Trail Cycle Leader (TCL)
This is a two day course and a one day assessment. Following successful completion and assessment, the canditate is deemed qualified to lead a group of up to six riders throughout Scotland and the UK during normal daylight hours within a certain criteria.
Mountain Bike Leader (MBL)
Following on from the Trail Cycle Leader course is a further two day course and one day assessment course which enables the candidate to become a Mountain Bike Leader. This qualification gives the candidate additional skills to enable him/her to lead groups in high altitude.
There are three additional modules available to TCL and MBL qualified leaders.
To Lead groups on multi-day trips with additional equipment.
Night Riding Module
To Lead groups outside normal daylight hours.
Winter Conditions Module
To Lead groups in adverse weather conditions.
There are a number of entry requirements before a candidate will be granted admission to any of the SMBLA Courses. A summary of these requirements is shown below but we recommend that you visit the SMBLA website for detailed prerequisites.
Minimum Age Requirement
Candidates must be 18 or over.
Applicants must register with the SMBLA. Once registered applicants receive a registration pack which contains all the documentation and log sheets.
Applicants must keep a logbook and have logged 20 mountain bike rides in a variety of conditions and durations.
First Aid Qualification
Candidates must hold a relevant first aid certificate.
The Benefits of the SMBLA scheme and membership.
SMBLA Award holders with membership of Scottish Cycling at silver or gold level and valid fist aid receive 3rd party insurance cover while working as a leader in the U.K. or Europe.
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