Elementary - Curricular 2023
- Mountain Biking takes place in various off-road conditions (for example, gravel roads, ski trails, bike trails, etc).
- If mountain biking takes place on paved surfaces (for example, bike paths, roads, sidewalks), also consult Cycling.
- When downhill mountain biking, appropriate safety gear for the facility must be worn.
- The following statements refer to students’ own, borrowed or rented equipment:
- Students must inspect bikes before use for working brakes and properly inflated tires.
- Bicycle size must be appropriate for the rider.
- A properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn bicycle helmet certified by a recognized safety standards association (for example, CSA, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, BSI, AS) must be worn.
- Protective eyewear (for example, sunglasses) must be worn.
- One supervisor per group to carry:
- a first aid kit
- a bicycle tool kit, including a pump
- a signalling device (for example, whistle)
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn (for example, no baggy pants). Clothing must be adequate for outdoor activity. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not permitted.
- Define specific routes to the students so they are aware of the boundaries for activity, whether using a commercial or non commercial site.
- When choosing a site the following conditions must be taken into consideration:
- suitability of terrain
- Provide students with map and/or clear directions.
- Students must ride only on trails outlined by the teacher/supervisor.
- In addition to the above, when selecting a non-commercial site, the site must include:
- a level field with practice area
- a long run-out at the bottom section of a larger hill
- proximity to warmth, food and other facilities
- Prior to initial use, when riding at a non-commercial site, teacher/ supervisor must do a safety ride-through to address safety and suitability.
- For off-road routes determine that permission of the landowner is obtained.
- Rules of the Trail for Off-Road Cycling must be reviewed.
- Ride on open trails only. Respect road closures.
- Instruction must be given on the proper position of a bicycle helmet (for example, brow of helmet is at eyebrow level).
- Students must cycle at a speed that allows them to control their bike in a safe manner.
- Students must be encouraged to anticipate other trail users, especially around corners, and establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass safely.
- Before going on mountain bike trails, students must demonstrate (to the teacher/supervisor) competency in:
- changing gears
- going up and down hills in control
- negotiating obstacles
- Teacher/supervisor must select routes/trails suitable to students’ demonstrated ability.
- If rider is using clips on their pedals, they must demonstrate to teacher/supervisor competency with their use during initial instruction.
- Clips must be removed prior to going on trails if student cannot demonstrate competency in their use.
- Communicate to students the importance of being aware of the location of other riders, around them, to avoid interference and collisions.
- Emphasis must be placed on controlled riding.
- Students must be aware of an emergency procedure in case of an accident.
- Students must be informed that at any sign of difficulty they must get off their bikes and walk their bikes until it is safe to resume riding.
- All riders must ride in groups of 3.
- If a person gets hurt, one person goes for help and the other stays with the injured individual.
- For non-commercial sites, a record of students and the route they will be travelling must be left in the school with an appropriate person.
- Racing must not be done as an in-class activity.
- No audio devices (for example, MP3 players) may be used.
- During initial instruction, on-site supervision is required.
- On mountain bike trails/routes, there must be a minimum of 1 teacher/supervisor per group.
- Ratio for Initial Instruction:
- Primary: 1 teacher per 4 students
- Junior: 1 teacher per 10 students
- Intermediate 1 teacher per 12 students
- After initial instruction, in-the-area supervision is required.
- Ratio After Initial Instruction:
- Primary: 1 teacher per 6 students
- Junior: 1 teacher per 12 students
- Intermediate 1 teacher per 15 students
- If using an instructor from an Outside Activity Provider:
- they must be trained in, understand, demonstrate and adhere to a directly relevant skill set for Mountain Biking. A relevant skill set is a described set of skills as recognized by mountain biking professionals (for example, the Professional Mountain Biking Instructor Association (PMBIA)).
- All instructors must be at least 18 years of age or older to teach the introductory lesson and/or be an instructor.
- At least one instructor or an individual responsible for providing first aid must have current First Aid qualifications equivalent to or exceeding St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid with CPR Level C + AED.
Fri, 08/25/23 09:43 am