Attending the Leaders Course

The course is split into two clear areas:

  • Theory Online Training
  • Practical Two Day Course


We will provide you with the course content and hopefully a qualification at the end, but you will need…..


  • All payments should be made 14 days prior to the course commencing.
  • Mountain Bike & Helmet , spare tubes and tool for repairs. Any other item you feel you should carry as a potential leader.
  • Liquid & refreshment for long rides, camel back or bottles.
  • Dress for outdoor activity.
  • Pen and notebook.
  • Level 2 candidates APL (applied Previous Learning) or ML, BELA, WG or other logbooks you feel relevant.


Optional: a Change of clothes, just in case you get muddy and wet.


Keeping Warm: Bring extra layers as there is a fair bit of standing around when we coach the skills etc.


How the Course is delivered:

ONLINE TRAINING – to be completed before the practical weekend


  1. MIAS Leaders & Instructors
  2. Legal & Responsible Riding
  3. Booking The Activity
  4. Planning – Activity & Route
  5. Meeting & Leading The Group
  6. Kit To Carry
  7. First Aid on the Trail
  8. Bike Check & Trail Maintenance
  9. Navigation – Theory
  10. General

The online training will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete depending on your current level of knowledge.

Practical Two Day Course

Day 1 – Practical Training

Morning (9am start):

  • Introductions
  • The M Check
  • Checking Your Bike
  • Skills & How to Coach Them
  • Risk Assessing Trails


  • Recce Ride & Practical Navigation
  • Debrief & Arrangements for Assessment Ride

We should finish no later than 5pm or when it gets dark whichever comes first


Morning: Start Time: 9am

READY TO RIDE, we are out on the bikes all day. With the possibility of passing a cafe but have a packed lunch just in case we don’t.

We will ride the route that we recced the day before with each candidate taking a lead section dealing with any issues that may arise.

Debrief & Feedback (back in the classroom)

Finish no later than 5pm