IDP Level 1 Course:

If you're keen to take your riding to the next level and open up new opportunities then the IDP Level 1 Certification could be your stepping stone.

The IDP Level 1 Certification will provide the skills, know-how and techniques to become an introductory Mountain Bike Guide. The certification is recognised in 7 countries including; Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand. Previous graduates are working all over the world as Bike Guides with many even starting their own touring companies.

What will be included:

At the end of the programme you will successfully be able to:

  • Introduce equipment to a novice
  • Inspect and assess the fit of equipment
  • Introduce, demonstrate and develop the fundamentals of; pedaling, shifting, the neutral position, seated pedaling, braking, steering and the braking and angulation aspects of cornering.
  • Split groups according to ability and confidence
  • Guide beginner/novice riders down appropriate trails

You will learn:

  • The basics of student focused instruction including; mutual goal setting and managing expectations, setting the session up for success and ending a session
  • Basic teaching theory and how it relates to cycling 
  • How to structure a lesson
  • Basic theory of skills
  • Theory and philosophy of guiding
  • Action plans
  • Route learning
  • Guide equipment
  • Guiding procedures

When: The course is spread over 3 days  

August 25 & 26 and September 2 and

 20 - 22 August.

Time: 9 am - 5 pm each day

At: Christchurch Adventure Park

Cost $450 per person (includes access to chairlift each day)


IDP Level 2 Course:

If you complete Level 1 successfully and want to take the next step to open up more opportunities then Level 2 provides more skills and techniques to teach on intermediate terrain and techniques such as jumping.

The instructor will gain an understanding of teaching methods and lesson structure including;

  • Preferred learning perceptions, order and environments
  • Use of terrain and timing to progress riders
  • Knowledge of skills, how to assess and develop them.
  • The relation of skills, movement patterns and techniques
  • Picking a suitable route or line down a technical trail.
  • Progressions for introducing jumps.

The ability to introduce and develop the fundamentals of:

  • Basic wheel lifts
  • Advanced braking techniques
  • Advanced pedaling techniques
  • Pulse shifting
  • Manuals & lofts
  • Ollies/stoppies/riding skinnies
  • Wheelies and wheelie drops
  • Touch and lunges
  • Track stands
  • Hopping
  • Slow speed, tight turns
  • Steep terrain climbing and descneding
  • Jumping

When: The course is spread over 4 days; September 15/16 and 22/23

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

At: Christchurch Adventure Park

Cost $550 per person (includes access to chairlift each day)

Bring along to Level 1 or 2:

  • Competent riding skills
  • If you don't have an appropriate bike you can rent one of our rental bikes at a cost
  • Helmet, gloves and knee armour
  • Lunch, water and snacks