk into town. Note: Secure bike storage is available at RMR Bike Park so you do not have to transport your bike each day, although if you want to use it as a means of transport we commend you.
While the accommodation and rates may vary between seasons the following is usually included:
- Twin share rooms
- Self-catering kitchen with dining room
- Living area with flat screen Cable TV
- Free WiFi
- Laundry facilities
- Cooking utensils provided
- Monthly Cleaning
- Bed linen, Pillows & Towel are provided
After the level 1 exam, you will be able to stay on for the remainder of the season. Prior to arrival, you will need to confirm that you would like to stay in the accommodation as we are required to sign a lease. You are then required to pay a bond of approximately CA$800 and an advanced rent payment. Rates and locations may vary from time to time, and if they do we will endeavour to let you know at the earliest opportunity.
What equipment do you need?
- A well serviced mountain bike suitable for the terrain (ideally a modern all mountain/enduro bike with a dropper post)
- Knee Pads (suitable for a long day out with climbing e.g enduro style)
- Elbow Pads (as above)
- Eye protection (for all conditions e.g both clear goggles and glasses)
- Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions (shorts, riding pants, short and long sleeve)
- Lightweight shell
- Backpack, 20l to 25l is ideal for a guide
- Water carrier
- First aid kit
- Tools for all trail side repair
- Some basic spare parts for your bike e.g inner tube, rear derailleur hanger, brake pads.
- Head torch and rear light
- A way to navigate (e.g smartphone with relevant apps plus portable charging device)
Notes on gear:
It is not expected that you arrive with all necessary gear. There will be opportunities to purchase through partnerships on the ground but please discuss with us before arrival if you need to arrange. However, if you plan to purchase a bike on arrival please let us know and/or arrange ahead of time. There may be other gear requirements depending on your individual goals and work experience options.
How to apply
Fill out this form below or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org