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> SMBLA or MIAS?, Which is best???
post Nov 24 2009, 10:51 AM
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From: Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

I am looking at doing a Mountain Bike Leaders Qualification, but found there are 2 options available.

They arent cheap to do so i need to know which one is best.
For example the SMBLA to get to Mountain Bike Leader with Night Rider Module will cost around 500!!

Has anyone done either??
Any recommendations??

Thanks in advance.....

Regards, Drew Willcock
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post Nov 24 2009, 05:59 PM
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I've heard MIAS is best, a key sponsor of ours is Mountain Bike Instruction (Rare sponsorship bias thus noted) who run an excellent course near Bolton in Lancashire. Ray Mazey who is the boss there is a top chap. sun.gif

Get proper instruction www.mountainbikeinstruction.co.uk
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Mark Sleigh
post Nov 24 2009, 10:55 PM
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From: Saltley, Birmingham

I am MIAS qualified and its a very good course. (level 2 only covers you on lower altitude rides - you'll need a ML for level 3 i think)

I have heard that the SMBLA is very good also, not that that helps you much!

British Cycling 'in the very near future' will have finished their level 2 mtb specific coaching course, you will have needed to have done the standard level 2 activity coach award before the discipline specific on. It will also apparently be very skills based although it may involve some coaching DH aswell. Should be interesting when the level 3 MTB course comes out. With this course you may have to take an ML course aswell to cover your self fully for long distance and higher altitude rides.

Martin Nash (MIAS) is a good guy to talk to.

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post Nov 24 2009, 11:12 PM
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From: Wrexham, N.E.Wales.

The BC L2 qualification looks promising as I have no intention of officially leading groups or guiding. I want to coach at a very skills specific level.

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