Originally Posted by smcqui
Thank you for the explaination. It sounds like you have a solid plan in place to educate and provide instruction to the masses. It's clear you've gone through the appropriate channels to gather access, approval, and blessing of the Town of Chelmsford and also NEMBA.
I agree in that the worst thing a person can do is grab a newbie (or someone looking to progress to the next level) and say 'do what I do' or 'follow me' without much more than that. I've been on a mountain bike for 25+ years and have introduced many to the sport. I certainly don't consider myself an instructor or carry any certifications, but feel I have more than enough knowledge, wisdom, and experience in my back pocket to help someone progress. I've been on many group rides and participated in many NEMBA skills clinics and never once did I hear or witness that type of teaching.
You list other activities such as golf, skiing, etc.......... In my experience (I'm an ex-Ski Patrol & ex-Ski Instructor), both of those activities require the professional license and certification in order to teach at a resort or a golf course. I see nothing wrong with paying professionals for their wisdom. I've taken plenty of ski and golf lessons in my life.
IMO, if I was to pay $400+ for mountain bike instruction I would expect my instructors have not only years of experience but also the latest mountain biking certifications. Have the instructors with your organization completed IMBA's ICP, IMIC, or the PMBI curriculm? Do they hold these or any other certifications? You also mention that you cover nutrition with your customers which I feel is ultra important for those looking to reach the next level. Do your instructors also carry an ISSN ( International Society of Sport's Nutrition) or a CSSD ( Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics)?
Again, I see nothing wrong with your company or your mission. I believe it could be a tremendous source of support for those willing to pay for instruction. After checking out your website and reading your thoughtful response, I wish you the best.
PS- Please work on the beer stand. I think it would be great for business
Slaphead Mofo Leisure Team
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